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Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

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68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

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Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

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Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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Objective

The Nantucket Film Festival - unique in its dedication to supporting and promoting the art of screenwriting - launched the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition in 1996. The Festival's screenwriting focus was inspired by Nantucket's rich history as a writer's retreat and is one of the main reasons for the event's distinction as an important cultural institution.

The competition is named after the late Winston ''Tony'' Cox, former Showtime Networks Chairman and longtime Nantucket summer resident. Throughout his career, Cox was devoted to highlighting the important role of the writer in bringing high-quality original content to cable television. Tony's legacy has helped establish a prestigious reputation for the Competition whose highly vetted finalists command notice from producers and development executives nation wide. Previous Competition jurors include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lili Taylor, Tom McCarthy, Diana Ossana, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Stanley Tucci, Rosie Perez, Kit Carson, Greg Mottola, Nancy Tenenbaum, Nancy Savoca, Lee Daniels, Anthony Swofford, and Donna Giglotti.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 03/12/2018

Notification: Early June

Rules

Eligibility Requirements for SCRIPT submissions:
  • Feature screenplays must be standard feature length (80-125 pages);
  • Short screenplays must be 40 pages or shorter;
  • Episodic pilot screenplays must be standard TV length (21-30 pages for 30 min shows and 42-60 pages for one hour shows);
  • TV screenplays must be for an original show. We do not accept spec screenplays for or spinoffs of existing shows;
  • We do not accept scripts for Reality TV shows;
  • Multiple episodes for a TV series should be entered to the competition individually;
  • Screenplays must be standard U.S. format only;
  • Screenplays must not have been produced;
  • Collaborations are welcome.
  • Screenplays must be in English;
  • Screenplays must be completed by entry deadline. Screenplays must be submitted electronically via email at submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org or www.withoutabox.com;
  • Screenplays must have a title page; which includes only the title. Please Note: THE APPLICANT'S NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON THE COVER OR ANY OTHER PAGE OF THE SCREENPLAY. JUDGES MUST NOT BE AWARE OF THE ENTRANT'S NAME. SCREENPLAYS THAT INCLUDE THE APPLICANT’S NAME ON THE COVER OR IN THE BODY OF THE SCREENPLAY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.
  • Entry must include an application. Keep a copy of your completed application form for reference;
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per entrant, provided separate applications and submission fees accompany each entry;

Awards

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Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

Contact

68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

Contact

68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Contest News

Byron Script Wins at Nantucket Film Festival

Boston, Massachusetts -- Showtime Networks Inc. and the Nantucket Film Festival today announced the presentation of the 5th Annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting to Andrew Arthur for his original script entitled PILGRIM OF ETERNITY.

PILGRIM OF ETERNITY is the edgy, contemporary story of how radical politics, subversive sexuality, and the media unite to create and then destroy the early nineteenth century English poet Lord Byron -- the world's first media superstar.

"Byron first attracted me as a subject because his life is such a great story," said Arthur. "One of his lovers, the wife of a future Prime Minister of England, called him 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' But as I learned more about him, I found he was much more than a poet and celebrity. He was a real hero."

This is not a Byron people have seen before. Famous at the age of twenty-four for his overnight success as a poet, Byron became a champion of the oppressed workers known as Luddites. A radical politician and passionate bisexual, he was persecuted by the English authorities, yet went on to write his greatest works.

Arthur added, "The issues of Byron's day -- the gap between rich and poor, workers' rights, gay rights, protests against the internationalization of industry, are still very much with us today. I realized that Byron's struggle and fate have important things to teach us about our own society and where we choose to take it."

The prize-winning screenplay is Mr. Arthur's third. He has also written TIME OF THE JAGUAR, which focuses on a shaman and his grandson caught up in the crisis of the Amazonian rainforest, and LOVE IN A WARMER CLIME, which tells the true story of Mrs. Winston Churchill's love affair with a younger man while on an expedition to Indonesia to capture a Komodo Dragon. LOVE IN A WARMER CLIME placed in the Maui/AFI Screenwriting Competition last year.

Mr. Arthur is currently at work on a contemporary political thriller. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has established EarthHart Productions as an independent production company to create films which support individual rights and people's connection with the natural world.

The Nantucket Film Festival was founded in 1996 to recognize original voices in film and honor the screenwriters who created them. Other screenwriting finalists for 2001:

Destiny With Serapis By Jack DuBois

Cleaning House By Mark Grisar

Solitaire By Rich Rubin

Updated: 06/25/2001
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Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

Contact

68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
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