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Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition

Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition


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Los Angeles, CA 90038
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The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. To that end, we are unveiling an exciting new partnership this year with JuntoBox Films who will be awarding a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash and a $50,000 production grant to the winning feature script. JuntoBox Films’ goal of producing films and finding writers with innovative and interesting stories is a great fit with what Slamdance strives to achieve.

We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in our eighteenth year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and filmmakers. We've established a strong track record through our competition successes and are committed to continuing our pursuit to champion outstanding new work.

Our competition consists of four categories. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category. In addition to that, JuntoBox Films and Slamdance will present the new Grand Prize for the best feature length screenplay.

  • Feature
  • Short
  • Horror
  • Original Teleplay/Webisode

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/02/2013


September 18th 2013 - Announce 100 Category Quarter-Finalists
September 25th, 2013 - Announce 32 Category Semifinalists
October 2nd, 2013 - Announce 12 Category Finalists and 20 Grand Prize Finalists - In no particular order
October 8th, 2013 - WGAW Party for Finalists and Semifinalists - Category Winners and Grand Prize Winner Announced


  1. Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
  2. Screenplays must not have received awards from other competitions over $500.00 at the time of entry.
  3. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
  4. Screenplays must be in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.
  5. Don't cheat in an effort to keep the page count to 120 or less. We will notice and ask that the extra fee be paid for screenplays in excess of 120 pages. As a standard rule, 1.5" left, 1" right and 1" top and bottom is a good one.
  6. To enter the Slamdance Screenplay Competition you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.
  7. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition Readers' decisions are final.
  8. Teleplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
  1. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers. Please note Slamdance divides awards equally among co-writers.
  2. Slamdance is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit
  3. For screenplays longer than 120 pages, fifteen dollars is added to the regular entry fees.
  4. Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would ideally include just a title, author name, WGA registration number and Copyright information.


A total of $19,000 will be awarded to the winners this year.

Slamdance Grand Prize by JuntoBox Films: $10,000 cash and $50,000 in production funds for the best feature length screenplay regardless of category.

The winner of the Feature, Horror, and Original Teleplay/Webisode categories will receive $3,000 each.

The winning Short screenplay will have an option to be produced and screen at Slamdance 2014.

The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2014) The top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.

The winning Short and winning Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.

The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP (T-shirts, beanies, etc.).

The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.

Production companies, studios, top agencies and managers request to read our top scripts.

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News: Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition

Slamdance Announces 2010 Contest Winners

The Girl With no Name by Alex Ranarivelo has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition. The script tells the story of a girl in the Old West who sees her uncle murdered, and then goes after the gang that killed him. Complete results:


1. The Girl With no Name by Alex Ranarivelo
2. Bank Robbing for Dummies by Robert Keith Watson
3. Arthur's Salvation by Karen Webb
4. Stealing Canada by Tyler Smith
5. Balloons by Nikki Braendlin


1. 100 Bloody Acres by Colin & Cameron Cairnes
2. The Projectionist by Alison Star Locke
3. Jesse James vs. Jack the Ripper by Alasdair McMullan
4. Dangerous Waters by Matthew Altman & David Matalon
5. Revenant by Jerron Spencer & Robert Hinkle


1. Below the Waist by R. Ian Simpson
2. Who's Driving Doug by Michael Carnick
3. Nicky Flynn Finally Gets a Life by Art Corriveau
4. Bus Riders by Andrew Bluestone
5. The Lil Rednecks and a Town Full of Bullies by Trin Denise


1. Dead in the Room by Marjory Kaptanoglu
2. Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass by Craig Packard
3. Crossbar Hotel by Karrie Crouse
4. Handjobs by Xaque Gruber
5. My Brother Dean by Matt Doyle


1. Shifting Gears by Sarah Newman
2. Clarity by Tory Walker
3. Murphy's Last Stand by Bill Balas
4. The Graham Scheme of Things by Charlie Charbonneau
5. Static by Keith Davidson

Updated: 09/21/2010
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