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.
|Deadline||Date||Entry Fee||Days till Deadline|
|Early||March 25, 2013||$50 (Feature/Horror)
|Regular||May 13, 2013||$60 (Feature/Horror)
|Late||June 25, 2013||$70 (Feature/Horror)
|WAB Extended||July 2, 2013||$70 (Feature/Horror)
Coverage Fees: (in addition to the submission fees):
Standard Coverage (within 2 months): +$75
Express Coverage (within 21 days): +$115
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
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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The Slamdance Screenwriting Competition has announced their top 100 quarterfinalists for 2011:
All God's Children by Alex Allston
Appearances by Frederic Richter
Bleeding Kansas by Daniel Frey and Russell Sommer
Blood Red Dawn by Michael Thornton Jr
Bus 77 by Joe Barton and Christianne van Wijk
Dearborn Hotel by Peter Gaffney
Die Mischlinge by Judy Vann
Dinosaur Dreams by David Widdicombe
Flutter by Eric Hueber
Heaven or Bust by Stephen Mack
Karma by Kevin Young
Memo by George Hernandez
Motor City by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen
Nowhere Road by Lea Nakonechny
Prairie Death Riot by Shale Nelson
Shooting Stars by Michael Vangelas
Storyteller by Brannan Doyle
The Audition by Victoria Augustine
The Beautiful Things by Michael Trozzo
The Non-Believers by Steve Mitchell
Treasure in the Park by John Barlowe and Irin Evers
Trip by Nina Misch
Underwater by Robert Bryant
Welcome to Akron by Stephan Vladimir Bugaj
Who's Afraid of Nazi Zombies by James Robertson
19 Floors by Lee Brandt
A Harry Dick Apocalypse by Bill Heller
Annan Road by Christopher Dum
Backwater by Mike Murray
Blood Rush by Scott Patch
Cabin Call by Roberto Marrero
Chateau by Daniel Cerny
Death Wind by Travis Heermann and Jim Pinto
Digging Deeper by Lee Crompton
Feeding the Monster by Paul Hart-Wilden and Asabi Lee
jasper-live.com by Samuel Bartlett
Jug Face by Chad Kinkle
Midnight by Elliot Passantino
Ring Around the Rosie by Mark Tusher
Roundhouse Kick to Hell by Jesse Grce
Second Sight by Christina Casa Usiak
Sodom by Scott F. Butler
Strain by Matthew Tegtmeier and Robert Warzecha
The Fog at Dawn by Eric Garingalao
The Hollow by Will Simmons
The Last Earth Girl Went to Space to Find God by Stuart Creque and Miriam Veiss-Creque
The Scissorwoman by Max Karson
The Starving by Matt Shechmeister and Tim Shechmeister
Thicker Than Blood by Katelyn Morey
Wicked Garden by Christopher Stein
Alkemia by Nicholas Barton
Archer "Bull Markets" by Greg Goodness
Bomb City, USA by Jon Sajetowski
Breaking Bad "It Works If You Work It" by Eva Taylor
California Dreaming by Mugs Cahill and Diane Lansing
Community Spec "Sex Ed" by Michael Capristo
Dexter "Cop Killer" by Teresa Vilaseca
End of the Earth by Micah Sampson
Fortuna: The Arrival by Annie Sanchez and Michelle Vivaldi
Franny Wright & The Alien Invasion by Mary Haas and Justin Marshall
I'ts Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Adventures of Rat King by Tom Meyer
Jimbo by Matt Lutz
Justified "R & R" by Carlos Cisco
Mad Men "Semper Fi" by Rory Kozoll
New York Noir by David Hudacek
Occult Crime Unit by Michael J. Lee and Tawny Stokes
Parks and Recreation "Drag Queen Bingo" by Carlos Cisco
Residue by Philip Howe
Security by Brian Hurney
Sons of Anarchy "In The Flesh" by Jennifer Cote
The Big Bang Theory "The Copiousness Spectacle" by James Elasmar
The Carnies by Alisha Brophy
The Sociology of Crusaders by Jennifer Ruisch
Three's Company "Date Rape" The Lost Episode by Mickey Blaine
Uncivilized by Adam Aresty
A Mother's Love by Sonya Dunn
A Tree's Roots by Jeff Hendricks
Are you Loathsome Tonight? by John Burdeaux
Common Ground by Lisa Henry
Date-by-Number by Randi Barnes
Harold's Bad Day by RJ Buckley
He Knows by Stuart Creque
Headphones by Brandon Johnson
If At First You Don't Succeed by Michael Conroy
Lady Luck by Garen Thomas
Last Call at Mac's by Elizabeth Carol Thompson
Lifeline by Joshua Shain
Mind the Envy by Kirsty Waterworth
Mr. Goodman by Thomas Pace
Mr. Phang and the Blood Princess by Derek Prusak
Prescription Happiness by Ryan Strandjord
Promise by Doug Van Bebber
Six Years, Four Months and Twenty Three Days by John Mawson
Starry Starry Night by Rivka Cohen
The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention by Melissa Sweazy
The Great Ghouldini by Ian Johnston
Trespassers by Brian Rawlins
When the Dust Settles by Suleiman Wali
You Killed Her by Brian Meechan
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