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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web: http://www.slamdance.com
Email: submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. 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 twentieth 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, Slamdance will present the Grand Prize for the best screenplay, regardless of category.

  • Feature
  • Short
  • Horror
  • Original Teleplay

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/28/2017

Notification: September 18th, 2017 - Announce Quarter-Finalists - in no particular order. September 25th, 2017 - Announce Semi-Finalists - In no particular order. October 2nd, 2017 - Announce Top 12 scripts - In no particular order. October 11th, 2017 - WGAW Party for Finalists - Announce Winners.

Rules

Rules:
  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.
Guidelines:
  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.

Awards

A total of $16,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash.

The winners of the Feature, Horror, Original Teleplay and Short categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each.

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 2018)

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 Horror Feature 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 2018 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.

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web: http://www.slamdance.com
Email: submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web: http://www.slamdance.com
Email: submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Slamdance Announces Grand Prize Winner

Melanie Schiele's Butterfly Children has been named the Grand Prize Winner from among over 2,500 entries to the 2013 Slamdance Screewriting Competition.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER presented by JuntoBox Films:
Butterfly Children by Melanie Schiele ($10,000 cash prize & $50,000 in production funds)
A husband and wife, whose marriage is on the brink of failure, reconnect as they help their young daughter try to beat an incredibly rare life-threatening skin disease that is leaving her skin as fragile as butterfly wings.

FEATURE SCREENPLAY:
1st Place - The Ecdysiasts by Mary F. Unser ($3,000 cash prize plus entertainment legal service award from Pierce Law Group, LLP)
With the help of the entomologist next door and the majesty of a million cicadas, 13-year-old Trygg Tolefson breaks free of his isolation and lifts his heart-broken family out of their grief.

2nd Place - Swine by Clayton Sakoda
Joint 3rd Place - Terrestrials by Elliot &Teresa Sutherland; Wallingford by Lisa Rubin

HORROR SCREENPLAY:
1st Place - Exquisite Corpses by Mark Strassel & Rebecca Rudell ($3,000 cash prize)
A Surrealist parlor game turns deadly when college art students under the thrall of a charming yet mysterious stranger summon a series of macabre creatures.

2nd Place - That Time of the Month by Joe Hauler
3rd Place - Dead Tired by Geoffrey Uloth

SHORT SCREENPLAY:
1st Place - Think Ink by Emily Hu (Option to be produced and premiere at Slamdance 2015, plus entertainment legal service award from Pierce Law Group, LLP)
A young coffee stain dreams of becoming a professional inkblot for psychological testing.


2nd Place - The Substitute by Madeleine Sims-Fewer
3rd Place - Before the Bomb by Tannaz Hazemi & James Grimaldi

TELEPLAY/WEBISODE:
1st Place - Resident by Andrew Gerngross ($3,000 cash prize)
The Residents of a luxury apartment tower find they are players in a game where they must either entertain whoever or whatever is somehow watching and judging them, or they will die.

2nd Place - Security by Brian Hurney
3rd Place - Kidding by David Holstein

Writers Guild of America, West Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, "The WGAW joins Slamdance in supporting emerging writers, and those whose work is made with an economy of means. Slamdance's annual Screenwriting and Teleplay competition has always found writers of talent, and provided them with opportunities to expose their fine work to the larger community."

"Partnering with Slamdance was a natural fit for JuntoBox Films as we share the mandate of discovering rich and original stories and do so by going outside the traditional paths to discover them," added Philippe Caland, Founder and Co-Chairman of JuntoBox Films. "Through Slamdance's Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition this year, we celebrate talented screenwriters and the exceptional quality of work they've created."

"The 2013 Competition was a big one for us," explains Slamdance Festival Manager Anna Germanidi. "By partnering with JuntoBox Films, we offered our biggest prize ever and brought the grand prize winner one step closer to the production of their script. The Slamdance readers and staff are all very proud of our finalists and we want to congratulate them again for making it this far. These are all scripts we want to see made, and we can't wait to celebrate with you when that happens."

The Slamdance Writing Competition has established a reputation for finding production-worthy screenplays written by emerging talent. Early examples include Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace and The Woodsman written by Nicole Kassel and Stephen Fetcher. Every year finalists' work is acquired for production, and as Chad Crawford Kinkle, the 2011 Grand Prize winning writer of Jug Face said, "it all started at Slamdance." With this year's production development of Butterfly Children, Melanie Schiele is bound to agree.

The Slamdance 2013 Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition sponsors are JuntoBox Films, Writers Guild of America, West and Pierce Law Group, LLP.

Updated: 10/10/2013
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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web: http://www.slamdance.com
Email: submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

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Updated: 10/18/2007

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Andrew B Smith

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Updated: 02/24/2006

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Amir Ohebsion

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Updated: 02/28/2005

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Gary Miner

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Updated: 12/26/2003
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