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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 Contest Winners

Search For Life, written by Andrea Janakas, has won the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Grand Prize. Search For Life tells the story of a widowed man who, when he investigates why his wife’s internal organs are missing, discovers that both she and other human beings are alive - and being replaced! Janakas was awarded a total of $7,000 in cash prizes for her Original Teleplay at an Awards Ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild of America.

Over 2,500 submissions competed for prizes in the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Slamdance recognizes four categories; each top place received additional cash prizes, or in the case of best Short/Webisode, the option to be produced and premiere at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. The top Slamdance screenplays in each category are as follows:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Search For Life by Andrea Janakas
$5,000 cash prize

FEATURE:
1st Place - The 3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst by HF Crum
$2,000 cash prize & entertainment legal service award from Pierce Law Group, LLP
Based on a true story, the 116 minutes leading up to the assassination of a visionary Mexican presidential candidate told from the POVs of three would-be assassins.

2nd Place - Tween the Ropes by Elizabeth Oyebode
3rd Place - Southern Knights by Scott Bloom & Myra Turley

HORROR:
1st Place - The Hounds of House Rearden by Sean Patrick Geraghty
$2,000 cash prize
A park ranger is recruited by his father and former senator to hunt a murderous creature which turns out to be nothing like anyone expected.

2nd Place - The Chapel by Ben Botwick
3rd Place - Monstrous by Melody Cooper

SHORT/WEBISODE:
1st Place - Over the Line (And Far Away) by David Shushan
Option to be produced & premiere at Slamdance 2016, plus entertainment legal service award from Pierce Law Group, LLP Ready to end his life, a man climbs on a building ledge only to discover he has to take a number and wait in line.

2nd Place - ERAe by Ande Cunningham
Joint 3rd Place - Parable From Calcutta by Thom Newell
Joint 3rd Place - Scallywags by Donna Mae Foronda

ORIGINAL TELEPLAY:
1st Place - Search For Life by Andrea Janakas
$2,000 cash prize

2nd Place - Thread by Dane Anderson
3rd Place - Chronology by Julie Restivo & Oren Kaplan

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is sponsored by Pierce Law Group, LLP and its Awards Ceremony is hosted by the Writers Guild of America, West. WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, "The WGAW joins Slamdance in supporting emerging writers. Slamdance's annual Screenplay Competition has always found writers of talent and promise, and has helped expose their truly deserving work to the larger community."

“This year’s screenplays stood out from the thousands of submissions and impressed us with their originality and strong storylines,” states Festival Director Anna Germanidi. “We are very excited to welcome these talented writers into the Slamdance family and follow their work to the big screen.”

The 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, such as the Cairns brothers’ 100 Bloody Acres, Chad Crawford Kinkle’s Jug Face and Clayton Sakoda’s Swine. New York animator and Slamdance alumnus Wally Chung is currently in production with the 2013 Short Screenplay Winner, Think Ink by Emily Hu, which is set to premiere as a Special Screening at the 2015 Festival. The 21st Slamdance Film Festival will take place in Park City, UT at the Treasure Mountain Inn, from January 23-29, 2015.

Updated: 10/16/2014
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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

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Will Hartman

An interview with screenwriter Will Hartman regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.

Updated: 10/18/2007

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Andrew B Smith

An interview with screenwriter Andrew B Smith regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.

Updated: 02/24/2006

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Amir Ohebsion

An interview with screenwriter Amir Ohebsion regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.

Updated: 02/28/2005

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Gary Miner

An interview with screenwriter Gary Miner regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.

Updated: 12/26/2003
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