The PAGE Awards competition was established by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development execs. Our goal: to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the country and around the world. And due to the success of our winning writers, the PAGE Awards have rapidly become one of the most important sources for new screenwriting talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide.
One of the most frustrating things about so many screenwriting contests - both for the writers and for the judges - is that scripts of different genres are in competition with each other. But how can you compare a comedy to an action script? How do you rank a family film against a thriller? Moreover, why is it that most contests only reward the screenwriter who writes a powerful drama, while many of the most successful movies made in Hollywood are comedies, thrillers, action flicks and family films?
In order to address this problem, and to encourage a wide variety of screenwriting talent, the PAGE Awards judges present prizes in ten different genre categories:
TV Drama Pilot
TV Comedy Pilot
Not only will this year's winning writers receive a total of over $50,000 in cash and prizes, but most importantly, the contest is judged entirely by working professionals in the film and television industry, so all contestants have the opportunity to get their work into the hands of Hollywood professionals currently in search of new talent.
Notification: Winners announced on October 15, 2013
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The hit U.K. comedy series SPY, created and written by 2008 PAGE Award winner Simeon Goulden, is now headed for ABC primetime. Having just finished its second successful season on Sky 1 HD in the U.K., Deadline.com announced that ABC has ordered an adaptation of the show for the States.
2006 PAGE Silver Prize winner Sang Kyu Kim has been hired as a writer/producer on the hit AMC series THE WALKING DEAD. Sang previously worked as a staff writer on the Starz series CRASH and the TNT series HAWTHORNE.
Since winning his PAGE Award in 2008, Bill Dubuque has been working non-stop. His spec THE ACCOUNTANT was picked up and is being produced by Silverwood Films (BLUE VALENTINE, HALF NELSON). He was hired to adapt THE BROTHERHOODS for Warner Bros. and Lin Pictures (SHERLOCK HOLMES, JUSTICE LEAGUE). He was then hired by Team Downey to script the new feature THE JUDGE for Robert Downey Jr. And he has now closed a huge two-picture blind deal with Team Downey and Warner Bros. to write two new movies for Robert Downey Jr. Bill is represented by PAGE Judge Eric Williams at Zero Gravity Management and Trevor Astbury at Paradigm.
The Winners of the 9th annual PAGE International Screenwriting Awards competition have now been announced, and the Judges have awarded this year's $25,000 Grand Prize to Tobin Addington of Brooklyn, New York, for his gripping thriller THE UNRAVELING.
The PAGE Awards have announced their 2012 finalist in all categories.
An interview with screenwriter Colin Preston regarding the International Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: "Precipice Bird" A man with no past comes to Loch Ness and falls in love with a local woman and her son. After building a life together, he and the boy accidentally kill Nessie and become infamous overnight. The man is driven away from town and his family, he disappears. Sixteen years later, the boy is a young man, a sought after photographer for dangerous situations in the wilds of the world. A call comes from an old friend of the man. The man is very much alive, though his whereabouts are unknown, and he’s sent a diary that dates back before Loch Ness. He’s found a legend or two that the world forgot and he wants the young man to find them, too. From the mountainous forests of the northwest to the deserts of north Africa, the young man trails his past and finds myths in ghosts. He discovers that the best memories and the biggest heroes come to life more than once.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: It seemed solid and the principles behind it were in line with mine. The coordinators were easily accessible and professional. Yes, I've entered many contests with this script and it has made final rounds in most.Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?
A: Yes, I was very satisfied with the contest coordinators and they met their deadlines to the day (unreal!). Too soon to say about the rewards, but I don't expect there to be any issues.Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?
A: No, no feedback is offered in this competition.Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: I was able to use this win to stoke the fires of some current conversations with agents and managers, but I expect there to be many more contacts due to the publicity generated through the contest.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I have a background in writing and psychology. I've written five award winning screenplays, including some that have hit significant heights. I'm also a licensed psychotherapist with a full private practice, the experience from which helps develop the relationships and dialogue in most of my scripts.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: No, Seattle. I lived in LA for graduate work at UCLA, but while I travel there often, I find that commuter flights and FedEx are easier on a writing career than living in LA was.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I have five new scripts about to release, including a few comedies I've loved writing, another action-adventure piece, and a horror project that scared me so much to write that I don't think I'll see it if it's ever made.