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.
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Slamdance and JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio for filmmakers and fans, today announced a partnership for the 2013 Screenplay Competition to discover and support emerging writing talent. This year's Grand Prize by JuntoBox Films is the largest offered by Slamdance to the winning writer in the nineteen years of the competition's history. In addition to the $10,000 cash, JuntoBox Films is committing a minimum of $50,000 towards production financing with the option to fully fund the Grand Prize winner.
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An interview with screenwriter Amir Ohebsion regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: THE APOLOGY (co-written with David Diaan & Babak Shokrian). It's a character study of an exiled showman who struggles with an offer to issue a humiliating apology in exchange for permission to return to his homeland.Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: Winning Slamdance has definitely generated lots of interest from both managers and production companies, though we're still seeking representation. As part of the reward, Slamdance will be staging a reading of the screenplay on May 23 and we're certainly looking forward to that.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: Besides THE APOLOGY, I completed two other screenplays in 2004: A suspense drama entitled DRAGOMIR (co-written with Omid Arabian) which was a semi-finalist in the Academy's Nicholl Fellowships, placing in the top 1% of over 6000 entries; and JIMMY VESTVOOD, AMERIKAN HERO (co-written with Maz Jobrani), a comedy about a Clouseau-type private investigator who finds himself at the center of a film noir murder plot as he studies for the citizenship exam with his overprotective mother.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Absolutely! It's a cross between a romantic sci-fi suspense thriller and a high-concept coming-of-age gay musical comedy. As you might have guessed, Action-Adventure is not my forte. Seriously though, I'm working on a spiritual thriller in the vein of "Sixth Sense" and "The Ring" but without any ghosts.