Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Slamdance

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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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 41    
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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 23rd 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 our filmmaking community. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition has consistently linked finalists work to management representation, option and production agreements. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early April 6, 2020 $50
Regular June 8, 2020 $60 9
Late July 20, 2020 $75 51
Final July 27, 2020 $75 58

See website for other TV pilot and short script entry fees. Every entrant will receive short feedback from one of our readers. It will include a genre suggestion, a logline, and a paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The goal of the feedback is to provide you with short & sweet constructive criticism of your work. A full coverage service is available for an additional fee.

Notification:

  • QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: September 15, 2020
  • SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: September 22, 2020
  • TOP 12 ANNOUNCED: September 29, 2020
  • WGAW AWARDS PARTY: October 8, 2020

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, TV Pilot, and Short categories will each receive $2,000 in cash.
  • The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the next Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
  • 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 and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP. The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the upcoming 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 each year.

Slamdance

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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 41    
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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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 41    
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Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Andrew B Smith

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

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: “Hay’s Code” is a comedy. In 1934, a gay director named Roger Hay has to shoot a movie based on a gay novel. The studio doesn’t know that, of course, so he has to make the movie without revealing its true content or, naturally, his own sexuality. Eventually he and his cast and crew must defend the film before the zealous enforcers of the Hays Code that governed the movie business then.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Slamdance is finding new voices, genuine diversity, and smaller films that might get overlooked at other places.

“Hay’s Code” won the Skyline Award, first place for Best City Story, at Slamdance.

The script also placed third in the “One in Ten” contest.

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: The folks at Slamdance and at Andrew Lauren Productions were great. Everything’s more exciting now that so many gay-themed movies were nominated for so many Oscars. There’s buzz from all directions. We’re pumped.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: We had a staged reading in New York at IFM, and again at Slamdance at Park City. We’ve got another one scheduled as part of “Slamdance on Stage” at 7:30 pm, Thursday, April 13, at Renberg Theatre in The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Los Angeles.

The feedback from audiences has been, y’know, laughter. That’s why we keep bringing the story to the stage. People enjoy being immersed in another time and place that are so relevant to right now. They’re fascinated by the history. The story is screwball comedy wrapped inside the stifling, life-and-death 1930s. It’s for real, there’s a lot at stake, but it’s fun. When you make people laugh, you get them to care about your characters and what’s happening to them. Laughter is a revolutionary act.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I’ve had meetings with the big agencies and management firms, and I’ve narrowed it down to two or three. They're calling me "multi-platform" -- I write comedies and thrillers. We’re talking about an overall plan for me as well as for this story. I’ve been advised to keep it to myself, away from producers, till I sign, so we’ll see.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I received an honorary degree in theoretical mathematics from a fictional university.

The rules say a writer’s supposed to pick comedy or drama and stick with it, but the rules get written by rulebreakers.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Yes

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Of course I’m working on a new script. I’m a writer.

Posted Friday, February 24, 2006

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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 41    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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