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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.

Updated: 10/16/2014

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.

Updated: 10/10/2013

Slamdance and Juntobox Films Partner for the Grandest Slamdance Screenplay Competition Prize

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.

Updated: 03/12/2013

Slamdance Announces 2012 Writing Competition Winners

The Bloodline, written by Sneha Koorse, has won the 2012 Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize. Sneha was awarded $8,000 in cash prizes for her original teleplay at an awards ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild Of America, West last night on October 3, 2012. It's the first time a teleplay has won Slamdance's Grand Prize.

Updated: 10/04/2012

Slamdance Winner DEAD IN THE ROOM Now Online

Slamdance-winning screenplay, DEAD IN THE ROOM, is now available for viewing.

Updated: 07/25/2012

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 Gary Miner

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

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

A: Title: Wizard of Genoa

Before Marilyn Manson's wicked antics, even before Elvis' infamous swoon-inducing hip-shaking, there was Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), violin virtuoso of the Romantic period.

The violinist performed with such force and speed that a story began to circulate that he was in league with the devil. It was said, "Paganini looked like a magician and his playing justified his looks."

Paganini traveled as a virtuoso violinst, at first in Italy and then, from 1828 abroad, causing a sensation wherever he went, his phenomenal technique giving rise to rumors of diabolical assistance.

Once his fame was established, Paganini's life was a mixture of triumphs and personal excesses. He earned large sums of money but he indulged recklessly in gambling and other forms of amusements.

Achilles Paganini, 15 is trying to come to terms with who his dying father really is.

The French thought the "Parisian Idol" Charles Lafont was the world's best violinist. The Italians believed the "Wizard of Genoa" was the best. The two violinists "duel" on stage at the La Scala Theater in Milan.

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

A: The reason I entered SLAMDANCE was the catagory for period pieces. I thought I might have a better chance with my Historical Epic. I also thought it might be fun to hang out at the "Sundance Film Festival" with the Slamdance people in Park City, Utah.

I entered "Wizard of Genoa" in the "36th Annual Houston International Film Festival" and won "Best of Show" for "Best Unproduced Screenplay." Last year Wizard won "First Place at "Red Inkworks and a Finalist in "Scriptrep."

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: I was very satisfied with the adminstration of the contest. They gave me my $500 award at an awards banquet at the Writer's Guild of America, west. I had a chance to meet some of the judges from the Writer's Guild. SLAMDANCE will also announce my award at the film festival at Park City, Utah.

I actually received more awards than promised. SLAMDANCE has arranged for scenes from all the winning scripts to be performed on stage by well known actors at theaters around Los Angeles. This will take place between February and April. Film industry people will be invited to the performances.

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

A: SLAMDANCE did give written feedback on script that was helpful. What was most helpful was talking to the judges in person at the Writer's Guild of America, west in person.

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

A: Winning "Third Place" at SLAMDANCE has done more for me than winning "First Place" at other contests.

The top three winners received an article on the last page of the Sept. 12-14th issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. From the article I received e-mails and phone calls requesting WIZARD OF GENOA from:

1. Heydey Films - Warner Brothers 2. Sobini Films - Lion's Gate Ent. 3. Trillion Entertainment 4. Bedford Falls Entertainment 5. New Regency Entertainment 6. HBO 7. Samuel Goldwyn Films 8. Eugene Davis Enterprises - Germany 9. Cliff Roberts - William Morris Agency

Three months after receiving WIZARD OF GENOA only HBO and New Regency" has passed. I'm still waiting to hear from the other companies.

I have a Beverly Hills manager, Harley Bauer at Flutie Entertainment that hand delivered script to companies.

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

A: I received my M.A. degree in sculpture from Calif. State University, Fullerton. I received my B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. I attended U.C.L.A. Film School Extension classes at the Screenwriter's Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Film Critic Stephen Farber taught the classes.

I taught art at the Middle School, High School and College level. From 1990-1995 I taught art at Shasta College in Redding and College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA.

I have completed three screenplays and one teleplay. They have all been Finalist in screenwriting competitions.

1. Wizard of Genoa 2. Samaria 3. Helitack 4. Rogue Cops (teleplay)

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

A: I lived in Los Angeles for twelve years. I currently live by San Francisco. If I am selected as one of the top ten Finalist in the Disney contest I plan to move to L.A.

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

A: My new script's a bio/pic about the singer Sam Cooke. My working title is "You Send Me."

If anyone wants to read my scripts go to Inktips.com or contact my manager at:

Harley Bauer 310.247.1100 hbauer@flutieent.com

Flutie Entertainment 9300 Wilshire Blvd., #333 Beverly Hills, CA 90064

Posted Friday, December 26, 2003