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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The Vail Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access. The festival awards prizes to the top six winners in both the feature and short screenplay categories. Attending filmmakers/producers have included Kevin Smith, Zach Braff, Luke Wilson, Harold Ramis, Edward Pressman (Wall Street, American Psycho), Christine Lubrano (IFC), Adam Kassen (81 Pictures), Rob Williams (Wellspring), Laura Bickford (Traffic), and many more.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  1. You may enter as many scripts as you like, but each must be accompanied by a separate Entry and the required entry fee.
  2. Entries must be written in English. The screenplay(s) must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.
  3. Entries must be submitted online. ONLINE ENTRY: Online entry can only be accepted for screenplays submitted through Final Draft (.FDR or .FDS), Adobe (.PDF), or Microsoft Word formats.
  4. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
  5. Scripts must be between 70-125 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
  6. Judging is solely on the screenplay. Do not include the following information or materials as they will be disregarded: logline, synopsis, treatment, or any additional materials not specifically requested.
  7. Script collaborations are allowed, however, each writer must sign the application form (space is provided on the form), and the work must be the sole and exclusive property of the collaborators.
  8. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstances.
  9. Writer(s) retain ALL rights for their entry(ies) when entering our competition.
  10. Adaptations are acceptable for entry in our competition only if you have all the appropriate and/or required approvals/waivers/permissions from any and all right holders. If you are unsure, please consult an entertainment attorney for your own protection

Awards

1st Place
1st Place Screenwriting Winner receives: $1500 cash. Coffee with an established producer during the Vail Film Festival. Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2011 Vail Film Festival, 3 night hotel accomodations in Vail, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 1st place winner. Announcement as winner of the VFF Screenwriting Competition at the Official Awards Ceremony covered by national media. Announcement of winner in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide.
Cash Award Value: 1,500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 7,500 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
2nd Place Screenwriting Winner receives: Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2011 Vail Film Festival, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 2nd place winner. Announcement of award in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide.
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
3rd Place Screenwriting Winner receives: Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents. 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2011 Vail Film Festival, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception, Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 3rd place winner. Announcement of award in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide.
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Vail Fest Names Screenplay Winners

Andrew Kightlinger's Tater Tot & Patton has been named the winner of the 2015 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Stan Rodman's Rule of Law won the Short Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 02/11/2015

Vail Film Festival Announces Screenplay Contest Winners

Mike Bencivenga's Running Gun has been named the winner of the Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 02/16/2010

VFF 2010 Announces Finalists

The Vail Film Festival has announced their screenplay contest finalists for 2010.

Updated: 01/19/2010

Vail Film Festival Announces Contest Winners

Chasing Echoes by Bill Schreiber has been named the winner of the Vail Film Festival Feature Screenwriting Contest. Shoe by Nick Kelly was the winner in the short script category.

Updated: 02/25/2009

Vail Film Festival 2008 Screenplay Contest Results

Poe's Second Chance by Nancy Sanders has been named the 1st Place Winner of the 2008 Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 03/10/2008

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 747
Vail, CO 81658
970-476-1092 (voice)
646-349-1767 (fax)

Web: www.vailfilmfestival.org
Email: info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Nancy Sanders

An interview with screenwriter Nancy Sanders regarding the Vail Film Festival Writing Competition.

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

A: Poe's Second Chance won first place in the 2008 feature screenplay competition. It is about a producer of a hit tv show about "past lives" who is planning her exit strategy from the broadcast when a mysterious man calling himself Edgar Allan Poe appears as a contestant, and throws her world into turmoil.

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

A: I spend time in Vail and had heard good things about the film festival, so it seemed a natural one to enter! The script also placed in the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival, as Finalist in Moondance, and Semifinalist in Women in Film/NY-More Magazine screenplay competitions.

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 contest in Vail. They came through on all that was promised, including a reading by actors during the film festival.

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

A: I was given a lot of compliments that is for sure, but most importantly, I heard the script read for the first time by actors and that was the best feedback I could have received. I could tell what areas needed improvement.

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

A: Yes, I was contacted by a producer who asked for an exclusive to pitch for a few months (didn't work out, but it was a great effort.) and I now have a manager in L.A. as a result of the festival. So yes, the festival made a difference!

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

A: I have written several feature scripts...Virginia Gentlemen, Weight of an Anchor, Exit Strategy...formerly named INSIDE OUTING, Beastie Bridesmaids, and Chisel Me. All of these have placed high in the usual competitions.

Also I wrote a short film script, Nail Talk, and a sitcom pilot, GOOD & EVIE, which was a finalist several years ago in the Scriptapalooza contest and one of Bette Midler's executives top choices, when she was looking at sitcoms many years ago...and picked the wrong one, obviously!

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

A: Don't live there, but would like to! If I had enough interest say, in the sitcom, then I would probably need to have a home there.

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

A: Yes, I have two projects I am planning as we speak. Both are comedies since I think they will play better with audiences than dramas in the economic downturn..which may last a few years! I have noticed that every movie I have gone to see lately has been packed with people. My father told me that during the depression, that is all he saved his money for--to go see movies. Even when he was starving. True story!

Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2009