ENDAS International Screenplay Competition is produced by ENDAS, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sports and culture.
ENDAS International Screenplay Competition strives to encourage artistic innovation, promote, and foster new and creative authors.
Best Script: 1000 Euro;
Category award. 200 euro
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New Jersey writer Bob Messinger’s screenplay, The C.O., about the early days of the war in Iraq, has taken Best Script honors in the ENDAS International Screenplay Competition.
Results have been announced for the 2010 Endas International Screenwriting Competition.
Results have been announced for the 2009 Endas International Screenwriting Competition for 2009.
An interview with screenwriter Alexia Murray regarding the ENDAS Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: "Coming Apart in Italia" is the title of the script, and I co-wrote it with Dyanne White, although she spent most of her time making tea and supplying the chocolate while I wrote... It won the best comedy section at ENDAS. It's a comedy (duh) about 3 forty-something moms that are trapped by the hell of a family vacation gone bad in Italy, and they jump ship and dump their kids on their husbands to embark on a road trip...where they all die. No, no! It's a comedy. That's not how it ends. Let's just say they embark on a road trip that changes their lives.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 was surfing moviebytes for interesting contests, and I came across ENDAS, I noticed it had great report cards/interviews. I was particularly interested because it is an international Italian contest, and since my screenplay takes place in Italy, I felt it would be a good contest to participate in.Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?
A: The contest was adminstered impeccably by Silvio Nacucchi. Every deadline was met, every question answered curteously. Dyanne and I were given four-star accomodation in Genoa, Italy as well as a great welcome dinner with the other winners and some of the jurors. We were driven to the awards ceremony hosted at a spectacular villa called Villa Bombrini (also home to the Ligurian Film Commission) where we were interviewed by local media and gave our acceptance speeches. There we met the president of the Ligurian Film Commission, the American Consul and some Italian journalists. We also got a nifty plaque... that Dyanne has (darn!).Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: It took Dyanne and I about a year and a half to write the script... I had just had my second child, and a lot of the script was written (with one finger) while breastfeeding and during the baby's nap. I remember wishing my baby would take longer naps... what mother doesn't? Luckily we did write an outline before hand, that way we knew what we were doing (more or less). I'm sure the prolactin would have sent us off on a some hormonal tangent if we hadn't had an outline to follow. It seems like we've writen endless drafts... Maybe we were on draft 4 or 5 by the time we sent it to Endas. We're still tweaking and changing it... I don't think a screenplay is ever finished!Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?
A: We used Screenwriter Moviemagic to write the script. I love that program, it makes everything so easy.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: When I work on my own projects, I try to write every day, usually about 2 hours at a time...but would love to do more. I write for a TV series, and when we're on deadline we have to write a lot more or our story editor gets mean!Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: Yes, I do get writer's block. I write...probably badly, but I write.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: Falling Apart is my third feature script. I write a kid's sitcom for Italian Public TV (RAI). This is my third season with them.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I don't live in LA. My sister does though... does that count? I don't have any plans to move there. But I didn't plan on moving to Rome, Italy, and here I am. Life is a wonderful and mysterious thing.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I'm working on a new script now. It's very exciting, but as I'm supersitious I won't reveal anything... maybe you'll read about it soon on another moviebytes interview though!