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FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 162
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 861-4445 (voice)
(401) 490-6735 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@film-festival.org

Contact: George T. Marshall, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
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Objective

To discover and honor the new voices of independent film. Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language. The key element is that of communication and how it complements and is transformed by the language of film.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/15/2017

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Notification: October 9, 2017 (over Columbus Day Weekend)

Rules

Screenplays must have been written after January 2016.

Screenplays entered into the competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans. The Grand Prize winner will become a central focus during ScriptBiz™ the screenplay pitch forum held during the Festival. The Grand Prize winner will also receive prizes valued at over $10,000. This includes travel, up to four nights accommodations, Final Draft software and screenplay promotions. Since the contest winners are announced following the main Festival, the Grand Prize winner’s work will be a focal point for RIIFF 2018 with the official trophy presented at the Festival's Opening Night Celebration.

Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language. The key element is that of communication and how it complements and is transformed by the language of film.

The deadline for 2017 screenplay submissions is July 15, 2017. Very Important: Winners will be announced by October 9, 2017 (over Columbus Day Weekend).

LINK TO THE FESTIVAL ENTRY: http://film-festival.org/enterascreenplay.php

Entering Procedure:
  • Screenplays must have a title page which includes only the title. The applicant's name should not appear on the cover or any other page of the screenplay. Judges will not be aware of the entrant's name.
  • Entry must include an application. Keep a copy of your completed application form for reference.
  • For confirmation that we received your entry, include a self-addressed stamped postcard.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per entrant provided separate applications and submission fees accompany each entry.
  • The Festival is not responsible for screenplays lost or damaged in transit.
  • Screenplays will not be returned.
  • Please make a copy of your screenplay for your files.
  • Digital entries are now accepted in PDF.

Awards

The Grand Prize winner will become a central focus during ScriptBiz the screenplay pitch forum held during the Festival. The Grand Prize winner will also receive prizes valued at over $10,000. This includes travel, up to four nights accommodations, Final Draft software and screenplay promotions. Since the contest winners are announced following the main Festival, the Grand Prize winner’s work will be a focal point for RIIFF 2018 with the official trophy presented at the Festival's Opening Night Celebration.

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 162
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 861-4445 (voice)
(401) 490-6735 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@film-festival.org

Contact: George T. Marshall, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 162
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 861-4445 (voice)
(401) 490-6735 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@film-festival.org

Contact: George T. Marshall, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Rhode Island Fest Names Contest Winner

Barry Brennessel from Silver Spring, MD has been named the Best Screenplay Grand Prize Winner for this year's Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition. Barry's winning screenplay is entitled "Anh Sang."

Updated: 10/31/2017

RIIFF Announces 2014 Screenplay Contest Winners

George Billard from Eldred, NY is the Best Screenplay Grand Prize Winner for this year's FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 11/08/2014

Rhode Island Fest Announces Screenplay Contest Winners

Jenna Sullivan and Quentin James from Marshfield, MA were the Best Screenplay Grand Prize Winners for this year's 2013 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 11/06/2013

RIIFF Announces Contest Results

Alfred Thomas Catalfo from Dover, NH, was the Grand Prize Winner from among 367 submissions to this year's 2012 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 10/24/2012

RIIFF Announces Contest Winners

Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold from Brunswick, Maine has been named the Grand Prize Winner for this year's 2011 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 11/02/2011

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 162
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 861-4445 (voice)
(401) 490-6735 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@film-festival.org

Contact: George T. Marshall, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Ellen Gavin

An interview with screenwriter Ellen Gavin regarding the RIIFF/Rhode Island Writing Competition.

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

A: I wrote "Rebels and Roses" in the Graduate Department at UCLA while on sabbatical from my job running a theater in San Francisco. I take the Lawrence, Ma. Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, wherein women and children fought a bitter battle to end child labor in the U.S., and juxtapose it with the story of a Puerto Rican mom coming off welfare. Blanche, who is based on my grandmother, a real Lawrence child laborer, and Migdalia who cares for her, form a bond similar to the characters in Fried Green Tomatoes. It has glorious set pieces and presumes that history repeating itself can sometimes be a good thing.

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

A: It looked very reputable, and my feeling was that given it was an international festival, there would be more appreciation for a soulful script. Also that it was an East Coast contest gave me the sense that the nuances would be understood, given that it is set in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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: Yes. It is a bit odd that the contest winners are announced after their festival and that winners were invited the following year. But the folks seem extremely diligent and responsible.

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

A: No feedback from this contest. It has placed in other contests as well, Moondance, Writer's Network. Notes from Slamdance were particularly helpful.

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

A: The contest gives you an Inktip.com registration as a prize. So I've received a number of requests for the script from that placement. But Inktip's membership on the producer side seems a bit limited.

I have three agents and one producer waiting on rewrites for "Santiago's Big Fish."

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

A: I run a theater company in San Francisco, the Brava Theater Center. I have written four plays and I'm working on my fourth screenplay. My most recent is Santiago's Big Fish, based on a true story I heard in Mexico. The set up: a gigantic block of cocaine falls out of the sky over the Mexican Riviera and nearly capsizes the fishing boat of the poor but ambitious Santiago Morales. The question is whether this will be opportunity or the curse of a lifetime.

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

A: I split my time between LA and San Francisco. I'll move there when I survive as a screenwriter full-time.

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

A: I've started a political thriller that is a cross between Z and Body Heat. I'm writing a fictional Henry Kissinger character who gets entrapped and brought to justice for crimes against humanity. His nemesis is a thrill-seeking lesbian journalist.

Posted Thursday, January 8, 2004