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Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Contact

10061 Riverside Dr. #495
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(916) 505-3684 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: ads@fernleif.com

Contact: Douglas Neff, Festival Organizer

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Have you ever asked yourself "How will anyone know how good my screenplay is, if it never made into a film?" Here is your chance to see your screenplay brought to life. The winner in each category will receive a custom certificate or festival plaque. Also, winners are eligible for IMDB credit as this competition is an IMDB qualified event.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 12/10/2016

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Notification: December 12, 2016

Rules

  1. Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
  2. Screenplays must be in English.
  3. Screenplays can be in any genre.
  4. Screenplays length depends on category.
  5. Screenplays must be formatted by industry standards and submitted in PDF format.
  6. All check payments must be payable in U.S. dollars to ''Fernleif Productions'' and drawn from U.S. banks. U.S. Money Orders are also accepted.
  7. Any check returned to us for non-payment will be subject to a $15 service fee.
  8. To enter the BIB Competition you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.
  9. Film and Screenplay selection for the Festival will be made by the Festival Committee. All decisions are final.

Awards

The “Back in the Box” Screenplay Competition (BIB) is an opportunity to showcase your work and compete for prizes and awards.

Film Awards include many categories including:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Song
  • Best Cinematography
  • and many others

Screenplay Awards include several categories as well including:

  • Best Feature Length Screenplay
  • Best Short Screenplay
  • Best Screenplay based on Historical Events
  • Best Plot Twist
  • and many others

Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Contact

10061 Riverside Dr. #495
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(916) 505-3684 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: ads@fernleif.com

Contact: Douglas Neff, Festival Organizer

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Contact

10061 Riverside Dr. #495
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(916) 505-3684 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: ads@fernleif.com

Contact: Douglas Neff, Festival Organizer

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Back in the Box Names 2015 Screenplay Winners

Michael Vincent Montgomery's Neema and Sid Go Totally Off Grid has been named the Best Original Screenplay of the 2015 Back in the Box Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 01/11/2016

Back in the Box Announces Contest Winners

Shane McCabes's THE BASE has been named the winner of the 2009 Back in the Box Screenwriting Competition for a Feature Length screenplay. Other winners included Kathy Herndl's short screenplay "Re: Action"; Rubi Herrera's micro-short screenplay, "Yes, there is an afterlife, but it is only 6 minutes long"; and Gordon Phipp's Episodic screenplay "Clauidia's Mother".

Updated: 12/02/2009

Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Contact

10061 Riverside Dr. #495
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(916) 505-3684 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: ads@fernleif.com

Contact: Douglas Neff, Festival Organizer

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Shane McCabe

An interview with screenwriter Shane McCabe regarding the Back in the Box Writing Competition.

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

A: The script is titled The Base and it is psychological thriller in which we follow an hour an a half in the life of a young NSA Profiler as she forces herself to relive her own harrowing abduction in attempt to get inside the mind of a child serial killer and bring closure to a case which has haunted an entire investigative unit.

In many ways it is a redemptive tale told against the backdrop of whether or not torture can ever be justified where we ask the hard question..."If your child were taken, how far would you go to get that child back..."

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 really liked the vibe and the mission objective from this competition...I mean a production offer on a script is hard to turn down, so I entered late in the day and got the fantastic news that I'd won just before Christmas...Happy Christmas...

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: Yes, very much so...I have had a number of serious meeting with the producer and we are on track to shoot The Base summer/fall of next year.

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 me three weeks to actually write the first draft, but in truth it was the three months outlining it which enabled me to complete it in this time frame. Yes, I wrote a treatment before I wrote the script as I do with all my scripts. I entered a third draft into the competition...

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Final Draft

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: No. Writing is a for me only part of the process...I do not have a set time, nor do I write every day...It's not a discipline thing, I just write when I am ready, but I am always conceptualizing...an idea will come and I'll think that it may be a good premise for a movie...write it down and come back to it later...When I am writing an actual script, the answer is yes, I write every day...I don't have a set time to write...I don't get up extra early or work particularly late...

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: I don't want to jinx myself here but I have been lucky to date and never had writer's block.

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

A: I'm and economics major who went into acting and then found a voice as a writer/director...yes I have written a number of scripts now...

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

A: No, I live in Dublin, Ireland but am in the process of looking into moving to LA. I have actually just returned from a trip to LA and Austin.

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

A: I will direct a short I wrote in the new year and yes I'm writing a new feature script...it's a major big budget time travel adventure...no expense spared caper...

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010