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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 46    
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Objective

Attend the 2020 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals as the Table Read My Screenplay Grand Prize Winner! You'll receive cash, a trip to Park City, a table read of your winning script, and industry connections. Plus, an established director will workshop your script prior to your Table Read Showcase in Park City with professional actors.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early October 22, 2019 $39 (features & TV Pilots); $19 (shorts & web series) 5
Final November 28, 2019 $59 (features & TV Pilots); $39 (shorts & web series) 42

Notification: Top 100 & Top 25: December 17, 2019; Grand Prize & Top 10: January 2, 2020.

Rules

Please see website.

Awards

Prizes include:
  • $1500 Cash
  • Flight & Lodging in Park City
  • Sundance Film Festival Experience
  • Invitation onto the Development Slate
  • ISAConnect Membership
  • Industry Connections
  • Live Table Read of Your Script
  • Sundance Movie Tickets
  • 4 Days of Parties & Events
See website for more.

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 46    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 46    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Table Read My Screenplay Names Austin Contest Winners

The Table Read My Screenplay Competition has announced Rachel Kempf's Dirty Words as the winner of a table read at this year's Austin Film Festival.

Updated: 09/18/2019

Table Read My Screenplay Names Hollywood Winners

The Table Read My Screenplay Contest has announced Bonnie Gross, Jasmine Leyva and Anthony Fernandez as the Grand Prize Winners of their "Hollywood" competition.

Updated: 07/10/2019

Table Read My Screenplay Names Grand Prize Winners

Cannabiz by Shane Elizabeth Roche has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Table Read My Screenplay (Park City) Screenwriting Competition in the Feature/TV Pilot Category. Anaesthesia by John Harden was named the Grand Prize Winner in the Short/Web Series Pilot Category.

Updated: 01/04/2019

Table Read My Screenplay Names Hollywood Contest Winners

Stringer by Elaine Loh has been named the winner of the 2018 Hollywood Table Read My Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 07/18/2018

Table Read My Screenplay Names Contest Winners

Table Read my Screenplay has named their 2018 Park City Contest Winners.

Updated: 02/23/2018

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 46    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Stuart Land

An interview with screenwriter Stuart Land regarding the Table Read Writing Competition.


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

A: Todd McCoy's Adventure West won 1st place in the Action/adventure category. It's about a selfish NYC street-urchin who's thrown from a train in 1872 Wyoming when he discover something nefarioius. He's suddenly faced with rivers, trees, Indians, mountain men, and kidnappers. He finds his true self by losing everything, and then puts his life on the line to save his friends.

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 liked the idea of going to Sundance and having actors read my script. I haven't seen snow in over 15 years, I miss skiing. I entered this script in two other contests. One had three reader: two liked it, but one didn't, so it didn't move up. The other is still in session, but I've placed as a semi-finalist so far, with results due in March.

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: So far they have honored all their prizes, but they're spread out, so won't know for another few weeks. Mostly I'm interested in who they showed the script to.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Well, if you count waiting time, it took eight years. I pitched the initial synopsis at a conference eight years ago and everyone loved it, but said it would never get made because it starred a 12-year-old boy, and was a period piece. Stupidly, I listened to that nonsense and put off writing it for all that time. When I got back to it last fall, it took about six weeks to write and polish. I might add, that I understand structure quite well, and decided to structure the story from a different logic than "Save the Cat." Apparently, some people get it, and some don't.

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

A: I wrote this, and all my screenplay in Movie Magic Screenwriter. However, this contest awarded me Final Draft, so maybe I'll give it a try.

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

A: When I'm in writing mode, that is, working a particular project, I write every day, 6-15 hours, seven days a week.

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

A: Once I'm writing, luckily, I don't get writer's block, mainly because I allow my characters to tell the story, not me. Sometimes it takes me a while to get going initially, doing all the research and such. I teach writing, and when my student complain of writer's block, I tell them to stop trying to write for the characters, let them write for themselves. Every action and reaction, whether dialogue or situational, is a result of conflict where one character wants something, and the other character wants essentially the same thing. Only one can triumph. Approach writer's block as as a confrontation where there are countless ways to obtain your goal. Let your characters battle it out. You stay out of the way.

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

A: I've written 18 screenplays, and 8 published novels, along with a few TV hour-longs, and spec series, short stories, and poems. I've optioned some of my scripts and sold one to China last year.

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

A: I've lived in LA before for many years. I'd be happy to visit, but in this day and age, I see no reason to move back there. Of course, I might be persuaded with some nice digs in Malibu.

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

A: I'm presently writing the third book in my ORIGINAL BLOOD vampire series. You can find all my books on Amazon. I'm also scripting a romantic comedy.

Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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