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Screenplay Festival

Screenplay Festival

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15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

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Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
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Objective

Now Accepting Television Scripts! The writers spoke, and we listened. We have now added four categories to our contest for television scripts.

Screenplay Festival now features the following categories:

Feature Film: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller Horror Television: Half Hour Pilot, Half Hour Spec, One Hour Pilot, One Hour Spec

As one of the highest rated contests on MovieBytes, Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this "chicken and egg" problem. By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality -- not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together -- Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

The competition's categories ensure that a truly wonderful script is not punished or ignored because it is in a genre that does not usually win awards. There is no limit to the frustration experienced by the writer who commits the crime of writing "fun" or "likeable" material. In this world of awards, it always seems to be "important" films that win the accolades. In reality, people love dramas, and they love comedies and action movies and thrillers and horror flicks. Writing for a fun genre should not forbid a writer from having their talents acknowledged.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/01/2017

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Rules

  1. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years or older, including co-authored material.
  2. Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for Screenplay Festival. Any award won by a co-authored script will be divided evenly among the writers listed on the entry form.
  3. Screenplays that have been previously optioned, sold or produced are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival.
  4. Screenplays must be the original work of the author.
    • Screenplays adapted from other sources that were written by other authors (such as but not limited to books or plays) are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival, regardless of the source author's permission.
    • Screenplays adapted from other sources by the author of that source are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival if the source material has previously optioned, sold or produced.
  5. Submissions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.
  6. Screenplays must be submitted in English.
  7. A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each script submitted.

Awards

Grand Prize Winners (One Per Category) and Honorable Mentions.

Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Screenplay Festival Names Finalists

The Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition has named their 2014 finalists, representing the top 25% of all submissions.

Updated: 03/05/2015

Screenplay Festival Announces Semifinalists

The Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2013 semifinalists, representing the top 50% of entries received.

Updated: 12/21/2013

Screenplay Festival Announces Semifinalists

Screenplay Festival has announced their semifinalists for 2012.

Updated: 12/14/2012

Screenplay Festival Announces Semifinalists

Screenplay Festival has announced their 2011 semifinalists.

Updated: 01/17/2012

Screenplay Festival Announces Contest Winners

The Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2010 final results.

Updated: 06/09/2011

Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Stuart Land

An interview with screenwriter Stuart Land regarding the Screenplay Festival Writing Competition.


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

A: Hi there! I just won Screenplay Festival's grand prize in the action adventure category with Todd McCoy's Adventure West.

After a selfish NYC street urchin discovers his friends are to be sold into servitude, he's thrown from a train in 1872 Wyoming and suddenly is faced with rivers, trees, Indians, mountain men, and kidnappers. He finds his true self by losing everything, 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 having separate categories for screenplays, rather than all genres competing against one another. Also, that the organizers helped promote the winner long after the contest was over.

I entered this script into two other contests. It didn't make it past the first round in one, but in January 2014, won the grand prize in the family category in the Table Read My Screenplay contest.

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: They did meet their deadlines, and notified me by email the same day they announced the winners to the world. I also received all my prizes in a timely manner.

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, I wrote an initial treatment for it almost twenty years ago, and it was shopped around with by a production company with no results. Ten years ago I was discouraged to write it from the producers in Hollywood at the screenwriting conventions I went to, although everyone liked it. Skip ahead ten years, and I decided to write it anyway. I write very strong first drafts, so maybe it went through a few high polishes after that.

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've written all my scripts in Movie Magic through all it's iterations. I've just won Final Draft from a contest, but I see no reason to change at this late date. For my novel writing, I use Word and Scrivener.

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

A: When I'm writing, as opposed to doing other things, I write every day, 6 to 15 hours, seven days a week until the first draft is done.

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

A: I don't get writer's block. I get individual word block, which annoy me to no end. For those who do get writer's block, my only suggestion is to let your characters tell their story instead of you trying to force your will upon them. I've yet to read a good writer who directs their characters' lives.

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

A: I worked in Hollywood many years as a special effects sculptor on some of the biggest movies in the 80s and 90s. I've written 18 screenplays and published 8 novels.

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 working on Indie horror script that I will produce and direct myself. I'll be shooting it in Asia with an all Asian cast. I hope it to be a cross-over film that both Asians and Westerners will love.

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014