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Screenplay Contests Found: 519

Script Pipeline Great TV Show Idea Contest

Final Deadline: 12/31/2018 (expired)

To discover original, high-concept TV show ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for circulation network execs and television producers.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2018 (expired)

The SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition seeks to encourage, recognize and promote talented screenwriters.

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Oregon Short Film Festival

Final Deadline: 12/31/2018 (expired)

The Oregon Short Film Festival is a showcase of independent short films from around the world. We accept short screenplays of all genres that are 30 pages or less. Comedy, Dark Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Horror and anything else that is well written with good character development is eligible.

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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/21/2018 (expired)

$15,000 in Cash Prizes. $10,000 1st Place Cash Prize for Feature screenplays! The Vail Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

The WeScreenplay Feature Competition

Final Deadline: 12/21/2018 (expired)

MISSION: To provide industry exposure and support to feature screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told. FEEDBACK: We believe that writers need feedback to improve, which is why every single entry receives FREE FEEDBACK PROMISE: We promise to give all scripts two rounds of scores and there will be a total of six rounds of scores to ensure fairness and transparency.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

Boomtown Film and Music Festival

Final Deadline: 12/21/2018 (expired)

The Boomtown Film and Music Festival accepts Short (44 or less pages) and Feature (45+ pages) screenplays in any genre! Submit on Film Freeway!

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Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search

Final Deadline: 12/17/2018 (expired)

We want to see the best short screenplays from around the globe.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

International Horror and Sci Fi Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/17/2018 (expired)

To discover the best un-produced short screenplays by talented writers and present their work to LEADING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 12/12/2018 (expired)

With the tremendous box office success of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, BOOK CLUB and THE BIG SICK and the streaming successes of SET IT UP, SIERRA BURGESS IS A LOSER, and TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE, romantic comedies are making a huge comeback for all types of audiences. Variety called Rom-Com's the "Hottest genre" for 2018 and beyond. If you have been sitting on a Rom-Com script or been thinking about writing one, now's the time to get it exposure and we have the perfect opportunity for you! Stage 32 is honored to announce that we have partnered with Amy Baer's Gidden Media to find original, modern romantic comedy feature scripts in our first Romantic Comedy Screenwriting Contest partnership!

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Barnstorm Fest

Final Deadline: 12/05/2018 (expired)

Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every submission receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. THIS SEASON, RECEIVE YOUR FEEDBACK WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Pitch Now Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/30/2018 (expired)

Filmmatic coined a slogan, "Hidden screenplays never get produced". As writers, we spend a lot of our precious time crafting unique scripts, yet we hardly ever employ an equal level of passion when attempting to get our work into the "right hands". The exposure and prestige one can gain from placing or winning a screenplay competition is invaluable, but what do you say this time around we also get you PITCHING! Let's get proactive, let's pick a production company that makes sense for our project, tell them we were a Pitch Now Finalist or Winner, and get them to review our work, now not later ;) All 100 finalists will be able to pitch to a studio or production company of their choice via Virtual Pitch Fest! The competition is open to feature-length and short works, screenplays and teleplays.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

North Europe International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 11/30/2018 (expired)

The North Europe International Film Festival is one of four Festivals presented by Fusion International Film Festivals. Our mission is to bring in films & script projects from ALL over the globe. What can Fusion International Film Festivals offer that you can't already get? The fact is that the films and scripts that we showcase will in the vast majority of cases be exclusive to the Film Festival circuit during that time and, from regions & countries from around the world.

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Enter Stage Write

Final Deadline: 11/19/2018 (expired)

Transition Stage Company want to give as much opportunity as possible to writers who submit to Enter. Stage. Write in the competition and beyond the Competition. We believe in providing creatives with a 'hand up' and putting you in front and in touch with the right people to push your career in the right direction. Every writer wants to see their story come to life – with Enter Stage Write you get just that chance! Along with a £1000 prize for the overall winner, a select number of scripts will be produced and performed at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on December 1st.

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North American Film Awards

Final Deadline: 11/17/2018 (expired)

We believe independent filmmakers deserve to get recognition for the hard work they put into their projects. That's why every eligible entry into the North American Film Awards (NAFA) receives an official nomination laurel and consideration into the award category the entrant submitted to. With over 20 award categories, it is also possible for entrants to receive multiple nominations for unlimited projects.

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Willamette Writers FiLMLaBtv

Final Deadline: 11/16/2018 (expired)

Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot for our script to screen competition. The web series script should be 7 pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with 1-4 speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end, and be aimed at a general audience. After an initial round of judging in Portland, Oregon, 10 finalists will be chosen by our industry professionals in LA.

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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Final Deadline: 11/15/2018 (expired)

Created by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder, publisher and executive producer of MOVIEGUIDE® and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and Dr. Jack Templeton, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® announces the Kairos Prize that will help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/11/2018 (expired)

Open to writers of all levels and backgrounds, the StoryPros International's objective is to recognize, support and promote your work with financial rewards, software and services -- as well as providing an open door to industry professionals with guaranteed reads and promotion to our network of contacts. Past entrants and winners have gone on to representation, options, assignments and sales.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 27 Comments

Athena Iris Lab

Final Deadline: 11/07/2018 (expired)

Submissions are now open for the Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab. The lab is designed for female writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong female characters in leadership roles at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives.

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Film Independent Screenwriting Lab

Final Deadline: 11/05/2018 (expired)

Through personalized feedback from experienced industry professionals and other writers in the program, Screenwriting Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their scripts for production. The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting.

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CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

Final Deadline: 11/04/2018 (expired)

The CineStory Foundation has always believed in helping writers find their voice. We’re entering a world in which the ways to tell stories are limitless. Those stories always begin with a blank page. Our goal with the TV/Digital Series Retreat is to assist writers, whether they long for the collaborative nature of Television or they dream of going out on their own to create their own web series.

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Universal Writers Program

Final Deadline: 10/31/2018 (expired)

The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Diabolical Horror Film Festival

Final Deadline: 10/23/2018 (expired)

We're an online-only film festival that runs once a year in October with a screenplay competition as well. Shorts, features, web series, music videos, documentaries, scripts, etc. can all be submitted. Creepy physical venues are inviting for ghosts but they limit how many people can actually see your work (not to mention with traditional festivals, you usually have to go there to promote your screening to get people to actually show up even at prestigious ones).

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Final Deadline: 10/16/2018 (expired)

We are looking to find the next generation of great feature screenwriters by shining a spotlight on new, fresh voices. And we've enlisted a great industry judging panel from the feature world to help us. THE INDUSTRY PANEL: Brooklyn Weaver – Manager/Producer - Energy Entertainment Anna Culp – EVP – Imagine Jennifer Au – Lit Manager – Untitled Entertainment John Campbell – Creative Executive - Bruckheimer Films David Boxerbaum - Lit Agent/Partner - Verve Ken Freimann - Manager/Producer - Circle of Confusion Brin Lukens – Executive – AwesomenessTV Norm Todd – Creative Executive - Infinitum Nihil Erin Westerman - VP - Lionsgate Chris Sablan - Lit Manager/Producer - Avenue 220 Ava Jamshidi - Lit Manager - Industry Entertainment Tara Farney - Vice President - Vinson Films Janet Jeffries - Development Executive - Lawrence Bender Productions Lucas Carter - VP, Film - Intrigue Entertainment Josh Goldenberg - Lit Manager - Kaplan/Perrone Lucy Kitada - Executive - Michael De Luca Productions Ryan Cunningham - Lit Manager - Madhouse Entertainment John Swetnam - Writer/Producer - Mad Horse Films

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Final Deadline: 10/15/2018 (expired)

Diverse Voices strives to provide a contest that is purely focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices in Hollywood. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices and stories that are currently underrepresented in Hollywood.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition

Final Deadline: 10/10/2018 (expired)

ScreenCraft is dedicated to discovering and promoting writing talent, and our inaugural play competition is searching for emerging playwrights. Hollywood has a long history of adapting plays and embracing playwriting talent. We’re seeking to celebrate the craft of writing for the theater, and connect winning writers with career opportunities and participation in ScreenCraft’s thriving community of talented writers and mentors around the world.

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Middlebury Script Lab

Final Deadline: 10/01/2018 (expired)

The Middlebury Script Lab invites applications for its 2019 fellowships. Our tuition-free program provides emerging screenwriters a place to focus intensely on their craft with the support of accomplished industry professionals. Six emerging screenwriters — the Fellows — will be invited to spend one week at Middlebury, in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.

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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 09/30/2018 (expired)

The universe is an infinite expanse of limitless possibility, teeming with unknown worlds and untold stories. The blank page opens, a white inexhaustible void, punctuated only by the monolithic black cursor. What wonders lie in its indefinable depths? Other Worlds is dedicated to fostering and promoting creativity in Science Fiction at every stage of development, so we are proud to announce our annual SciFi Screenwriting Contest is now currently open and accepting submissions! The contest runs concurrently with the film program, and will award prizes for the top feature, short or teleplay.

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Rod Serling Short Script Competition

Final Deadline: 09/17/2018 (expired)

Each script must be written in the same genre and style that would have been suitable to conform with episodes for either THE TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY. More specifically this means displaying traits of either a horror or a science fiction genre, while exhibiting strong traditional or contemporary social themes. Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 until his death in 1975.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 09/01/2018 (expired)

The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. Every script is read closely by a select handful of professional readers, and Francis Ford Coppola selects a grand prize–winner from among the top ten finalists. The grand prize–winner receives a cash prize, and the scripts of all top ten finalists are sent by Zoetrope to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 16 Comments

Dark Matter Script Competition

Final Deadline: 09/01/2018 (expired)

Dark Matter Media is looking for the next great script to produce.

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Hollywood Independent Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/30/2018 (expired)

The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible.

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Satisfied Eye International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/15/2018 (expired)

The Satisfied Eye International Film Festival is about discovery - a global forum for the discovery, promotion and exhibition of new talent, new connections, new networks and new opportunities; a place where careers can flourish and valuable collaborations can thrive.

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L.A. Femme International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/13/2018 (expired)

To continually showcase and celebrate commercially viable films Written, Directed, or Produced by women. A Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers "by women, for everyone". Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Atlantic City Cinefest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 08/01/2018 (expired)

To reward the ingenuity of screenwriters creating new material.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 4 Comments

National Lampoon & Stage 32 Search For Comedy Writing Gold Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/19/2018 (expired)

In the history of comedy, few brands have had more distinct and original voices than National Lampoon (“NL”). Founded by Harvard classmates and creative geniuses Doug Kenney and Henry Beard, NL launched the careers of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Christopher Guest, Harold Ramis, and groundbreaking writers including John Hughes.

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GenreBlast Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/12/2018 (expired)

GenreBlast is an international independent genre film festival coming to you from the awesome Alamo Drafthouse Winchester in beautiful Winchester, VA! GB3 will happen Sept. 6-9, 2018 and will feature the best of truly independent films from around the world - specializing in action, horror, sc-fi, fantasy, martial arts, grindhouse, exploitation, Korean thrillers, Japanese gangster flicks, Chinese action movies, French horror, midnight movies, shoestring budget weird cinema, and everything under the sun! We really welcome all genres of interesting, original, exciting and daring moviemaking! All countries and walks of life are welcome here! We also have a fantastic screenplay contest that is growing larger every year! In our third year, we will really highlight screenwriters by hosting a screenwriting seminar and even having live script readings with professional actors! Our discussion panels at GenreBlast 2 were a big hit and we're bringing them back again for the threequel! Raw, uncensored real talk about indie filmmaking, gender bias, distribution, criticism, and much more will come your way from the mouths of some of the best indie talent out there! After-parties, lively conversation, networking galore, TONS of movies, informative Q&A's and the chance to make new lifelong industry friends - all nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley hamlet of Winchester, VA! Your movie will be shown in front of a lively, enthusiastic crowd of cinephiles and industry peers that don't walk around with their heads up their asses 24/7! What a refreshing way to attend a film fest! Come September, you'll wish you were at GenreBlast! #alltheflavors

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Sanford Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/01/2018 (expired)

The Sanford International Film Festival is a world-wide-community event; we show some of the most compelling work from all over the world, and we invite that world in to become a part of our creative and compassionate Maine community.

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Future Femme Fest Scriptwriters Prize

Final Deadline: 07/01/2018 (expired)

A FutureFemme is someone who doesn’t ask for permission. A FutureFemme doesn’t need anyone to open doors for her. A FutureFemme ignores an irrelevant establishment. A FutureFemme knows her worth, her value, and her goals. A FutureFemme doesn’t take no for an answer. A FutureFemme creates iconic, inspirational content on no one’s terms but her own.

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Chautauqua International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 06/30/2018 (expired)

The NY CIFF CHAUTAUQUA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is an IMDb CERTIFIED FESTIVAL! All current and past winners can now record their awards. Each yearly festival is divided into two sessions of 5 months each.

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Final Deadline: 06/30/2018 (expired)

If instead of making a film, you've created an episodic series (aka, a TV show) and you want to showcase it to TV executives, agents and producers you have limited options. There are a thousand film festivals but they don't accept episodic shows. So where do you take your series to be seen? You take it to ITVFest. ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets.

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New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 06/29/2018 (expired)

For the first time this year, the New Orleans Film Festival is launching a screenplay competition to take place in conjunction with the festival October 17-25, 2018, and is seeking to discover bold, passionate writers telling the stories of our time. The Academy-qualifying festival has been named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for seven years in a row and was named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” last year.

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Writers and Filmmakers

Final Deadline: 06/05/2018 (expired)

Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot one of the top 10 scripts. Winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script! The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.

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Paris Art and Movie Awards

Final Deadline: 05/24/2018 (expired)

The Paris Art and Movie Awards is the leading independent film festival in Paris. The « PAMA » has been ranked, as soon as its second year, the second festival not to miss in Paris, by The Culture Trip Magazine. It is also listed in the TOP 100 film festivals in the world by the leading platform FilmFreeway. We accept short films and feature, in a wide range of categories.

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Scription Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/15/2018 (expired)

Scriptition Screenplay competition is dedicated to discovering new talent by increasing exposure for unproduced short film and feature narrative screenplays. Competition organizers are passionate about the writing process and telling stories, and we are seeking good stories/ scripts to produce. Hence, we started a competition. Everyone receives: The feedback includes a logline, genre suggestion and a small paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay.

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Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Final Deadline: 04/18/2018 (expired)

AoBFF is the only independent, international festival in the world exclusively devoted to Brooklyn film and media. AoBFF is a creative hub, platform and showcase for independent film and media makers in Brooklyn and around the world. We partner with film distributors and media organizations, host world-class talkbacks, and create innovative programming for networking and skill building.

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Sidewrite Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/16/2018 (expired)

A division of the Sidewalk Film Festival started in 2004, Sidewrite’s mission is to discover and reward talented screenwriters in Alabama and around the world. The short screenplay competition aims to foster community amongst emerging writers and reinforce cinematic artistry locally. Sidewrite allows passionate writers to enhance their craft and receive recognition for their work and creativity.

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I See You Awards

Final Deadline: 04/07/2018 (expired)

The mission of the "I See You Awards(tm) is to recognize and honor low budget independent filmmakers. The I See You Awards fill a niche and create a platform for recognizing independent filmmakers that is currently missing in mainstream Hollywood.

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Reddit Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 03/31/2018 (expired)

A free competition open to members of the Reddit Screenwriting Community.

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New York Television Festival: NYTVF Scripts Competition

Final Deadline: 03/28/2018 (expired)

The 2018 New York Television Festival is moving to July -- submit to the NYTVF for the chance to engage with more TV execs, buyers, agents, managers, and decision-makers than any other Festival! Submit your independently produced pilot or script for the opportunity to become an Official Artist next summer. Check out 2018 submission deadlines below.

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Crime/Mystery Film and Writing Festival

Final Deadline: 03/26/2018 (expired)

Crime/Mystery Film and Writing Festival offers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their stories read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS .

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