Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing and rewarding screenplays in two distinct categories: screenplays which feature compelling female protagonists; and screenplays that showcase diversity (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.).
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- Must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
- Open to all writers in any country, however all entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
- Scripts by multiple authors are accepted, and any awards, if given, will be divided equally among those writers. All writers must sign the entry/release form.
- Screenplays may not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
- More than one script may be submitted, provided that a signed entry/release form and application fee accompanies each submission.
- Scripts may be submitted under one category only. If the script qualifies for both, choose the category that best describes the overall spirit of the screenplay.
- Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s). If based upon adapted material not in the public domain, applicant(s) must attach a statement attesting to their rights to make such adaptations. Sponsors do not investigate or attest to the authenticity of an applicant's statement of authorship or rights.
- Scripts must be registered with the WGA or with the US Copyright Office.
- Entries must be accompanied by a signed ENTRY/RELEASE FORM, application fee, and (optional) self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgement of receipt of submission. No other materials will be accepted.
- The Competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen or damaged in transit. Decisions of the judges are final.
- Sponsors, their families, and associates are ineligible for any prizes in the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards.
- Screenplays must be in English only, and may be of any genre. Please do not send originals.
- Screenplays must be in standard U.S. screenplay format, between 90 and 130 numbered pages.
- If submitting via mail, scripts must be fastened with two or three metal brads, and bound between two blank card stock covers. No handwritten or faxed manuscripts will be accepted. Double-sided scripts are encouraged.
- Title page should include author's name, address, email and phone number. The author's name must not appear anywhere inside the script itself.
If submitting by mail, make checks or money orders out to the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards. Please send completed application form, entry fee and script to:
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
3699 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
ONLINE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please see website for online submission guidelines.
There will be two $3000 cash prizes awarded: one to the best feature-length script with a female protagonist and one to the best feature-length script showcasing diversity. For a list of additional prizes, please visit the website, www.broadmindent.com.
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News: Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Cynosure Announces 2005 Contest Results
Cynosure has announced the winners, semifinalists and quarterfinalists of their 2005 Screenwriting Competition:
FEMALE PROTAGONIST WINNERS
GRAND PRIZE WINNER- Green Shag Carpet Girls by Tamara Farsadi
2ND PLACE WINNER- Happy Christmas by Matt Simon
3RD PLACE WINNER- Catching Out by Elizabeth Savage Sullivan
MINORITY PROTAGONIST WINNERS
GRAND PRIZE WINNER- Lovejoy, SC by Yolanda Buggs
2ND PLACE WINNER- Stories Just Off The Turnpike by Alan Roth
3RD PLACE WINNER- The Reinsman by D. Michael Moran & C. Gardner Powell
2005 EMERGING VOICE AWARD
WINNER- Malibu, A.D.D. by Carol Sevilla
RUNNER UP – Half Way Home by Lemar Fooks
FEMALE PROTAGONIST QUARTERFINALISTS
A Hint of Heaven by Charles Bender
Andy Warhol's Dead by Cheryl Compton & Chris Alan Young
At the Point of a Sword by Patrick Vala-Haynes
Balls by Lynda Levy
Catching Out by Elizabeth Savage Sullivan
Circles by Sharlin Quest
Doreen Gray by Chris Philpott
Elements of Color by Erica Meredith
Escape From Pleasanton Middle School by Kenny Byerly
Ezzy Fish by Tamar Halpern
Geoffrey and Matilda by Cynthia Hyer English
Good Ol' Gal by Michael James Mahin
Green Shag Carpet Girls by Tamara Farsadi
Happy Christmas by Matt Simon
Heavens to Betsy by Brad Hennig
Malibu A.D.D by Carol Sevilla
Red, White and Blue by Tamar Halpern
Strike Back by Holly Villa
The Last Wish Girl by Lauren Sheppard
Twisted Stands by Marjory Kaptanoglu
MINORITY PROTAGONIST QUARTERFINALISTS
Aigoo! by Diane Seo
An American Desert by Mark Barrionuevo
Angels by Martin Henshaw
Asphalt Prairie, The by David Boito
Booker T. by Joseph Holland
Devil's Due by Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Half Way Home by Lemar Fooks
Hurricane Nena by Felix Pire
I'll Rise by Michael James Mahin
Land of the Free by Michael Ching
Lovejoy, S.C. by Yolanda Buggs
Stories Just Off the Turnpike by Alan Roth
The Dragon and the Thief by Gillian & Alan Bradshaw
The Incredible Adventures of Ace Goodspeed by Michael Voltz
The Reinsman by D. Michael Moran & C. Gardner Powell
Interviews: Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
An interview with screenwriter Tom Sinsky regarding the Cynosure Writing Competition.
Let's talk. If you've finished first, second, or third in the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards, MovieBytes would like to interview you