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Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Riverfront Plaza West Tower, 19th Floor
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4048
800-854-6233 (voice)
804-545-5531 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: vafilm@virginia.org

Contact: Kathryn Stephens, Industry Relations Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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Objective

To provide a forum for Virigina screenwriters and promote the future of filmmaking in Virginia.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

The screenplay must take place at locations which could reasonably be expected to be found in Virginia. Length must be approximately 80 - 130 pages, in standard screenplay format.

Awards

Three $1,000 cash prizes.

Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Riverfront Plaza West Tower, 19th Floor
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4048
800-854-6233 (voice)
804-545-5531 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: vafilm@virginia.org

Contact: Kathryn Stephens, Industry Relations Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
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Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Riverfront Plaza West Tower, 19th Floor
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4048
800-854-6233 (voice)
804-545-5531 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: vafilm@virginia.org

Contact: Kathryn Stephens, Industry Relations Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Virginia Film Office Announces Three Contest Winners

RICHMOND, VA - The Virginia Film Office has announced the three winners of the thirteenth Governor's Screenwriting Competition. They are Wayde Bayard from Loudoun County, George V. Wills from Blacksburg and CB Wilson from Ruther's Glen. The Governor's Screenwriting Competition was created to celebrate the accomplishments of Virginia writers, as well as to promote the future of filmmaking in Virginia. It provides screenwriters with a forum for their work and an opportunity to present their scripts to decision-makers in the film industry. Each writer submits a full-length screenplay or television script to be evaluated by a panel of Virginia judges. Final scripts from the first round of judging are then sent to a second panel comprised of active professionals in the film or television industry.

Wayde Bayard grew up in New Jersey and New York and, after earning a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, worked as a journalist, earning 13 Virginia Press Awards. He has written numerous screenplays, interviewed more than 50 Hall of Fame Baseball players and has written a history of the National Football League. He lives in Winchester and is currently the public information officer for Loudoun County Public Schools.

George V. Wills is a free-lance illustrator and painter. He is a life-long Blacksburg, Virginia resident where he attended Virginia Tech's Fine Arts program. He worked briefly as a writer and inker for the late Richmond Times cartoonist Jeff MacNelly on his "Shoe" comic strip. George continues to plug away at humor writing in many forms while supporting his local volunteer-run movie house, the Lyric Theatre.

Kentucky-born CB Wilson was raised primarily in Virginia, studying theater and writing at Lynchburg College. After moving to a career in bookstore management, she chose to retire in order to stay home with her two children. The author of occasional magazine articles and several plays for a West Virginia community theatre, she now lives in Ruther Glen with her children and her husband of twenty-five years.

Eighty-five screenplays were submitted to the competition and ten finalists were selected to go to the second round of judging. In addition to the winners, the finalists were Jeff Bridgeman (Herndon), T.K. Ellmore (Blacksburg), Glenn Harris, Jr. (Richmond), Jeff Hudson (Richmond), Anne McLaughlin (Midlothian), Allan Moye (Staunton), Thomas Roberts (Richmond), Peter Ryan (Charlottesville), Previn Taylor (Newport News).

The Governor's Screenwriting Competition is held annually and is open to Virginia residents. The majority of the script must take place in Virginia or at locations which could reasonably be found in Virginia. For further information on the competition, contact the Film Office at (800) 854-6233 or visit the Film Office website at www.film.virginia.org.

WINNERS




House on the River James
Ms. C.B. (Cate) Wilson
Ruther Glen


In 1916, Maude Howar and her beloved brother George come to live in the house by the River James. George has always been fascinated by the inscrutability and romance of the river while Maude delights in his happiness at being close to it every day -- but an unquiet spirit walks by the shore of the River James. Maude, with the help of Sheriff William Drake, searches for a way to rescue her brother from his growing obsession with the lovely and sad spectre that seems to long for his help.

Kissing Tall Girls
Mr. George Wills
Blacksburg


Two short boys, both of whom have never kissed a girl, make a bet on who will be the first to do so. Both pursue taller girls. The youngsters' insecurities in the manner of courtship lead them on a quest -- asking adults at every turn to recall their first kiss. The comical stories they are privy to both repel and fascinate the boys.

Spotts: An American Legend
Mr. Wayde Byard
Winchester


For everyone who is first, there is someone who should have been. Twenty-five years before Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player in the major leagues, the New York Giants attempted to break the color barrier with Spottswood Poles. Son of a slave and war hero, Poles later tutored African-American players that reached the majors. This is the story of the greatest player not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

FINALISTS


1607: Virginia and Company
Mr. Thomas Roberts
Richmond


In 1607, scores of opportunistic English urbanites struggle to survive their journey into the Virginia wilderness where their mission is to establish a trading colony and to serve as ambassadors for their God, their king and the London-based trading company that hired them. This is the story of their adventures and misadventures. Not surprisingly, the immigrants' relationships with their neighbors turn sour, forcing them to build a fort and spend the rest of the year attempting to overcome its unhealthy location. Repeated food shortages lead to a politial insurgency that dims their hope of establishing the first permanent English colony in North America.

Bloodline
Mr. Jeff Hudson
Richmond


Ben Shepherd, the son of a murdered research scientist, struggles to solve his father's death and complete his research. The fate of Ben's family hangs in the balance and time is running out. The key to salvation may be in the family bloodline.

Carte Blanche
T.K. Ellmore
Blacksburg


A long-retired actress from Hollywood's golden age bucks the modern system and re-opens her late husband's long-shuttered studio to make the picture begun at his death -- on a shoestring budget and a deadline minutes ahead of the bulldozers. With a little blackmail, a lot of pluck, and help from a crew of veterans, volunteers and unknowns (and with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek) she overcomes all obstacles with surprising results suggesting that everyone in Hollywood gets what they deserve in the end. Or do they?

Growth Spurt
Mr. Jeff Bridgman
Herndon


James Trotter is a 16 year-old boy genius on a sure path to great things. Then, he discovers girls. Against his mother's wishes, he quits his advanced studies at a local university to return to high school to be around girls his own age. James struggles to find his way in his new world, but he also grows up faster than ever.

M is for the Many Things She Gave Me
Mr. Peter Ryan
Charlottesville


This is a psychological thriller in which a stolen necklace brings Max Kelly home to help his mother solve its mystery. In the process, he uncovers family history involving far more than the necklace, that may provide clues to the nightmares which have plagued him. As the mystery unfolds, he is swept back into an old romance and a world he has tried hard to escape. Nothing is as it seems -- about the necklace, the romance and even his family. Eventually, he must confront not only nameless threats and his mother's needs and secrets, but his fear of madness itself.

Made Not Born
Mr. Previn Taylor
Pamela Taylor
Newport News


It is the beginning of the winter quarter, and D'Arby Delois Polite, a twelfth grader at the prestigious Davis Academy, is introduced to her new roommate, a shy, awkward girl named Jacey Lelande. D'Arby takes her new roommate under her wing, initiating her to the decadent and self-indulgent lifestyle enjoyed by the privileged students at the last remaining all-black private boarding school. But what D'Arby does not know is that Jacey has come to the Davis Academy for more than an education and a good time. Jacey is a vampire and she targets D'Arby's flamboyant friend Colleen as her new source of blood. D'Arby, noticing that Colleen has fallen prey to a bizarre influence, realizes that all is not as it seems and finds herself in a confrontation with a vampire.

Point of View
Ms. Anne McLaughlin
Midlothian


Declan McCord, a hotshot defense attorney with a knack for discrediting eyewitnesses, finds himself on the receiving end of doubt when he commits a murder in supposed self-defense. It doesn't help that, due to a family history of mental illness that destroyed his parents' lives, Declan doubts his own sanity when he most needs his sharp mind intact.

Signs Following
Mr. Allan Moye
Staunton


A city photographer revisits his Appalachian hometown to document a community of snake-handling Christians led by his estranged father. As he confronts demons from his own past, he is unexpectedly drawn into this world of faith through emotional involvement with a charismatic female believer, her mute daughter and the dramatic events attached to their lives.

Written
Mr. Glenn Harris, Jr.
Richmond


Lisa Franklin investigates her grandmother's murder and uncovers the fact that her grandmother had predicted her own death and many others, including Lisa's, 60 years ago. Lisa will have to decipher the writings if she, her family, and a rekindled love are going to survive the 200-year-old, evil spirit of a tortured slave that is killing people in and around the small town of Shaw's Creek. Lisa and all who she loves are going to die unless she can decipher her grandmother's writings and finally put out the fire that fuels this evil spirit.

Updated: 03/18/2005
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Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Riverfront Plaza West Tower, 19th Floor
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4048
800-854-6233 (voice)
804-545-5531 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: vafilm@virginia.org

Contact: Kathryn Stephens, Industry Relations Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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