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Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Screenwriting Contest

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

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P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

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Email: Click here

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Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Objective

To open doors to provide access to Hollywood. The Forum plans to leverage the experience of President Ken Miyamoto, formerly of Sony Pictures, and current paid screenwriter with Lionsgate, to benefit its members.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

Open to feature length submissions only, which generally speaking, means between 80-130 pages.

All submissions must be written in industry format, preferably using screenwriting software like Final Draft and Movie Magic.

All submission must be saved and sent in PDF format! We will not be accepting hard copies of scripts (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). PDF format is the industry standard, so you just have to get used to it. All of the screenwriting software programs allow you to save as a PDF/Adobe file.

All submissions are to be kept anonymous, meaning that there should be no identifying information on any part of your script. The title page should have the title of your script only. No name and no contact information of any kind. The person who processes your email submission will keep the necessary records and will not be a part of the judging.

Send your submissions to the following email address with a PDF file of your screenplay attached. In the base of the email, please offer your contact information and a short synopsis of your screenplay. Again, make sure that your PDF copy of your script DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY NAME OR CONTACT INFO.

Email submissions to: secretary@wiscreenwritersforum.org

Awards

The Grand Prize will consist of an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Annual Screenwriting Expo in October, 2011, including airfare, Full Access Golden Pass Conference Registration, meals, lodging, and a one year subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine.* YOUR chance to attend one of the most important annual events for aspiring screenwriters.

The Four Runner-up Prizes will consist of a Screenwriting Expo Basic Pass (still working on a possible second option if writers can't make it to the Expo), a year's subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine, and invaluable feedback from the mock industry meetings and the celebrity judge.

*Cash outlay not to exceed $1500. Should the Grand Prize winner choose not to attend the Expo the First runner up will receive the trip. The author of the winning script will, in this case, be provided registration fee support for screenwriting contests.

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Announces Contest Winner

Writing team Dr. Fran Kaplan and Aaron Greer take first place in WSF Screenwriting Experience

"Fruit of the Tree," a remarkable true story of Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching in America was selected by celebrity judge Ken Rance as the winner of the 2009 WSF Screenwriting Experience contest. The screenwriters craft an intriguing work of Dr. Cameron's courageous life-long struggle to bear witness to his horrific experience and his inspiring journey towards racial healing. The screenplay weaves together different periods of Dr. Cameron's life as he remembers that fateful night in Marion, Indiana, how it came about, and how he survived to tell the story. Dr. Cameron went on to found America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a non-profit museum devoted to preserving the history of lynching in the United States and the struggle of Black people for equality.

Rance marked a professional milestone in 2009 as his own screenwriting project reached the big screen. "New in Town," starred Oscar winner Renee Zellweger and Grammy winner Harry Connick, Jr. A Minnesota native, Rance agreed to read the final three screenplays of the competition.

Rance says, "Fruit of the Tree is a movie that needs to be shared with the world. The lynching exposition was so vivid. As I was reading, I kept asking myself, 'Did this actually happen? Is this based on a true story? And if it is, my God how horrific!'"

Screenwriters Dr. Fran Kaplan and Aaron Greer wrote, "We feel so privileged that Dr. Cameron entrusted us with his extraordinary story. We are also both honored and re-energized by the recognition of the film industry professionals who judged and will mentor us this year. Their support and guidance increase the possibility that this timely and poignant narrative will reach a wide audience." Dr. Kaplan and Greer also partnered on the award-winning 2004 feature film "Gettin' Grown." Greer wrote, directed, and executive produced; Dr. Kaplan co-produced the film. In 2008, "Gettin' Grown" was released by The Film Life / Warner Home Video, and is available for rental and purchase nationwide. Greer is also an assistant professor at Loyola University.

The writers will receive $1,000 for their accomplishment, along with various prizes from WSF Screenwriting Experience co-sponsor, InkTip.com. "Fruit of the Tree," along with semifinalists, "The Lifeguard," "Sweet William," "Papa's Hands," and "Just Deserts," will be sponsored by the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum throughout 2010. Writers will be aided in further drafts of the scripts if needed, and scripts will be marketed to film industry contacts.

Updated: 01/11/2010
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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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