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Big Bear Lake Screenwriting Competition

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 1981
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-1981
909-866-3433 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sandy Steers, Vice President & Screenwriting Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 18    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The Big Bear Lake International Screenwriting Competition stresses providing opportunities for winning screenwriters to make key film industry contacts and to have their script read by our jury panel of Hollywood professionals.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  • Screenplays must be feature length no less than 90 pages and no more than 130 pages. (No exceptions will be made.) All screenplays must be written in English. Screenplays must be in 12 point Courier font and pages must be numbered. Only online submissions will be accepted, and any revisions after submission will not be accepted.
  • No writer or contact information should appear on the screenplay itself. Title page should include title and logline/synopsis ONLY, no name or contact information. Name or identification must not appear anywhere else on the script. ANY SCRIPTS WITH WRITER NAME OR CONTACT INFORMATION ANYWHERE IN THE SCRIPT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
  • All judging will be anonymous.
  • No promotional materials, illustrations, or shooting screenplays will be accepted.
  • Screenplays should not have been produced nor optioned. Screenplays that are currently optioned or have negotiations pending and/or are sold before Big Bear Lake International Film Festival ends are not eligible for competition.
  • All entries must be accompanied by: a) a completed and signed entry form, b) an appropriate entry fee (as defined on the entry form) and c) a signed release form. Any entries not including an E-mail address for the evaluations will not receive the written reader evaluations for their script.
  • You may enter more than one screenplay, but you must submit a separate entry form, release form and entry fee with each submission.
  • Screenplays must be copyrighted with the Library of Congress or registered with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). It is the responsibility of the screenwriter to insure that their work is protected.
  • All payments must be in U.S. Dollars. Checks returned by the bank unpaid will disqualify the submission.
  • Finalists and winners will be determined by professionals in the film Industry. Winners in this competition will receive a trophy and all Finalists will receive Certificates at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Participation in the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in this application.

Awards

1st - 3rd Place winners receive the "Bear" trophy and an assortment of gifts generously provided by our sponsers (varies year to year)

1st Place wins exclusive gifts generously provided by our sponsers which in the past have included entry to screenwriting seminars (David Freeman, Robert McKee), agent meetings, and professional script consulting. (varies year to year)

Check website for more details.

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 1981
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-1981
909-866-3433 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sandy Steers, Vice President & Screenwriting Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 18    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 1981
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-1981
909-866-3433 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sandy Steers, Vice President & Screenwriting Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 18    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Big Bear Lake Announces 2008 Contest Results

Big Bear Lake has announced Megan Breen's Gabriel's Calling as the winner of their 2008 Screenwriting Competition.

First Place
Gabriel's Calling
Written by: Megan Breen


A Pullman Porter denies his artistic talent and defers his dreams of a family as he remains with the railroad, mentoring younger porters. The hostile relationship with his supervisor, a conductor with a personal vendetta, leads to years of conflict and frustration. It is the deepening and enduring relationship with a recurring white female passenger that sustains him through his years of service, and ultimate personal fulfillment.



Second Place
Love Marriage
Written by: Soman Chainani


Two dueling weddings - one for love, one for money - tear apart an Indian family.



Third Place
"The Commando"
Written by Timothy Buck


An explosion in Iraq leaves Green Beret, Nate Thomas, with the mind of a six-year-old. His son, Nicky, mentors him, while Nate's English wife, Ann, struggles with having lost the man she married just before the war. Living in rural England, the entire village gossips about this crazy "Yank Colonel" wearing diapers. One day, Nate reads a comic, and decides to become a super hero, The Commando. After Nate is beaten by the town bully, a local bodybuilder and his funny mates take a liking to him. Humor and tragedy follows.



Honorary Mentions:

Loss of Innocence
Written by: Eric Gaunaurd


LOSS OF INNOCENCE is a story inspired by true events surrounding the Operation Pedro Pan - the largest exodus of children in the Western Hemisphere. The children were secretly transported out of Cuba to the United States in the early 1960's. The script is a gripping drama about a family torn apart during the revolution, forced to send their only daughter to the US in order to avoid becoming property of the state. As the walls of the revolution close in on these "traitors," Carlos and Lucy Ramirez are forced to go through the most extreme measures in an attempt to reunite as a family.



Buccaneer's Cove
Written by: Julian Stone


BUCCANEER'S COVE is a high-energy family film about a rebellious kid (Matt) from New York who is suddenly forced to move in with his drop-out father (Chris) who he's never met. Chris lives on a remote tropical island spending his days diving and swimming in his beautiful bay. But just as Matt arrives, it soon becomes clear that all is not peace and tranquility in this paradise - a big city developer is moving in, and has set his sights on Chris' idyllic bay. Soon father & son must work through their firey new relationship and join forces to stop him.

Updated: 02/15/2009
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Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 1981
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-1981
909-866-3433 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sandy Steers, Vice President & Screenwriting Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 18    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Francisco Castro

An interview with screenwriter Francisco Castro regarding the Big Bear Writing Competition.

Updated: 08/19/2005
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