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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Slamdance

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5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

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Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 43    
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Objective

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging screenwriters. Since 1997, the competition has established a strong track record for introducing writers to members of the entertainment industry who have gone on to produce, option, and represent submitted work. Like the Film Festival, the Screenplay Competition is a place for new, bold, and raw voices. We are looking for scripts that take risks, refuse compromise, and go places where Hollywood hacks fear to tread.

Recent success stories include Tyler Tice, whose 2018 Grand Prize-winning horror feature Day Shift was released in 2022 as a Netflix original film starring Jamie Foxx. Day Shift became the most watched film in the world during the third week of August 2022. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date
Days till:
Entry Fee
Early April 17, 2024
53
$65 (feature)
Regular June 15, 2024
112
$75
Late July 19, 2024
146
$85
Final July 26, 2024
153
$95

See website for other long feature, TV pilot and short script entry fees.

Every entrant will receive short feedback from one of our readers. It will include a genre suggestion, a logline, and a paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The goal of the feedback is to provide you with short & sweet constructive criticism of your work.

Notification: October 27, 2024

Rules

Please visit website for rules and guidelines.

Awards

  • A total of $18,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash.
  • The winners of the Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will each receive $2,000 in cash.
  • The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the next Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
  • The winning Horror and Feature screenplays will receive $5,000 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.
  • The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.
  • One entry from the competition will be awarded the Slamdance Screenplay Mentorship Award, consisting of personal mentorship through Slamdance's alumni network and screenwriting consultants. This includes an in-depth coverage report, an action plan for next draft development, further review of subsequent drafts, support in preparing a pitch deck, and best efforts in helping get the finished work produced through Slamdance's alumni network.
  • Production companies, studios, top agencies, and managers request to read our top scripts each year.

Slamdance

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 43    
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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 43    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

Slamdance Announces 2005 Screenplay Competition Winners

The winner of the 10th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition was announced at a special awards presentation and reception at the Writers Guild of America, west. The winner was unveiled at the September 14, 2005 event along side writers of the remaining top ten finalists. Invitees included Slamdance alumni screenwriters, filmmakers, readers, competition semifinalists past and present, and members of the WGAw Independent Writers Caucus.

"The competition received over 2,000 submissions this year—as the interest from the public increases so does the quality of the work rising to the top. It’s a testament to our talented staff of readers and the burgeoning talent of undiscovered writers around the world,” says Competition Director John Stoddard.

The Top Ten Screenplays (in order):

1st Preeti Girl, by Todd Holmes

2nd Stray, by Amanda Weier

3rd Green Shag Carpet Girls, by Tamara Farsadi

4th Emily’s Window, by Dayle Ann Hunt

5th It’s Raining Men, by Paul Sbrizzi

6th Overture, by Steven Frech

7th Kamehameha the Great, by Steven Drypolcher & Trudy Drypolcher

8th Love & Letters, by William Mac Marshall

9th Theo Cole, by Kevin Cutts

10th Deathday, by Amir Ohebsion & Omid Arabian

Best Short Screenplay:

The Saint of the Zuiderzee, by Brian Higdon, Virginia Friedman & Steve Hess

Slamdance readers, including alumni screenwriters, filmmakers and professionals in the industry, chose the winning screenplays from over 2,000 submissions. A $5,000 cash prize was awarded to Todd Holmes for the 1st place screenplay, Preeti Girl and a $500 prize was awarded to the Best Short Screenplay, The Saint of the Zuiderzee by Brian Higdon, Virginia Friedman & Steve Hess. All twelve writers of the top ten screenplays received Final Draft Pro screenwriting software, a year subscription to Scr(i)pt Magazine and will be read as part of the Slamdance reading series, Slamdance On Stage, in March/April 2006. They will also receive festival passes for the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 19-27, 2006. In addition, the writers are eligible to join the Writers Guild’s Independent Writers Caucus.

Slamdance has successfully established year-round ventures including the Screenplay Competition, Best Of Screenings in the U.S., Festival events in China and Poland, the Anarchy Online Film competition, the Dirty Dozen DVD Series (currently in its 7th volume), and short film productions dubbed $99 Specials. In 2004, Slamdance launched a teleplay competition in conjunction with fox21, a Games Competition, and the Slamdance Media Group; a company comprised of distribution and talent-management units

Started in 1995 by a group of upstart filmmakers, Slamdance Film Festival is a year-round organization dedicated to emerging artists and their vision. Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets. Slamdance films have been picked up for distribution, invited to festivals around the world, won Independent Spirit Awards, the Palme d'Or and an Academy Award, among other accolades. Slamdance Film Festival alumni include Batman Begins & Memento writer/director Christopher Nolan (festival award winner Following), the Emmy Award winning Russo Brothers (Pieces), Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess (Peluca) and Finding Neverland & Monster's Ball director Marc Forster (festival audience award winner Loungers). Paramount Classics acquired the 2005 Slamdance opening night film Mad Hot Ballroom. Slamdance winning screenplays picked up for distribution include Nicole Kassell and Stephen Fetcher’s The Woodsman, Joshua Marston’s Maria Full of Grace and Tim Boughn’s Neo Ned.

Updated: 09/15/2005

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 43    
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