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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

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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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
48
$65 (feature)
Regular June 15, 2024
107
$75
Late July 19, 2024
141
$85
Final July 26, 2024
148
$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    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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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?
Submit a Report card

Contest News

Drool Wins 2006 Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Nancy Kissam’s “Drool” has won the 11th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition. The announcement was made at a special awards presentation and reception last night at the Writers Guild of America, west, attended by Slamdance alumni and members of the WGAw Independent Writers Caucus. Kissam’s story of a housewife that kills her abusive husband, then along with her kids and her new girlfriend take a family road trip to bury daddy, received a $7,000 Grand Prize Award. “Drool” along with nine other finalists were chosen by Slamdance readers from over 2,000 screenplays submitted to the competition.

"This year’s finalists are a diverse group and their material all share an undeniably independent spirit. Drool is a perfect example of an uncompromising voice that is just waiting to be discovered,” says Screenplay Competition Director John Stoddard.

The Top Ten Screenplays (in order):

1st Drool by Nancy Kissam
2nd Black Dove by Phil Penningroth
3rd Ball by Julian Breece
4th Pennsyltucky by Francis Abbey
5th Vampire Strippers Must Die! by Keith Hartman
6th Jump the Void by Goro Toshima
7th Three Latin Girls by Yamin Segal
8th Reserved Seats for the Plain and Unconscious by Steve McCall & Zak Hilditch
9th Sugarcane Blues by Chris Gordon
10th Struck by Lynne R. Kamm


Best Short Screenplay:

4 Corners, by Ken Pisani

The Slamdance Writing Competitions receive over 2500 submissions per annum. Slamdance winning screenplays acquired for production include Nicole Kassell and Stephen Fetcher's "The Woodsman", Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace" and current release Tim Boughn's "Neo Ned". In 2004 the Screenplay Competition launched a new division dedicated to the teleplay. This competition is sponsored by fox21 and offers the winner a five-figure cash prize and a development deal with fox21.

Slamdance is always looking for new ways to assist emerging artists and contribute to the film community. In this spirit Slamdance launched a new Horror Competition last month, for both short and long form screenplays.

Updated: 09/15/2006

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?
Submit a Report card

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