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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
46
$65 (feature)
Regular June 15, 2024
105
$75
Late July 19, 2024
139
$85
Final July 26, 2024
146
$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

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Amir Ohebsion

An interview with screenwriter Amir Ohebsion regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: THE APOLOGY (co-written with David Diaan & Babak Shokrian). It's a character study of an exiled showman who struggles with an offer to issue a humiliating apology in exchange for permission to return to his homeland.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Winning Slamdance has definitely generated lots of interest from both managers and production companies, though we're still seeking representation. As part of the reward, Slamdance will be staging a reading of the screenplay on May 23 and we're certainly looking forward to that.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Besides THE APOLOGY, I completed two other screenplays in 2004: A suspense drama entitled DRAGOMIR (co-written with Omid Arabian) which was a semi-finalist in the Academy's Nicholl Fellowships, placing in the top 1% of over 6000 entries; and JIMMY VESTVOOD, AMERIKAN HERO (co-written with Maz Jobrani), a comedy about a Clouseau-type private investigator who finds himself at the center of a film noir murder plot as he studies for the citizenship exam with his overprotective mother.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Absolutely! It's a cross between a romantic sci-fi suspense thriller and a high-concept coming-of-age gay musical comedy. As you might have guessed, Action-Adventure is not my forte. Seriously though, I'm working on a spiritual thriller in the vein of "Sixth Sense" and "The Ring" but without any ghosts.

Posted Monday, February 28, 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    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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