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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Vail Film Festival

Contact

PO Box 1620
Vail, CO 81632
970-306-6843 (voice)

Web:
http://www.vailfilmfestival.com
Email:
info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Executive Director

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Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 20    
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Objective

The Vail Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to have their scripts recommended to established film producers, managers, and agents who are actively working at the top level of the film industry.

The Vail Screenplay Competition is a signature program of the Colorado Film Institute, producer of the annual Vail Film Festival, now entering its 19th year. The Colorado Film Institute is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, supported by sponsorships, donors, and grants, including support from Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past Vail Film Festival special guests include Olivia Wilde, Aaron Paul, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Smith, Michelle Monaghan, Harold Ramis, Zach Braff, Julie Delpy, Jane Seymour, Christina Ricci, Tim Daly, Jesse Eisenberg, Luke Wilson, Allison Janney, Tate Taylor, Josh Lucas, Aya Cash, Michael Imperioli, Sophia Bush, Krysten Ritter, among others. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 08/19/2022

Notification: May 31, 2020

Rules

Please see website.

Awards

The top finalist screenplays will be judged by the following industry executives: FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALIST JURY
  • Rachel Crouch, Director of Development at Cold Iron Pictures
  • Munika Lay, Vice President, Film at Miramax
  • Josh Marks, Manager at Untitled Entertainment
  • Ashleigh Snead, Partner, Paper Street Pictures
  • Beau Ward, Director of Development at LD Entertainment
TELEVISION PILOT FINALIST JURY
  • Alex Goldstone, Partner, Anonymous Content
  • Adam Kassen, Producer (Shed Media, Warner Brothers)
  • Amanda Klein, Producer (Former SVP, Television at Miramax)
The 1st place Feature Screenplay will be read by established film producers and talent agents, and the 1st place TV Pilot will be read by leading television producers. 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place feature, short, and television screenplay winners will be included in a national press release, and will have their scripts recommended to key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies. All top placing screenplays will also be listed on the Vail Film Festival website as the top placements of the 2022 Vail Screenplay Competition. All semifinalists will have their scripts listed on the Vail Film Festival website.

Vail Film Festival

Contact

PO Box 1620
Vail, CO 81632
970-306-6843 (voice)

Web:
http://www.vailfilmfestival.com
Email:
info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 20    
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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 1620
Vail, CO 81632
970-306-6843 (voice)

Web:
http://www.vailfilmfestival.com
Email:
info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 20    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Karen Webb

An interview with screenwriter Karen Webb regarding the Vail Film Festival Writing Competition.

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

A: Green Grass - The grass is always greener; or is it? An illegal immigrant and an Irish-American, two competing landscapers, face a moral dilemma as they fight to do the right thing for their families.

It's about two landscapers, one Brazilian illegal and one Irish-American, and the illegal immigration issue. When I wrote the script, I wanted to show the human side of the immigration issue, not the political side, and show the impact that this issue has had on families on both sides.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Quite simply, Vail has a good reputation, and I had never skiied out west before, so I entered two scripts into Vail. My other script was a finalist as well but did not place. That script, Arthur's Salvation, is now a finalist in Moondance.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes, the Vail Film Festival is a very well run festival. I also attended the festival to pick up the award, and I was impressed with how well it was managed.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: I received feedback from my writer's group, but I didn't receive feedback from the festival. I would have found it helpful, as the feedback from my writer's group helped quite a bit.

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

A: I was contacted by one director in LA, but I had decided that I wanted to produce this script myself. We are in production, with one more day of photography to go. Visit the film's website - www.greengrassfilm.com.

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

A: I have written several scripts. I am about to option a full-length feature romantic comedy.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: No, I live outside Boston, and I do not have any plans to move to LA.

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

A: I'm always working on scripts. I have two that I'd like to finish before the end of the summer. Oh, and I'm in production with Green Grass, so I'll be working with the crew on getting that ready to submit to Sundance and other festivals, including Vail (wouldn't it be cool to have a script that won an award come back the following year as a film?)

Posted Thursday, July 5, 2007

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

PO Box 1620
Vail, CO 81632
970-306-6843 (voice)

Web:
http://www.vailfilmfestival.com
Email:
info@vailfilmfestival.org

Contact: Sean Cross, Executive Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 20    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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