NYC Midnight Screenwriter's Challenge

NYC Midnight

Contact

130 7th Avenue #358
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9653 (voice)
(718) 923-0016 (fax)

Web:
www.nycmidnight.com
Email:
nycmmm@msn.com

Contact: Charlie Weisman, Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
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Objective

The mission of the Screenwriter's Challenge is to discover and support a new wave of talented storytellers from around the world. The Challenge is organized by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, LLC. NYC Midnight aims to provide the prizes and exposure necessary for writers to take their next big step towards writing professionally.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

(For more details on rules and to register, please go to www.nycmidnight.com)
  • Anyone may compete from anywhere in the world.
  • There are 2 rounds.
  • 1st Round (April 16 - 24, 2010) : Writers are placed randomly in heats. Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject (ex. comedy : competing lemonade stands or horror : a family reunion).
  • Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay (15 pages max) based on their genre and subject assignment.
  • Winners are chosen from the 1st Round to advance to the 2nd round and compete for over $20,000 in cash and prizes.
  • 2nd Round (June 4 - 5, 2010) : All of the writers receive the same genre and subject at midnight (EST time) and have just 24 hours to write an original short screenplay (15 pages max.).
  • A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are chosen!

Awards

Over $20,000 in cash & prizes. Top screenplays listed at NYC Midnight Scripts.

NYC Midnight

Contact

130 7th Avenue #358
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9653 (voice)
(718) 923-0016 (fax)

Web:
www.nycmidnight.com
Email:
nycmmm@msn.com

Contact: Charlie Weisman, Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
Have you entered?
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c/o NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, LLC

Contact

130 7th Avenue #358
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9653 (voice)
(718) 923-0016 (fax)

Web:
www.nycmidnight.com
Email:
nycmmm@msn.com

Contact: Charlie Weisman, Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Tara Iarusso

An interview with screenwriter Tara Iarusso regarding the NYC Midnight Writing Competition.

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

A: Imprint

In a war-torn future, a wounded soldier returns home to put the past to rest.

Our young heroine is forced to make gut-wrenching decisions when she finds her father in crisis amidst war and a crumbling government.

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

A: This contest makes you flex your muscles! You have 24 hours to write a script based on a subject and genre they randomly assign you. The genre for the final round was science fiction and the subject was,"trespassing". It was fun to look at that suject from different angles.

It forces you to fight your way out of a delightfully creative corner. It was a challenge and I was proud to do so well.

I have not yet entered it into another contest but am considering my options. It's a soft sci-fi drama with a strong female protagonist. I'm researching which contests would be perfect for it.

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. They are quick and helpful. They adhered to their deadlines, up to the minute. I am waiting on one final prize, but I know it's forthcoming.

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

A: I was not given any feedback on my script. But, I have plenty of writers in my life to provide that!

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

A: Not as yet. It's a short script which makes it less attractive. It's better to put your features out there, as far as representation is concerned.

I will be looking into getting it produced or perhaps re-working it as a feature. That should generate more opportunities.

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

A: I'm a native New Yorker. I currently teach filmmaking and screenwriting at the university level.

I have written several shorts, a few of which have placed in other competitions (American Gem and Cinestory). I have also written a couple of features and an original television pilot about a haunted boarding school.

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

A: I live in Miami but I am not opposed to living in Los Angeles at some point. Austin, TX. is more attractive though; it has a fantastic vibe. Austin is a great city for the arts, particularly film and music, I see a future there.

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

A: Part of my prize from NYC Midnight is a certificate for a course at Writer's Boot Camp which I am very excited about! I am preparing myself for that course.

I am working on rewriting my original television pilot and also a coming of age feature set in my hometown of Mt. Vernon, New York. Next year I will work on directing one of my scripts or producing for my husband, who will direct one of his scripts.

Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

c/o NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, LLC

Contact

130 7th Avenue #358
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9653 (voice)
(718) 923-0016 (fax)

Web:
www.nycmidnight.com
Email:
nycmmm@msn.com

Contact: Charlie Weisman, Competition Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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