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

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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
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Objective

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging screenwriters. Since 1995, 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.

This year, in addition to our regular prizes, we are introducing the inaugural Slamdance Screenplay Mentorship Award. Slamdance loves finding diamonds in the rough. We read many amazing scripts that— with some polish and finishing—could be finalist contenders and stand a better chance of getting produced. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early April 5, 2021 $57 (feature); $40 (pilot); $30 (short)
Regular June 7, 2021 $67 (feature); $50 (pilot); $40 (short) 48
Late July 19, 2021 $82 (feature); $60 (pilot); $50 (short) 90
Final July 27, 2021 $82 (feature); $60 (pilot); $50 (short) 98

See website for other 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. A full coverage service is available for an additional fee.

Notification:

  • QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED September 21, 2021
  • SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED September 28, 2021
  • TOP 12 ANNOUNCED October 4, 2021
  • WGAW AWARDS PARTY October 14, 2021

Rules

Please visit website for rules and guidelines.

Awards

  • A total of $16,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 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 top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.
  • The winning Horror and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 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. Including: 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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
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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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Gary Miner

An interview with screenwriter Gary Miner regarding the Slamdance Writing Competition.

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

A: Title: Wizard of Genoa

Before Marilyn Manson's wicked antics, even before Elvis' infamous swoon-inducing hip-shaking, there was Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), violin virtuoso of the Romantic period.

The violinist performed with such force and speed that a story began to circulate that he was in league with the devil. It was said, "Paganini looked like a magician and his playing justified his looks."

Paganini traveled as a virtuoso violinst, at first in Italy and then, from 1828 abroad, causing a sensation wherever he went, his phenomenal technique giving rise to rumors of diabolical assistance.

Once his fame was established, Paganini's life was a mixture of triumphs and personal excesses. He earned large sums of money but he indulged recklessly in gambling and other forms of amusements.

Achilles Paganini, 15 is trying to come to terms with who his dying father really is.

The French thought the "Parisian Idol" Charles Lafont was the world's best violinist. The Italians believed the "Wizard of Genoa" was the best. The two violinists "duel" on stage at the La Scala Theater in Milan.

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

A: The reason I entered SLAMDANCE was the catagory for period pieces. I thought I might have a better chance with my Historical Epic. I also thought it might be fun to hang out at the "Sundance Film Festival" with the Slamdance people in Park City, Utah.

I entered "Wizard of Genoa" in the "36th Annual Houston International Film Festival" and won "Best of Show" for "Best Unproduced Screenplay." Last year Wizard won "First Place at "Red Inkworks and a Finalist in "Scriptrep."

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: I was very satisfied with the adminstration of the contest. They gave me my $500 award at an awards banquet at the Writer's Guild of America, west. I had a chance to meet some of the judges from the Writer's Guild. SLAMDANCE will also announce my award at the film festival at Park City, Utah.

I actually received more awards than promised. SLAMDANCE has arranged for scenes from all the winning scripts to be performed on stage by well known actors at theaters around Los Angeles. This will take place between February and April. Film industry people will be invited to the performances.

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

A: SLAMDANCE did give written feedback on script that was helpful. What was most helpful was talking to the judges in person at the Writer's Guild of America, west in person.

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

A: Winning "Third Place" at SLAMDANCE has done more for me than winning "First Place" at other contests.

The top three winners received an article on the last page of the Sept. 12-14th issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. From the article I received e-mails and phone calls requesting WIZARD OF GENOA from:

1. Heydey Films - Warner Brothers 2. Sobini Films - Lion's Gate Ent. 3. Trillion Entertainment 4. Bedford Falls Entertainment 5. New Regency Entertainment 6. HBO 7. Samuel Goldwyn Films 8. Eugene Davis Enterprises - Germany 9. Cliff Roberts - William Morris Agency

Three months after receiving WIZARD OF GENOA only HBO and New Regency" has passed. I'm still waiting to hear from the other companies.

I have a Beverly Hills manager, Harley Bauer at Flutie Entertainment that hand delivered script to companies.

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

A: I received my M.A. degree in sculpture from Calif. State University, Fullerton. I received my B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. I attended U.C.L.A. Film School Extension classes at the Screenwriter's Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Film Critic Stephen Farber taught the classes.

I taught art at the Middle School, High School and College level. From 1990-1995 I taught art at Shasta College in Redding and College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA.

I have completed three screenplays and one teleplay. They have all been Finalist in screenwriting competitions.

1. Wizard of Genoa 2. Samaria 3. Helitack 4. Rogue Cops (teleplay)

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

A: I lived in Los Angeles for twelve years. I currently live by San Francisco. If I am selected as one of the top ten Finalist in the Disney contest I plan to move to L.A.

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

A: My new script's a bio/pic about the singer Sam Cooke. My working title is "You Send Me."

If anyone wants to read my scripts go to Inktips.com or contact my manager at:

Harley Bauer 310.247.1100 hbauer@flutieent.com

Flutie Entertainment 9300 Wilshire Blvd., #333 Beverly Hills, CA 90064

Posted Friday, December 26, 2003

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 (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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