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Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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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 (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
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Objective

The purpose of the Big Apple Film Festival Short Script Competition is to discover an engaging, innovative and purposeful scripts to support and promote to film industry professionals.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 08/03/2019

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Notification: Approximately April 1st.

Rules

  1. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature length screenplays, short scripts and TV/web series pilot scripts. Feature length scripts must be a minimum of 60 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Short script submissions and TV/web series pilot scripts must under 60 pages.
  2. Submitted screenplays can not have been optioned, purchased, or otherwise produced at the time of submission.
  3. Writers can submit as many screenplays as they’d like to the competition, however each script requires a separate application and payment.
  4. All entries must be submitted in English.
  5. Submissions must include the title, author(s) and any relevant registration or copyright information.
  6. Screenplays must be submitted in PDF or MS WORD.
  7. All screenplays are considered complete once they are received by the Big Apple Film Festival. No revisions or updated copies will be accepted.
  8. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Awards

  1. Winners in each of the Screenplay Competition categories will be announced and promoted through the Producers Guild of America’s industry trade publication “Produced By,” which is received by over 8,000 accredited producers who are members of the Producers Guild. Members of the Producers Guild of America include the industry’s top filmmakers/producers who have had their feature films theatrically released within the US in major cities, and/or also have had disiticution via VOD platform carried by major cable/satellite television providers, such as Time Warner, and/or have streamed online through major digital portals such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
  2. Winners in each of the Screenplay Competition categories will: Be announced and promoted through VARIETY, one of the industries leading trade publications, subscribed to by leading producers, production companies and studios, including Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers and more.
  3. Screenplay competition winners will receive the opportunity to pitch their script to production companies, agents and other industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more.
  4. Feature length screenplay winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, and many more.
  5. Screenplay winners and finalists will receive a live reading of excerpts from their screenplays at the festival from professional New York City actors.

Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

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 (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

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 (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Big Apple Fest Announces Contest Results

Rebirth by T.L. Lewis has been named the winner of the 2009 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 06/05/2009

Big Apple Film Festival Announces 2006 Screenplay Contest Results

Dick Belsky's The Perfect Victim has been named the winner of the 2006 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 01/29/2007

Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

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 (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 8    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter John Martins

An interview with screenwriter John Martins regarding the Big Apple Writing Competition.


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

A: Inspired by true events, "Aktion T-4" is the story of two men, a Lutheran bishop and a Catholic deacon, who come together try and stop Hitler's forced euthanasia program, known as "Aktion T-4." "Aktion T-4" predates the Holocaust and the Wansee Conference. Zyklon-B was even used to eliminate those Germans, Jews and non-Jews like, who had either mental or physical challenges, so it was somewhat of a precursor to the horror that was going to be committed a few years later. To this day, no one knows how many Germans were murdered under this program, but conservative estimates range at approximately 60,000 men, women, and children.

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

A: I've written a few theatrical plays over the years, and it's always been a dream of mine to have one of them performed somewhere in New York City. Of late, I've placed more of an emphasis on screenwriting, and thinking that since it's probable I'll never have a play performed off-Broadway, perhaps I could visit the Big Apple via a Film Festival's screenwriting competition. Fortunately, I was awarded the grand prize for unproduced screenplay at the 2018 Big Apple Film Festival in November. It was moving for my father and me to visit Manhattan's Chelsea District where the Festival took place.

A few years ago, I was also awarded grand prize for "Aktion T-4" by Act One's Screenwriting Competition in Los Angeles. Another honor which I deeply appreciate.

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

A: Very much so. Festival directors Jonathan Lipp and Erica Rubin followed through on all promises and awards in a timely manner. They are both wonderful human beings who love film deeply. Thank you, Jonathan and Erica.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: After a solid year of research, it took another five years, off and on, to bang out a first draft. From there I sent it to a script analyst, who offered some solid suggestions that made perfect sense. From start to finish, the length of time was about 6 1/2 years.

Yes, I always try to write an outline so I can get a handle on a story's pacing and rhythm, and finally its resolution. I've heard of novelists letting their characters lead them through their story, which often takes them places the author didn't think he or she would originally go. I can't write that way; I'VE got to know where I'm going, because I've only got 100-120 pages to tell the story. I also have to consider a film's budget in this business. I try to think of how much everything is going to cost while I write my story. Is there a way I can lessen its budget without lessening the impact of the story? I TRY to do that. Some writers like to work that way; others don't. It's a personal preference. I don't believe in "rights-or-wrongs" during the process; whatever works for you. So my stories are framed tightly--in part because of a thought-out-in-advance outline. It works for me, and I can still tinker with it in minor ways along the journey, while still getting it to end in the place where I think the story is most satisfying.

For "Aktion T-4," as well as my other screenplays, I typically write right around 20 drafts. And that's not just changing a line or two of dialogue; that's a thorough scrubbing. Sometimes, it just takes time to see a scene differently, whether to add, edit, or completely delete, and to proceed with a rewrite. The proverbial "Can't see the forest for the trees," if you will.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Old habits die hard. I don't use software, although I have nothing against it. If it helps, use it!

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I try to write every day. If I'm not writing on paper, I know I'm writing daily in my head, thinking through character, plot, story, etc.

When I am writing on paper, the process can easily take two-three hours a day, but depending on how much free time I have, sometimes longer.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: I'm a little uneasy answering this question, because I've never had a deadline, as so many other writers do. My "method" of writing is quite methodical and time-consuming, so I feel it almost prevents any kind of writer's block I can experience. I try to do everything I can to eliminate stress in my life, which I believe can contribute to writer's block. If you recognize and address stress, I think that can help in eliminating it, and, thereby, putting an end to writer's block. Easy for me to say.

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

A: A school teacher for many years. Over the years, I've written a total of about 30 scripts, mostly screenplays, but including theatrical plays, a radio play, and two TV scripts.

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

A: I live presently in Arizona, but, given the right circumstances, I would move to Los Angeles.

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

A: Yes, I'm working on three scripts simultaneously, two faith-based and the third historical. And an idea bouncing around in my head.

And the very best to the Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) in the future.

Regards,

John Martins III

Posted Saturday, May 11, 2019

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