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

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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)
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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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/27/2021

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?
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Contest News

Slamdance Announces Contest Winners

Jug Face, the horror and thriller entry written by Chad Kinkle, has won the 2011 Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize from over 2,300 submissions. Jug Face tells the story of a teenage girl, pregnant with her brother's child, who tries to escape from a backwoods community when she discovers that she must sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit. Kinkle has been awarded $7,000 in cash prizes for his horror feature screenplay at the 2011 Slamdance Awards Ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild Of America, West on October 5, 2011.

Slamdance recognizes four categories in its Writing Competition. Each top place will receive additional cash prizes, or in the case of best short screenplay, the option to be produced and premiere at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. The top three Slamdance screenplays in each prize category are as follows:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Jug Face by Chad Kinkle - Winner of $5,000

FEATURES
1st Place, Winner of $2,000 - Appearances by Frederic Richter
2nd Place - Dearborn Hotel by Peter Gaffney
3rd Place - Motor City by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen

HORROR & THRILLER
1st Place - Jug Face by Chad Kinkle - 1st place horror $2,000
2nd Place - The Hollow by Will Simmons
3rd Place - 19 Floors by Lee Brandt & Christopher Lawrence

SHORTS
1st Place, Winner to be produced by Slamdance - Harold's Bad Day by RJ Buckley
2nd Place - He Knows by Stuart Creque
3rd Place - Six Years, Four Months and Twenty Three Days by John Mawson

TELEPLAYS
1st Place, winner of $3,000 - Uncivilized by Adam Aresty
2nd Place - Mad Men "Semper Fi" by Rory Kozoll
3rd Place - Dexter "Cop Killer" by Teresa Vilaseca

"The competition was restructured slightly this year with great results. Among the changes were increased prize money and lowered submission fees which helped to make this year's contest even stronger than it's been in years past," explains Slamdance Submissions Manager, Summre Garber. "With nearly 2,300 submissions our readers had a difficult time deciding on 12 finalists. We thank everyone who submitted and deeply appreciate their support of Slamdance."

Writers Guild of America, West Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, "The WGAW shares with Slamdance the goal of supporting emerging writers and those operating within limited budgets. Slamdance's excellent annual Screenwriting and Teleplay competition helps find writers of talent, and provides them with opportunities to showcase and advance their work." In addition to The WGAW, competition sponsors include Final Draft Inc. and Pierce Law Group, LLP.

The success of the Slamdance Screenplay and Teleplay Competition over the past fifteen years and the writers it has discovered continues to attract the attention of industry professionals searching for the best new independent writing talent. Previous competition-winning screenplays that were acquired for production include: Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, Tim Boughn's Neo Ned and Nancy Kissam's Drool that was produced by Slamdance and Upload Films and theatrically released by Strand. Last year's winning short screenplay, Dead In The Room written by Marjory Kaptanoglu, was produced by Slamdance, directed by Adam Pertofsky and premiered at the 2011 Festival. To date, Dead In The Room has played in 8 other festivals and won 2 Best Short Film Awards.

Updated: 10/06/2011

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    
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