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Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

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68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

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Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

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Professionalism: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
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Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
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Objective

The Nantucket Film Festival - unique in its dedication to supporting and promoting the art of screenwriting - launched the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition in 1996. The Festival's screenwriting focus was inspired by Nantucket's rich history as a writer's retreat and is one of the main reasons for the event's distinction as an important cultural institution.

The competition is named after the late Winston ''Tony'' Cox, former Showtime Networks Chairman and longtime Nantucket summer resident. Throughout his career, Cox was devoted to highlighting the important role of the writer in bringing high-quality original content to cable television. Tony's legacy has helped establish a prestigious reputation for the Competition whose highly vetted finalists command notice from producers and development executives nation wide. Previous Competition jurors include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lili Taylor, Tom McCarthy, Diana Ossana, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Stanley Tucci, Rosie Perez, Kit Carson, Greg Mottola, Nancy Tenenbaum, Nancy Savoca, Lee Daniels, Anthony Swofford, and Donna Giglotti.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 03/29/2013

Notification: Early June

Rules

Eligibility Requirements for SCRIPT submissions:
  • Feature screenplays must be standard feature length (85-125 pages);
  • Short screenplays must be 40 pages or shorter;
  • TV screenplays must be standard TV length (25-30 pages for 30 min shows and 45-60pages for one hour shows);
  • TV screenplays must be for an original show. We do not accept spec screenplays for orspinoffs of existing shows;
  • We do not accept scripts for Reality TV shows;
  • Multiple episodes for a TV series should be entered to the competition individually;
  • Screenplays must be standard U.S. format only;
  • Screenplays must not have been produced;
  • Screenplays must be copyrighted or WGA registered (http://www.wgaeast.org);
  • Feature film adaptations are welcome. Make sure you own the rights to adapt thematerial;
  • Collaborations are welcome.
  • Screenplays must be in English;
  • Screenplays must be completed by entry deadline. Screenplays must be submitted electronically via email at submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org or www.withoutabox.com;
  • Screenplays must have a title page; which includes only the title. Please Note: THE APPLICANT'S NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON THE COVER OR ANY OTHER PAGE OF THE SCREENPLAY. JUDGES MUST NOT BE AWARE OF THE ENTRANT'S NAME. SCREENPLAYS THAT INCLUDE THE APPLICANT’S NAME ON THE COVER OR IN THE BODY OF THE SCREENPLAY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.
  • Entry must include an application. Keep a copy of your completed application form for reference;
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per entrant, provided separate applications and submission fees accompany each entry;

Awards

The Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award is Nantucket Film Festival's celebration of the legacy of Adrienne Shelly. The award honors the outstanding achievement by a female filmmaker chosen from each year's selection of features, documentaries, and short films. The winner will be provided with transportation to and lodging at the festival, along with a reception in her honor and a $5,000 cash prize.

As a renewal to its commitment to storytelling, NFF and Showtime have increased the cash prize for Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenwriting Award for Feature Scripts to $5,000 and have added three new categories: Television Pilot (Hour-Long) with an award of $1,000, Television Pilot (Half Hour-Long) with an award of $1,000, and Short Film Script with an award of $500.

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Contact

68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (0.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
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Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

Contact

68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (0.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

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Updated: 07/04/2003

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Updated: 06/25/2001

Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition

Contact

68 Jay St., Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 480-1900 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Daniela Bajar, Film Program Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (0.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered this contest?
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