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Creative World Awards

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Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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Objective

Creative World Awards (CWA) is an international screenwriting contest that is well known for having the writer's interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion.

Production: CWA brings an exciting production opportunity to the Grand Prize Winner. This year’s winner will have a short version of their script produced by The MIX, and the film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival. The writer will receive imdb credit, and the short will be used to help promote the GPW’s feature script.

CWA has built relationships with some of the industry's leading companies such as Lionsgate/Mandate International, GreeneStreet Films, Relativity Media, Crystal Sky, Icon Films & Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, and more - all of which get first looks at the top winners. The competition plays a critical role in connecting emerging talented writers with companies and individuals in the industry looking to develop and produce projects.

Writers have seven categories to compete in. Please see the CWA website for a descriptive breakdown of each of the main genre categories, which include:

Feature Screenplay Categories:
Action/Adventure
Horror/Thriller/Fantasy
Comedy
Drama/Family

Short Script/Teleplay Categories:
Short Film Scripts
Original TV Sitcom Pilot
Original TV Drama Pilot

Coverage: Known for going beyond the status quo, CWA provides invaluable judge’s feedback and coverage. Interactive features can also be found on the website including blogs, industry resources, and feature interviews with many high profile executives, writers, producers, and directors.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early November 30, 2017 $39
Regular December 30, 2017 $49 13
Late February 15, 2018 $59 60
Final April 5, 2018 $69 109
Extended May 17, 2018 $75 151

*For TV and Short Film entries, deduct $10 off the above feature film entry fee amounts. To add the Judge's Scorecard & Brief Notes, add $40 to the entry fee.

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Notification: Preliminary Finalists – Week of August 1; Quarter Finalists - Week of August 8; Semi Finalists - Week of August 15; Finalists - Week of August 22; Season Winners - Week of August 29

Rules

Please visit website for a list of rules & guidelines.

Awards

Special thanks to the CWA sponsors for helping line up a fantastic prize package worth over $30,000 in cash and prizes, including the opportunity for the Grand Prize Winner to receive a production award with imdb credit.

CWA is known for placing special emphasis on ways to bring writers more opportunities for publicity and production. In conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange and Richmond International Film Festival, CWA now offers the Grand Prize Winner the opportunity to have a short version of their winning script produced. The film gets a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, which gives the writer official imdb credit, festival entry, and more.

Additionally, for the short screenplay category winner, should the winner get the script produced, that film will also be awarded free Official Selection entry into the Richmond International Film Festival, and get a guaranteed premiere. CWA awards many prizes across several categories for features, shorts, and television, so please see the website for a complete listing.

The annual Creative World Awards is more than a competition; it's a platform to further refine your work, develop your craft, and get your foot in the door.

Creative World Awards

Contact

Attention: Marlene Neubauer
4712 Admiralty Way, #268
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Heather Waters & Marlene Neubauer, Co-founders
MovieBytes Interview: Heather Waters

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Creative World Awards

Contact

Attention: Marlene Neubauer
4712 Admiralty Way, #268
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Heather Waters & Marlene Neubauer, Co-founders
MovieBytes Interview: Heather Waters

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 95    
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Contest News

CWA Champs Colette Freedman and Brooke Purdy



Friends and writing partners Colette Freedman and Brooke Purdy scored an important breakthrough earlier this month when they were named the Grand Prize Winners of the 2016 Creative World Awards for their post-apocalyptic screenplay, The Last Book Store. We caught up with the two prolific writers to ask about their partnership, their process, and their future.



Brooke Purdy and Colette Freedman



MovieBytes: Give us the pitch for your screenplay ... what's it about?



Colette Freedman and Brooke Purdy: It's the story of Jack, a 12 year old living in the post-apocalyptic world. When his mother falls ill due to a mysterious disease called "The Bleeds", Jack must employ the help of his best friends and little sister Beckett to search for the rumored "Last Bookstore" to try and gain the necessary knowledge to mimic past pharmaceuticals and save his mother. To get there they must travel through a territory ruled by Xander, the demented leader of the "Blighters", a ruthless band of psychotics. They must also face the "Unders"- a group of women who have created an underground society where they are harboring Xander's daughter, Nyx. As the kids find themselves in the middle of a war, they must try and save both themselves and Nyx - while racing the clock to save Jack's mother. It's "The Goonies" meets "Stand By Me" with a sprinkling of "Mad Max" thrown into the mix.



MovieBytes: Where did you come up with the story?



The industry is a beast and we are two unrepresented writers living in Burbank. Any help cracking that nut is always welcome and appreciated. We have entered other contests and "The Last Bookstore" has performed really well.


Brooke Purdy: My 12 year old son Max, an avid reader, asked me to write a movie for him. Something that he would want to see. He has pretty sophisticated tastes but is also in this odd "tween" grouping where movies for his demographic are either too gory or too young. He was our constant reference throughout the writing.



MovieBytes: How long have you two been writing together? What's your process? Do you work together in the same room, or swap pages?



BP: Colette and I began writing together on a feature "Quality Problems" about two years ago. We worked so well that, once finished, we rolled right into the next two scripts. "Bookstore" was one of them. Depending on whose idea we are working on, one of us will write pages then send to the other for "tuning up", structure help, and elaboration. It's an amazing marriage of creativity. Colette is an insanely prolific writer, whereas I tend to "ruminate" a bit too much on story. Her drive compels me to keep up and stop being so precious about every last detail. She's also a crazy fast (and violent) typist. Dometimes I can feel her keyboard screaming.



Colette Freedman: Brooke could be the funniest person I know and is the only person I've ever met who can work as fast as I can. I've had loads of writing partners over the years but this partnership is truly the most magical. We 'get' each other's sensibilities and although we'll have drag out fights over one sentence, the outcome tends to be something incredibly special. It's really a matter of spitting out ideas, figuring out which one of us is going to take the lead on which idea and going for it ... with several long marinating bike rides thrown into the mix. It is definitely the most fun I've ever had writing.



MovieBytes: What are your respective backgrounds? Have you studied screenwriting? If so, where, and with whom?



BP: I have been writing since middle school. Books and writing were my favorite escapes. I had amazing teachers and encouragement along the way. I entered NYU Tisch in their dramatic writing program in 1989. There, I began with stories and plays. I studied with Dick Beebe there and he was remarkably cinematic. He first encouraged me to expand my work into screenplays. I never looked back and transferred to the Film & Television Directing Program there the next year. Later, when marriage, kids and life had me somewhat creatively "stalled," I went to Kristen Hanngi who helped get me "unstuck".



CF: I started in this business as an actor and when I got insanely frustrated with the lack of dynamic parts for women, I started to write them myself. I started as a playwright and in the last few years have transitioned into novels and screenplays.



MovieBytes: How long did it take to write the script? How many drafts?



BP and CF: About six weeks. We processed much of it on long bike rides, which was a great side bonus. With two writers, we are constantly rewriting, so our "first draft" tends to be really our fifth or sixth. Once we were finished, we sent it out to a few very trusted readers, and employed the notes we liked.



MovieBytes: What made you enter the Creative World Awards? Have you entered any other contests?



BP and CF: We liked that there were a lot of reviews and emphasis on promoting the writers. The industry is a beast and we are two unrepresented writers living in Burbank. Any help cracking that nut is always welcome and appreciated. We have entered other contests and "The Last Bookstore" has performed really well. We always knew it was a special script but it wasn't until CWA that we really were able to shout it from the rooftops. It is a game-changer as far as our bankability and the script's draw.



MovieBytes: Where do you go from here? Do you have representation? How do you plan to market the script?



BP and CF: We are currently in post production with a film we did last year, from a script I wrote, "Quality Problems". We hope to co-ordinate any interest in "Bookstore" with the promotion of that and its festival runs. No, we don't have representation as a team and we are in need of it now more than ever. We have two other scripts that are starting to get a lot of attention -- "Joint Venture" - is the true story of an all female cannabis delivery service brought down in a sting operation, and "Scattering Rachel" is about a group of women who take their niece cross country to scatter their sister's ashes. We also have two more comedies in the works which we plan to finish by the end of the year - our plate is FULL and we are ready to let some savvy, believer take a bite out of it!

Updated: 09/27/2016
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Creative World Awards

Contact

Attention: Marlene Neubauer
4712 Admiralty Way, #268
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Heather Waters & Marlene Neubauer, Co-founders
MovieBytes Interview: Heather Waters

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 95    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview: Heather Waters

An interview with Heather Waters regarding the Creative World Writing Competition.

Updated: 01/14/2009

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Diana Mitchell

An interview with screenwriter Diana Mitchell regarding the Creative World Writing Competition.

Updated: 01/01/2009
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