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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
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Objective

This season we're taking the Feature/Pilot winner to Park City during Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Like those Table Read winners who have received Oscar Nominations, or have premiered their produced scripts at a major film festival like Cannes, Table Read My Screenplay will help to motivate your passion for writing through the film festival and showcase experience, put some cash in your pocket, give you the opportunity to confidently network with the title of “Grand Prize Winner,” and a support mechanism for layering a long-term career with an invitation to be a part of the elite ISA Development Program Slate. We cover Hotel & Airfare expenses during the festival. Enjoy Parties, Movies, Celebs & more!

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 12/05/2017

WinningScripts Pro $5 Off Coupon

Notification: SEMI-FINALISTS - December 16, 2017;
GRAND PRIZE Winner - January 5, 2018

Rules

Please see website: https://tablereadmyscreenplay.com/rulesfaq-parkcity/

Awards

Feature/Pilot Grand Prize Winner

Gain exposure with the Directors and Producers attending the 2018 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals with you, through a live Performance of scenes from your winning script.

  • $1500 Cash
  • Flight & Lodging
  • ISADevelopment
  • ISAConnect Membership
  • Sundance Movie Tickets
  • 4 Days of Festival Events

Our Director is guaranteed to personally sit and meet with you in addition to work shopping your script with professional actors. You’ll be invited in as a member of the elite “ISA Development Program Slate”, where the Career Development team will work with you for a minimum of 1 year to get you and your script in front of Producers, Literary Representatives and other Industry Executives from companies like Lakeshore Entertainment, Gidden Media, ICM, and more…

Short Grand Prize Winner

Gain exposure with Directors and Producers visiting the ISA website with a podcast of your winning script on ISA’s Curious About Screenwriting Network.

  • $750 Cash
  • ISADevelopment & ISAConnect Membership
  • Sundance Movie Tickets

The ISA Development Program will share your script and podcast episode to new media outlets including AwesomenessTV and more. If you produce your short script within 18 months of winning, we’ll pay entry into 3 film festivals.

ISA Development Program

Both Grand Prize Winners Also Receive:

  • COACHING in a Script OR Career Consultation with a professional coach from Jacob Krueger Studio ($1000 value) Listen to his podcasts on ISA
  • EXPOSURE through The Tracking Board website’s ISA Spotlight section, and a dedicated announcement submitted to over 1,700 Industry Professionals for review.
  • ADDITIONAL PRIZES from the Top 10 and Semi-Finalist categories.

Top 10 Winners

  • 1 Year ISAConnect ($100 Value)
  • Write Your Screenplay Class with Jacob Krueger in NYC or Online. ($350 Value)
  • Seven Act Structure by Jacob Krueger

Semifinalists

SEVEN ACT STRUCTURE ($150 VALUE) w/ Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger

Learn An Organic Approach To Your Own Screenwriting.

In this groundbreaking seminar, award-winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger will help you move beyond the tired formulas that are holding back your writing, by understanding the powerful organic approach used by Hollywood’s best writers. You’ll not only learn the underlying structure of a renowned screenplay, but also discover a new way of thinking about the structure of your own screenplays, and the journeys of your own most compelling characters.

Everyone Who Enters Receives

GETTING PAST THE GATEKEEPERS: HOW TO GET PRODUCERS, MANAGERS, AND AGENTS ON THE PHONE with Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Interview with Table Read My Screenplay Winner Mark Grisar



Screenwriter Mark Grisar scored a big 2016 contest win when his script Cleaning House was selected as the winner of the London edition of the Table Read My Screenplay Contest. The script has been optioned for production and is scheduled to shoot this spring with Nick Quested attached to direct.



MovieBytes: Congrats on the contest win. What's the script about?



Mark Grisar: CLEANING HOUSE is a twisty, contemporary noir about MAX, a victim of downsizing, stuck in a sexless marriage, who finds some passion in his life when he begins a relationship with ELENA the young woman who cleans his house. Unbeknownst to Max, Elena is casing the house for her boyfriend to rob. Elena eventually thwarts the robbery and ends up murdered for her betrayal. Now, Max's "loving" wife NAN goes to great lengths to frame him for the crime.




Mark Grisar at the London table read of Cleaning House.


American Beauty meets Gone Girl.



MovieBytes: What compelled you to enter the Table Read contest? Have you entered the script in other contests, too?



MG: Though not my day job, I consider myself a professional screenwriting contestant, having won, placed or showed in several contests over the years. I think I'm amongst the minority of writers who has won more than I've spent on contest entry fees (lol). Oddly enough, last year I entered only one script, CLEANING HOUSE, in one contest, Table Read My Screenplay - London, and the planets aligned. This was the first time I've entered this contest and I did so because the reward and philosophy were unique. I didn't need another copy of Final Draft, and oftentimes the "industry exposure" is overrated.



MovieBytes: What was your experience like with the contest?



MG: The International Screenwriters' Association and the TRMS folks are amazing. What they delivered was more than what was promised and way beyond my expectations.



To date, the TRMS experience has been the best experience of my screenwriting career. For the four days, I was treated as an A-list writer, I bonded with the cast, facilitators, London, and had the best vacation of my life.


I arrived in London on a Wednesday morning, was limo'd to a deluxe room in a five star hotel in a great location, and was wined and dined through Saturday. They allowed me to extend my stay (at my expense) and do some traveling (Paris & Amsterdam) and paid for my return fare from Amsterdam.



There were actually two readings of CLEANING HOUSE. On Thursday night there was a whole read-through at a lovely regional theater with an amazing cast and director. I sat in on one of the rehearsals right before the reading, but they'd obviously rehearsed before as the actors really nailed their roles. In that CLEANING HOUSE has a multi-racial, multi-socioeconomic cast, they cast the play by utilizing various British dialects and it really worked. So cool to hear your words read in non-American accents. This reading was really just for my benefit and the only ones invited were me, my wife, the director, and the organizers.



The second reading was on Friday night at Soho House, an elegant, prestigious private artists' club. This reading was open to artists and industry professionals. It was not a complete read-through, but a showcase of some select scenes from the script. I'd estimate about 30-40 people attended.



This was not the first time I've heard the script read aloud. A few years back, I won a table read as part of the Westchester Film Festival. Except in that reading, I was given a venue, but had to assemble a cast, rehearse and direct it myself with 2 1/2 weeks notice. I was way too nervous to gain much insight.

MovieBytes: How long have you been writing? How did you learn the craft?



MG: I've been writing since my college days; I'm pretty much self taught. As an exercise I used to watch a movie I loved, and constantly pause it to transcribe it. This really helped me learn pacing.



MovieBytes: Do you consider screenwriting contests a good way to launch a Hollywood screenwriting career?



MG: Screenwriting contests can be a good way to launch a career, in that it is easier to get your script read if you have a good track record. More importantly, a good placement is a major pat on the back, which gives you the much needed encouragement to persevere in what can be a very frustrating, solitary avocation. I have to confess that I had just about given up on screenwriting (transitioning to prose) then I struck gold.



To date, the TRMS experience has been the best experience of my screenwriting career. For the four days, I was treated as an A-list writer, I bonded with the cast, facilitators, London, and had the best vacation of my life. More importantly I'm back in the writing mode!



Updated: 03/18/2017
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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Contact

Los Angeles, CA

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Sophie Margolis, Administrator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Paul Corricelli

An interview with screenwriter Paul Corricelli regarding the Table Read Writing Competition.

Updated: 11/13/2014

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Stuart Land

An interview with screenwriter Stuart Land regarding the Table Read Writing Competition.

Updated: 02/19/2014
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