The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in our nineteenth year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and filmmakers. We've established a strong track record through our competition successes and are committed to continuing our pursuit to champion outstanding new work.
Our competition consists of four categories. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category. In addition to that, Slamdance will present the Grand Prize for the best screenplay, regardless of category.
|Deadline||Date||Entry Fee||Days till Deadline|
|Early||April 8, 2014||$50 (Feature/Horror);
|Regular||June 10, 2014||$60 (Feature/Horror);
|Late||July 22, 2014||$70 (Feature/Horror);
|WAB Extended||July 29, 2014||$70 (Feature/Horror);
Coverage Fees: (in addition to the submission fees):
Standard Coverage (within 2 months): +$75
Express Coverage (within 21 days): +$115
Notification: September 3rd 2014 - Announce 100 Quarter-Finalists; September 10th, 2014 - Announce 32 Semi-Finalists; September 17th, 2014 - Announce 12 Finalists - In no particular order; October 8th, 2014 - WGAW Party for Finalists and Semi-Finalists - Announce Winners.
A total of $11,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash.
The winners of the Feature, Horror, and Original Teleplay categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each.
The winning Short/Webisode script will have an option to be produced and screen at Slamdance 2016.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2015)
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 Short/Webisode and winning Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP (T-shirts, beanies, etc.).
The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.
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