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Screenplay Festival

Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
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Objective

Now Accepting Television Scripts! The writers spoke, and we listened. We have now added four categories to our contest for television scripts.

Screenplay Festival now features the following categories:

Feature Film: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller Horror Television: Half Hour Pilot, Half Hour Spec, One Hour Pilot, One Hour Spec

As one of the highest rated contests on MovieBytes, Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this "chicken and egg" problem. By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality -- not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together -- Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

The competition's categories ensure that a truly wonderful script is not punished or ignored because it is in a genre that does not usually win awards. There is no limit to the frustration experienced by the writer who commits the crime of writing "fun" or "likeable" material. In this world of awards, it always seems to be "important" films that win the accolades. In reality, people love dramas, and they love comedies and action movies and thrillers and horror flicks. Writing for a fun genre should not forbid a writer from having their talents acknowledged.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/01/2017

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Rules

  1. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years or older, including co-authored material.
  2. Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for Screenplay Festival. Any award won by a co-authored script will be divided evenly among the writers listed on the entry form.
  3. Screenplays that have been previously optioned, sold or produced are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival.
  4. Screenplays must be the original work of the author.
    • Screenplays adapted from other sources that were written by other authors (such as but not limited to books or plays) are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival, regardless of the source author's permission.
    • Screenplays adapted from other sources by the author of that source are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival if the source material has previously optioned, sold or produced.
  5. Submissions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.
  6. Screenplays must be submitted in English.
  7. A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each script submitted.

Awards

Grand Prize Winners (One Per Category) and Honorable Mentions.

Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Screenplay Festival Names Finalists

The Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition has named their 2014 finalists, representing the top 25% of all submissions.

Updated: 03/05/2015

Screenplay Festival Announces Semifinalists

The Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2013 semifinalists, representing the top 50% of entries received.

Updated: 12/21/2013

Screenplay Festival Announces Semifinalists

Screenplay Festival has announced their semifinalists for 2012.

Updated: 12/14/2012

Screenplay Festival Announces Semifinalists

Screenplay Festival has announced their 2011 semifinalists.

Updated: 01/17/2012

Screenplay Festival Announces Contest Winners

The Screenplay Festival Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2010 final results.

Updated: 06/09/2011

Screenplay Festival

Contact

15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(424) 248-9221 (voice)
(866) 770-2994 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Rick Reynolds, Assistant Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 60    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Christopher Canole

An interview with screenwriter Christopher Canole regarding the Screenplay Festival Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "Felix the Flyer"

The most bizarre and punishing Marathon in Olympic history was the last hurdle for a young Cuban mailman after he ran 1200 miles up the Mississippi river chased by racists to deliver his message to the American people. Chariots of Fire meets Motorcycle Diaries.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: When the Moviebyte web site announced one of my other screenplays, Counter-Clockwise, made the 2004 Scriptapalooza semi-finals it was immediately optioned by Triple Take Media and I received an invite from the organizers of the Screenplay Festival to submit a screenplay for their contest. Earlier that year Felix had made the quarter-finals of the International Screenplay Festival in New York so I decided to submit it. Having read an interview in the Moviebyte email newsletter I decided to rewrite my Honorable Mention in the Screenplay Festival winner into many 2005 contests including: Scriptapalooza, San Diego Film, Page International, Acclaim , FilmMakers International, Applause, Script P.I.M.P., Nicholl, Austin Film Festival, Open Door(Kaplan), Final Draft, Write Movies, AAA Screenwriting Magazine

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I was very satisfied with the Screenplay Festival’s handling of their contest. They kept me constantly updated as to the progress of my script from the semi-finals to finals and finally as a winner through emails.

The awards produced unexpected changes in my career. When I received and read my first issue of Scr(i)pt magazine I knew I had much more to learn about the business. I’ve since requested and read three years of back issues and re-written all nine of my scripts based on Scr(i)pt’s articles.

And the award of posting of Felix on the Inktip web site produced so many initial hits, I’ve posted all my scripts. In the first three months I have received 600 hits.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Since Felix was one of my first screenplay entries, I had not bothered to pay the extra fees many contests request for feedback. But now if the fee is small I do so. The feedback I have received so far has been very helpful in my rewrites.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Leslie Rabb of RPM International received a copy of Felix through a director I worked for, Armand Mastroianni. After Felix won the contest Leslie contacted me and to shop the script around. I am very encouraged by her abilities to get Felix in the hands of Producers, Directors and Actors. And as I mentioned before the Inktip web site brings an average of ten Producers into my life each day.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I am a union set photographer and actor who decided it was time to create my own stories. In the past three years I have written nine screenplays: Bloodgroove (60’s college story), Drawn Together (political thriller), DVD Day (science fiction doomsday), Spring Snow (Mishima novel adaptation for my PhD in literature), Runaway Horses (Another Mishima), Z.I.A. (Family Zoo story), Counter-Clockwise (Science fiction romance), Felix the Flyer (sports biography), and Pen Dragon (comic book fable). Counter-Clockwise is being shopped by Triple Take Media as a mini-series and Pen Dragon as an animation feature.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I do not live in Los Angeles. But if I meet the right actress at the Academy Awards and she insist we live in LA I will make the move.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am just finishing The Last Limo (A post 9/11 thriller) and having fun writing an entry for the Writer’s Arc contest, Black ‘n White House.

Posted Friday, June 10, 2005