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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    
Have you entered?
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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

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Deadline August 1, 2017 $40
Standard Deadline September 1, 2017 $45
Extended Deadline October 1, 2017 $50 6

Additional categories $15 per script.

WinningScripts Pro $5 Off Coupon

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 Hilliard Guess

An interview with screenwriter Hilliard Guess 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: REBEL YELL -- Drama -- When Hip-hop moguls take over an LA radio station and fire its top English DJ, his feisty black wife storms in and holds them hostage, forcing the moguls to learn that her husband was once the Wolfman Jack of England.

The 60s in London was a time when music moved generations of rebellious youth. REBEL YELL takes place mainly during the pre-hippie movement when the Mods and Rockers are fighting on the beaches of Brighton and a 'youth-quake' is at hand.

Told through the use of flashbacks and clever narratives, it tells the dramatic love story between RHODA, an English/Jamaican black girl and MIKE DIRTY, a lower class Brit, who together, fight against all odds to find love, all the while he slowly becomes the most influential British DJ of their time. Mike's the first of his kind to put black music, specifically Reggae and Ska, on the radio British air waves.

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

A: Rebel Yell is actually my first screenplay that I'd written and completed back in 2001 -2002. It advanced to the 2003 Final Cut of Sundance Screenwriting Contest and the Quarterfinals of Scriptapalooza's contest in the same year...

I'd grown so much as a writer over the years that I'd decided to pull REBEL YELL out of the drawer and add some new touches to the story: structure, character and dialogue. After I'd done a few polishes, I happened upon Screenplay Festival's competition on-line and decided to enter.

Luckily, the REBEL YELL won Honorable Mention at the 2006 competition.

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 adminstration. I received all of my awards certificate and all of my awards in a timely fashion and have been contacted by their staff for help and guidance several times.

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

A: No, there was no feedback given. But they did praise my screenplay which I was very grateful for.

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

A: I was able to post the synopsis, logline and screenplay for REBEL YELL on Inktip.com, Moviebytes.com and Winningscripts.com. I have not been contacted by any reps as of yet, but after only a week of signing up on those sites, I've had at least ten production companies request my loglines/script.

If any Lit Agents or Managers would like to contact me in regards to representation you can reach me through Michael C. Donaldson at Donaldson/Hart Law Offices (310) 273-5711

Or feel free to check me out -- Hilliard Guess at IMDB.COM.

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

A: I grew up in the 'hood just outside of San Francisco. Like most young black males in the 80s, I was in a break-dancing crew/gang when I was younger, and boy did get into a lot of trouble. My Mom and Dad encouraged me to use my gift for dancing in a more positive way. I was around twelve or thirteen at the time, and I somehow came across The Palo Alto Children's Theater on a day they just happened to be auditoning for the musical "Free To Be You and Me." I got one of the lead roles and was hooked. And as they say, the rest was history...

I was a working actor in TV, Films, Commercials and professional theater for many years until I discoverd my real passion was screenplay writing.

I have nine screenplays in different stages of developement.

In 2005 my screenplay "SECTION 8" advanced to the Quarterfinals of The Nichol Felloships Screenwriting Contest.

I've also written TV Spec Scripts for "ENTOURAGE," (which advanced to the Quarerfinals of 2006 Scriptapalooza TV and Creative Screen Magazine's 2006 AAA Contest) "BOSTON LEGAL" and a "COLD CASE" spec. These specs are all very strong writing samples.

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

A: Yes, I live around Sunset and Vine, right in the heart of Hollywood California. I personally advise any young writer to make the move toLa La Land. You just can't beat the opportunities and accessibility to the industry. I can't tell you how many contacts I've made writing at nearby coffee shops or working out at Gold's Gym Hollywood. Here, everyone's in the industry. You have to take advantage of the resources. And in LA, the resources are EVERYBODY!

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

A: Right now, I'm focusing on TV writing. I'm repped by Michael C. Donaldson at Donaldson/Hart Law Offices in West Hollywood and we're knocking on Agents and Producers doors to get me signed and on staff in the Fall.

NEXT?

I'm always working on several screenplays at once. Besides focusing on TV specs, I'm working on getting the rights to a book (that I can't reveal). Let's just say, it's in the vein of "Ray" or "Walk The Line."

Hilliard Guss can be contacted directly at:

Hilldoog@aol.com or Imdb.com

Or

Michael C. Donaldson Donaldson/Hart Law Offices (310) 273-5711



Posted Friday, June 1, 2007