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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 Rhonda Ewing

An interview with screenwriter Rhonda Ewing 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: "Missing Love" which covers 20 years, is the quest of a beautiful,young tenacious, black journalist, who takes on the Army in search of the truth about the death of her boyfriend during the Vietnam war while on a black ops mission. We have entered other contests and did well also. Most recently we won honorable mention in the 2011 Screenplay Festival competition and have been receiving a steady stream of requests for our logline and as well as a copy of our script. We have placed in the 2011 Screenplay Search and are hoping to advance further. We won 1st place in the 2010 Indie Gathering Drama category, Ray Szuch. We won 1st place in a Drama category in the 2010 Cinema City with Suzanne De Laurentis, 2010 Quarter Finals with Page. We are a top ten finalist in this years Indie Producers, Kerry David, top ten Screenplay Search, 2010 2nd round in Austin, Zoetrope 2010 quarter finals, Francis Ford Coppola. We were a finalist in the 2010 Red Inworks, Larry Miles. We were a finalist in the 2010 Movie Script Contest, 2010 semi-finalist in Acclaim. In 2009 and 2008 we placed in 10 competitions.

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

A: My partner Ronald L. Marchand and I search the internet seeking contests that were reputable and the most beneficial for our needs and exposure.

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

A: We were satisfied with all the contests we entered. They met their deadlines. We received all our awards.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: It took us 4 years from start to finish with all the revisions we made along the way. We did write a two page outline. Conservatively, I would say we wrote a dozen drafts until now.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: We used Final Draft software. We don't use any other software at this time. We are happy with Final Draft.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: In the beginning, the first two years, we wrote every day. We don't write every day now. When we do, maybe we write about 10 hours a day. In the beginning, we wrote until the wee hours of the morning, and learned not to do that because it generates a lot of mistakes and disagreements.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: No, we suffer burnout more than writer's block. We take breaks from writing.

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

A: We have no formal training and are self taught. We have several other screenplays in the works.

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

A: No, we live in Arizona and Texas. Neither of us have plans to move to Los Angeles at this time.

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

A: We are putting the finishing touches on "Snow Storm" (minimal cast, location, interracial romance). We also have treatments for: an Ante Bellum horror story in New Orleans, a Sun City Arizona senior citizen dramedy, a fatal romance in Texas, and we are working on a psychological murder mystery.

Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2011