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Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Contact

217 Palos Verdes Blvd
Suite 118
Redondo Beach , CA 90277
(310) 925-7025 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: John Vincent, Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 19    
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Objective

Our aim, quite simply, is to discover and recognize the brightest new talent and original voices in storytelling from around the world. We identify emerging talent and place top new writers firmly on the industry's radar directly in the heart of the motion picture capital of the world.

Deadline/Entry Fees

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Rules

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Awards

Over $5,000 in cash, prizes, and services will be awarded to this year's winning screenwriters and Official Finalists.

Judges will bestow awards in the following tiers for each of the competitive entry categories.

Prizes will be awarded in all of the following competition categories.
  • Grand Prize Winner
  • Gold Winner
  • Silver Winner
  • Bronze Winner
  • 12 Official Finalists

In addition, one Grand Jury Prize will be awarded to the overall best screenplay selected from among all competition categories as determined by our Official Jury.

Winners and Official Finalists will also receive prize packages including products and screenwriting services from our sponsors and partner companies.

All Winners and Official Finalists will be included in our specialized press release sent out upon the official awards announcement to Hollywood trade publications, the entertainment media, and our exclusive industry list of hundreds of production companies, producers, executives, and literary agents.

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Contact

217 Palos Verdes Blvd
Suite 118
Redondo Beach , CA 90277
(310) 925-7025 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: John Vincent, Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 19    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Contact

217 Palos Verdes Blvd
Suite 118
Redondo Beach , CA 90277
(310) 925-7025 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: John Vincent, Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 19    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Hollywood Screenplay Contest Names Contest Winners

Jonathan LaPoma's The Way Back Home has been named the Grand Jury Prize Winner of the 2014 Hollywood Sreeenplay Contest.

Updated: 10/02/2014

Hollywood Screenplay Contest Announces Award Winners

End of the Road by Samuel Woodhouse has been named the Grand Jury Prize Winner of the 2013 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 11/15/2013

Hollywood Screenplay Competition Announces Winners

The Family Haywood, by Jon Durham, has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Hollywood Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 10/25/2012

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Contact

217 Palos Verdes Blvd
Suite 118
Redondo Beach , CA 90277
(310) 925-7025 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: John Vincent, Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 19    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter mathieu saliva

An interview with screenwriter mathieu saliva regarding the Hollywood Screenplay Writing Competition.


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

A: Our TV pilot screenplay is called The 5th Nation, It's an adventure-thriller story located on an oil drilling platform. It involves a lot of good things like a genius trader and a bunch of assholes trying to create a better world. Think "Lost" meets "Homeland". I co-wrote the story with Remy Parot like we did on our previous awarded screenplay THE ZONE and we won the Grand Prize of the Hollywood screenplay Contest for best TV series. A note for the readers : If you think my English is bad and I can't possibly be a writer, it's perfectly normal because I'm French. That's why I have a translator which costs me a fortune (although he is mainly paid in cheese and red wine). But he's on vacation at the time so I have to do this interview all by myself, sorry for that.

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

A: We entered this contest because they claimed to have champagne at the awards gala ... Always a good incentive for a writer. Seriously it was one of the Moviebytes best ranked contest. We entered as many contests as our paychecks could afford and we won the 3 lines or less pitch contest. We are currently competing in other festivals.

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: Yes we were fully satisfied with the contest although Californian champagne is quite different from the one we've got here in France. But after the first glass, who cares, right? We were in L.A in November and attended the gala and we could make a speech in frenglish (a mix of french and english. We copyrighted this one so if you plan to use it please feel free to contact us). We won a certificate, music/sound softwares and a bunch of cool internet memberships. Agents or production meetings wouldn't have hurt, but the award itself has generated publicity. So as the good old Hollywood proverb says : "Get your award, then pimp yourself kid".

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

A: We start with a concept, we believe a good script has to be summarized in one word : Micronation, psychic spy, dog walker(sorry that's two words)... Then we do a lot of research (Internet tends to be a starting point, but we read a lot of books linked to the subject too). For the 5th Nation we read Philosophy like Noam Chomsky, economics (the economic anti text book), and a bunch of Thai cook books (Remy mastered the Tom Yum Goong soup by the way, which is always a plus for a writer). I'm not sure everything went into the final script but it definitely brought us lots of ideas and made us better human beings.

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 work on the one and only Final Draft, that's because we've been using it for years.

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

A: I'm a director so I write whenever I don't direct. Although I sometimes write in planes and airport which is the best place for me to write. Basically I write at least two or three pages a week no matter what. I always book 3 to 4 months a year only for writing and I usually come up with an average 10 pages a day.

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

A: I don't, the outline is supposed to prevent you from this type of things. If I feel a block coming I cook a delicious Tom Yun Goong, shrimps tends to relax my mind (this recipe seems to be the more effective on writer's block :http://leitesculinaria.com/84627/recipes-tom-yum-goong-soup.html)

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

A: My grandfather was a war prisonner in Germany during WW2 so he wrote tons of books and essays. When I was a kid he gave me a typewriter and told me war stories, that's where it started. I'm also a director (www.mathieusaliva.com - check out for cool clips and french recipes - Actually the latter are not online yet, but I'm working on it), so I've always been writing scripts for commercials, Music videos, shorts. I also wrote 5 features and 2 TV series and collaborated with Barr Potter (producer for John Carpenter & Ridley Scott).

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

A: Like I said I live and work in Paris France, but I fly to Los Angeles 2 or 3 times a year and I stay in town at least two weeks. I'll probably stay longer in a near future.

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

A: I'm always working on a new script. We are very excited by our 1 word pitch : "VR"

Posted Friday, November 15, 2013