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Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

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

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Contact: John Vincent, Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
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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.

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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.

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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: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
Have you entered this contest?
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: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
Have you entered this contest?
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: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Jonathan LaPoma

An interview with screenwriter Jonathan LaPoma regarding the Hollywood Screenplay Writing Competition.


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

A: THE WAY BACK HOME is a feature-length coming-of-age drama about a young animal-loving boy who must cope with his father’s insistence that he’ll someday work in the slaughterhouse that's employed the men of their family for several generations. It's a dark and disturbing look into the complexity of father and son relationships, and shows what horrors can result when shame and abuse are passed from generation to generation.

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

A: I entered The Hollywood Screenplay Contest because of its reputation and the awards it offers.

I have entered THE WAY BACK HOME in other contests, and have won the following awards/honors:

-Chicago Screenplay Contest, 2014, 3rd Place: Drama Category -Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention -Table Read My Screenplay, 2014 (Sundance), Semi-Finalist -WriteMovies, 2014, Quarter-Finalist

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. So far, they've delivered on all they've promised. I had my advisory meeting with Warren Smith at Summit Talent and Literary Agency, got my notes from Script Pipeline's review service and my membership to their Writers Database, and received my cash prize.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the administration of this contest, and I recommend The Hollywood Screenplay Contest to other writers.

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

A: I wrote the first draft in about five days, but I'd been developing the story in my mind for about a month before I started writing it.

I did write an outline beforehand, but it was just a brief listing of major plot points and general scenes. Typically, I don't like to get very detailed with my outlines; I prefer to let the story come to me when I write my first draft, and this is what I did with THE WAY BACK HOME.

After reading the first draft, I had a much better understanding of the story, and I wrote a more focused second draft. I ended up doing about four total drafts, and the whole project took me about a month and a half to finish.

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

A: Final Draft.

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

A: I see writing as more of a process than the mere act of putting words on paper. I don't "write" every day, but I do think of story ideas, characters, and jokes/bits of interesting dialogue on a daily basis.

When I write a screenplay or a novel, I'll try to spend as many consecutive days as possible writing it until it's complete. I like to get into a rhythm with my writing so that I can most fully enter the world of my story.

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

A: I can't think of a good answer to this question...

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

A: I've written five award-winning feature-length screenplays, two novels, hundreds of poems, and about sixty songs.

My screenplays have won a total of 23 awards/honors in a little over the past year, including first place finishes in the 2014 Awareness Film Festival, the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards ("The New York Award" category), and now the Grand Jury Prize in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest for best overall script out of more than one thousand submissions.

My novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY, will be published by Laughing Fire Press in early 2015, and my short story, A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES, is featured in the November 2014 issue of 34thParallel Magazine.

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

A: No, but I live in San Diego, so I'm close.

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

A: I've written the outline for my next screenplay, but have put that project aside to focus on my poetry and songs. I plan to submit some of my poems to literary magazines, and I also plan to start a band soon, and I want to give these projects some momentum before I begin writing the next script.

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014