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Asbury Park Music in Film Festival Screeenplay Competition

Asbury Park Music in Film Festival Screeenplay Competition

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Email: screenplay@apmff.com

Contact: Shanna McNair

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Objective

Final judges are Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent). $2000 in prizes: $1000 for APMFF Best Drama Feature Script and $1000 for APMFF Best Genre Feature Script. We're only accepting the first 200 scripts.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

  • Manuscripts must be in screenplay format
  • Submit a PDF or Word Doc
  • All script genres welcome
  • Page count: minimum 80, maximum 150
  • Courier 12 font or similar
  • Standard format spacing

Our contest process:

All screenplay entries will be read and selected by The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard Editors before proceeding on to our judges. APMFF 2015 Judges are Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue. Final judging is blind.

We are presently accepting online submissions only, via this submission manager. We are accepting submissions for this contest only. We will be accepting the first 200 submissions only, up to the March 20th deadline, whichever comes first.

Judge biographies:

Micah and Noah are writers and producers on Golden Globe winning series, "Transparent." Together, they wrote "The Motel Life" with Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Kris Kristofferson. The film won Best Screenplay at the Rome Film Festival. They are currenly writing a feature about Mister Rogers for directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), and a feature called "IPO Man" for Fox Searchlight, with Jason Bateman attached to star and direct. http://noahharpster.com/ and http://http//www.roicommunity.org/users/micah-fitzerman-blue

The Writer's Hotel is an annual writing conference held in Midtown Manhattan each June. The Writer's Hotel is the editorial and teaching arm of The New Guard literary review. Editors are Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. www.newguardreview.com

Shanna McNair: is Founder and Director of The Writer’s Hotel and Founding Editor and Publisher of The New Guard. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and articles and has a novel and a collection of short stories forthcoming.

Scott Wolven: is a TWH & TNG Editor. He is the author of the short story collection, "Controlled Burn." The film, "Hepburn" by Tommy Davis, a work based on Scott's short story, "Hammerlock," was featured at The New York Film Festival, 2014. Scott's stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series. The title story ("Controlled Burn") appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.

Please note we do not provide winners or finalists with travel, lodging or food vouchers. Should our grand prize winners be unable to attend the festival, we will connect our winners with our experts via phone or virtual meeting. We will also connect our winners with potential agents via email.

Awards

We will select two grand prize winners: one APMFF Drama Feature Film Screenplay Winner and one APMFF Genre Feature Film Screenplay Winner. Each of the two winners will be awarded $1,000, two event tickets and a personal meeting with one of our experts on site at APMFF 2015. We will select four finalists as well, who will receive two event passes each to APMFF. Event passes include all music and film events as well as all screenwriting events including our agent panel.

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Contact

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@apmff.com

Contact: Shanna McNair

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
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Asbury Park Music in Film Festival Screeenplay Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@apmff.com

Contact: Shanna McNair

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 1    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Asbury Park Music in Film Festival Names Screenplay Winners

The Asbury Park Music in Film Festival has named named their 2015 Screenplay Contest Winners: Mark Steensland for "Jimmy the Freak" (Drama) and Randy Gross for "The Obligatory" (Comedy).

Updated: 05/08/2015

Asbury Park Music in Film Festival Screeenplay Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@apmff.com

Contact: Shanna McNair

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 1    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Randy Gross

An interview with screenwriter Randy Gross regarding the Asbury Park Music Writing Competition.


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

A: The Obligatory. It’s a film-within-a-film romcom centering on efforts by two amateur filmmakers, Mitch Jimson and his friend C-Track, to create a film noir that’s set in China during the Olympics. With casting in place (Mitch as the detective, and his new love interest, Monica Veronica, in the lead role of “The Gymnast Who Showed Cleavage”), they ask family friend (and Elvis impersonator) Jon Calamine to help secure financing. After some struggles – and the realization that budget constraints will force them to film in Chinatown instead of Beijing - they find a money man in the person of Leo Rinky, the quirky owner of the Prince Albert Meats company. The movie gets filmed, and all seems right in their world – until suddenly, at the private screening, Mr. Rinky demands that they add an “obligatory” Christmas scene.

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

A: One of the two primary settings for the story is Asbury Park, so of course it seemed like a natural fit for the festival. And I'd say it worked out pretty well for me.

The script finished high in two previous competitions:

It finished as a Quarter-finalist in the January 2015 Writemovies International 37 Screenwriting Contest, and also was a Finalist in 2012’s Kuzmacinema Feature Script Competition in Moscow.

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, very satisfied. Everything was communicated and conveyed in a timely fashion, and they couldn’t have treated me and my family any better. The whole festival experience was thoroughly enjoyable, and Asbury Park is such a cool beach town to visit. Plus the organizers are continuing to work to find industry contacts for me, so I’m hopeful that only bigger and better things lay ahead for both me and my script.

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

A: Yes, I started with an outline (I always do) and the initial draft probably took about six months. But since then I’ve probably revised and re-edited the entire screenplay three or four times – most recently, just before entering the Asbury Park festival.

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 for the initial draft. But recently I’ve found it easier to just write things using regular Microsoft Word.

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

A: I make it a habit to write for a minimum of 30 minutes every day – but strive to do more than that, of course. And my daily self-marketing efforts probably take up more than double that amount of time.

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

A: I don’t think I’ve experienced full-blown paralyzing writer’s block in about 15 or 20 years now – and I think I owe that to my career in advertising (and radio advertising in particular) which has forced me to write – and write fast – every single day.

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

A: To date, my primary area of success has been in playwriting – with plays of varying length having been staged now in 12 U.S. states, and also Sydney, Australia. But I also have four other feature-length screenplays that I’m trying to market, and I’ve written several TV pilot scripts – one of which, "Not My Grandfather’s Ears," received a one-year option after finishing as a finalist in 2012’s Search For America’s Newest Comedy Writer (conducted by the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment).

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

A: No, I live in Pennsylvania. I would rather not uproot my family right now, but if I did, I’d probably be more inclined to relocate to New York.

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

A: Yes, I have a new feature screenplay already outlined and ready to be written. First I need to put the finishing touches on a full-length play that will be debuting Off Broadway in October … plus a One Act premiering in Maryland in September. But after I put those two projects to bed, it’ll be full steam ahead again with my screenwriting.

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015