The winners and runners-up of the 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions were announced Saturday, July 23rd and awarded over $35,000. The private event in Los Angeles connected top industry execs and the finalists, as well as other recent Script Pipeline writers.
Scriptapalooza has named their 2016 Screenplay Contest Quarterfinalists.
Finalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory Fellowship.
The Launch Pad TV Writing Competition has named their top 25 finalists for 2016. This year’s Top 25 is made up of 13 dramas and 12 comedies, written by 10 men and 19 women (including 4 writing teams) who hail from the U.S., Canada and Scotland, and collectively deliver stories filled with hope, despair, engagements, deaths, aliens, sociopaths, fairytales, sci-fis, vampires, empresses, high school, adulthood, ice-skating, baseball and believe it or not ... curling.
Jackass Flats, by Matt Ferrone & Stacia Black, has been named the winner of the TrackingB Original TV Pilot Contest.
We caught up with Literary Manager Jarrod Murray, who will be accepting pitches from MovieBytes readers this Sunday, to find out what he looks for in an effective pitch.
Conrad Sun, who'll be accepting pitches via the MovieBytes partnership with Roadmap Writers on Sunday, July 24th , is offering a free recorded Story Engine webinar. Mr. Sun, manager from Meridian Artists and owner of www.filmescape.com, will be breaking down what a story engine is and how you can make sure your engine is golden. He will be going over story engines for Walking Dead, Friday Night Lights, Orange is the New Black, Back to the Future and Tootsie.
Quarterfinalists have been announced for The Page International Screenwriting Awards, representing the top 10% of all entries in this year's contest.
The Scriptapalooza Fellowship program has announced their 2016 Fellowship recipient, Inger Dietrichs. Her script is called Audnvin and she was awarded a five-day screenwriting retreat in Costa Rica with Award-Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger.
Semifinalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory Screenwriting Fellowship. Each semifinalist is in the running for the grand prize of the CineStory Fellowship, and is invited to the CineStory Retreat taking place in Idyllwild, CA, from October 15th-October 18th, 2016.
LIFT, by Claire Fowler, about a Muslim Uber driver who make an unexpected connection when she picks up her polar opposite, has been named the Shore Scripts Short Film Fund Winner.
Shore Scripts has named 13 finalists for their first-ever Short Film Fund.
Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Semifinalists will be announced on June 24th.
Diverse Voices, presented by WeScreenplay and focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories, has named their Screenplay Contest Finalists for 2016.
Jared Iacino, who will be accepting online pitches on June 25th through the MovieBytes partnership with Roadmap Writers, is the Vice President of Film and Television Development at Panay Films, a film and television production company whose credits include Wedding Crashers (2005), starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Van Wilder (2002) starring Ryan Reynolds, and Serendipity (2001), starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
Odd Lot Entertainment's Aldo Chang, available to hear pitches through MovieBytes partnership with Roadmap Writers, will be hosting a free webinar this Sunday, June 12th, entitled Tips on Writing a Compelling Thriller.
Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory Screenwriting Awards.
ScreenCraft has announced the recipients of their 3rd annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. Presented by Final Draft, the fellowship is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives.
Filmmaker Shekhar Bassi, named the winner of the Writers and Filmmakers Competition for his film, "NO LOVE LOST", has selected The Invention, by Dennis Hennessey, as the winning screenplay.
WeScreenplay has announced the Semifinalists for their Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition, which raised $1,437 for the Books for Kids Foundation.
Wheelman by Jeremy Rush has been named the Feature Script Winner of the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. Shiva by Vishnu Sekar won the Short Script Competition, and the TV Script Winners were Brooklyn Bus by RJ Marx (60-minutes) and Patient by M. Rowan Meyer (30-minutes).
Gap Year, by Caroline K. Hill, has been named the winner of the Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition.
Scriptapalooza's 2006 Grand Prize Winning screenplay, "Can't Live With 'Em" has been produced under the title "Love Addict", and will be released in theaters in 10 U.S. cities on Friday, May 13.
Filmmaker Shekhar Bassi has been named the winner of the Writers and Filmmakers Competition for his film, "NO LOVE LOST", and will now select the top script from top 10 screenplay submissions.
An alumnus of Columbia University, where he received his B.A. and M.A., Chuck Griffith studied television directing on the set of HBO's "Six Feet Under" with director Kathy Bates, and the single camera sitcom "Undeclared" on FOX with director Greg Mottola. Chuck also served as a producer for MTV's popular award-winning reality series, "Made" in 2007 and 2008.
I don't know why you got into the business of writing, of grasping at words to explain the images in your brain, and editing within an inch of your life. For most, it's a kind of call, a transcendent purpose. Otherwise, who would chose to subject themselves to continual criticism, knowing their project will always need more work and never feel up to par? Not to mention the constant struggle to "make it" without anyone really defining what "making it" means, beyond an agent and a job on a show. (And once you get that, there's a whole bevy of problems beyond the wall.)
WILDSound has announced its 3 Feature Screenplay Winners for April 2016.
Scriptapalooza Semifinalist Richard Willett, who wrote the 2015 runner-up screenplay THE FLID SHOW, has had his script 9/10 optioned by producer David Kassin Fried.
City In The Sun by Nadeem Rajwani has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
The AURA Screenwriter Awards has announced the winners of the 2015 competition in the Feature Screenplay, Original TV Pilot, and Short Screenplay categories.
MENAGERIE, by Diana Mitchell & Linda Mitchell, has been named the winner of the 2015 Fall/Winter Acclaim Screenwriting Competition.
Winners for the Acclaim TV Fall/Winter Script Writing Competition have been announced.
FilmMakers.com has named the finalists for the 14th Annual Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards.
Filmmakers.com has announced the winners of the 1st TV Script Writing Competition.
Ginia Desmond's feature film LUCKY U RANCH, based on her PAGE Award-winning short film script GROWING PAINS, will premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival on Saturday, April 9.
Set in 1953, LUCKY U RANCH is the story of 11-year-old Junior McCaully, who's ready to call it quits. Chubby, bullied, and stuck at a dead-end Arizona trailer court with his hardworking mom, nothing prepares him for the arrival of Melissa, a sophisticated Hollywood girl who changes everything. Directed by Steve Anderson and produced by Ginia Desmond and Douglas Raine, the movie features Trevor Robins, Donovan Droege, Harris Kendall, and Michael A. Candela in the starring roles. It was filmed on location in Tucson, Arizona.
Oreathia C. Smith's screenplay, MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Smith's script was selected from 4,523 submissions and will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize. Smith received an MFA in Writing at USC in 2011.
Mona. Richy. Robby. And Ray. by Declan Holliman has been named the $15,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.
Going Home by Nir Shelter has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition.
Scriptapalooza has announced a list of companies requesting TV contest winners.
Apart by Elizabeth Capot has been named the 2016 BlueCat Short Screenplay Contest Winner.
The Fan Fiction Screenplay Festival has named MAGNUM P.I.: Chrysanthemum by Lew Ritter as their March, 2016 Contest Winner.
Script Pipeline has announced the winners and finalists of their 2015 First Look Project, a genre-specific competition searching for studio-level material and original TV pilots.
Fresh Voices has announced their 2015-16 Screenplay Competition Finalists and Spotlight Award Nominees.
BlueCat has announced their International Screenplay Awards for 2016.
American Gem and Write Brothers have announced All Tapped Out by Sean Corrigan as the Grand Prize Winner of the 11th Annual American Gem Short Script and Literary Festival.
Over the past decade, The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards contest has helped launch the careers of dozens of successful screenwriters, many of whom are now writing top TV series.
L.M. Harter has been named the first-ever Cinestory TV/Digital Fellowship winner.
Austin Film Festival, in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs, will present a series of panels dedicated to LAUNCHING YOUR WRITING CAREER. The event will take place on Saturday, March 26 from 12:30pm - 5:30pm at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood.
BlueCat has announced the five finalists for their 2016 Screenwriting Competition. The Winner will receive $15,000 and the other four Finalists will receive $2500.
A master scene in an action movie may have many quick twists and turns. Example: A car chase. You have a car, a driver, and a road. But if your headings bounce from INT to EXT to CAR, to Road a dozen times in one page, the spec script looks discombobulated. Can you use EXT. / INT. to cover both the external movement of the car and the internal movement of the driver?
BlueCat has named the 2016 finalists for the Joplin, Cordelia, and Roshan Awards.
BlueCat has named their Short Screenplay Finalists for 2016. The Winner -to be announce March 28th - will receive $10,000, and the three Finalists receiving $2000 each.
BlueCat has named their 2016 semifinalists, representing the top 78 scripts from a total of 4,523 submissions. The 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner will receive a $15,000 USD cash prize. Four Finalists will receive $2,500 each.
FilmMakers has named the finalists of their 1st Annual 1st TV Script Writing Competition.
Scriptapalooza has posted video interviews with their TV winners Sophia Loomis, Brandon Windsor, and Blair Donahue.
Giving Up the Ghost by Jessica DiGiancito has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 WeScreenplay Competition. The script is about a pair of estranged siblings with the ability to talk to the dead who are forced to face a dark family secret when they return home to save an innocent boy from a demonic force.
Anonymous Content has selected Dawn Fields Wise as the winner of The Writers Store Industry Insider T.V. Writing Contest for her pilot Gate City.
The Writers Store has named S.K. Valenzuela's Render as the winner of the 12th round of The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest.
The Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition has announced their semifinalists for 2015.
Tips on Contest Entry: Big Break TV Winner Eric Buchman Shares Lessons from the World of Script Coordinators
Meet Eric Buchman. By day, he's the script coordinator for the hit NBC show Blindspot, starring Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton. By night however, Buckman is the writer of his own show called 45 Wall and dreams of one day hiring his own script coordinator.
CineStory has named first TV contest winners in all categories: Original Comedy, Original Drama, Spec Comedy, Spec Drama, and Digital.
Story Planner aims to be the home for story planning online. The new website offers online tools for every aspect of screenplay preparation, from recording new ideas to crafting story structure, developing character outlines, creating log lines and synopsis, or planning scenes. Story Planner gives writers the opportunity to save their notes in project files, and prepare the groundwork for writing their novel, short story or screenplay.
First, second, and third place winners have been announced in all categories for the October 15th, 2015 deadlined Scriptapalooza TV Competition.
49-year-old David Baugnon grew up in New Orleans, and graduated from Loyola University there as a Communications major. He spent 4 years teaching in Kobe and Osaka, Japan, after college and then moved to New York in 1997. where he makes his living writing, mentoring and teaching screenwriting. He was recently named an International Screenwriters Association Fast Track Fellow for his script, The Messiah Project.
A record setting 5 short screenplays were performed at the festival in February 2016.
Last year I submitted my script to the Cinestory Foundation's 2015 Screenwriting Contest at the last minute, on the last day of their Extended Late Deadline. A friend/mentor of mine gave me just the nudge I needed. After reading up on CineStory I did a quick polish of my script and sent it off. A few months later I found out that I had won.
WeScreenplay has announced their 2015 Screenwriting Contest finalists.
CineStory has named their 2016 TV/Digital Finalists in all categories: Original Drama, Original Comedy, Spec Drama, and Digital.
Scriptapalooza has announced their latest batch of producer script requests.
Here at MovieBytes, we get this question a lot. With more than 400 screenwriting contests in our database, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of contests clamoring for your entry fees. And let's face it, not all contests are created equal. Some of them of can launch your Hollywood career while others can, well, cash your check.
Semifinalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship.
BlueCat has named their feature screenplay quarterfinalists from among 4,523 submissions. Short Screenplay quarterfinalists have also been announced from among 2,086 entries.
The Fan Fiction Festival has named the DOCTOR WHO episode "The Time Cuckoo" by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard as its Screenplay Contest Winner for February, 2016.
Stage 32 Happy Writers has partnered with the Writers Assistant Network and over a dozen agencies and management companies to announce an intriguing new three month Fellowship for ten aspiring TV writers.
Scriptaplooza President Mark Andrushko has a list of do's and don'ts for entering Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts, and other contests, too.
The Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition has announced their quarterfinalists for 2015. (PDF format)
David Marmor's Invariant has been been named the overall winner of the 2015 TrackingB Screenwriting Competition. The script is about two students investigating the nature of time who discover a way to send messages to the past -- and soon find themselves fighting desperately to change the future they've been shown.
M.T. wants to know if screenwriting consultants are worth the money.
Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 14th Annual Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards.
The WeScreenplay Competition has announced screenplay semifinalists for 2015.
TVWriter.com has named the finalists for their 21st Spec Scriptacular TV Writing Competition.
Shore Scripts has posted video and print interviews with their 2015 contest winners.
Judd Payne has produced or executive produced over fifteen film and television projects including 2012’s hit comedy Bernie, among many others. He also came up with the logline for the latest iteration of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest.
TVWriter.com has named their Spec Scriptacular Semifinalists for the contest ending December 1, 2015.
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