Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Slamdance

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5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
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Objective

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging screenwriters. Since 1995, the competition has established a strong track record for introducing writers to members of the entertainment industry who have gone on to produce, option and represent submitted work. Like the Film Festival, the Screenplay Competition is a place for new, bold, and raw voices. We are looking for scripts that take risks, refuse compromise, and go places where Hollywood hacks fear to tread.

This year, in addition to our regular prizes, we are introducing the inaugural Slamdance Screenplay Mentorship Award. Slamdance loves finding diamonds in the rough. We read many amazing scripts that— with some polish and finishing—could be finalist contenders and stand a better chance of getting produced. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early April 5, 2021 $57 (feature); $40 (pilot); $30 (short)
Regular June 7, 2021 $67 (feature); $50 (pilot); $40 (short)
Late July 19, 2021 $82 (feature); $60 (pilot); $50 (short) 32
Final July 27, 2021 $82 (feature); $60 (pilot); $50 (short) 40

See website for other TV pilot and short script entry fees. Every entrant will receive short feedback from one of our readers. It will include a genre suggestion, a logline, and a paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The goal of the feedback is to provide you with short & sweet constructive criticism of your work. A full coverage service is available for an additional fee.

Notification:

  • QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED September 21, 2021
  • SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED September 28, 2021
  • TOP 12 ANNOUNCED October 4, 2021
  • WGAW AWARDS PARTY October 14, 2021

Rules

Please visit website for rules and guidelines.

Awards

  • A total of $16,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash.
  • The winners of the Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will each receive $2,000 in cash.
  • The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the next Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
  • The top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.
  • The winning Horror and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.
  • The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.
  • One entry from the competition will be awarded the Slamdance Screenplay Mentorship Award, consisting of personal mentorship through Slamdance's alumni network and screenwriting consultants. Including: An in-depth coverage report, an action plan for next draft development, further review of subsequent drafts, support in preparing a pitch deck, and best efforts in helping get the finished work produced through Slamdance's alumni network.
  • Production companies, studios, top agencies and managers request to read our top scripts each year.

Slamdance

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

Some Last Minute Submission Tips

The final deadline for the Slamdance Screenplay competition is July 23rd. Here's a couple last minute tips before submitting:

1) Are any pages missing? Are the pages in order? It might be worthwhile flipping through the script to double-check the page numbering.

2) How about a spell check? At least 30% of the scripts we receive have a typo in the first five pages. While this doesn't impact the judging process, it might subtly undermine the confidence of a reader.

3) How about 12 pt. courier font? While formatting issues aren't really a factor in judging, the more a submission looks like a traditional screenplay, the easier it is to read. Also, hiding page length by switching to a smaller or tighter font might seem a bit sneaky.

4) Can anything be trimmed? More scripts sin by being too long rather than too short. Are there redundant characters, beats or scenes? Do scenes run long? Would a quick diet keep things lean and mean?

5) Is the use of flashbacks, voice over and/or a framing device really necessary? True, lots of great films use these techniques, but they can also be the weak link in many spec scripts. It might be worth checking to see if these devices enhance rather than undermine the read.

If you have any questions regarding the competition, feel free to email me at AGlazier@Slamdance.com.

Allen Glazier Director of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Updated: 07/11/1999

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Contact

5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-466-1786 (voice)
323-466-1784 (fax)

Web:
http://www.slamdance.com
Email:
submissions@slamdance.com

Contact: Clementine Leger , Festival Manager

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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