Slamdance Screenplay Competition

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: 41    
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Objective

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in our 23rd year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and our filmmaking community. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition has consistently linked finalists work to management representation, option and production agreements. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/27/2020

Notification:

  • QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: September 15, 2020
  • SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: September 22, 2020
  • TOP 12 ANNOUNCED: September 29, 2020
  • WGAW AWARDS PARTY: October 8, 2020

Rules

Rules:
  1. Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
  2. Screenplays must not have received awards from other competitions over $500.00 at the time of entry.
  3. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
  4. Screenplays must be in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.
  5. Don't cheat in an effort to keep the page count to 120 or less. We will notice and ask that the extra fee be paid for screenplays in excess of 120 pages. As a standard rule, 1.5" left, 1" right and 1" top and bottom is a good one.
  6. To enter the Slamdance Screenplay Competition you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.
  7. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition Readers' decisions are final.
  8. Teleplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
Guidelines:
  1. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers. Please note Slamdance divides awards equally among co-writers.
  2. Slamdance is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit
  3. For screenplays longer than 120 pages, fifteen dollars is added to the regular entry fees.
  4. Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would ideally include just a title, author name, WGA registration number and Copyright information.

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.
  • 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: 41    
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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: 41    
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Contest News

Slamdance Screenplay Competition Announces Winners

Respected competition sees forty percent increase in submissions

The winners of the 9th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition were announced at a special awards ceremony held at the Writers Guild of America, west. The ten winning scripts were unveiled at the event whose invitees included Slamdance alumni, the competition semi-finalists and members of the WGAw Independent Writers Caucus.

Slamdance 2004 first place winners David Diaan, Amir Ohebsion, John Stoddard, Babak Shokrian

"The quality and quantity of this year's submissions was extraordinary," remarked Competition Director John Stoddard. "It is exciting for me, after four years with the program, to evaluate work of such cinematic depth and clarity."

The competition, long held as a discovery ground for emerging writers, culled the top ten screenplays from over 1,800 submissions. The scripts were judged by numerous tiered-panels of screenwriters, filmmakers and industry professionals. Recent discoveries of the competition have included the winning scripts The Woodsman ('01, Nicole Kassell & Stephen Fechter), and Maria Full of Grace ('01, Joshua Marston).

Festival Director Kathleen McInnis said, "The Slamdance Screenplay Competition showcases what we've known all along: dynamic work is coming from undiscovered places and independent filmmakers are great at uncovering them."

The winning scripts (in order) are:

1st The Apology, by Amir Ohebsion, David Diaan & Babak Shokrian

2nd Wild Oats, by Claudia Myers and Gary Kanew

3rd Bone, by David Gregg

4th Accustomed to Your Face, by Russell Sommers

5th Girls Can't Play Pool, by Julian M. Kheel

6th Imaginary Friends, by John Stancari

7th Split Infinity, by Nova Jacobs & John Douglas Sinclair

8th Emma, by Chris Rodgers

9th Claude, by Andrea Kleine

10th Two Gun, by Robert G. Steele

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three places: $3,000, $1,000, $500 respectively. All fourteen writers received screenwriting software and will be read as part of Slamdance's staged reading series, Slamdance On Stage, in March/April 2005. They will also be awarded festival passes for the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival.

Tony Drazan, Nova Jacobs, David Gregg, John Douglas Sinclair, Chris Rodgers, John Stancari, David Diaan, Amir Ohebsion, Babak Shokrian, Russell Sommers, John Stoddard

Slamdance Film Festival, January 21-28, 2005 is held in Park City, Utah and continues to be programmed and organized by active filmmakers. The festival has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets. Slamdance Alumni include Memento director Christopher Nolan ('99, Following), Emmy Award Winning directors, the Russo Brothers ('97, Pieces), and Monster's Ball director Marc Forester ('96, Loungers).

For more information (and finalist log-lines) visit www.slamdance.com.

Updated: 09/24/2004

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: 41    
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