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

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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)
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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) 33
Final July 27, 2021 $82 (feature); $60 (pilot); $50 (short) 41

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

Slamdances Announce Horror Screenplay Competition Winner

The finalists of the 3rd Annual Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition have been announced, with a story about a werewolf hit-man taking first prize. The winning screenplay, A Guilty Moon was written by Brian La Rosa, with story written by Marty Colasuonno and Brian La Rosa. La Rosa is a noted actor and creature movement performer as well as filmmaker and FX coordinator. As well as a writer, Marty Colasuonno is the creator of the web series Psych 101.

On Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm Slamdance will hold a staged reading presentation of A Guilty Moon at the Meta Theatre on Melrose. The Meta is located at 7801 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Seating is limited. To attend, log on to www.slamdance.com.

The finalists ordered 1st through 5th place are A Guilty Moon by Brian La Rosa, Abra Cadaver by TJ Lynch, Roadside Assistance by David Sakmyster, Manateeth by Rick Utzinger and Inbred by Ryan Gilmore.

"What surprised me most about the 2009 Horror Competition, was the entrants ability to provide a fresh take to just about every sub-genre of Horror imaginable. Sure, there were slasher movies, monster movies, psycological thrillers, and hauntings. But, our comepetitor's were able to lend each category something totally original, while still honoring the conventions and inconograpy inherent to the genre. Our winner, Brian La Rosa, put a brand new spin on the Werewolf mythology, by seemlessly integrating elements of other genres to create a dynamic Horror franchise in the making" says Slamdance Competition manager Brendan Casey.

The success of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition over the past fourteen years and the writers it has discovered continues to attract the attention of industry searching for the best new independent writing talent. Slamdance received over 2,500 submissions for its 2009 Screenplay Competitions, which strives to bring attention to the most talented emerging screenwriters and introduce them to the industry. Previous Competition-winning screenplays that were acquired for production include Nicole Kassell and Stephen Fetcher's The Woodsman, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace and Tim Boughn's Neo Ned and most recently Drool written and directed by Nancy Kissam and executive produced by Slamdance. 2009 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Friends and Sponsors included Lonely Seal Releasing, Norm Lear's Act III Communications, Lonely Seal Releasing, Upload Films, Final Draft, InkTip and Script Magazine.

Slamdance has recently launched the 2010 Screenplay Competition that offers $12,000 in cash prizes, in addition to sponsored prizes. For the first time, the organization has combined its dramatic Feature, Short, Horror, Teleplay and Script Accessible categories into one competition taking place through July 30th. The longer Competition period takes into account increased submissions and the demand for Slamdance's economically priced coverage services.

As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. Slamdance lives by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance counts among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster and Jared Hess. Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity originally acquired from Slamdance has since grossed over $100 million at the Box Office and become Paramount's most profitable film ever.

Updated: 03/24/2010

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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