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) 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

Slamdance Announces Grand Prize Winner

Melanie Schiele's Butterfly Children has been named the Grand Prize Winner from among over 2,500 entries to the 2013 Slamdance Screewriting Competition.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER presented by JuntoBox Films:
Butterfly Children by Melanie Schiele ($10,000 cash prize & $50,000 in production funds)
A husband and wife, whose marriage is on the brink of failure, reconnect as they help their young daughter try to beat an incredibly rare life-threatening skin disease that is leaving her skin as fragile as butterfly wings.

FEATURE SCREENPLAY:
1st Place - The Ecdysiasts by Mary F. Unser ($3,000 cash prize plus entertainment legal service award from Pierce Law Group, LLP)
With the help of the entomologist next door and the majesty of a million cicadas, 13-year-old Trygg Tolefson breaks free of his isolation and lifts his heart-broken family out of their grief.

2nd Place - Swine by Clayton Sakoda
Joint 3rd Place - Terrestrials by Elliot &Teresa Sutherland; Wallingford by Lisa Rubin

HORROR SCREENPLAY:
1st Place - Exquisite Corpses by Mark Strassel & Rebecca Rudell ($3,000 cash prize)
A Surrealist parlor game turns deadly when college art students under the thrall of a charming yet mysterious stranger summon a series of macabre creatures.

2nd Place - That Time of the Month by Joe Hauler
3rd Place - Dead Tired by Geoffrey Uloth

SHORT SCREENPLAY:
1st Place - Think Ink by Emily Hu (Option to be produced and premiere at Slamdance 2015, plus entertainment legal service award from Pierce Law Group, LLP)
A young coffee stain dreams of becoming a professional inkblot for psychological testing.


2nd Place - The Substitute by Madeleine Sims-Fewer
3rd Place - Before the Bomb by Tannaz Hazemi & James Grimaldi

TELEPLAY/WEBISODE:
1st Place - Resident by Andrew Gerngross ($3,000 cash prize)
The Residents of a luxury apartment tower find they are players in a game where they must either entertain whoever or whatever is somehow watching and judging them, or they will die.

2nd Place - Security by Brian Hurney
3rd Place - Kidding by David Holstein

Writers Guild of America, West Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, "The WGAW joins Slamdance in supporting emerging writers, and those whose work is made with an economy of means. Slamdance's annual Screenwriting and Teleplay competition has always found writers of talent, and provided them with opportunities to expose their fine work to the larger community."

"Partnering with Slamdance was a natural fit for JuntoBox Films as we share the mandate of discovering rich and original stories and do so by going outside the traditional paths to discover them," added Philippe Caland, Founder and Co-Chairman of JuntoBox Films. "Through Slamdance's Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition this year, we celebrate talented screenwriters and the exceptional quality of work they've created."

"The 2013 Competition was a big one for us," explains Slamdance Festival Manager Anna Germanidi. "By partnering with JuntoBox Films, we offered our biggest prize ever and brought the grand prize winner one step closer to the production of their script. The Slamdance readers and staff are all very proud of our finalists and we want to congratulate them again for making it this far. These are all scripts we want to see made, and we can't wait to celebrate with you when that happens."

The Slamdance Writing Competition has established a reputation for finding production-worthy screenplays written by emerging talent. Early examples include Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace and The Woodsman written by Nicole Kassel and Stephen Fetcher. Every year finalists' work is acquired for production, and as Chad Crawford Kinkle, the 2011 Grand Prize winning writer of Jug Face said, "it all started at Slamdance." With this year's production development of Butterfly Children, Melanie Schiele is bound to agree.

The Slamdance 2013 Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition sponsors are JuntoBox Films, Writers Guild of America, West and Pierce Law Group, LLP.

Updated: 10/10/2013

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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