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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/27/2021

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    
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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: 42    
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