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: 42    
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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: 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?
Submit a Report card

Contest News

Slamdance Announces Contest Winners

Jug Face, the horror and thriller entry written by Chad Kinkle, has won the 2011 Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize from over 2,300 submissions. Jug Face tells the story of a teenage girl, pregnant with her brother's child, who tries to escape from a backwoods community when she discovers that she must sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit. Kinkle has been awarded $7,000 in cash prizes for his horror feature screenplay at the 2011 Slamdance Awards Ceremony hosted by the Writers Guild Of America, West on October 5, 2011.

Slamdance recognizes four categories in its Writing Competition. Each top place will receive additional cash prizes, or in the case of best short screenplay, the option to be produced and premiere at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. The top three Slamdance screenplays in each prize category are as follows:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Jug Face by Chad Kinkle - Winner of $5,000

FEATURES
1st Place, Winner of $2,000 - Appearances by Frederic Richter
2nd Place - Dearborn Hotel by Peter Gaffney
3rd Place - Motor City by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen

HORROR & THRILLER
1st Place - Jug Face by Chad Kinkle - 1st place horror $2,000
2nd Place - The Hollow by Will Simmons
3rd Place - 19 Floors by Lee Brandt & Christopher Lawrence

SHORTS
1st Place, Winner to be produced by Slamdance - Harold's Bad Day by RJ Buckley
2nd Place - He Knows by Stuart Creque
3rd Place - Six Years, Four Months and Twenty Three Days by John Mawson

TELEPLAYS
1st Place, winner of $3,000 - Uncivilized by Adam Aresty
2nd Place - Mad Men "Semper Fi" by Rory Kozoll
3rd Place - Dexter "Cop Killer" by Teresa Vilaseca

"The competition was restructured slightly this year with great results. Among the changes were increased prize money and lowered submission fees which helped to make this year's contest even stronger than it's been in years past," explains Slamdance Submissions Manager, Summre Garber. "With nearly 2,300 submissions our readers had a difficult time deciding on 12 finalists. We thank everyone who submitted and deeply appreciate their support of Slamdance."

Writers Guild of America, West Vice President Howard A. Rodman states, "The WGAW shares with Slamdance the goal of supporting emerging writers and those operating within limited budgets. Slamdance's excellent annual Screenwriting and Teleplay competition helps find writers of talent, and provides them with opportunities to showcase and advance their work." In addition to The WGAW, competition sponsors include Final Draft Inc. and Pierce Law Group, LLP.

The success of the Slamdance Screenplay and Teleplay Competition over the past fifteen years and the writers it has discovered continues to attract the attention of industry professionals searching for the best new independent writing talent. Previous competition-winning screenplays that were acquired for production include: Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, Tim Boughn's Neo Ned and Nancy Kissam's Drool that was produced by Slamdance and Upload Films and theatrically released by Strand. Last year's winning short screenplay, Dead In The Room written by Marjory Kaptanoglu, was produced by Slamdance, directed by Adam Pertofsky and premiered at the 2011 Festival. To date, Dead In The Room has played in 8 other festivals and won 2 Best Short Film Awards.

Updated: 10/06/2011

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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