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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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 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    
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Contest News

Slamdance Announces 5th Annual Screenplay Competition Winners

LOS ANGELES ­ The Slamdance Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the 5th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition. The top three awards - which include cash prizes and Screenplay.com software packages - are as follows: 1st place: "Gotta Keep Movin" by Russell Paquette; 2nd place: "Tokens" by Thomas Russell; 3rd place: "Lemon Grove" by David Guest.

"Gotta Keep Movin" is the Citizen Kane-like retelling of the life of legendary blues musician Robert Johnson recounted to a New York City music scout searching for him to play Carnegie Hall.

Slamdance also awarded three scripts with a Recognition of Excellence: "Dust" by Sherie Yang, "Killing The People Upstairs" by Bruce Griffiths and "The Children¹s Garden" by Brett Merryman.

"The winners were chosen from an especially eclectic batch of screenplays. This year's top twelve is by far the best yet," said Director of the Screenplay Competition, Larry D. Hansen "Our competition continues to attract the best young writers due to increased popularity of the Slamdance Film Festival, greater presence on the World Wide Web, and the success of past winners."

The 2000 competition also recognized six finalists (in alphabetical order): "The Black Gun" by Eric Marks, "Displaced Persons" by Sophia Heller, "The Fairy Key" by Robert Hamilton, "The Lyster Theory" by Nelson

McCormick, "The Nature of Sex" by Cindy Davis Hewitt, and "You Down With The O.C.D." by Stephen Falk.

"While scripts were mostly from new American writers, participating screenwriters submitted work from as far away as England, Ireland, Norway, Germany and Australia," added Hansen.

A list of the top twelve finalists will be available on www.slamdance.com or from the Slamdance office.

The mission of the competition is to recognize and promote new talent. Each year Slamdance helps a greater number of its screenplay entrants find success. Brent Studler¹s "The Rape of Marta Alastor" which placed 3rd in our 1999 screenplay competition - as well as one other screenplay of his - were recently optioned by separate independent film producers. Tim Boughn's 1999 Recognition of Excellence screenplay, "Neo Ned" has been optioned by independent director/producer, Van Fischer - whose feature film BLINK OF AN EYE played in competition at the 2000 Slamdance Film Festival.

1998's 6th placed screenplay, "Fair Hope, USA" penned by Anthony Di Piertro having just gone into pre-production with Barry Katz Entertainment Group. Jay Mohr is attached as the lead and Anthony Di Piertro is slated to direct. Barry Katz and Brian Volk-Weiss are producing. Also from the 1998 Competition, winner Kate Alfieri signed with ICM. Trevor Munson's script "Road to Hell" was optioned by Ed Zwick's company, Bedford Falls, and Munson has been hired to write a TV movie for Fox. And finalist T.S. Faul signed with Zide Management. 1997¹s winner, "Chinaware-Fragile," by Christine Desmet, Robert Shill and Peggy Williams, was optioned by New Line Cinema.

A unique feature of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition is that writers of all submissions are invited to call the Slamdance offices to get constructive feedback on their work. Those writers who are interested should call (323) 466-1786 weekdays from September 26 - October 20th, 2000, from 10:00am - 5:00pm PST.

Slamdance will award $2,000 in cash to the 1st-place winner of the 2000 Screenplay Competition, as well as $1,000 to the 2nd-place winner and $500 to the 3rd-place winner. All twelve recognized screenplays and their writers will receive introductions to studios, production companies and agencies as well as software from Screenplay.com and the opportunity to be listed on the Writer¹s Script Network for a full year. The awards will be presented at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which runs from January 20th through 27th, 2001. During the festival, Slamdance will hold a screenwriter Fireside Chat and other informal get-togethers related to the Screenplay Competition.

The initial deadline for the 2001 Screenplay Competition is March 1, 2001.

If you need further information about Slamdance or more information about the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, please send a fax to 323 466 1784, call 323 466 1786, or e-mail: lhansen@slamdance.com. Full information about the Slamdance Screenplay Competition and Film Festival can also be found via the Slamdance website at: www.slamdance.com.

Updated: 09/26/2000

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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