24th Annual

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

 
Category

Horror Screenplays (111-140 pages)

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
April 8, 2019
Regular Discounted
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) 65.00 60.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Standard Coverage (Available in 60 days) 155.00 150.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Express Coverage (Available in 21 days) 195.00 190.00
Regular Deadline
June 10, 2019
Regular Discounted
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) 75.00 70.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Standard Coverage (Available in 60 days) 165.00 160.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Express Coverage (Available in 21 days) 205.00 200.00
Late Deadline
July 22, 2019
Regular Discounted
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) 90.00 85.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Standard Coverage (Available in 60 days) 180.00 175.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Express Coverage (Available in 21 days) 220.00 215.00
Final Deadline
July 29, 2019
Regular Discounted
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) 90.00 85.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Standard Coverage (Available in 60 days) 180.00 175.00
Screenplay Submission (111-140 pages) + Express Coverage (Available in 21 days) 220.00 215.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
October 9, 2019


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Text Files
  Paper (Printed Hard Copy)
  PDF (.pdf)


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Winner in Feature, Horror/Thriller, TV Pilot, or Short category
The winners in Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each. (4 prizes total)
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar

Best Horror/Thriller Feature and Feature
The winning Horror feature and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP
Sponsor:Pierce Law Group, LLP
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Grand Jury Prize
The Grand Jury Winner, regardless of category will receive $8,000.
Cash Award Value: 8,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

ANNOUNCEMENT DATES

September 17th, 2018 - Announce Quarter-Finalists - in no particular order
September 24th, 2018 - Announce Semi-Finalists - In no particular order
October 1st, 2018 - Announce Top 12 scripts - In no particular order
October 11th, 2018 - WGAW Party for Finalists - Announce Winners

RULES

By entering Slamdance Screenplay Competition, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

Eligibility

- Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
- If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, the applicant must notify us and that screenplay will no longer be eligible for an award.
- Scripts submitted to the competition must not have received awards from other competitions over $1,000 at the time of entry.
- Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
- Screenwriters who earn their living writing for television are ineligible.
- No adaptations of other written work will be accepted unless the writer owns the rights to the original material, unless the udapted work is in the Public Domain.
- No specs will be accepted for the TV Pilot category.

Submission Guidelines

- Screenplays must be in English, formatted according to the current industry standards in 12-point courier font.
- Screenplays must have a clean cover page. This means the title only on the cover, no author’s name/contact information.
- If the script is based on a true story, that should be noted on the title page.
- Slamdance is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit.
- All entries must be mailed or uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
- No refunds.

Judging

- The first round of reading is done by individual readers. If your script is advanced to the next round, the script will be read and scored by multiple readers to determine whether it gets into quarterfinals and semifinals.
- If your script makes it to semifinals, it will be discussed at the deliberations where readers will determine finalists and winners.
- If your script did not make it into quarterfinals, it will not advance to further stages of the competition.
- No judging decision will be included with the feedback.
- Slamdance notifies winners only. Entrants are advised to check our website and e-newsletter for judging announcements.
- The Slamdance Screenplay Competition readers’ decisions are final.
- Multiple authorship is acceptable. Slamdance divides awards equally among co-writers.

PROTECT YOUR WORK

To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, West (www.wga.org or call 323.782.4500) and the US Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov).

PRIZES

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 receive $2,000 in cash, each.

The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2019)

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 feature and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP

The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP
(T-shirts, beanies, etc.).

The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the 2018 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.

FEEDBACK SERVICE

Everyone who submits a screenplay to Slamdance will receive concise online feedback from our Readers. The object of our Feedback Service is to provide you with constructive criticism about your work. The feedback includes a logline, genre suggestion and a small paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Feedback is very brief and basic compared to the extensive notes provided with our Coverage Service, which is available for an additional fee.

STANDARD COVERAGE

The object of Slamdance Coverage is to provide you with extensive constructive criticism about your work. Coverage includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. Coverage also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. This may address media, films and screenplays, production companies and agencies the writer should be aware of, as well as any words of wisdom from one of our Readers. Slamdance Coverage provides you with an insight into the mind of a Reader who reads hundreds of independent screenplays each year. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. The Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work.

EXPRESS COVERAGE

If you are on a deadline and need coverage ASAP, Slamdance Express Coverage will help! It will be available within 21 days from the time you submit.

SCREENPLAY CLINIC

If you like the coverage you received and want more insight, reach out to our readers directly through the Screenplay Clinic.
Whether you’re writing the first draft of your first script or are a seasoned scribe in need of fresh eyes, Slamdance Screenplay Clinic can help you. Our readers Heidi Hornbacher and Noel Lawrence will give your story the attention it deserves.

As a service separate from the screenplay competition, the Screenplay Clinic gives writers a chance to receive extended written feedback followed by an in-person discussion about strengths, weaknesses, and methods for improving your script.

For more details please visit the Screenplay Clinic page here: http://bit.ly/2svB0Gk

SLAMDANCE READERS

Slamdance Readers are industry professionals and all have a combination of the following qualifications: professional coverage background, production and development background, and/or are professional writers, Slamdance alumni, playwrights and journalists. Readers’ Competition decisions are final.


PLEASE CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:
If you have any problems while submitting, or any questions about the submission process just e-mail submissions@slamdance.com or call our offices: 323-466-1786