SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If
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|Screenplays with lengths from 1 - 120 pages.
|TV pilot scripts with an approximate 24 or 48 minute estimated runtime.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
New Hope Film Festival Script Competition is especially interested in discovering and nurturing new and overlooked writers.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 2014 New Hope Film Festival is sponsored by Comcast Corporation, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Media, and the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce. The 5th annual Festival will take place from July 24 - August 3, 2014. Decisions will be emailed by April 15, 2014. The top award winner for the script competition will be announced in Variety.
About the Festival
Touted as the "emerging 'Sundance East'" in a June 2012 Huffington Post article, this internationally respected indie fest was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author screenwriter and long-time resident of the New Hope, Bucks County area. Whipple formed New Hope Film Festival with a group of artists who shared his passion for discovering and nurturing independent artists, especially those who’ve been overlooked by established festivals. Long-term Hollywood screenwriter and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Mark Rosenthal, serves an advisor to the script competition and has given working sessions to New Hope Film Festival's 2013 Best Screenplay winner, who entered the Festival through the former Screenplay submission category.
What Makes the Script Competition Different
The primary objective of the script competition is to advance the careers of competition finalists.
Every work submitted is read with a keen perspective on quality and artistic expression. Artistic standards are extremely high, but neither intended budget nor prior notoriety is a determining factor—the art must shine through. This approach brings significant prestige, satisfaction and credibility to writers whose works are accepted as finalists. With a strong publicity and marketing program that includes an annual awards announcement in Variety as well as press coverage in mainstream outlets such as NBC, ABC, The Huffington Post and more, this cutting-edge and growing Festival is a powerful bridge between indie obscurity and the mainstream.
Script finalists and filmmakers are equal peers during the annual event, making it easier for writers to network with producers, directors and other industry professionals. Script finalists are offered two (2) Festival passes and share the awards ceremony with filmmmakers. Additionally, the Festival introduced its 2013 Best Screenplay winner to Hollywood screenwriter Mark Rosenthal, who is helping the screenwriter create a script that could land a lucrative Hollywood deal.
The Festival's organizers eschew the sweepstakes model of many other competitions. Instead of offering prize money and trips, the Festival focuses on quality, eschews outside influences, and markets itself aggressively, and in doing so, it seeks to reward hard work and talent with lasting careers in the film and television industry.
Over the years, New Hope has attracted and been home to many talented producers, screenwriters, actors, playwrights, and performance art enthusiasts. Home of the Bucks County Playhouse, where actors such as John Travolta, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Helen Hayes, Andrea McArdle and Colleen Dewhurst have graced the stage, the village is centrally located less than an hour from Philadelphia and an hour and a half from New York.
Doug Whipple (Chairman and CEO)
; Thom Mulligan (Executive Director - Submissions)
The Festival does not offer fee waivers, discounts, invitations to become an Official Selection, or any other form of preferential treatment that Festival directors feel would be out of step with the Festival's mission of providing a level playing field for all filmmakers. Filmmakers seeking a waiver because the required fee is beyond their current budget are advised to wait until the next Early Submissions period, find a sponsor and/or earn the fee through an additional source of income. The Festival's organizers do not respond to pitches for individual projects, and filmmakers writing the Festival with requests or demands for other forms of preferential treatment will typically not receive a response.
Tickets sold for Festival events are non-refundable.
Events are subject to the Festival's cancellation policy: The Festival reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel any event due to storm, power outage, flood, war, civil unrest, fire, earthquake or any other circumstance deemed beyond the Festival's control. Our policy is to cancel all movie screenings during severe storms and power outages until electrical power is stable and restored in order to protect projection and audio equipment from potentially permanent damage.
Under any such circumstances, tickets are non-refundable, but the Festival may, at its sole discretion and subject to availability, offer tickets to another, previously scheduled event of the Festival.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
FILM SUBMISSION AGREEMENT
By clicking on Agree, below, the undersigned (“Filmmaker”) hereby irrevocably offers to New Hope Film Festival Script Competition (“Festival”) the right to list the title, brief synopsis and writer's name for the script submitted herewith (“Script”) in the Festival Program Guide as determined best by the Festival in its sole discretion. Filmmaker understands and agrees that once Festival accepts Filmmaker’s offer by selecting the Script for the Festival, Filmmaker shall have no right to remove the Script from the Festival, but Filmmaker shall not be barred from submitting the Script to any other film festival or competition outside a 10 mile radius of New Hope. If Festival selects the Script for the Festival, Festival shall have the irrevocable right, but not the obligation, to announce the Script's finalist status in the 2014 New Hope Film Festival Program Guide, in Festival’s sole discretion.
Festival reserves the right to revoke selection of the Script for listing in the Program Guide if Festival determines, in its sole discretion, it has good cause to do so; one example of good cause as used herein is unprofessional behavior by Filmmaker or Filmmaker’s representative(s). Even if Festival revokes selection of the Script for cause, the terms of this Agreement shall remain binding and in force.
Filmmaker irrevocably grants Festival the right to use, for promotional purposes, a brief synopsis of the Script if it is selected as a finalist by the Festival.
The undersigned individual or corporation submitting the Script (referred to as “Filmmaker” herein) hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the script for listing and to accept the terms of this Submission Agreement as Filmmaker or Filmmaker’s authorized representative; that it understands and accepts the terms of this Submission Agreement; and that all information it has provided on the WithoutABox® submission form is accurate and may be used by Festival for promotional purposes.
Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold New Hope Film Festival harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim in connection with the Script involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and/or loss of or damage to the script submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Script.
If the Script is selected as an official script of the Festival, Filmmaker shall have the right to promote the Script as an “Official Selection of the New Hope Film Festival” in perpetuity. Any award granted to Filmmaker may also be promoted in perpetuity. Festival will pay Filmmaker no additional compensation nor be liable to Filmmaker under any circumstances.