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24-Apr-2015 5:26pm PDT  

 

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

12 Annual

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SERVICES COMING SOON • This event has recently updated its Call For Entries. Add it to your Watch List and set a Remind-Me if you want to be notified when submissions open on 1-Jun-2015.

Feature-Length Scripts
Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

A $5000 cash prize and crystal award will be presented to the winning Feature-length script. Finalists will also get their scripts read by industry professionals. Previous industry readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, Entertainment One, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Lupovitz Productions, and Popular Films.

Seeking all genres, including comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material. Feature-length screenplays should be between 70 -125 pages, not including the title page.

Scripts will be judged for its originality, story, character development, dialogue, and marketability.
Short Film Scripts
Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

Our short-film script category continues to attract a diverse international pool with a $1000 cash prize and screening opportunity at a future Cinequest Film Festival for the winning script.

Seeking all genres, including comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material. Short-film screenplays should be 20 pages or less, not including the title page.

Scripts will be judged for originality, story, character development, dialogue, and marketability.
Teleplays (60mins)
Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

Back by popular demand is our 60 minute teleplay category offering writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! This category offers a $1000 cash prize to the winner.

Seeking all genres, including comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material. Teleplays should be 45-70 pages (60 minute show), not including the title page.

Scripts will be judged for originality, story, character development, dialogue, and marketability.
Teleplays (30mins)
Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

NEW to this year’s mix is a 30 minute teleplay category offering a $1000 cash prize to the winner.

Seeking all genres, including comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material. Teleplays (30 mins) should be 40 pages or less, not including the title page.

Scripts will be judged for its originality, story, character development, dialogue, and marketability.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
CINEQUEST is a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities worldwide, through the Cinequest Film Festival and Cinequest Mavericks Studio.

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Cinequest loves writers and welcomes you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, Cinequest provides the finest discovery bastion of international film premieres, breakthrough technology, artists and innovators. Cinequest presents a dynamic 13-day festival with 300+ screenings and events with over 700 artists, innovators, and professionals representing 50 countries. Over 100,000 attend the festival annually. Cinequest Film Festival 2016 occurs February 23 – March 6 in San Jose, California / Silicon Valley.

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition culminates amidst the energy and excitement of the festival, empowering creative and innovative writers with the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world. Finalists will be honored during the Writers Celebration, a day filled with a dynamic collection of workshops, forums, VIP Writers Lunch, and awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition.

TESTIMONIALS

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." - Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

"My cell was ringing with option interest before I even left San Jose. The Cinequest win helped me land representation in L.A., which resulted in attaching a seasoned producer who loves the script. I'm now being read by some of the most well-known production companies and all the major studios in Hollywood." -- Bill Schreiber, SWITCHBACK

“Winning the Cinequest feature screenwriting competition gave me a chance to connect with other writers and filmmakers, and provided me with amazing opportunities to open some doors. A top-notch competition!”—Stacie Shellner, SAINT CHLOE

"Cinequest offers the creme' de la creme' of screenplay competitions! All of the events were professionally run, and as a Screenwriting Finalist, I encountered wonderful networking situations, well thought out educational opportunities, and a warm embrace into this vibrant community." -- Ashia Chacko, BLACK BOX

"I saw the word "maverick" and took a chance on a lark that maybe this was a venue that could help foster my own vision. I graduated from the USC Graduate Screenwriting program...whatever happens in my career from this point on, I will consider [Cinequest] as one of the key factors in my development as a writer." -- George Chumo II, THE ICONOCLAST and THE BRIDGE

“I can honestly say that Cinequest is one of the most writer-friendly film festivals I've ever been to. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and, most of all, hear all of the stories. Here's hoping we all get a green light someday!” -- Donna Laemmlen, SHEILA THE GILA MONSTER

"Everyone at Cinequest was great and I enjoyed the networking opportunities they provided. My screenplay is moving forward and we are seeking out investors to co-produce." -- David Rich, THROUGH MARIA'S EYES

“Meeting other artists and sharing in their journey was the inspirational spark that I really needed…” -- Sean Corrigan, AWARENESS, pilot


ORGANIZERS
Antonea Colon (Screenplay Manager) ; Halfdan Hussey (Director & Co-Founder) ; Halfdan Hussey (Director & Co-Founder) ; Kathleen Powell (President) ; Lou Bash (IT Services Manager) ; Matt Opsal (Director of Online Content) ; Michael Rabehl (Programming Director) ; matt opsal (Director of Online Content)

GENERAL RULES

SUBMISSION FORMAT:

• All genres are accepted. Especially seeking drama, comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material.

• Contestants from all countries are eligible.

• Screenplays must be submitted in English.

• Feature-length screenplays must be between 70 -125 pages.

• Short Film screenplays must be 20 pages or less.

• Teleplays (60 mins) must be between 45-70 pages (approx. 1 hour show).

• Teleplays (30 mins) must be 40 pages or less.

• Any script over the indicated page limit will receive automatic point deductions per page over.

• Script must be properly formatted according to industry standards.

• Digital submissions in PDF format only.

• Cover Page Instructions:

• Please include ONLY your script’s title on your cover page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. You tracking number will automatically be assigned to your uploaded script.

• Rewritten/corrected pages WILL NOT be accepted once the entry has been received.

RESTRICTIONS:

• There are no entry fee refunds.

• Any script that becomes purchased, optioned, or put into production before the Final Jury decision on February 15, 2016 will be eliminated from the competition with no entry fee refund.

• Scripts written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Authorization: As the authorized representative for the above-mentioned script, I accept the conditions and rules described on this entry form. I attest to the fact that this screenplay submission has not been optioned or purchased, and is not in current production or post-production. Should the optioning, purchasing, or production status of the script change, I will contact Cinequest immediately in writing to have the script removed from competition. If this script is selected as a finalist and / or prize winner of the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, I grant Cinequest the right to use all writers' names and likenesses in conjunction with the promotion of the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition without additional / any competition. This includes, but not limited to, listing of finalists and prizewinners on the Cinequest website; in Cinequest press releases and media coverage surrounding the screenwriting competition; and Cinequest Film Festival 26 occurring February 23- March 6, 2016 in San Jose, California. Disclaimer: Submitting to the Cinequest Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is for competition purposes only and does not mean that Cinequest Inc., its employees, sponsors, or anyone associated with Cinequest will represent, produce, promote, or fund any project whatsoever. Cinequest is not responsible for lost screenplays.