13th Annual

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature-Length Scripts
A $5,000 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, Echo Lake Entertainment, Zero Gravity Management, Lupovitz Productions, and Popular Films.

Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, an opportunity for writers to connect with producers and enhance their careers, networks, and opportunities. Writers Celebration events will include:

*BUSINESS OF WRITING FORUM
*WRITER MEETS PRODUCER MIXER to connect with industry leaders
*PITCH TRAINING with expert pitch coaches
*PITCH CHALLENGE to a panel of industry powerhouses
*INSPIRING MAVERICK SPIRIT luminary event (past honorees: J. J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Denise Lehane, and more)

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

Scripts will be judged on originality, story, character development, dialogue, and impact.
Short Film Scripts
Our Short-Film Script category continues to attract a diverse international pool with a $1,000 cash prize and future screening opportunity at Cinequest Film Festival for the winning script.

Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, an opportunity for writers to connect with producers and enhance their careers, networks, and opportunities. Writers Celebration events will include:

*BUSINESS OF WRITING FORUM
*WRITER MEETS PRODUCER MIXER to connect with industry leaders
*PITCH TRAINING with expert pitch coaches
*PITCH CHALLENGE to a panel of industry powerhouses
*INSPIRING MAVERICK SPIRIT luminary event (past honorees: J. J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Denise Lehane, and more)

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

Scripts will be judged on originality, story, character development, dialogue, and impact.
Teleplays (60 minutes)
A $1,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning 60 minute Teleplay. Finalists will also get their teleplay read by experts from companies like FX Network and PBS.

Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, an opportunity for writers to connect with producers and enhance their careers, networks, and opportunities. Writers Celebration events will include:

*BUSINESS OF WRITING FORUM
*WRITER MEETS PRODUCER MIXER to connect with industry leaders
*PITCH TRAINING with expert pitch coaches
*PITCH CHALLENGE to a panel of industry powerhouses
*INSPIRING MAVERICK SPIRIT luminary event (past honorees: J. J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Denise Lehane, and more)

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

Teleplays will be judged on originality, story, character development, dialogue, and impact.
Teleplays (30 minutes)
Our 30 minute Teleplay category offers writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! $1,000 cash prize to the winner.

Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, an opportunity for writers to connect with producers and enhance their careers, networks, and opportunities. Writers Celebration events will include:

*BUSINESS OF WRITING FORUM
*WRITER MEETS PRODUCER MIXER to connect with industry leaders
*PITCH TRAINING with expert pitch coaches
*PITCH CHALLENGE to a panel of industry powerhouses
*INSPIRING MAVERICK SPIRIT luminary event (past honorees: J. J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Denise Lehane, and more)

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

Teleplays will be judged on originality, story, character development, dialogue, and impact.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect - driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival and Cinequest Mavericks Studio.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, etc.), Cinequest showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. 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 occurs February 28 – March 12, 2017, in San Jose, California / Silicon Valley.

"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

Amidst the energy and excitement of the festival, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition empowers creative and innovative writers with the opportunity to interact with producers and industry professionals from around the world. Finalists will be honored during the Writers Celebration, a day filled with a dynamic collection of Writer Meet Producer events, Business of Writing forums, Pitch Training, VIP Writers Lunch, and an awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition.

”Cinequest was thrilled to connect 2015 Competition Winner Stacie Shellner’s writing with an Executive Producer to produce her fabulous screenplay. Additionally, 2016 Competition Winner Jeremy Rush is having his winning script produced by The Solution Group and Netflix." — Halfdan Hussey, Cinequest Co-Founder & Director

ADDITIONAL TESTIMONIALS

"I've been submitting to Cinequest since 2013. The Cinequest judges' feedback and scorecards have always been top notch. I had a fantastic experience attending this year. The producers and staff do an amazing job. It's incredible...I'm over the moon to be working with Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan, Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson at The Solution, and with the crew at CAA. — Jeremy Rush, 2016 Feature Winner, WHEELMAN (Sold to Netflix in May 2016)"

"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

SCRIPT FORMAT

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

Script must be submitted in English.

Length (not including title page):
*Feature-Length Scripts must be between 70 -125 pages
*Short Film Scripts must be 20 pages or fewer
*Teleplays (60 minute) must be between 45-70 pages
*Teleplays (30 minute) must be 40 pages or fewer

Only digital manuscripts will be accepted for submission. Printed manuscripts are not accepted.

Script must be properly formatted according to industry standards.

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

Maintain your full contact information in your Withoutabox registration. Do not include any contact information on your submitted script.

RESTRICTIONS

Any script that becomes purchased, optioned, goes into production, or is produced before the final Jury decision on February 27, 2017, 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.

Once the entry is received no rewritten/corrected pages will be accepted.

Submission fees are collected by Withoutabox. Cinequest does not accept payment by cash, check, or money order.

Winning scripts by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly between members of the writing team.

FEEDBACK & NOTIFICATIONS

All contestants will receive 2 – 4 lines of generalized feedback for improvement on their script. Full script coverage services are not available at this time.

Writers will be notified on their status in the competition via the email address provided at time of registration. Please save screenplay@cinequest.org in your contact lists to receive these notifications. See below for selection process:

• Quarter Finalists notifications sent in December 2016
• Semi-Finalists notifications sent in January 2017
• Top 10 Finalists notifications sent week of January 23, 2017
• Winners announced during Writers Celebration (TBD Date) at the Cinequest Film Festival, February 28 – March 12, 2017.


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 prize winners on the Cinequest website; in Cinequest press releases and media coverage surrounding the screenwriting competition; and Cinequest Film Festival occurring February 28 - March 12, 2017, 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.