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28-Mar-2015 11:12pm PDT  

 

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

11 Annual

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Feature-Length Scripts
The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Now in its eleventh year, the competition retains a stellar reputation that hinges in no small part on its knack for exhibiting a compelling mix of stories from around the globe and providing opportunities for writers to tap into a network recognized for accelerating the drive towards success.

Winners and finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, 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 during Cinequest Film Festival 25 (February 23 – March 8, 2015). Finalists will also have their scripts read by industry professionals. Past participating readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Goldstein Company, Big Bad Wolf Production, Popular Films, and Occupant 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
The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Now in its eleventh year, the competition retains a stellar reputation that hinges in no small part on its knack for exhibiting a compelling mix of stories from around the globe and providing opportunities for writers to tap into a network recognized for accelerating the drive towards success.

Winners and finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

Back by popular demand is the short-film category with $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
The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Now in its eleventh year, the competition retains a stellar reputation that hinges in no small part on its knack for exhibiting a compelling mix of stories from around the globe and providing opportunities for writers to tap into a network recognized for accelerating the drive towards success.

Winners and finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

New to this year’s mix is our 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 (1 hour show), not including the title page.

Scripts will be judged for 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.

• CINEQUEST Film Festival (CQFF) showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.

• CINEQUEST Mavericks Studio creates innovative and transformative motion pictures, television and distribution paradigms.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Recognized as a Top 10 Film Festival by the "Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide", 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 25 occurs February 23 – March 8, 2015 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 lunch, and awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition.

TESTIMONIALS

“Cinequest was a perfect blend of business and entertainment. I made a number of contacts there - directors, actors, producers, an Emmy award winning writer, and a manager [who is] optimistic that we can get something done in the near future.” – Michael Clevenger (Black Mustard)

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

“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 attracting 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)

“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)

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

GENERAL RULES
Please include ONLY Withoutabox (WAB) Tracking number and Screenplay title on your submitted manuscript so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. WAB Tracking number is assigned when you register your project with them.

Maintain your full contact information in your WAB registration. Do not include it in your submitted script.

Script must be in English.

Feature-length scripts should be between 70 and 125 pages, excluding title page. Any script over 125 pages will have points deducted.

Short film scripts should be 20 pages or less, excluding title page. Any script over 20 pages will have points deducted.

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

Script must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced.

Any script that becomes purchased, optioned or put into production before the Final Jury decision of February 24, 2014 will be eliminated from the competition with no entry fee refund.

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

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

A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.

Submission fees are collected by Withoutabox. We do not accept payment by check, money order or postal money order. DO NOT send cash.

Finalists will be notified in January 2014. Winner(s) announced at Cinequest Film Festival 24 (March 3-16, 2014).

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 25 occurring February 23- March 8, 2015 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.