14th Annual

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

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Feature Screenplay Competition
The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to get their script read by established film producers, agents, and managers for option consideration. These producers are actively working at the top level of the film industry. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their scripts recommended to key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies. Vail Film Festival top-level industry contacts include: Dreamworks, CAA, LD Entertainment, UTA, Participant, Working Title, Cold Iron Pictures, Management 360, Virgin Produced, Thunder Road, Brillstein Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, among others. Winners will also have nationwide exposure through a designated Vail Film Festival press release. Screenplay submissions are judged by film industry professionals.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition offers an opportunity for aspiring screenwriters to be discovered by leading Hollywood film producers. The competition accepts unproduced feature length screenplays between 75 - 125 pages in length in any genre.

The competition offers the winning screenwriter a $1500 cash prize. 1st place winner will receive $1500. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their scripts recommended by the Vail Film Festival to key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies. Vail Film Festival top-level industry contacts include: Dreamworks, CAA, LD Entertainment, UTA, Participant, Working Title, Cold Iron Pictures, Management 360, Virgin Produced, Thunder Road, Brillstein Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, among others.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Vail Film Festival is an internationally recognized film festival, founded in 2004, and has screened over 1000 films and hosted thousands of filmmakers, including A-List producers, directors, writers, and actors. Past VIP guests and honorees include Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Smith, Zach Braff, Krysten Ritter, Adrian Grenier, Harold Ramis, Sophia Bush, Luke Wilson, Joe Swanberg, Tim Daly, Jane Seymour, and more. The annual Vail Screenplay Competition offers an opportunity for aspiring screenwriters to win a cash prize and have their work read for option consideration by leading film producers, and to receive recognition within the film industry and beyond through a national press release announcing the winning screenplays.



ORGANIZERS

Megen Musegades (Festival Registrar); Sean Cross (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

GENERAL RULES
1. You may enter as many scripts as you like, but each must be accompanied by a separate entry and the required entry fee.
2. Entries must be written in English. The screenplay(s) must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.
3. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
4. Feature Scripts must be between 75-125 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
5. Judging is solely on the screenplay. Do not include the following information or materials as they will be disregarded: logline, synopsis, treatment, or any additional materials not specifically requested.
6. Script collaborations are allowed, however, each writer must sign the application form (space is provided on the form), and the work must be the sole and exclusive property of the collaborators.
9. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts will not be accepted under any circumstances.
10. Writer(s) retain ALL rights for their entry(ies) when entering our competition.
11. Adaptations are acceptable for entry in our competition only if you have all the appropriate and/or required approvals/waivers/permissions from any and all right holders. If you are unsure, please consult an entertainment attorney for your own protection.

JUDGING & NOTIFICATION.
1.Judging will be anonymous. Upon receipt, your screenplay(s)
will be assigned corresponding numbers, and your screenplay(s) will be identifiable to the judges by number only.
2. Judges' decisions are final. Prizes are non-transferable. Winners are responsible for any taxes.
3. Individuals active in the film and screenwriting community will conduct preliminary judging. A panel of industry experts and screenwriting professionals will conduct the final round of judging. Semifinalists and Finalists will be announced. Three Winners in each genre will be selected to receive prizes.
4. In the event a collaborative screenplay is selected as the First Prize winning entry, the writers must determine who will receive the prizes. Only one First prize package will be awarded.
5. Every entrant will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of his/her script.
6. Semifinalists will be posted on the Vail Film Festival site on or around October 20, 2016. Winners will be notified by email on or around November 15, 2016, and on the web at www.VailFilmFestival.com. An announcement will also be sent out in the Vail Film Festival newsletter. Winners will be included in a national press release. Prizes will be awarded by December 15, 2016.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All statements in this document are true. I certify that I have cleared all rights for this screenplay. My entry into this competition grants the festival the rights that have been stated in these guidelines. Entry Fees include processing, preliminary and final judging. Entry fees are non-refundable.

GENERAL RULES
1. You may enter as many scripts as you like, but each must be accompanied by a separate entry and the required entry fee.
2. Entries must be written in English. The screenplay(s) must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.
3. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
4. Feature Scripts must be between 75-125 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
5. Judging is solely on the screenplay. Do not include the following information or materials as they will be disregarded: logline, synopsis, treatment, or any additional materials not specifically requested.
6. Script collaborations are allowed, however, each writer must sign the application form (space is provided on the form), and the work must be the sole and exclusive property of the collaborators.
9. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts will not be accepted under any circumstances.
10. Writer(s) retain ALL rights for their entry(ies) when entering our competition.
11. Adaptations are acceptable for entry in our competition only if you have all the appropriate and/or required approvals/waivers/permissions from any and all right holders. If you are unsure, please consult an entertainment attorney for your own protection.

JUDGING & NOTIFICATION.
1.Judging will be anonymous. Upon receipt, your screenplay(s)
will be assigned corresponding numbers, and your screenplay(s) will be identifiable to the judges by number only.
2. Judges' decisions are final. Prizes are non-transferable. Winners are responsible for any taxes.
3. Individuals active in the film and screenwriting community will conduct preliminary judging. A panel of industry experts and screenwriting professionals will conduct the final round of judging. Semifinalists and Finalists will be announced. Three Winners in each genre will be selected to receive prizes.
4. In the event a collaborative screenplay is selected as the First Prize winning entry, the writers must determine who will receive the prizes. Only one First prize package will be awarded.
5. Every entrant will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of his/her script.
6. Semifinalists will be posted on the Vail Film Festival site on or around October 20, 2016. Winners will be notified by email on or around November 15, 2016, and on the web at www.VailFilmFestival.com. An announcement will also be sent out in the Vail Film Festival newsletter. Winners will be included in a national press release. Prizes will be awarded by December 15, 2016.