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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 who are actively working at the top level of the film industry. Competition winners will have networking opportunities with some of Hollywood's top players, as well as nationwide exposure through media coverage and a Vail Film Festival press release. Screenplay submissions are judged by film industry professionals with the top three screenplays receiving prizes.
|Short Screenplay Competition
|The Vail Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to get their script read by established film producers who are actively working at the top level of the film industry. Competition winners will have access to one on one meetings and networking opportunities with some of Hollywood's top players, as well as nationwide exposure through media coverage and a Vail Film Festival press release. Screenplay submissions are judged by film industry professionals with the top three screenplays receiving prizes. Short Screenplay Entries must be between 3 and 45 pages in length.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The 10th Annual Vail Film Festival is produced by the Colorado Film Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and is committed to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering filmmaking through classes, panels and workshops.
The Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition accepts feature length and short screenplays. The competition offers the winning screenwriters an opportunity to network with some of Hollywood's top producers, directors and screenwriters, and actively participate in one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The tenth annual Vail Film Festival will be held in Vail, Colorado, America's top ski resort, and will take place March 28 - 31, 2013.
The 7th annual screenwriting competition offers aspiring writers an opportunity to break into the film industry through staged readings at the festival, national media exposure, and networking access to some of the film industry's most respected and established filmmakers and producers.
The 2013 festival will screen Feature Films, Animated Films, Shorts, Documentaries, Action Sports and Student Films.
Past festival highlights include Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Produced by Judd Apatow), Trucker, Snow Cake (starring Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman), Knocked Up (Judd Apatow's follow-up to The 40 year old Vigin, starring Seth Rogan, Katherine Heigl and Paul Rudd), The Wendell Baker Story (Luke and Andrew Wilson's directorial debuts), House of D (directed by and starring David Duchovny, as well as an Oscar Shorts Showcase.
Festival honorees include Actor/Writer/Director Michael Imperioli, Actor Josh Lucas, Actress Kate Bosworth, Actor/Filmmaker Zach Braff, Actress/Producer Jane Seymour, Director/Writer/Actor Kevin Smith, Actress Michelle Monaghan, Actor Tim Daly, Actor Adrian Grenier, Actor Jeremy Davies, Actress Olivia Wilde, Actor Jesse Eisenberg, Director/Actor/Writer Harold Ramis, Actress Sophia Bush, Actress Hayden Panettiere, Producer Ed Pressman ("Wall Street", "American Psycho", "The Cooler"), and Actor Kip Pardue ("Remember The Titans", "Driven").
The 2012 festival drew over 250 filmmakers, screened over 60 films, and had over 14,000 attendees.
Megen Musegades (Festival Registrar); Sean Cross (Director)
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. Entries may be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. ONLINE ENTRY: Online entry can only be accepted for screenplays submitted as Adobe (.PDF) format with the entry fee paid by credit card.
4. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
5. Feature Scripts must be between 70-125 pages in length. Short Scripts must be between 3-45 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts will be not accepted under any circumstances.
9. Do not send your only original copy of the script. Materials will not be returned.
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) and
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 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 January February 4, 2013. Winners will be notified by email on February 25, 2013, and on the web at www.VailFilmFest.com. An announcement will also be sent out in the Vail Film Festival newsletter. Winners will be included in the official festival program guide and in a national press release. Prizes will be awarded by March 30, 2013.
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.