23rd Annual

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Add to Watchlist Qualify this Project
International
Submit Online
5634 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90038
USA
Phone: 323 466 1786
submissions@slamdance.com
http://slamdance.com/

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Screenplays (41-120 pages)
Narrative scripts 41-121 pages in length. All narrative genres are welcome.
Please submit only screenplays up to 120 pages long to this category.
Feature Screenplays (121-150 pages)
Narrative scripts 121-150 pages in length. All narrative genres are welcome.
You can submit screenplays up to 150 pages long to this category.
Horror Screenplays (41-120 pages)
Narrative scripts 41-120 pages in length. Scripts including bloodshed or the imminent threat of bloodshed/death within the story.
Please submit only screenplays up to 120 pages long to this category.
Horror Screenplays (121-150 pages)
Narrative scripts 41-120 pages in length. Scripts including bloodshed or the imminent threat of bloodshed/death within the story.
You can submit screenplays up to 150 pages long to this category.
TV Pilots (half hour - up to 45 pages)
Half hour formats up to 45 pages . No specs. Please include up to 5 pages of supplementary materials, such as: series arc, future episodes synopses/loglines, character bios. Attach these to the end of the script in your PDF file.
Please submit only teleplays up to 45 pages long to this category.
TV Pilots (one hour 46 - 80 pages)
One hour formats up to 80 pages are accepted. No specs. Please include up to 5 pages of supplementary materials, such as: series arc, future episodes synopses/loglines, character bios. Attach these to the end of the script in your PDF file.
You can submit teleplays up to 80 pages long to this category.
Short Screenplays (up to 10 pages)
Short scripts up to 10 pages in length. These can include narrative shorts, animated shorts, webisodes, or any other type of short script you can think of.
Please submit only screenplays up to 10 pages long to this category.
Short Screenplays (11-40 pages)
Short scripts from 11 to 40 pages in length. These can include narrative shorts, animated shorts, webisodes, or any other type of short script you can think of.
You can submit screenplays up to 40 pages long to this category.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. We are looking for work that is truly compelling and stories that are truly unique.
We provide constructive feedback for every entrant. We also offer a more intensive coverage service for an additional fee.
We've established a strong track record through our competition successes and are committed to championing outstanding new work.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

PRIZES:

A total of $16,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash.
The winners of the Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2019) .
The top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.
The winning Horror feature and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP
(T-shirts, beanies, etc.).
The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.
Production companies, studios, top agencies and managers request to read our top scripts.

FINALIST & GENERAL FEEDBACK:

"The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is like an adrenalin boost to the cortex. It gave me the oomph necessary to climb faster and leap up to a higher rung. Slamdance is a celebration of not just offbeat storytelling, but above all, character. Character infects every vein of this festival and it's a beautiful thing."
-Andrew Kightlinger, 2016 Grand Prize and Feature Screenplay winner for GREAT WHITE SHARK

"Winning Slamdance made the phone ring. It was a huge stepping stone to getting my script into the hands of several agents, producers, and directors. As an unproduced writer, winning the competition gave me the ability to approach the industry with confidence."
-Shane Andries, 2015 Feature and Grand Jury Prize winner for THE DELEGATION

"The best thing you can do for a screenwriter is encourage them, because trusting your gut is so crucial to writing interesting stuff. I got that encouragement from Slamdance every year I entered, with the brief feedback they always send at no extra charge. Winning was the ultimate encouragement to keep following my instincts, and it's more than paid off."
-Jamie King, 2015 Original Teleplay winner for CASTLE ROCK and writer for Marvel's Jessica Jones

"Thanks so much for this great advice. I am only 13 years old and just starting out on what I hope to be a career in screenwriting so advice like this is golden."
-Jackson A. Stone, entrant of the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition and writer of MEANT FOR BATTLE

"For years I've seriously dreamed of winning Slamdance. Taking home the Grand Prize not only created amazing momentum for my pilot script, but also gave me the certainty that persistence and hard work will get you recognized — you just can't give up."
-Andrea Janakas, 2014 Grand Prize and Original Teleplay winner and writer of SEARCH FOR LIFE

“Winning Best Feature in the Slamdance competition opened more doors than I could have possibly imagined. What started as a festival for and by filmmakers has become an imprimatur of artistic integrity and originality that gives your work instant credibility.”
-HF Crum, 2014 Feature Screenplay winner and writer of 3 FACES OF HUNGER & THIRST

"Slamdance's Consultation Service was instrumental in the development of our screenplay. The feedback from Slamdance provided objective insight on weaknesses and gave suggestions and ideas on how to make each scene stronger. It is a service I plan to continue using with projects in the future."
-Josh Kim, writer of HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME), who utilized our One-on-One Screenplay Consultation Service in 2014

"Slamdance changed my life. They plucked my screenplay out of obscurity and gave me my big break. I owe them forever."
-Chad Crawford Kinkle, 2011 Grand Prize winner and writer of JUGFACE

"After my script, Dead in the Room, won the 2010 Slamdance Short Screenplay Competition, Slamdance produced the film in record time. I couldn’t be happier with the results; every aspect of the production is first class. With the overwhelmingly positive response we received at the Slamdance premiere, and more festival screenings to come, this outstanding film is already opening new doors for me as a writer."
-Marjory Kaptanoglu, 2010 Short Screenplay winner and writer of DEAD IN THE ROOM

"Our Slamdance success has without a doubt opened doors for us both in the US and here in Australia; in fact the script has now been optioned by a leading Aussie producer"
-Colin Cairnes, 2010 Horror Screenplay winner and co-writer of 100 BLOODY ACRES

“Winning the Slamdance Short Screenplay Contest was such a great experience because winning the contest, as prestigious as that was, was just the beginning. Slamdance produced the film and they paired me with a talented, seasoned indie director to bring it to the screen. And then premiering the film up in Park City on a Saturday night in front of Steven Soderbergh’s new film was icing on the cake. It was truly an awesome opportunity and experience.”
-Christopher Hlas, 2009 Short Screenplay winner and writer of HEY VENDOR


"Winning Slamdance was an incredible moral booster and the seal of approval that made the industry stop and take notice."
Nicole Kassell - Slamdance Screenplay winner and director of THE WOODSMAN

"The Slamdance Screenplay Award received by Joshua Marston for MARIA FULL OF GRACE was the first public validation of the project...the publicity surrounding this award helped put the project in the public eye."
Paul Mezey, - Producer, MARIA FULL OF GRACE


ORGANIZERS

Adele Li; Alina Solodnikova (Festival Manager)

GENERAL RULES

ANNOUNCEMENT DATES

September 17th, 2018 - Announce Quarter-Finalists - in no particular order
September 24th, 2018 - Announce Semi-Finalists - In no particular order
October 1st, 2018 - Announce Top 12 scripts - In no particular order
October 11th, 2018 - WGAW Party for Finalists - Announce Winners


RULES

By entering Slamdance Screenplay Competition, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

Eligibility

- Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
- If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, the applicant must notify us and that screenplay will no longer be eligible for an award.
- Scripts submitted to the competition must not have received awards from other competitions over $1,000 at the time of entry.
- Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
- Screenwriters who earn their living writing for television are ineligible.
- No adaptations of other written work will be accepted unless the writer owns the rights to the original material, unless the udapted work is in the Public Domain.
- No specs will be accepted for the TV Pilot category.

Submission Guidelines

- Screenplays must be in English, formatted according to the current industry standards in 12-point courier font.
- Screenplays must have a clean cover page. This means the title only on the cover, no author’s name/contact information.
- If the script is based on a true story, that should be noted on the title page.
- No substituted pages or other revisions will be accepted once you have submitted your script.New versions of scripts can be resubmitted by filling out a new entry form and paying a new entry fee.
- Slamdance is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit.
- All entries must be mailed or uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
- No refunds.

Judging

- The first round of reading is done by individual readers. If your script is advanced to the next round, the script will be read and scored by multiple readers to determine whether it gets into quarterfinals and semifinals.
- If your script makes it to semifinals, it will be discussed at the deliberations where readers will determine finalists and winners.
- If your script did not make it into quarterfinals, it will not advance to further stages of the competition.
- No judging decision will be included with the feedback.
- Slamdance notifies winners only. Entrants are advised to check our website and e-newsletter for judging announcements.
- The Slamdance Screenplay Competition readers’ decisions are final.
- Multiple authorship is acceptable. Slamdance divides awards equally among co-writers.


PROTECT YOUR WORK

To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, West (www.wga.org or call 323.782.4500) and the US Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov).


PRIZES

A total of $16,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash.
The winners of the Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2019)
The top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.
The winning Horror Feature and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.
The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP (T-shirts, beanies, etc.).
The top three screenwriters in each category will be included in the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.
Production companies, studios, top agencies and managers request to read our top scripts.


FEEDBACK

Everyone who submits a screenplay to Slamdance will receive concise online feedback from our Readers. The object of our Feedback Service is to provide you with constructive criticism about your work. The feedback includes a logline, genre suggestion and a small paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Feedback is very brief and basic compared to the extensive notes provided with our Coverage Service, which is available for an additional fee.


STANDARD COVERAGE

The object of Slamdance Coverage is to provide you with extensive constructive criticism about your work. Coverage includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. Coverage also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. This may address media, films and screenplays, production companies and agencies the writer should be aware of, as well as any words of wisdom from one of our Readers. Slamdance Coverage provides you with an insight into the mind of a Reader who reads hundreds of independent screenplays each year. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. The Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work.


EXPRESS COVERAGE

If you are on a deadline and need coverage ASAP, Slamdance Express Coverage will help! It will be available within 21 days from the time you submit.


SCREENPLAY CLINIC

If you like the coverage you received and want more insight, reach out to our readers directly through the Screenplay Clinic.
Whether you’re writing the first draft of your first script or are a seasoned scribe in need of fresh eyes, Slamdance Screenplay Clinic can help you. Our readers Heidi Hornbacher and Noel Lawrence will give your story the attention it deserves.
As a service separate from the screenplay competition, the Screenplay Clinic gives writers a chance to receive extended written feedback followed by an in-person discussion about strengths, weaknesses, and methods for improving your script.
For more details please visit the Screenplay Clinic page here: http://bit.ly/2svB0Gk


SLAMDANCE READERS

Slamdance Readers are industry professionals and all have a combination of the following qualifications: professional coverage background, production and development background, and/or are professional writers, Slamdance alumni, playwrights and journalists. Readers’ Competition decisions are final.


SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FAQ:

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FAQ:

Q: What is script registration, and why is it mandatory?
A: Slamdance only wants to look at copyrighted material. All writers should be concerned with protecting their work. Copyrighting can be as easy as sending yourself a copy in a sealed envelop, and as all-inclusive as registering with the WGA. We accept all forms of registration and copywriting.

Q: Should I include a title page?

A: Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would ideally include just a title and WGA registration number. The cover page does not count towards the overall script page count.

Q: Can I enter the same script two years in a row?

A: We encourage screenwriters to resubmit, but we also want you to use our coverage service and edit your script. Your script should be as tight as possible before you resubmit.

Q: What kind of scripts are you looking for? If my screenplay is very unconventional or experimental will it be overlooked?

A: We are always looking for outrageous scripts! Look at the top ten from the past ten years; we have awarded everything from epic period pieces to low-budget indie gems.

Q: Is there an age requirement to submit to Slamdance?

A: No! You can submit if you're 10 or 110 years old. We at Slamdance are not ageist and encourage work from a variety of age groups.

Q: Can I also enter other competitions?

A: Definitely. We encourage you to get your script into the hands of as many people as possible. Because we are for first-time writers only, we are a good competition to start with. There is a section of the FAQ below, dedicated to competitions we endorse.

Q: Does Slamdance sell or trade e-mail lists?

A: No, we do not. Please include your e-mail because we contact quarter-finalists and semi-finalists by e-mail before the official announcement. You have the option to stay off of our e-mail list and will not be contacted after the competition is over.

Q: Do you accept adaptations?

A: Yes. Generally you must own or acquire permission to the rights to another person's work before you can sell it. There are a few exceptions, such as 'Public Domain' (you have to look into the legalities of this).

Q: What format/font should I use?

A: Stick with Courier 12 point. This is industry standard, and every script you write should be in this format.

Q: My script is really, really long - at least 200 pages. Bigger is better, right?

A: No. Feature length screenplays should be between 40 and 120 pages; short screenplays up to 40 pages (and please number the pages). Feature/Horror scripts between 120 and 150 pages will be charged extra in the submission fees. Short scripts between 11 and 40 pages will be charged extra in the submission fees. EDIT. Edit for grammar, exposition and excess. While there are a few exceptions, scripts should be as tightly edited as possible. Screenplays over 150 pages will be disqualified from the writing competition.

Q: What if my check bounces?

A: Checks returned to us for whatever reason will incur a standard $25 fee on top of the original entry. It may take up to a week for your check to be deposited (depending on when it arrives in the office), so keep that in mind.

Q: Can I call to check if my script has arrived yet?

A: No. Please do not call the Slamdance office to check if your script has arrived. You can check your Withoutabox submission status, as soon as it's received this will change to "In Consideration"

TV Pilot Questions:

Q: What is the difference between an original pilot and a “spec” script?

A: An original pilot is the first episode of an original series or the first hour-length episode of a miniseries. A “spec” script is written for existing shows.

Q: Do you accept “spec” scripts?

A: No. We will only accept original pilots for this year’s competition.

Q: When you say to submit additional story ideas with subplots and resolutions, are you looking for any particular length? Or any particular number of them?

A: You can include as many additional storylines as you like, and the descriptions should be short, no longer than 10 lines. Just make sure the supplementary materials you submit with your teleplay does not exceed 5 pages.

Short Questions:

Q: Who is looking for shorts at Slamdance?

A: Slamdance is a great place to submit short scripts because our festival screens roughly 40 short films a year, and those filmmakers are always on the lookout for new projects.

Q: What are the page requirements for a short screenplay?

A: Short screenplays can be as short as five pages, and as long as 40 pages. We accept all short screenplays that fall between these page requirements. Please note different payments apply for scripts between 1 and 10 pages and scripts between 11 and 40 pages.

Coverage Questions:

Q: What is coverage?

A: Coverage is written feedback that is a blunt, honest reaction from a reader that reads hundreds of scripts a year and wants to help you avoid the common pitfalls of screenwriting. The aim of every piece of coverage is to constructively help you develop your script into a final draft.

Q: Who are your readers?

A: Our readers are comprised of Slamdance alumni, past winners, filmmakers, journalists, playwrights, screenwriters and other writing professionals, some of whom also do development coverage for major studios.

Q: What is the advantage of submitting early?

A: Check out the deadlines. The sooner you submit, the sooner you will receive your coverage. The coverage will not indicate if your script has moved on, but it will give you a sense early on, of the scripts strengths and weaknesses (in the eyes of one reader). And, it's cheaper to submit early, the submission fees increase with each deadline.

Q: What if I am extremely unhappy with the coverage I receive?

A: Please let us know by e-mailing submissions@slamdance.com. We will review the coverage, and work with you to solve the problem. In most cases that means getting someone else to read it at a discounted price (there are no refunds).

Q: How long should I wait until I call about missing coverage?

A: Two weeks. If there is a delay, we will let you know ahead of time. Except when you request rushed coverage. In those cases e-mail submissions@slamdance.com right away.

Q: What should I do if I get the wrong coverage?

A: Please e-mail submissions@slamdance.com right away.

Q: Am I able to contract the reader who did my coverage?

A: Yes. Please e-mail submissions@slamdance.com. We will forward your message on to the reader, and they will respond directly to you.

PLEASE CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:
If you have any problems while submitting, or any questions about the submission process just e-mail submissions@slamdance.com or call our offices: 323-466-1786


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please read the following terms and conditions in connection with your screenplay entry to the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. (SSC).

As the author of the screenplay I/we have submitted to SSC, I/we warrant as sole and exclusive owner/s of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the screenplay to SSC. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless SSC, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all third party claims based on scripts submitted to SSC. SSC winners will permit SSC to use their name and/or likeness in post-competition publicity. By signing this form I/we understand and agree to all the terms and conditions of screenplay entry.

I have read through and agree to the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Rules.