4th Annual

Steeltown Film Factory

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Pittsburgh PA 15213
Phone: 412-622-1325
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Short Narrative Screenplays
Maximum 12 page screenplays which have potential to be produced into a short film in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.


The Steeltown Film Factory (SFF) is a yearlong filmmaking competition, supported by a series of public workshops, panel discussions and staged readings, designed to engage aspiring filmmakers to create projects with Pittsburgh-inspired content. The competition will provide emerging talent with an opportunity to learn from internationally renowned film and television professionals about the entertainment industry. A successful SFF will lead to the training and employment of the local workforce, the incubation of talent and intellectual property, and the nurturing and development of future projects that can be spun off into commercially viable entities. These entities will create jobs, investment opportunities, and products that will be exported by our region.


The Steeltown Film Factory invites students and amateur filmmakers to submit original film ideas for the competition. Submissions must include a maximum 12 page script along with a logline, and an optional sample of prior work. After receiving reviews from a selection committee comprised of distinguished industry professionals, the most promising screenplays will be developed into full-fledged productions through staged readings, panel discussions and public workshops, which will be open to the public.

The second annual Steeltown Film Factory 2012 received over 180 submissions.

All 2013 submissions will be required to be:

A maximum of 12 pages (Not including cover page).
Include tag line
Commercially viable.
Capable of being produced in SWPA/Pittsburgh during Summer 2013.

During the year, the SFF will facilitate:

Educating, mentoring, and connecting student and amateur participants.
Establishing relationships between participants and film industry professionals with ties to SWPA.
Educating the public about the creative development process in the entertainment industry.

Film Factory

2013 Timeline

November 5, 2013
Topic: Film Factory Showcase
Third annual FILM FACTORY launch during the Three Rivers Film Festival, This workshop outlines the essentials for writing successful screenplays and publicize this nationwide search for filmmakers, the opportunities for project development, and the possibility for winning short film(s) to be produced in Pittsburgh and premiered at the Three Rivers Film Festival in 2012. Panelists will be Steeltown Advisors.

November 5 - January 13, 2013
Following the kick-off, aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit their screenplays to the Film Factory online through January 13, 2013. A distinguished panel of judges will review all submissions through a blind review process. Submission rules and applications will be available online. Entry fees benefits include 2 free tickets to all events through April 2013. Participants must submit a 10-12-page script, logline, and optional sample of prior work. Following an intensive review, the judges will shortlist the 10 best scripts from the field for several stages of revisions and further development.

Throughout the revision process, events featuring industry experts will be hosted around the SWPA/Pittsburgh region and be open to the public.

Ticket prices to attend the public events will be $10 for adults and $5 for students with a valid ID per event.

The Writer's Pitch
(February 2012)
This workshop, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, takes place in a simulated office setting and lets the 10 quarter-finalists who have submitted the best short scripts get a sense of what it is like to “take a meeting” and pitch their ideas in Hollywood with panelists giving feedback from their own unique point of view. Quarter-finalists will have a chance to take notes and revise their submissions. The 5 semi-finalists will be chosen by Steeltown's advisors.

The Producer's Pitch
(March 2013)
Held at Point Park University, this panel invites the five semi-finalists to present their production budget and schedule, and pitch how they would execute the production to a group of seasoned film professionals. Panelists will share their own experiences in production and give advice to the would-be filmmakers. 3 Finalists will be chosen to advance.

(April 2013)
At this last workshop, the three best scripts will be read by Carnegie Mellon Drama School’s world-class students. Panelists will give “notes” to the filmmakers on each of the scripted readings and at the end, one or more will be awarded the $30,000 production prize.

*Event dates TBD and are subject to change.

May 2013 – September 2013


The Finalist(s) will share an award of up to $30,000; however, the specific amounts awarded for each project will be at the discretion of the panel of judges.

The Finalist(s) will produce their films with the financial support and guidance of Steeltown Film Factory. Winners will produce a 4:00 -12:00 minute short film. The production and post-production time frame is May through September 2013. The location is required to be in the SWPA region.

Post-production of the film(s) will occur during the months leading up to the Three Rivers Film Festival. Winning filmmakers will be guided by renowned Steeltown Advisers through the final stages. The winning films will be premiered at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November 2013. During the Three Rivers Film Festival, the Film Factory will announce the launch of their 2014 competition, and the yearlong process will begin again.


Lindsay Carey (Festival Registrar); Lisa Smith-Reed (Producer); Lisa Smith-Reed (Producer)


Film Factory Contest Rules


Steeltown is offering a total prize package of up to $30,000 in cash to be used to facilitate the production of filmed entertainment based on the Project. Steeltown may also, in its sole discretion, provide in-kind services to an Entrant, which would be described separately.
All Federal, state and local tax liabilities are the responsibility of the winning Entrant(s). Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited) for Steeltown to use the Entrant’s name, likeness, biography, statements, and any other similar materials for marketing, promotional and publicity purposes without additional compensation or any limitation.
How to Enter Project submissions can be made electronically. Before the end of the Entry Period, you must submit your Project to Steeltown at the official contest website: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=8640

To submit your Project, please follow the directions at the website. You may incur telephone or data usage or other charges from your Internet provider to submit your Project. Steeltown will not reimburse you for such charges if you incur them.

Projects may also be submitted via US Mail to the mailing address: Steeltown Entertainment Project (FILM FACTORY)
4802 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh Pa 15213

Entries must be postmarked no later than 11:59 PM January 13, 2013.

2013 Film Factory Events
All Entrants will receive free admission to all 2013 Film Factory events, if and when such events are scheduled. Entrants will receive notification of any scheduled events and they will also be listed on the Film Factory website. Please call 412-622-1325 or send an e-mail to info@steeltown.org for information about these events, or to reserve a seat.

Project Requirements
1. The Project must consist of an original screenplay and be no longer than 12 pages in length, not including the title page. Additionally, a log line must be submitted with the screenplay.

2. All Projects must be in English and should conform to the standard screenplay format.

3. If a Project has multiple Entrants, all authors of the Project must be included as an Entrant, and each Entrant must agree to submit the Project. Any prize money will be divided among all Entrants.

4. The Project must be the original work of an Entrant, or, if the Project is not an original work, the Entrants must be able to demonstrate to Steeltown that one or more Entrants have the rights to the work. A Project will not be eligible for submission if it is based on other material, whether produced or unproduced, if an Entrant does not have the rights to that material, or cannot demonstrate that he, she, or they have such rights. This includes, without limitation, material based in any way on other media such as short stories, screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, movies, novels, biographies, or songs.

5. If a Project has been previously produced, sold, optioned, or is currently under contract, or if an Entrant has received any other compensation for the Project, it will not be eligible for submission.

6. A Project may not defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal, copyright or proprietary rights.

Judging Process and Winning Entrants
1. With respect to all matters related to this Contest, the decision of Steeltown will be binding and not subject to appeal. By way of explanation, and without limitation, Steeltown will retain sole discretion to make the following decisions:

• determining whether an Entrant has complied with the Official Rules;

• determining if any Project is not appropriate for public release;

• disqualifying any Projects that Steeltown deems to be in breach of the Official Rules, or due to technical, legal, clearance or other problems, or which Steeltown deems to be obscene, pornographic, demeaning or otherwise not in good taste;

• soliciting the opinions of one or more individuals (Judges) with respect to the merits of a Project;

• determining the amount of cash to award to an Entrant;

• determining whether to award any in-kind services to an Entrant; and

• determining whether to revoke or redistribute any awards for the failure to comply with the Official Rules, including, without limitation, the failure to produce a film within the allotted time or the failure to participate in the Film Factory events.

2. Steeltown may award any cash and in-kind services to one or more Entrants (for one or more Projects), or determine that no Entrant will receive cash or in-kind services. An Entrant who receives any portion of the $30,000 cash prize will be referred to as a “Winning Entrant.”

3. Any funds must be used by the Winning Entrants to produce filmed entertainment based on the Project (the Film) between June 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013. Steeltown will approve the final production schedule for the Film.

4. With Steeltown’s prior written approval, a Winning Entrant may use additional funds to facilitate the production of the Film, provided that the use of such additional funds shall not violate any of the Official Rules unless Steeltown expressly agrees otherwise.

5. The production of the Film must occur in the southwestern Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh region, which is defined to include the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny; Armstrong; Beaver; Butler; Fayette; Greene; Indiana; Lawrence; Washington; and Westmoreland.

6. A Winning Entrant agrees to participate in all events related to the 2013 Film Factory (from November 5, 2012 through November 30, 2013), including, without limitation, workshops, competition events, production and post-production activities, and public screenings.

7. Steeltown shall have the right to observe all aspects of production of the Film and shall have the right to audit the books and records for any entity created in connection with the production of the Film.

8. Steeltown shall receive the first on-screen credit in the completed Film, which shall read “The Steeltown Entertainment Project presents,” unless Steeltown and the Winning Entrants agree to include a separate credit.

9. A Winning Entrant shall grant a perpetual license to Steeltown to air the completed Film on any media, including, without limitation, digital media. A Winning Entrant shall also grant Steeltown the right to record and display the making of the Film for use on any media, including, without limitation, digital media.


Waivers and Limitations of Liability
Entering this competition will not limit your copyright. Entrants retain 100% of the copyright to the Project. It is suggested that all Entrants register the Project with the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) www.wga.org/ or the U.S. Copyright Office www.copyright.gov. Steeltown will have no liability to any Entrant or other person for failure to supply a prize or any part thereof for any reason including: by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Steeltown’s sole control.
By entering this contest, you give Steeltown and the Film Factory permission to use your name, likeness, script, logline, synopsis, or excerpts in promotional and informational materials in perpetuity throughout the world without additional consideration, including but not limited to, use on websites, in print materials, or any other media used to chronicle or promote Steeltown or the Film Factory experience, including taping and airing on television programs, such as WQED’s “onQ.”
By entering this Contest, each Entrant agree to indemnify and defend (with counsel selected by Steeltown) Steeltown and its employees, directors, affiliates, sponsors, agents, or Judges from all claims, demands, losses, damages (including incidental damages), judgments, liabilities (including reasonable attorney's fees and court costs) arising out of or in connection with any claims of third parties related to the Project submitted by such Entrant (or Entrants), regardless of the merit of any such claim.
Each Entrant understands and acknowledges that Steeltown or the Contest Judges may receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories, and scripts and that a Project submitted by an Entrant may be similar or identical to that of materials received and/or developed by Judges. Each Entrant expressly agrees that the Entrant is not entitled to compensation or credit for the use of these other materials by Steeltown or the Contest Judges.
Steeltown shall not be responsible for the costs of travel, lodging, or other accommodations related to any participation in the Film Factory or the Contest.