Deadline: 25 May 2012
The Virginia Screenwriting Competition was established in 1988 as a means of showcasing the work of Virginia writers and encouraging the development of scripts that could be shot in Virginia. Since that time, the competition has received more than 1,000 entries from all parts of the state.
The first round of judging is by judges from within the state who each select one or two scripts to be finalists in the competition. These scripts are then sent to working professionals in the industry who read all of the final screenplays and select the three winners. An award of $1000 is given to each of the winners without rank as part of the Virginia Film Festival, held in Charlottesville in November.
The 2012 Virginia Screenwriting Competition is unique in that all entries receive a written evaluation from the first round judges, often giving writers valuable insights into ways to improve their work. In addition,the competition is one of the few in the nation requiring no entrance fee.
• Applicants must be legal residents of the state, have a valid Virginia address and must have lived in the state for at least six months during the past year. Exceptions are those who are legal residents but who are required by their work to reside overseas (such as members of the military) or students attending Virginia schools.
• No applicant may have earned money in excess of $5000 as the writer of either a theatrical film or television program or as a result of the sale of (or the sale of an option to) any original story, treatment or teleplay.
• Scripts may be co-authored, if each author is a Virginia resident. One author must be selected as the primary applicant, who will be the one that receives mailings and other information about the competition.
Since one of the goals of the competition is to find new work that could be shot in the state, the majority of the script must take place in Virginia or at locations that could reasonably be found in Virginia. For example, a script that uses a farm and a river as primary locations would probably be acceptable,whereas a script that takes place in a desert or arctic location would not. Any judge can disqualify a script that does not meet the location criteria and the decision of the judge will be final.
• Screenplays currently in production, or optioned for production, are ineligible.
• Only one script may be submitted by each author.
• Previously entered, non-winning scripts may be re-submitted. It is the policy of the Virginia Screenwriting Competition that re-submitted screenplays not be submitted to the same judge in subsequent years. Therefore, writers are asked to indicate whether they have submitted the script in the past.
• Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry will not be allowed.
• Adaptations are acceptable if accompanied by documentation affirming that a legal option to the property has been obtained by the writer.
• Screenplays must be submitted as follows:
• The script must be typed and submitted in a screenplay format that is standard to the United States motion picture industry. There are numerous books, computer software or websites that provide examples of this kind of formatting.
• The script must be approximately 100 – 130 pages in length.
• Pages must be numbered.
• The name, address or any personal information about the author must not appear anywhere in the script.
• The script must be bound with metal fasteners (brads) and cannot be permanently bound.
• It is recommended that sturdy, card-weight covers be included to protect the script. Do not send hard-covered “ring” binders.
• Electronically transmitted or faxed screenplays will not be accepted.
• Supplemental materials may not be included with the script including resumes, reviews or letters of recommendation.
HOW TO APPLY
• To submit a screenplay, please include the following:
• One copy of the script
• A completed application
• A brief synopsis of the script, not to exceed three sentences in length. If the screenplay reaches the final round of judging, this synopsis may be used in publicity materials, so please write it carefully. Include your name and the name of the screenplay with the synopsis.
The Film Office is located on the 19th Floor,West Tower of Riverfront Plaza in Richmond.
Submissions will be accepted from March 1st - May 25th. All submissions must be hand delivered or post-marked by May 25. No extensions will be granted for any reason. Notification of the results will be made on or around October 2012.
NOTES TO WRITERS:
Why is it important that you put your screenplay in an accepted screenplay format?
Because it will give your script the best possible chance of being received favorably by the judges who are accustomed to reading and evaluating professional level work. Samples of accepted formats are available on the internet and in books about screenwriting.
It is also important that you check your screenplay carefully for typographical or other kinds of errors, as well as missing pages. In the view of some judges, sloppy work can make the difference between a winning and a non-winning screenplay.
Download the application form here.
For inquiries: contact the Virginia Film Office at 800.854.6233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For submissions: applications should be mailed or delivered to Virginia Film Office, 901 East Byrd Street, Richmond,Virginia 23219-4048, Attention: Screenwriting Competition
Free contest, 2012 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, prize: 3 winners of $1000
21 April 2012Free contest, 2012 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, prize: 3 winners of $1000
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