The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

Industry Insider Screenwriting ContestDeadline: August 31, 2011

Open to: any individual 18 years or older at the date of entry. International submissions are accepted.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is an international competition that facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers.

Working from this A-list logline, you’re challenged to create up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on the given concept. Make it your own – drama, action, sci-fi… anywhere your imagination takes you.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest goes much further than your average competition, by providing the top 10 finalists with mentors to guide them through the entire script creation process, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay to be judged by a panel of Hollywood power players.

Here’s how it works:

  • Entrants write up to the first 15 pages of a script based on the logline above, provided by Robert Mark Kamen
  • The top 10 finalists receive a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter, Development Notes, and a letter of congratulations from Robert Mark Kamen
  • Each of the 10 finalists enter into a 12-week Story Specialists mentoring program, consisting of feedback for every 10 pages submitted, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay based on the given logline
  • Robert Mark Kamen and production company Benderspink judge the completed screenplays and choose a winner

The lucky winner receives a classic Industry experience, including transportation to Los Angeles and:

Lush Accommodations at the Chateau Marmont

The chic Chateau, conveniently nestled right off the Sunset Strip, will serve as the home base for the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest winner. Thinking of the many opportunities to network and hobnob with the Hollywood elite that frequent this hotspot is mind-boggling!

One-on-One with Robert Mark Kamen at The Ivy

First on the agenda? Lunch with screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen at Robertson Blvd.’s uber-popular bistro, known for its steady stream of celebs and location near power-agency ICM. The winner will take in some serious knowledge and know-how from Kamen, while filling up on the Ivy’s famous nouvelle American cuisine.

Meeting with Benderspink

The Hollywood treatment continues through a conference with Benderspink, a diversified management/production company with credits including The Hangover, American Pie, and The Ring. Aspiring screenwriters dream of this kind of opportunity to meet with such an influential group, a fantasy that will come true for the lucky winner!

Movie Magic Screenwriter – Screenwriting Software

Format your script and outline it, too, with the newly redesigned Movie Magic Screenwriter 6! This award-winning software formats movies, television, novels, stage plays and even comic book scripts, making it the only program for all types of creative writing.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest can give you the tools and the resources you need to complete a saleable screenplay. But besides the experience and the mentoring you could receive, placing in this competition shows that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a – a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume.

Fees, Dates and Deadlines:

  • Contest Begins: June 2011
  • Early Submission Fee and Deadline: $40 to enter before June 30, 2011
  • Standard Submission Fee and Deadline: $50 to enter between July 1 – July 31, 2011
  • Extended Submission Fee and Deadline: $50 to enter between August 1 – August 31, 2011
  • Contest Deadline: August 31, 2011
  • Finalists Announced: September 2011
  • Mentor Program Begins: September 2011
  • Mentor Program Completes: December 2011
  • Winner Announced: January 2012
  • Lunch with Robert Mark Kamen & Meetings: January 2012

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site: http://www.writersstore.com/industry-insider-screenwriting-contest

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