by Robert Bell
Hey there, budding screenwriter who hasn't yet had a film produced, optioned or distributed by non-independent means.
Have you been waiting for a reason to finish that great script you've been working on? The one that is either 90-130 pages or 30 pages or fewer, that is based solely on your own work and isn't an adaptation, that was written in English and that doesn't contain any pornographic elements?
Well peep this: The annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest is now accepting entries in its screenwriting competition. So if you've got a script that fits the above criteria (more details here), as well as $20, you can toss your hat into place where everyone else is tossing their hats to see whose hat is best or whatever.
The winner for Best Feature Screenplay wins $600 and the winner for Best Short Screenplay pockets a cool $400. Entrants will be honored and the winners will be announced at a reception and awards ceremony during the 12th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest, which is happening April 3-7 in Batesville.
Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org as a PDF, a Word or a WordPerfect file. No hard copy entries will be accepted. Mail your entry forms and fees should to: Screenplays, 195 Peel Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550. The deadline for entries is Dec. 1.
Of course, if you've already got a film made, or have it done before Dec. 14, you can enter that in the festival as well. Details here.
The full press release is included after the jump.
Sixth Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest Screenwriting Competition Accepting Entries
Short and Feature Length Screenplays Accepted
The Ozark Foothills FilmFest is accepting entries for its sixth annual Screenwriting Competition. The competition, the only one of its kind in Arkansas, is limited to writers who have not yet had a work produced or optioned. Entries are accepted in two categories: Feature Screenplay, 90-130 pages, and Short Screenplay, 30 pages or less.
Entry Guidelines and an Entry Form will be available at www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org by July 1. The entry deadline is December 1, 2012; entry fee is $20. Entries must be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Work should be submitted as a PDF, a Microsoft Word file, or a WordPerfect file; hard copy entries will not be accepted. Entry forms and the entry fee should be submitted by mail to Screenplays, 195 Peel Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550.
Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Feature Screenplay ($600) and Best Short Screenplay ($400). Entrants will be honored and winners will be announced at a reception and awards ceremony during the 12th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest, April 3-7, 2013 in Batesville.
Judges for the competition include Pola Zen, Israeli screenplay editor and filmmaker (Dolls and Houses); Mike Akel, writer and director of Chalk and An Ordinary Family; and Dawn Winkler who holds an MFA in screenwriting from the renowned screenwriting program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. For more information contact Bob Pest at 870-251-1189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.