Calling all Alberta Peace Region screenwriters and filmmakers between the ages of 16 and 24! Announcing the Youth Screenwriter Mentorship Project and Screenplay Competition! Write a script, rewrite it, make a movie. This opportunity for youth is made possible with the support of Encana as the presenting sponsor of the Best Youth Screenplay Award, and funding from Alberta Human Services.
Submit your short screenplay (maximum 15 pages) in standard screenplay format by 7:00 pm on March 31, 2014 and you could be one of 15 writers chosen on the basis of writing ability and story potential to receive professional mentorship and feedback from award-winning filmmaker Scott Belyea.
Mentored writers will receive feedback from Scott in an email or Skype meeting and could receive follow-up feedback if a revised script is sent to Scott with sufficient time remaining before the final submission deadline of 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 4. By that deadline, writers must have submitted their revised and polished screenplays (maximum 15 pages) for the chance to win a $500 cash prize for writing the script and a $2,000 production package to make the film. Because the intent is to develop a script that can be made in the Peace Region, concept practicality will also be a determining factor. A script about aliens on the moon, no matter how brilliant, would not be chosen as one of the 15 screenplays to advance to the second round.
Gordie Haakstad will judge the final batch of entries and will also cast and direct a table-read of the winning screenplay at the screening of the Frantic 48 films on Sat, May 10. Bringing together the region’s screenwriters and filmmakers at this event will hopefully provide some great networking opportunities and future collaborations.
See Youth Screenplay Competition for more details.