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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition Call for Entries

Monday, September 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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Silicon Valley, California - USA
March 5 to 17, 2019

Upcoming Deadline
September 21, 2018
Regular Deadline
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In the Spotlight today is the 15th Annual Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with countless networking opportunities, increased industry visibility, and the chance to take home extraordinary prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths and provides unique opportunities for writers to be discovered, have their work produced, and further inspire their creative fervor. This year, industry readers will include executives from HBO, Netflix, CBS, Vimeo, Music Box Films, Bond 360, Film Movement.

Cinequest is dedicated to launching new screenwriters' careers and providing a platform from which their work can take flight. Past Competition writer Matthew Dixon, with his scriptThe Glass Hotel(optioned by HBO), recalls his experience: "I was thrilled when Cinequest selected my pilot script as a finalist for the teleplay competition. Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward." Robert Jury, Feature Film Finalist,WorkingManalso shares, "After the Cinequest Writers Celebration, an angel investor has swooped in and offered to finance my film. WorkingMan will begin immediate pre-production and will be shot next winter/early spring."

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition finalists will be honored during the Festival's Writers Celebration, a stellar event featuring forums and career-enhancing workshops. Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits, including VIP All Access passes to the Cinequest Film & VR Festival. Winning scripts are also provided substantial cash awards including $5,000 USD for best Feature Screenplay, $1,000 for best Short Screenplay, $1,000 for best 60-minute Teleplay, and more.
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The story and legacy of Cinequest is bringing together the Silicon Valley's technologies and spirit of innovation with the creative arts to empower great creations-and to connect youth, artists, innovators, audiences with these creations and with each other, driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & VR Festival and Picture the Possibilities.

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition draws deeply from the energy and enthusiasm of the Cinequest Film & VR Festival, a 13-day event with 300+ screenings and events and 100,000+ attendees experiencing the work of over 700 artists, innovators, and professionals representing 50 countries.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place," Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner.

Feature and short film scripts, and teleplays are now being considered. Submit your best work today!