Gotham Screen Film Festival and Screenplay Contest

Name of Contest:
Gotham Screen Film Festival and Screenplay Contest

Michael Gunther

291 Broadway, Ste. 701
New York, NY 10007





Purpose of Contest:
GOTHAM SCREEN presents fresh voices and perspectives from local, national and international screenwriters. The mission of the festival is to create positive industry and audience exposure for new works, and give exposure to undiscovered writing from the US, and from around the world.

The contest aims to boost new writer’s profiles in what has become an increasingly overloaded marketplace, and to be a place for new discoveries, for both audiences and industry professionals.

Number of years this contest has been running:

August 15th, 2010 – early deadline
August 31st, 2010 – regular deadline
September 7th, 2010 – late deadline

Entry Fees:
$35 / $30 discounted* (early deadline)
$40 / $35 discounted* (regular deadline)
$55 / $50 discounted* (late deadline)
* submission via withoutabox

Kinds of scripts accepted (i.e. Teleplays, features, MOWs):
Features and MOWs

Submitters must be 18 years or older to compete, or provide letter from parent or guardian.

Description of Prizes:
$2,500 Cash Prize for Best Screenplay

Selections from winning or short-listed screenplays will be performed live by professional actors at staged readings during the festival – a popular event that is free and open to the public.

Readers and Judges:
Our readers represent a mix of media professionals, agency readers, film students and production as well as development representatives. Our judges are film professionals in both production and development positions.

Success Stories:
A number of short-listed or award-winning screenplays have been optioned by producers and production companies, or have helped writers to gain further writing assignments or agency representation.

Please take a moment to describe why you feel your contest is best able to help writers break into the industry.
The contest gives emerging writers the chance to present their craft to discerning audiences as well as industry and agency representatives who frequent the festival, in an intimate atmosphere in heart of the biggest US city, as well as the filmmaking center of the East Coast.