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Great Lakes Film Association
Screenplay Competition

Deadline Entry Fee
March 07, 2009
May 30, 2009
July 25, 2009
September 26, 2009
$15/$25 - Short/Feature (by 03/07/2009)
 $25/$35 Short/Feature (by 05/30/2009)
$35/$45 Short/Feature (by 07/25/2009)
$55/$65 Short/Feature (by 09/26/2009)
Award: $ 500
Other Awards/Prizes: Prizes for the winning script will include cash award of $500.00 The winning script will be forwarded to agents and industry professionals for consideration.

Be given exposure to literary agencies, film studios and Hollywood producers.

Additional prizes will be announced as they are made available.

The annual Scriptwriting Competition is a way for new and veteran scriptwriters to possibly get the break they need. Each year we are contacted by many agents and production companies and have launched the careers of many budding scriptwriters while giving new exposure to veteran scriptwriters.

Considered among the top 100 most popular film festivals in the world, the 7th annual Great Lakes Film Festival Scriptwriting Competition has officially opened its Call for Entries and will accept submissions internationally of short and feature length screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays of all genres and niches including documentary, horror, experimental, Religious/Spiritual, animation and Gay/Lesbian for the 2008 competition.

Notification Date: October 17, 2009.
Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older.

The entered script must not be or previously been optioned, sold, or produced

  • Any genre considered
  • Scripts must be original work of the author
  • Multiple authorship is allowed. If the script wins, the writers will divide the prize.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but their own completed entry form and their own appropriate entry fee must accompany each entry.
  • No corrected pages or additional pages will be accepted after the script has been entered.

Script Guidelines:

  • Submitted Scripts must be in English.
  • Do not send originals, scripts will not be returned.
  • Scripts must be in industry standard format and bound with 2 or 3 brads unless submitted electronically as an Adobe PDF or Word File.
  • Body pages must be correctly numbered.
  • Script title page should only contain name of screenplay.
  • Must be on white paper.
  • Covers must be card stock only.

Teleplay Rules:

  • Teleplays must be original material. We will not accept spec scripts for existing shows, treatments or reality television pilots.
  • Teleplays must be hour or half-hour or one hour pilots. Additional material will not be read or considered.
  • Teleplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
Web Address:
Contact & E-mail: Steven M Opsanic
Contact Title: Executive Director
Organization: Great Lakes Film Association
P.O. Box 346
Erie, PA 16512
United States
Phone: 814.873.5069
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