20 Nov 2014

New Prizes! New Deadline! The 2015 deadline is extended to midnight on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  According to the feedback we have received through surveys and emails, our members have expressed that exposure to the industry should be one of the most attractive contest awards, with script coverage and monetary prizes being not too far behind. In order to better serve our membership, SWW announces the following additional benefits to the upcoming feature script contest: The 2015 deadline is extended to February 28, 2015 Increase exposure by sending press releases of our feature contest results to agencies, managers, and production companies as well as local and national media outlets Arrange for an  [ Read More ]

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19 Feb 2015

The SWW Feature Contest-winning screenplay, THE SAINT OF DENMARK FALLS, will receive a staged reading on Thursday, March 5th, 6:30pm at the St. Paul Athletic Club (www.thespac.com). Award-winning screenwriter Alan Porter will be in attendance. This small town, mystery thriller will be brought to life by a large cast of professional actors including Jamel Anderson, Maria Isa, Darrin Shaughnessy, Kendra Tanberg and Al Saks. This event is a collaboration between the TCFF and the Screenwriters Workshop. Logline: A disgraced ex-cop on his first assignment as an insurance investigator looks into what appears to be the accidental death of a popular small town  [ Read More ]

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21 Feb 2015

For its web series “TJ Tech,” the Screenwriters’ Workshop seeks an experienced showrunner who will lead a team of 3-4 writers to develop and rewrite the existing 12 winning scripts into a cohesive web series. A stipend, a workable time frame, and the appropriate credit will be discussed with the chosen candidate based on qualifications, experience and vision. The end result we are seeking will be twelve webisodes (final drafts) and a series bible ready to be presented to potential investors and producers. Interested candidates are invited to give a pitch presentation expressing their vision, approach and take on the  [ Read More ]

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7 Feb 2015

This year’s  winning Script-to-Screen short screenplay is VOODOO by SwW member Peter Groynom. And the 2015 runner-up is SUNDOWN written by David Pollard. The winning script will be produced this Summer with a prize package of $2,000 co-sponsored by SwW and the Twin Cities Film Festival. The ten minute film will then be screened at the TCFF in October. Congratulations to Peter and David! Below is a complete list of all 9 finalists. These writers could be open to working with producers and directors to produce their short scripts, so interested parties should contact SwW for referrals. TITLE:  Green Planet WRITER’S NAME:  [ Read More ]

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5 Feb 2015

Our judges have chosen the 3 semi-finalists for the January 2015 round of our Script-to-Screen short script contest. Congratulations to all the writers and thanks to everyone who entered. These 3 writers will be added to the previous 6 semi-finalists from the November and December contests to form the pool of 9 total semi-finalists. Now judges will review all 9 scripts to choose the top 2 scripts as winner and runner-up. The winning script will be produced this Summer and screened at the Twin Cities Film Fest in October. Stay tuned for final contest results. Good luck to all the writers!  [ Read More ]

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13 Jan 2015

The decision is in from the panel of judges who have chosen the following semi-finalists for the second round of the December 2014 Script to Screen Challenge. Short scripts of 10 pages were submitted in the first of three months of contest entries (Nov & Dec 2014 & Jan 2015). The theme words given were “Wound/Wound.” Please polish up your scripts and submit entries for the upcoming deadline of midnight on Thursday January 15th. Writers may enter all three months. Free entry for members. Regular membership $50; student membership $25 annually. You would also be eligible to enter SWW’s Feature Contest  [ Read More ]

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15 Dec 2014

The decision is in from the panel of judges who have chosen the following semi-finalists for the first round of the 2014 Script to Screen Challenge. Short scripts of 10 pages were submitted in the first of three months of contest entries (Nov & Dec 2014 & Jan 2015). The theme words given were “Lead/Lead.” Good luck to all the writers and thanks to everyone who entered! Please polish up your scripts and submit entries for all three months. “In the Clouds” by Larry Matthews Genre: Drama Logline: A Man and a Women with very different visions discover how to  [ Read More ]

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15 Oct 2014

We have had to adjust the slate of our 2014 Feature Contest Winners due to an unfortunate misunderstanding of the contest rules. The new slate of winners is as follows: 1st Place: Alan Porter for THE SAINT OF DENMARK FALLS. Logline: A disgraced ex-cop on his first assignment as an insurance investigator looks into what appears to be the accidental death of a popular small town mayor but finds a web of racism, betrayal and violence that forces him to reconsider the very notions of law and justice. 2nd Place:  Alvin Easter for MITCH AND CHARLIE. Logline: Two brothers flee across  [ Read More ]

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4 Oct 2014

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota Announces St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge Grant for New Screenwriters Residency Competition IFP-MN has been selected for a St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge grant of $60,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an artist residency program to help develop local Minnesota screenwriters. IFP Minnesota’s screenwriting residency competition, one of 42 grant winners (from 868 submissions) aims to raise national visibility of St. Paul and Minnesota screenwriters and to boost screenwriting locally as an art form. IFP Minnesota received the third highest grant award of all recipients and the only three-year award. The new  [ Read More ]

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4 Sep 2014

Thank you to the Twin Cities screenwriting community and to the members of SWW who participated in our Web 13 Challenge on May 17th when 26 writers wrote 56 webisode scripts for the SWW original web series “TJ Tech.” An initial judging panel selected 28 finalist scripts and a second panel of independent judges selected the following winners.

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