9:30 – Coffee, Bagels and networking 10 – 11:00 Patrick Coyle will speak on Low Budget Filmmaking and his most recent film “The Public Domain” (This is related to the theme of low budget scripts for the 2016 SWW Feature Contest.) 11 – 11:30 SWW updates and new contests, survey results 11:30 Screening of the S2S contest winning short film At Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) Technical Building 4th Floor Room T-4040 Studio 1500 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Parking ramp across Hennepin connected via skyway.
The short film, BOARD ROOM, will be screened at the 2015 Twin Cities Film Fest on Tuesday, October 27th at 5:30pm as part of a short block entitled, Land of 10,000 Stories. BOARD ROOM was written by Peter Groynom and directed by Adam Burke. ShowPlace Icon Theaters at West End,1625 West End Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 near highway 394 & 100. Tickets are available at http://twincitiesfilmfest.org/films/boardroom/
Wednesday, October 28th – 1:00 – 4:00 pm The Twin Cities Film Fest and the Screenwriters Workshop collaborate on the reading of this SWW Feature Contest winning feature length screenplay, ANATOMY OF A TOWN, written by Patricia Fox. Local filmmaker, Paul Von Stoetzl, will be directing a cast of professional actors. This free event will take place at MCTC (Technical Building, 4th Floor, Studio T-4040) and is open to the public. Parking ramp across Hennepin Avenue connected via skyway.
This year’s contestants are asked to focus on Low Budget Screenplays. The feature contest, which is always focused on Minnesota, will this year stress creating a script that can be financed/produced for not more than $250,000 somewhere in Minnesota. SWW plans to find knowledgeable speakers to conduct a seminar in the near future about budgeting and typical production costs. Armed with this information, writers should feel confident writing scripts that hold to realistic reasonable budgets. Details will be announced as soon as they are available. Deadline is February 15, 2016 Entry fee $50 ($25 for students) Prizes: $1,000, $250, & [ Read More ]
SWW seeks entries for our upcoming Script to Screen short script contest, which gives writers the chance to write with small-scale production in mind and potentially have their winning script produced. The winner will have their script produced on a $2,000 budget and the resulting short film screened at the Twin Cities Film Festival. The writer and director will then be free to enter the film in other contests or film festivals if they choose. So peruse the themes below and get creative! November 2015 Theme is: High stress / low expectations (use one or both per script) — Deadline 15 Nov. [ Read More ]
Congratulations to the top 5 finalists and winners of the Screenwriters Workshop feature contest co-sponsored with the Twin Cities Film Festival. First Place ($1,000 and a meeting with an Agent & Producer) Patricia Fox Title: Anatomy of a Town Genre: Drama/Mystery 111 Pages Logline: The Chief of Police investigates and solves the murder of a young woman while confronting the Sheriff, who blocks his every move for jurisdiction, but also to protect himself from the Chief finding out his ties to both the murder victim and the killer. Second Place ($250) May Chaplin Title: THE PALMIST Genre: Mystery/Thriller 110 pages [ Read More ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]