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 ]
New Prizes! New Deadline! 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: 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 industry professional to read the winning script and provide a one-on-one review session either personally or [ Read More ]
Screenwriters’ Workshop seeks from its members short screenplay entries (10 pages) over the coming months for the Script-to-Screen Challenge 2015 with deadlines Nov 2014 – Jan 2015 . Script-to-Screen gives writers the opportunity to write with production values in mind and have one winning script produced during the summer of 2015 on a budget of $2000 supplied by SwW. The winning screenwriter and the film’s director (to be selected from those responding to a “director wanted” ad or from the MCTC Directing Program) will jointly share the film’s copyright, possibly with the producer of the film as well, and are free [ Read More ]
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 ]
9:00 am to 1:00 pm Please join SWW for a free reading of the winning short webisode scripts of this year’s Web13 Challenge. The web series, “TJ Tech,” follows a teenage girl and her brother in their adventures with computer tech support. The Web13 Challenge live writing contest took place in May, then scripts were judged, 12 winners selected, and the pilot webisode was filmed over the Summer as a co-production with the Twin Cities Film Festival. Short film will be screened followed by the SWW Annual Meeting (brief). Date: Saturday, October 18th; Time: 9:00 am – Noon; Minneapolis Community [ Read More ]
Screenings as part of Twin Cities Film Fest “A Family Affair” shorts block on Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 pm at ShowPlace ICON Theaters, 1625 West End Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416 “Garbage Sale” short film based on Karen Frank’s short script that won the Screenwriters Workshop 2014 Script-to-Screen contest. “TJ Tech” short film based on web series pilot script for SWW web series and part of 2014 Web13 webisode challenge. Co-production of SWW and TCFF. Directed by Bill Cooper. More info here: http://twincitiesfilmfest.org/a-family-affair-shorts-block TCFF ticket prices or passes apply. Please support our local filmmakers and festival!
Full length feature script reading with actors and directed by Bill Cooper (local director, actor, acting coach, and co-founder of the Twin Cities Film Festival) Logline: In a harsh winter landscape cold enough to freeze the soul, a grieving man teetering on the brink of sanity commits a heinous crime that threatens to destroy his family. (Drama 114 pages ) All are welcome at this free event. Wednesday, October 22nd, 1:00-4:00 pm at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 Room: Technical Building – First Floor Conference Room behind cafe (watch for signs)
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 ]
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.
Seeking submissions of scripts for features, shorts, TV pilots, and webseries for the 2014-2015 2nd Tuesday table reading series at Minneapolis Community & Technical College. All current SWW members are eligible. We have openings for: January 13; February 10; March 17; April 14; May 12. All scripts will receive live feedback and written coverage from MCTC student interns. This is a valuable opportunity to hear your script read aloud from beginning to end in one session, allowing you to hear issues with dialogue and gauge audience reaction. (September – Billie Jean Van Knight; October – Paul Coleman; November – Zack [ Read More ]