25 Jun 2015

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 ]

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12 Apr 2015

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 ]

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30 Mar 2015

9:00a – 9:30  –  Social networking time with coffee and bagels 9:30 – 10:30a  –  Talk by guest speakers and contest judges Judy Coppage (Agent, Producer, and former Development Executive) and Kevin Bannerman (Producer and Development Executive with Amazon Studios). Click here for full speaker information and biographies. Topic: Representation in Hollywood; working with agents and managers; the development process 10:30 – 11:00 announce winners of SWW Feature Contest and short feedback from judges 11:00a – 1:00p  –  Pitches in 15-minute time slots for $20 per session. 8 slots available with each speaker (16 total). The event is free with no  [ 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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