11 May 2016

Screenwriters’ Workshop & Twin Cities Film Fest announce the winner of our annual feature script contest: Angela Andrist for Summer of ’79. Congratulations! Second place: Pete Groynom Third Place: Karen Frank Congratulations everyone! Thanks to all who entered the contest and keep writing! Results were announced and prizes awarded at a SWW/TCFF Q&A event on April 27th at West End Theaters community room in Saint Louis Park. Photo with our guest speakers filmmaker Javier Fuentes-Leon (Right) and producer Kevin Bannerman (Left).

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31 Mar 2016

SWW will announce the winner of our annual feature script contest as well as co-host an informal Q&A with a Hollywood writer-director and producer.   Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 – 8:30 pm. at ICON Theaters at West End in St Louis Park, MN in the Community Room (located ground level around the corner from the escalators). Co-sponsored by SWW and Twin Cities Film Fest with food and wine. Javier Fuentes-Leon is a filmmaker from Peru who now lives in LA. He is the writer/director of two feature films — Undertow (2009) and Vanished Elephant (2014). Undertow won the audience  [ Read More ]

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24 Apr 2016

The top 5 finalists of the 2016 SWW Feature Script Contest in alphabetical order by writer’s name: Summer of ’79 by Angela Andrist The Land of Milk and Hotdish by Karen Frank Home More, Homeless by Pete Groynom People of Earth by Pete Groynom Settling the Books by Russ Meyer The winner and runner-up will be announced prizes handed out at the event on Wednesday, April 27th (7-8:30pm) at Icon Showplace West End Theaters Community Room in Saint Louis Park, MN. Co-sponsored by SWW and TCFF, the free event will feature food and wine and an informal Q&A by LA-based  [ Read More ]

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31 Mar 2016

After three rounds of entries between November and January, the winner of the 2016 Script to Screen short script contest has been chosen. The winner is: STAY OF EXECUTION by May Chaplin Science Fiction (10 pages) Logline: When the battle over earth is won by the Light, a convicted criminal on death row is rescued by a Healing Team for reassignment to another planet. The winner receives a $2,000 production prize package and will be filmed over the Summer in cooperation with Minneapolis Community & Technical College Cinema Division. The resulting short 10-minute film will be screened in the Fall  [ Read More ]

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31 Mar 2016

Exciting news that one of SWW’s members has been chosen the winner of IFP-MN’s new screenwriting competition, while several other members were among the finalists. March 28, 2016, St. Paul – IFP Minnesota, a St. Paul-based media arts center, has announced the winner of the IFP MN Screenwriting Residency, a new competition for Minnesota screenwriters. Andy Froemke, of Lindstrom, MN, has won the $10,000 residency out of a field of 99 applicants. His screenplay, THE LOWRIE GANG, tells the incredible true story of Henry Berry Lowrie, a “Native American cross between Jesse James and Robin Hood,” who captures national headlines  [ Read More ]

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28 Jan 2016

Results are in! The final round finalists for the Script to Screen shorts contest are: The Returning by Alvin Easter The Gun Says Kill by David Erickson To Be … Again by Eric Olson The previous two month’s finalists are: A Table For Four by May Chaplin The Movie Maker by David Erickson Saturday Morning by Eric Olson The Epicure by Tony Reichstadt Stay of Execution by May Chaplin Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Alvin Easter Congratulations to all the finalists! And thanks to all the writers who submitted to the contest. The winner will be announced in the  [ Read More ]

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31 Dec 2015

Congratulations to this month’s finalists in our short script contest! May Chaplin  “A Table For Four” David Erickson  “The Movie Maker” Eric Olson  “Saturday Morning” Get your new scripts ready for the final round deadline on January 15th. Good luck and happy writing!

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14 Dec 2015

Congrats to all writers: “The Epicure” Tony Reichstadt “Stay of Execution” May Chaplin “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” Alvin Easter Deadline for round 2 is Tuesday Dec 15th

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10 Jul 2015

SWW seeks entries in November, December, and January for our 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) —  [ Read More ]

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25 Jun 2015

This year’s contestants are asked to focus on low budget screenplays — a feature script that can be produced for no more than $250,000 somewhere in Minnesota. Deadline is February 15, 2016 Entry fee:  $50 ($25 for students) Prizes:  $1,000, $250, & $100 + a meeting with a Hollywood agent and/or producer + a public staged reading So start your brainstorming and writing now! More contest info here Articles and tips on writing for low budgets

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