This year, the Ivy Film Festival screenplay staff is sponsoring a new initiative, the Seven Day Screenplay Competition, which will challenge undergraduate- and graduate-level writers to develop and submit a short script in the span of a week (Feb. 13-20, 2012). Writers will be expected to respond to a prompt, sent out on the first day of the competition, asking them to integrate a number of different elements into their scripts (a specific line of dialogue, character type, setting, etc.). Submitted screenplays will be judged based on successful implementation of these elements as well as overall story quality.
There will be a fifteen-page limit on accepted scripts, and no page minimum. Unlike official Ivy Film Festival screenplay competition, undergraduates and graduates will not be judged separately.
Submission is FREE, although writers may choose to simultaneously submit their seven-day scripts to the official Ivy Film Festival screenplay competition, for the listed submission fee on Withoutabox. Thus a single script could potentially win both the seven-day competition and the official competition.
Interested parties may email IFFScreenplay2012@gmail.com prior to the start date of the seven-day competition. At midnight on Feb. 13, we will release the prompts on the competition’s Facebook page, as well as send them to the writers that have previously contacted us via email, and the competition will begin. Scripts should be submitted electronically to the above email (or to Withoutabox if they are to be considered in both competitions) prior to midnight on Feb. 20.
The prizes are as follows:
First Place: $150
Second Place: $50
The winning screenwriter will also receive an all-access pass to this year’s Ivy Film Festival, to be held in mid-April.