Editor Script Magazine • Jeanne Veillette Bowerman
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor of Script Magazine and on Stephanie Palmer's list of "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers." She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote a Tracking Board Top 25 Launch Pad Competition selected script, the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal.
The 10-hour limited series version of the same project was recently selected as PAGE Awards TV Drama Pilot Finalist as well as a Sundance Episodic Lab semi-finalist. Her other scripts have also been honored as a CS Expo finalist and 2nd round of Austin Film Festival. @jeannevb@scriptmag
Get ready for more screenwriting articles and interviews when Script merges with Writer's Digest in 2018 to bring all writing resources together on one powerful, newly-designed site at writersdigest.com! Learn more about our expanding community here.
The Slamdance Screenplay Competition • Peter Baxter
Peter Baxter is a filmmaker and President and co-founder of Slamdance. Baxter has been responsible for organizing and developing Slamdance's showcase for emerging artists since its inception. As a champion for creative outliers Slamdance now receives around 10,000 submissions annually. Baxter also runs commercial enterprises for Slamdance including exhibition and distribution platforms for independent artists. Filmmakers who were discovered at the festival include Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, Marc Forester, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Behn Zeitlin, Anthony and Joe Russo, Andrew Huang, Seth Gordon, Matt Johnson and Lynn Shelton. Baxter's film work includes directing Wild In The Streets, a documentary feature about an ancient football game and I Want to Be an American, a composite story made by seven filmmakers from five continents in the spirit of the Surrealist parlor game. Baxter's new work is Spirit Game, a documentary feature about the Iroquois Nationals battle to win a world lacrosse championship and defend their sovereign nation. Baxter grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. @Slamdance
About The Slamdance Screenplay Competition:
The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in our 22nd year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and our filmmaking community. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition has consistently linked finalists work to management representation, option and production agreements. We've established a strong industry track record through our competition successes and are committed to championing outstanding new work.
For more information:
Launch Pad Competitions • Jorge Gonzalez
Enter Promo Code WEBINAR15 to get 15% off the contest! Expires December 31st, 2017
Jorge began his career as a creator, producer, and writer setting up several digital series with companies like Cinetic, Nickelodeon, and WIT.tv. He transitioned into development, working for a Los Angeles based talent management/production company where he held the position of Creative Executive. During his time there he helped develop and set up both feature and television projects. Currently he serves as Director of Operations for the entertainment news site The Tracking Board where he oversees the successful Launch Pad Screenwriting Competitions. @MyTrackingBoard
About the Launch Pad Competitions:
The Launch Pad Competitions offer writers a rare opportunity to give their script the industry exposure it needs to jumpstart their professional writing career. That’s why, in just four years, our competitions have led to over 180 writers signed, 56 projects set up, 30 writers staffed, 3 bidding wars, and appearances on every single annual “best of” list.
Writers who have placed in our competitions have sold scripts to Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Amazon, as well as landed staff writing jobs on top shows like Netflix’s Stranger Things and Narcos, iZombie for CW, and NBC’s Blindspot, Timeless, and Saturday Night Live to name a few.
What makes this all possible is our judging panel of 25 elite judges from every major agency, management company, and production company in the entertainment industry, which is more than any other competition around.
Some of our 2017 judges include UTA, CAA, Paradigm, Bad Robot, Energy Entertainment, 3 Arts, Verve, and Scott Free amongst others. The Launch Pad has also partnered with several major companies including Scott Free, Endgame Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment, managers from Energy Entertainment, Lee Stobby Entertainment, and publishers like Inkshares to offer writers guaranteed option, and guaranteed signing prizes.
Above all, The Launch Pad Competition is here not just as a screenwriting competition, but instead as the first step in starting your professional writing career.
For more information:
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards • Kristin Overn
Kristin began her film career as an assistant and script reader at Davis Entertainment, and since that time, she has consulted, collaborated, and developed screenplays with dozens of writers, producers, and production companies. Kristin also has extensive experience in production, and she has served as a Producer, Line Producer, and UPM on a wide range of independent features, original sitcom pilots, award-winning short films, TV commercials, and videos. She currently has several feature projects in development, including several PAGE Award-winning scripts. Kristin is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. @PAGEAwards
About the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards:
Founded in the fall of 2003, the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards contest has helped launch the careers of dozens of talented new screenwriters from across the country and around the world.
While producers and agents often complain about how difficult it is to find great material, writers who have no personal connections in the industry have a very hard time penetrating the barriers of the Hollywood system. The PAGE Awards contest was designed to bridge that gap – giving new writers the opportunity to get their scripts into the hands of top industry professionals, while also serving as a much-needed resource for Hollywood producers, agents, managers, and development execs who are looking for talented new writers and exciting new scripts to produce.
Each year, the PAGE Judges present Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prizes in ten different genre categories — plus a $25,000 Grand Prize — and as a result of winning the contest, dozens of past winners have signed with top literary representatives, optioned their scripts, landed paid writing assignments, and many now have movies and television shows in production, on the air, and in theaters.
Most importantly, the PAGE Awards contest is judged entirely by working professionals in the film and television industry, so all contestants have the opportunity to get their scripts into the hands of Hollywood professionals currently in search of new talent.
For more information:
And our moderator, Joey Tuccio of Roadmap Writers
Joey Tuccio is the founder of Roadmap Writers (an educational hub connecting writers with executives). Roadmap offers a variety of online classes, pitch sessions and workshops and has helped a number of writers get signed to places like Gersh, Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group and The Shuman Company. Roadmap also works with the PGA and WGA on Gender Diversity Initiatives. Joey previously worked at Bold Films (financier behind Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Drive). Joey Tuccio and Roadmap recently partnered with Route One Entertainment to produce the upcoming drama feature Sabiya. @roadmapwriters
About Roadmap Writers:
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen through educational and marketing programs.
Roadmap is a hub for writers who have the talent, put in the work, and take advantage of every opportunity to build relationships with executives from all corners of the industry. Roadmap's motto is "Get Real. Get Ready. Get Traction." Roadmap has helped 21 writers get signed to places like Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group, Gersh and The Shuman Company and projects picked up by Route One Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment and the Hawk Koch Company. Roadmap is also working with the WGA and the PGA on Gender Diversity Initiatives.
For more information:
Need help getting your script ready for entry? Have no fear, the ScriptXperts are here!
Our ScriptXpert Critique Service is back! Our team consists of more than experienced working screenwriters, we also have story analysts, development execs, directors, producers, and even filmmakers. Rest assured, we do not hire interns or college students. We only use readers who understand the industry on a professional level. Get Coverage or Coverage with Development Notes to see how your screenplay stacks up to what studios are looking for. Rush service available!