Friday, 8 June 2012

Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films join forces to createWRITERS REVOLUTION

Thursday 7th June, London – Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films are delighted to announce the launch of a unique and exciting global film screenplay writer’s competition.

The winner will win an all expenses trip to LA to meet top producers, directors and agents and also receive guaranteed representation in Los Angeles for a twelve month period. They will also have the the chance to have their film made!

Intandem believes that all great films start with a very special script and we intend to discover new and fresh talent with Writers Revolution. There are several screenplay competitions in existence”, explains Intandem Films CEO Gary Smith, “but we wanted to create something unique in that we genuinely want to help the career of the winner and we intend to make a film of the winning entry. We know there is a wealth of undiscovered talent wanting an outlet for their film ideas and screenplays and with Writers Revolution, we are committed to finding and nurturing this talent and help them take their first steps into the industry”.

Says Executive Director of Writer’s Avenue Films, Sandra Thompson-Quartey: “Writers Revolution gives all writers, wherever they may be in the world, the chance to have their screenplay read and considered by the industry’s most respected and experienced professionals. This is a real, non-profit competition offering prizes that money can’t buy. It really is our mission to provide a platform of opportunities, to open doors and support writers on their journey”.

In addition to Gary Smith and Sandra Thompson-Quartey, the Writers Revolution judging panel will boast some of the industry’s most respected and successful decision makers who have over $3 billion of box office success between them – Bill Mechanic (formerly Chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Studios where he was responsible for such films as Titanic, Speed, X-Men and Independence Day), Lori McCreary (Invictus, Under Suspicion, Thick As Thieves), Producer Andrew Lazar (Get Smart, Cats and Dogs, 10 Things I Hate About You), Jennifer Levine (top literary manager at Untitled) and Frank Wuliger (top literary agent at Gersh).

The winner of Writers Revolution will receive a four day trip to Los Angeles, where they will have the opportunity to meet with leading producers, directors and agents. They will receive $3,000 spending money, twelve months representation with top US management company, Zero Gravity Management, three mentoring sessions with the Gersh Agency and Untitled Management in Los Angeles and an 18 month option with Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films whilst their screenplay is developed. There will be a further four runner-up prizes of three months representation with Zero Gravity Management and a 12 month option with Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films.

The competition is open to entrants from all over the world, as long as their entry is submitted in English. All screenplays will be considered by Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films, with the top 50 then entering the final stages where a short list of five screenplays will be considered by the judges.

All entries must be submitted by 30th September 2012. The 50 semi finalists will be notified by 2nd November whereby they will then be invited to an interview process where they will pitch their script to the judging panel. The five resulting finalists will then be notified by 3rd December 2012. The winning entry and the four runners-up will be announced 28th January 2013.

For details on how to enter please go to www.writersrevolution.org.

WRITERS REVOLUTION – T&CS:
  1. Submissions for the 2012 Writers Revolution screenplay competition shall be received no later than 30th September 2012 23.59 GMT. Any screenplays received after this time shall not be considered.
  2. Writers must be aged 18 years or over.
  3. The competition is open to writers based in any country.
  4. The screenplay can be based in any country but the script must be written in the English language as we do not have the resources for multiple interpreters.
  5. The entered screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced.
  6. Short film scripts are not accepted.
  7. Writers must fill in the submission form online and pay an entry fee to apply for the competition. The Early entry fee is £35 (from 7th-15th June), The Regular entry fee is £45 (from 16th June-16th September) The Late entry fee: £55 (from 17th -30th September) .
  8. The screenplay must be no less than 85 pages and no more than 120 pages.
  9. Screenplays based upon another work (i.e. novel, comic, film etc) are not accepted however screenplays based on the writer's own work is acceptable provided the writer has full rights.
  10. Writers shall enter the competition anonymously. They should create an email address under the name of the screenplay and remove their name, email address, phone number and postal address from the script.
  11. If a writer is represented by an agent he/she should remove their agent's name and contact details from the script.
  12. The script readers shall initially read the logline, synopsis and the first twenty pages of each script. The script readers shall only read the full script if the synopsis and opening pages show strong commercial potential.
  13. All entrants accept that if their screenplay wins the competition they will be obligated to sign an option agreement which will provide the rights of their winning screenplay to Intandem Films and Writer's Avenue Films for eighteen months at no cost.
  14. Members and employees of Writers Revolution, Intandem Films or Writers Avenue Films and their families are not eligible to enter the competition.
  15. The judges of the competition and their families are not eligible to enter the competition.
  16. The competition constitutes permission to use entrants' names and licenses for publicity and promotions without any additional compensation.
  17. Multiple entries are accepted however each entry must be made separately and the entry fee must be paid for each script.
  18. Any writers invited to the pitching day that do not live in the UK have the option to pitch via Skype.
  19. Any writers that do not turn up for the pitching day without reasonable cause will automatically have their screenplay removed from the competition.
  20. The entry submission fee is non refundable.
  21. There are no alternative cash prizes.
  22. The winner will be chosen by the judges and their decision will be final.
  23. Writers with management representation are welcome to enter the competition and are not obliged to change their manager if they win.
  24. Writers that have had a screenplay produced or released in cinemas are welcome to enter the competition.
  25. Any competition disputes shall be taken up directly with Writers Revolution and not with the guest judges or any participating companies or sponsors.
  26. A single screenplay may be written by two writers and only one entry fee is required. The LA flight shall be booked for one person only. The writers shall make their own arrangements for the second writer to travel to LA. One hotel room shall be booked however the writers may opt to share a room. The expense money for LA shall only go to the writer going to LA and will be split between both writers should they both travel to LA.
  27. If an entrant's script is optioned by another company while the script is being considered the writer must let the organizers know immediately.
  28. Redrafts or amended pages will not be accepted.
  29. The winner and finalists shall not reveal to the public or any online forums or any persons that he/she has won until the organization, Writers Revolution, has provided written permission. Failure to keep their place in the competition confidential may result in the writer being disqualified from the competition.
  30. All judges' decisions are final and by entering the competition applicants accept this. Any attempt to contact the judges to dispute decisions will result in disqualification.
  31. Submissions are accepted electronically only.
  32. It is the writers' responsibility to ensure their work is copyright protected before entering the competition.
  33. Writers Revolution reserves the right to extend the competition deadline.
  34. Semi-Finalists, Finalists and the Winner shall be contacted by email and the title of the scripts may appear on the website.
  35. If entrants do not hear back from the organizers by 2nd November 2012 this shall mean that they have not been successful. We shall endeavour to send an email to unsuccessful applicants but this may not be possible.

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