Storytelling & Screenwriting Contest


Overview: This year, BIG hosted a two-part film sprint, offering opportunities for creative expression in a variety of ways.The first part was this storytelling ands screenwriting contest, which focuses on writing screenplay and podcast content. The second part is our classic 11 Day Film Sprint where teams come together to create a short film in only 11 days.

This competition has wrapped – we hope you can join us for the next one!

 

Part 1: Let’s Write!
We are challenging you to write your own original content for the radio waves, silver screen, and your smartphone screen. We will accept content for three different categories: narrative film, podcast, and stories for an Augmented Reality experience.

  • Narrative film: A movie with an original storyline. The screenplay should aim to create a short film this is about 5 minutes.
  • Podcast: The script for this podcast should aim to create the first scenes of a podcast that runs for about 5 minutes.
  • Augmented Reality experience: We would like to challenge you to consider how you could use an AR app (think Pokemon Go!) to get people out in the community and tell a story during the process!

In keeping with our hyperlocal and broader mission to provide accessibility and tools for creative expression in all media forms, please think globally and create locally by adding some aspect of the town of Brookline into your work. Think: a character from Brookline, naming a place in Brookline, or using a reference to a T stop, or a favorite Brookline institution, etc.

 

A panel of judges reviewed them and selected a winner in each category. As a prize, BIG’s staff and volunteers will help the writer turn each winning entry from pages into media pieces! They will work with each author and produce each piece, creating a short film out of the screenplay, a podcast, and an Augmented Reality experience in the several months after the festival winners are announced.

If you have any questions please email Erin at erin@brooklineinteractive.org.

Rules/Submission Guidelines for Screenwriting & Storytelling Contest

General Rules for ALL Entries
-Applicants can submit a maximum one script per category.
-Applicants can submit content for more than one category
-Submissions in the following formats will be accepted for consideration:
Category 1: Short film screenplay; all fiction genres welcome; less than 12 pages.
Category 2: Podcast script; all fiction genres welcome; less than 12 pages.
Category 3: AR experience
-“All fiction genres” include (but not limited to): drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, mystery, action, thriller, romantic comedy, musical, mockumentary.
-There is no entry fee to submit work.
-Submissions from writers of all ages welcome.
-Submissions are due April 24, 2018.
-Stories must have some connection to Brookline (i.e. reference a place, institution, T stop, etc,)
-All entries will receive feedback from the judges.
-Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s).
-Multiple authorship is allowed.
-Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances.
-No revisions will be accepted once an entry has been received.
-Winners are chosen based solely on the overall merit of entries.
-Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
-Online submissions accepted only.

Screenplay Submissions
-Screenplays should be formatted according to current industry standards for screenplays. Free screenplay software such as Celtx (www.celtx.com) can be used.
-Only entries under 12 pages will be considered.
-Font size must be 12 point and in Courier type.
-Pages must be numbered in the bottom right-hand corner.
-Scripts must be in PDF format and under 5MB.

Podcast Submissions
-Podcast scripts should be formatted with the following in mind: purely acoustic performance for broadcast via the internet or radio with no visual component. Fiction podcasts may include any style/genre.
-Podcast scripts should be formatted according to current industry standards for screenplays. Free screenplay software such as Celtx (www.celtx.com) can be used.
-Only entries under 15 pages will be considered.
-Font size must be 12 point and in Courier type.
-Pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.
-Scripts must be in PDF format and under 5MB.

 

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