Dumbo Screenplay Competition

COMPETITION PRESENTED BY: EVENT HORIZON FILMS


The information included on this page was approved on February 3, 2021 by Zack Frizzell, Head of Communications and Editorial, Event Horizon Films.

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The Dumbo Film Festival highlights both affirmed and emergent filmmakers by launching promising artists into the world film stage. The festival is a yearly event structured in bi-monthly competitions. As a result, a final ceremony will take place every year in New York City’s district of Dumbo, to award the best projects of the past year. This structure will therefore highlight both affirmed and emergent filmmakers by launching promising artists into the world film stage.

“By the end of the Seventies, a prosperous renewal has brought the district of Dumbo to a new life. The neighborhood has consequently become one of New York’s most glamorous districts alongside a thriving destination for artists. On this background of revival, the DFF is establishing itself among the most important independent festivals in the world. Producers and directors from around the world can meet and encounter new ideas. Likewise, filmmakers can start the road to prestigious goals. In fact, the DFF can be your stepping stone to go the distance (literally 2797 miles!) to Oscars night.”

Marta Leocata, Marketing Manager, Dumbo Film Festival



COMPETITION INFORMATION

Competition NameThe Dumbo Film Festival
Competition Websitehttps://www.eventhorizonfilms.com/dumbo-screenwriting-competition
Contact
Information
FILM SUBMISSION INQUIRIES: submit@dumbofilmfestival.com
GENERAL QUESTIONS: info@dumbofilmfestival.com
Competition TypeCompetition
The information included
on this page was provided 
relative to:
The 2021 Script Competition


TYPE OF SCRIPTS ACCEPTED

Feature-lengthFeatures: 75 to 150 pages
Scripts 121 to 151 pages are accepted, but will be assessed a $1 per page overage.
Scripts over 150 pages will not be accepted.
ShortShorts: 5 to 35 pages
Teleplay PilotThirty minute pilots: Maximum page count of 35.
One Hour pilots: Maximum page count of 65.


Advancement Tiers

Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Runner Up
Grand Prize Winner


Awards and Prizes

FinalistsIndustry Connections via Virtual Pitch Fest
Script title, writer name, and script logline posted on competition website
Runner Up$250 prize money for Feature Runner Up
$150 prize money for TV and Short Runner Up
Industry Connections via Virtual Pitch Fest
Script title, writer name, and script logline posted on competition website
Grand Prize WinnerWriter’s Retreat
$500 prize money for Feature Winner
$250 prize money for TV and Short Winner
Professional consultations from our high-profile judges
Industry Connections via Virtual Pitch Fest
12 month ISAconnect membership
Script title, writer name, and script logline posted on competition website
Note: If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.


Judges

Judge CredentialsEach reader is an experienced industry professional (award-winning writers, producers, managers and agents) who will evaluate each script based on the strength of plot, characterization, format, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential. Scorecards will be provided after winners are announced.

Judges panel provided on competition website (judge names and credentials).


Judging Process

Judging Criteria / Script qualities the
competition looks to
advance
Script are evaluated based on the strength of plot, characterization, format, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential.
ScoresScorecards will be provided to entrants after winners are announced.
Additional JudgesDuring submission, entrants have the option to have  their script read by two different judges by clicking on the “+ one extra reader” option.


Submission Information

Submission DatesSee website for dates.

Note: Submission time deadlines are CENTRAL standard time.
Submission PathwaySubmittable.
Script File TypePDF only.
Additional JudgesDuring submission, entrants have the option to have  their script read by two different judges by clicking on the “+ one extra reader” option.
Title PageContact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.

All writers must be credited on title page.
Resubmissions / Corrected PagesSubstitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with resubmission through Event Horizon Films.
CopyrightRecommended, but not required.
WGA RegistrationRecommended, but not required.


Script Eligibility Requirements

Page LengthFeatures: 75 to 150 pages
Scripts 121 to 151 pages are accepted, but will be assessed a $1 per page overage.
Scripts over 150 pages will not be accepted.

Shorts: 5 to 35 pages

Teleplays
Thirty minute pilots: Maximum page count of 35.
One Hour pilots: Maximum page count of 65.
Script File TypePDF only.
Age of ScriptThere are no requirements as to when the material was written.
AdaptationsAdaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
RightsAll submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).

All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
Previous or Concurrent
Competition Entry Restrictions
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.

However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)


Writer Eligibility Requirements

Number of Scripts Eligible for SubmissionThere is no limit to the number of projects an entrant may submit.
Multiple WritersMaterial must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
Age of WriterAll writers must be at least 18 years of age.
EarningsA writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)
International SubmissionsInternational submissions are accepted. However, the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).


Written Critiques / Scores

ScoresScorecards will be provided to entrants after winners are announced (these are the scores the script received from its competition judge).
Critique NameFeedback
Purchase OpportunityOptional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.

Number of CritiquesOne per purchase.
CriticsProfessional readers (not script’s judge in the competition).

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