Screenplay contest offers more fame than fortune

Brown University’s Ivy Film Festival is calling for student screenplays for its latest competition. The Festival was created by students for students, exhibiting the works of young filmmakers from around the globe as well as guest speakers, panels, and workshops by industry professionals. Past guests include Oliver Stone, Tim Robbins, Adrian Brody, Martin Scorsese, and Jack Nicholson. Attracting crowds of thousands to Brown University’s campus, the Festival has emerged as the largest student-run film festival in the country.

IWU students are invited to enter the screenplay competition. While films are the focus of the Ivy Film Festival, they recognize screenwriting as an integral part of the filmmaking process. They have a myriad of events for screenwriters this year that will hopefully encourage many young writers, even those who have never submitted their work to a judged competition, to participate.

Students can electronically submit their screenplays for consideration in the 2010 screenplay competition until the final deadline of February 22, 2010, through Withoutabox.com.  A link to our Withoutabox.com account can be found on the Ivy Film Festival website. The screenplay competition is currently accepting both short-form (under 30 pages) and feature-length screenplays from undergraduate and graduate students. Submissions may be in any genre, and the winners will receive a cash prize. Additionally, outstanding work in Comedy, Drama, and other genres will be recognized.

During the festival (April 13-18) there will be a reading of the winning screenplays and we will be hosting forums with screenwriters currently working in the industry. All finalists will be notified and invited as VIP guests to the festival. They will provide housing, meals, tickets to film screenings, and passes to special networking events, panels and parties.

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