So you've got yourself a script and you want to get it made, stuck in the hell loop that is need representation to get it up and running but can't afford to waste money unnecessarily to hire a suit. Check out Equal Writes...
We Make Movies and Duly Noted are changing the rules for making a film in Hollywood. We're raising the bar on what a micro-budget film can be, and creating a better pipeline for independent films to become developed, marketed, distributed and discovered. This isn't just a screenplay contest. This is about getting your movie made.
Think Scriptapalooza meets Project Greenlight meets Shark Tank. Send us your feature-length script and why you think it can be made for under $250K. We'll narrow it down to a lucky seven who will go straight to the source and make their pitches. At least one winner is going to get a $2500 option, a casting director attached, and the business and legal set-up they can use to go out and secure investors.
However, that is not the cool part and not the reason you should enter. The real prize is that we're going to have three award-winning, ball-busting, ass-kicking Hollywood producers who want to find their next set of passion projects. No middle men. No agents. No assistants. No excuses. Just you, your script, and your pitch; three producers who are dying to say yes; and a live audience hoping
you'll pull it off.
At least this time it won't be about who you know. It'll be about what you can do and if you're any good.
"So how's it going to work then?" I can already hear you ask, read carefully because here comes the science bit...
Seven finalists stand on stage after making their presentation. The audience listens in anticipation as the three judges give feedback and scores to see who will win the big prize. Sound like an episode of your favorite reality competition show? Think again. We Make Movies and Duly Noted, Inc. have paired to create a live script competition that will give seven lucky screenwriters a chance to get a green light in front of a world-wide audience.
Three producers, including Sundance veteran Effie T. Brown (HBO’s Real Women Have Curves, Google/YouTube Channel WIGS) will sit on the judges panel. They are looking for intelligent, courageous genre films forged on the intersections of race, religion, and gender with voices that shape the new discussion on diversity. But there’s a catch – the film must also be easily made with a budget of $250K or less.
At minimum, the winning screenwriter will get a $2500 option, as well as business and legal start up costs, casting services, and other extras to help get the film off the ground. But the goal is that one of the producers will like the winning script enough to secure the $250K to make the film.
We Make Movies (www.wemakemovies.org) is a Los Angeles based film collective of over 2000 filmmakers dedicated to empowering independent filmmakers and providing the resources and connections that will help them get their movies made. The group alternates free weekly writers workshops, improv nights, and industry guest interviews in an effort to help filmmakers get feedback on their work, try new ideas, and learn what’s working for others.
In 2012, WMM successfully fundraised to self-produce 14 short films, not including the other 30 shorts and 6 full length films that were developed and screened within WMM. They also release an industry podcast called How We Make Movies.
Duly Noted Inc. (www.dulynotedinc.com) was launched in 2001 by award-winning independent film producer Effie T. Brown. Under Brown’s direction the Los Angeles based company has established itself as a visionary production entity committed to creating inspiring and enduring independent movies. No genre or subject matter is off limits. Be it period biopic, sci-fi, thriller, or daring character-driven drama, Duly Noted Inc. Inc. will continue to bring challenging and entertaining films to audiences everywhere, and is poised to usher in a new wave of independent filmmakers.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 1st, 2013. The first 25 submissions are free, after which, the fee is $25. For details on contest rules and how to enter, visit [here] or send an email [here].