Sixth Borough

January 28, 2010

Got this over my transom the other day – a mention of a new screenplay competition called Sixth Borough:

The genre for the script is open.  There is an entry fee and the final deadline is April 1, 2010.  The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and a $10,000+ offer for their script to be made into a 1 to 2 million dollar feature film.

All entries receive written script analysis, and the winning script gets optioned by Sixth Borough Entertainment. Anybody know more? For the website and submission info click here.

Thanks Alexis for the tip!


Let the Rejections Begin

January 12, 2010

The rules are pretty clear: You should never, never, never, ever send your stuff out until it is as good as it can possibly be. Ever.

Except, of course, for the occasions when you do.

I saw this “script wanted” listing last week:

Psycho Thriller/Suspense
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We are looking for completed feature-length ultra-low budget dramatic thriller scripts with psychological elements. We prefer a story with a simple setup and psychological tension over gore (no scripts in the vein of “SAW”). However, sex and violence are fine as long as there is a smart, compelling build-up (no soft-core thrillers). Examples of similar projects would be films like “The Piano Teacher,” “Knife in the Water,” “See the Sea” or “L.I.E.”

Budget will not exceed $200,000. Non-WG writers may submit.

Now, the rewrite of Psycho Ex is not done (not even close), but this is so close of a fit that I shot an email to the contact to pitch it. The contact read the pitch and wanted to see the full script, so I emailed it off yesterday. Except for some (disappointing) discussion and peer-review on zoetrope.com, this is the first industry submission for the script. We’ll see what happens.

Now, back to the rewrite. Time to get this thing out to bluecat and up on inktip.