Thursday, October 29, 2009

Film and Media Competitions, Pittsburgh

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It's that time of year again!The Three Rivers Film Festival is now set, and the program is online at:
The festival runs from November 6-21, 2009.

Steeltown Entertainment Project will launch their Film Factory competition at the Three Rivers Film Festival next month. (see the Save the Date info at the end of this message)

The Steeltown Film Factory invites students and amateur filmmakers (and screenwriters) to submit original film ideas for the competition. Submissions must include a 10-12 page script along with a logline, a one-page synopsis and an optional sample of prior work (scripts or reels).

All submissions will be required to be:

Relevant to the SWPA/Pittsburgh region.
Commercially viable.
Capable of being produced in the SWPA/Pittsburgh area during Summer 2010.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel. The most promising screenplays will be developed into full-fledged productions thru staged readings, panel discussions and public workshops, which will be open to the public.

Call for submissions will open in November and continue thru December 31, 2009.

Fees: $50; $25 for students with valid ID


The total prize package is worth $25,000. This prize is available to be used to produce the winning film or films. One to three short films will be chosen and the funds will be divided and awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The winning film(s) will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November 2010.

More details to come.


Submissions - for those who wish to enter - they need quality scripts.

For those not entering there are lots of ways to help --

Publicity - getting the word out
Volunteering at events
Sponsorships -- monetary and in-kind

The Three Rivers Film Festival opens Friday, November 6.

On Saturday, November 7 Steeltown will sponsor a panel discussion entitled "Getting Started: Where Do Good Ideas, Great Scripts & Talented Filmmakers Come From?"

Invited panelists include John Dellaverson, Producer, Lionsgate (Timber Falls, In the Mix); Lee Daniels, Producer/Director (Monster's Ball, Precious); Eric Gold, Agent (Jim Carrey, Ellen Degeneres); David Koepp, Screenwriter (Spiderman, Mission Impossible, War of the Worlds).
MODERATER - Carl Kurlander, Screeniter & Producer (My Tale of Two Cities, St. Elmo's Fire, Saved by the Bell)

Panel discussions/workshops will continue throughout 2010.

More details to come.

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