Attention All Film Writer and Director Wannabes

So you want to be in filmmaking?

By Barbara Harrison
|  Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Attention All Film Writer and Director Wannabes

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Are you sitting on an idea for the next big box office bonanza? Here's your cue to get your camera rolling or your keyboard in action.

Whether your talents run toward the writing or directing side of the movie biz, this just could be your big break. The call is out for entries for the 7th Annual D.C. Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, and you don’t have to be a professional to enter. Both established and aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers are invited to compete in what MovieMaker Magazine calls “one of the 20 festivals worth an entry fee.”

The fees for both festivals are actually pretty reasonable: $35 for film before the April 15 regular deadline, $50 for scripts before May 15. Both contests have fees slightly less for students and slightly higher for extended deadlines. Everyone who submits an entry will get feedback and the chance to showcase their work before a live audience this coming fall.

Entries in the film festival may not exceed 20 minutes in length, but the subject matter is completely up to the director. For films that earn a chance to be shown during the upcoming September festival, separate screenings are planned for those deemed “family friendly” and those more suited to “late night” viewing. Winning directors, both a first-timer and an established filmmaker, will each go home with a trophy and a $250 prize.

For you writers, 15 pages or fewer is the required length for entries in the 2010 D.C. Shorts Screenwriting Competition. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics who will provide feedback on all submitted scripts. Those scripts chosen to be presented at the October screenwriters event, will be read by the writer before an audience that votes for their favorite. The top winner gets a $1,000 prize.

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