Empress just launched Real Big Hits, a new portal where creatives can upload their ideas, sizzles, characters, and finished shows for sale or funding in a closed site where only qualified, vetted buyers can view the content.
Currently we are running contests for show ideas. DEADLINE APRIL 30th Winners will get up to $20K in cash and service to help kick start their projects. By uploading your ideas, sizzles and characters, you will automatically be entered in the contest. The winners will be chosen from 3 genres: Fiction, Non Fiction, Children/Young Adult. Judges will look at popular entries, but the decision of the judges is final. Winners must verify their identity and abide by the terms as detailed at
For more information go to www.RealBigHits.com or contact us with any questions.
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Are you a closet Sitcom writer in a 9-5 job, a college kid with a cool idea, a mom with a knack for writing killer dialogue, or maybe even a professional writer looking for a break? Regardless of who you are, the 2015 National Sitcom.com Writing Competition --- www.sitcomcontest.com -- is looking for a few good scripts to be reviewed by Hollywood executives, with the potential to be developed for production.
The competition is open in two categories although three awards will be given, which include cash prizes and winning scripts that will be shared with Hollywood execs (see highlighted text below) for possible development:
· Scripts for an Original Pilot ($250)
· Scripts for Existing Shows ($250)
· Best Overall Script ($500)
The 2015 National Sitcom.com Writing Competition opens March 1, 2015 and closes June 30, 2015. Registrations can be made at www.sitcomcontest.com.
A special script-writing workshop/webinar will take place May 16 (check website for times) with veteran writers Bo Kaprall and stand-up comedian and writer Scott Hansen. Kaprall's credits include writing for "Saturday Night Live" and writing and producing shows like "Laverne & Shirley," "Welcome Back Kotter" and many others. Kaprall is also the Creator and Executive Producer of a new TV series called "Outlaw Country," debuting February 24 on the WGN America. Hansen has written for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr and others, plus appeared on HBO, Showtime, E and PBS.
All entrants will also have the opportunity to get their work critiqued by well known working writers and producers, attend a professional sitcom writing workshop and have their submissions read by studio executives and producers, including Emmy Award Winners Louie Anderson, Jeff Cesario, Elaine Ko, Supervising Producer for "Modern Family," and Jonathan Collier, Executive Producer for "Bones," ""Monk," "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill."
Entertainment Industry Always Looking for New Talent, Hot Scripts
"The National Sitcom Writing Competition is an excellent opportunity for students, professional writers and others to develop their funny stories, ideas, and life experiences into a pilot for a new television series or for an existing TV sitcom," Kaprall notes. "The industry is always looking for new talent and fresh ideas and the Sitcom.com Writing Competition is an effective way to get an inside track. In fact, two 'spec scripts' were just recently picked up by Sony TV by writers who were previously unknown. "
Read the whole story here: http://deadline.com/2014/11/grandma-dearest-comedy-spec-season-1201289691/
Past Sitcom Winners Found Experience Invaluable
Winners from the first Sitcom contest expressed their thoughts on how valuable the experience was -- and where it might lead:
"The chance to be a part of the contest was a unique and thrilling experience. I took part in the writing workshop with Bo and Scott, and I can honestly say I wouldn't have won had it not been for their expert tutelage in regards to properly crafting a script," said Alex Walker, a Minneapolis writer who submitted the First Place work titled "Grow Up." "They also don't sugarcoat anything -- they tell you exactly what it takes to write a good script in addition to what it takes to make it as a scriptwriter. I received critiques from Hollywood executives regarding my script, and was even offered help in finding an agent. "
"It was lots of fun to have a table read and meet other screenwriters," noted Iowa-based writer Spencer Loucks, who wrote the Second Place script "Fathers," while Andrea Elizabeth Gardner, co-writing with Amanda Dawn Jacobson, found the table read of the top three winning submissions -- including theirs', "Halloqueens" -- invaluable. Both were from the Twin Cities.
"The table read allowed us to see what worked and didn't work with our script. Seeing our characters come to life also gave us the confidence to pursue taking all of our projects to the next level. It may not be the easiest road to travel, but we now know we have what it takes to make it," Gardner emphasized.
"The competition is a terrific opportunity to discover if you have the gumption, passion, and talent to make it as a scriptwriter," Walker summarized -- "without having to move to LA to find out."
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Headcase Films & Fashion is ramping up towards the official launch of our clothing line, and there are a number of modeling & acting opportunities that will be created as a result. We are looking for the following:
-Promo Models for events around the Cities (16+, must be in good shape, must be comfortable talking to people, taking pictures, etc...)
-Website Models (13-23, must be in good shape, this is to model the clothes for use on our website i.e. American Apparel)
-Actors & Actresses (any age, we will be filming a series of ad's/ commercials/ fun promo videos for use throughout our Social Media platforms)
-Runway models (16-26, must be in great shape, tall is ideal, VERY IMPORTANT, this Late- Summer/ Early- Fall event is where we will officially launch our line)
-We are looking for models to fit the above categories, and in addition are seeking official "Headcase Girls" who would be our go-to models for photo shoots/ events/ video & more. After the fashion show we will choose from our candidate pool to select 3-4 girls who would then be given the option to work with/ for us in exchange for photos & merchandise.
-Please read the descriptions and know which opportunity(s) you'd like to apply for when contacting us.
-Please provide a photo & resume when submitting. Any submission without a photo (does not have to be professional) will not be considered, and if you do not have a resume please provide details about you experience in the body of your message.
-In order to be considered for any of the above opportunities a face to face meeting is required. We set meetings on Mondays at a Starbucks in Saint Paul. We're flexible and understand schedules, so explain any conflicts once we have asked to meet with you.
-We cannot meet with everyone, and some of you may simply not fit what we are looking for at this time. However please follow Headcase Films & Fashion (FB, Twitter, IG, G+, Polyvore) for more opportunities throughout the year and beyond, even if you do not hear back from us this time. We love our people (you) and we'd love to work with you even if it doesn't happen right now.
- If you are asked to meet with us, please know something about our company and be prepared to tell us why you'd be a good choice to rep us.
-LTL. Know what it means (hint: look through the photos on our FB page).
If you'd like to submit, just email us with the required info. and we'll get back to you if we'd like to set up a meeting. Good luck to you all, and remember:
Pursue your dreams.
-Headcase Films & Fashion
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A prominent, local (#MN), independent artist is seeking (ages 16-30) male and female dancers for a live show (2 songs) on Friday, March 27th, 2015. These dancers need to be high-energy and well-versed in Hip Hop dance. The timeline for auditions/rehearsals is less than two weeks--rehearsals starting week of March 22nd, so quick-studies to the front. You will also need to have your own transportation. If you have your own make-up or know of decent and reliable make-up artists willing to work the event, please mention that in your email.
We will be flexible with schedules, but production dates are as follows:
*TBD MEET & GREET* Sunday, March 22nd @ 12:30PM - 5PM
*FIRST REHEARSAL* Monday, March 23rd @ 6:30PM - 9PM
Tuesday, March 24th @ 6:30PM - 9PM
Wednesday, March 25th @ 6:30PM - 9PM
*DRESS REHEARSAL* Thursday, March 26th @ 6PM - 9PM
*PERFORMANCE* Friday, March 27th @ 6PM - 10PM
We will provide credit, video copy of the performance, social media coverage and promotion. There is also a high possibility to be first picked of dancers when auditions for the artist's music videos are to be shot during summer 2015.
Email Alyssa at email@example.com with:
-PHOTO (Doesn't have to be professional, but CLEAR)
- AUDITION DAYS AND TIMES IN THE WEEK OF MARCH 15th-21st
To schedule an audition before Saturday, March 21st. The latest we are accepting auditioners is Sunday, March 22nd.
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CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS!
The Cottage Grove Arts Commission is now accepting submissions for their Films in 5 Festival! This festival is open to filmmakers from all communities. Short films made anytime in 2015 will be eligible. Submissions will be accepted until 7/31/2015. The cost to submit a film is $5.
Also, be sure to join us at Park High School in Cottage Grove on 9/12/2015 for our film festival screening of the short film submissions. The cost to attend is $5.
For more info: http://www.cottage-grove.org/administration/communication/news/932-films-in-5-festival-call-for-entries
Email Address: Filmsin5Festival@gmail.com
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The 16th annual Sound Unseen music film festival will take place Wednesday, November 11 through Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and is now accepting submissions exclusively through Film Freeway.
In the fall of 1999, Sound Unseen introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge “films-on-music” festival in Minneapolis and St. Paul of the Twin Cities and has established itself as one of the premiere niche festivals in the country, but more importantly as an important and vital part of the regional cultural scene. Now in its 15th year, the festival has expanded to include year-round programming, Pop-Up Cinefeasts, and special presentations including world and regional premiere screenings including "Sigur Ros' INNA," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil!" "Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL," "Mistaken For Strangers," "Death to Prom," "Color Me Obsessed," "Beware of Mr. Baker," "The Punk Singer," “Heaven Adores You,” “The Legends of Ska” and "The Rise & Fall of the Clash."
Documentaries, rare concert footage, short films, animation, music videos, special performances, gallery exhibitions and dozens of live music events highlighting both local and national acts separate this festival from the usual outdoor mega concerts, film festivals and tours. What began as an underground film festival with only a handful of attendees, Sound Unseen is now a well respected and known brand that has a loyal following and continues to program exciting, unexpected, and a consistent array of music, film, fashion, new media and art.
With over 35 entries submitted to date, filmmakers can submit their film(s) covering seven categories; Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative Feature, Short Documentary Feature, Music Video, Student Made Film, and Minnesota Made, Sound Unseen expects more submissions than last year’s record breaking number of 103 submissions.
Sound Unseen has received press coverage in all major local media including The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Vita.mn, Secrets of the City, Walker Art blog, TC Daily Planet, The Onion Twin Cities, Northland News, Growler Magazine, PopCulture Beast, AMFM Magazine, MinnPost; local radio stations The Current, Drive 105, KQRS, MPR, Radio K and television news including NBC, FOX and CBS. National media mentions have included Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, USA Today, Music Film Web blog, The Playlist, and AIF Independent magazine of New York.
Rules & Terms are listed on Film Freeway page. Submitted films must be Minnesota, Midwest, U.S. North American and/or World premieres to screen at Sound Unseen. For submitted films to be considered and eligible to into “competition” they must fall into one of these categories.
Phone: (651) 246-6370
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Austin Film Festival’s film competition is now open, and we want to see your films! Our Early Bird deadline is April 20th, until which the submission fee is $50. If you submit online through our website (not Withoutabox) you will receive $5 off:
Don’t miss out! Here are a few reasons why:
Career Springboard: AFF provides filmmakers an invaluable platform among industry professionals and film-lovers. We’ve helped launch the careers of countless filmmakers including Jason Reitman, Cary Fukunaga, Ray McKinnon, and Stephen Falk.
Exciting Jurors: Each category is presided over by our A-list jurors, who in the past have included America Ferrera, Tom Skerritt, Ashley Miller, Scott Neustadter, Leigh Whannell, and representatives from The Weinstein Company, Sundance Institute, Oscilloscope Laboratories, P.O.V., and Gravitas Ventures.
Oscar Qualifying: The winning films in the Narrative Short, Documentary Short and Animated Short categories are Academy Award®-eligible. In the past few years, we’ve sent several shorts to the Oscars, including Tim Reckart’s Head Over Heels, Bryan Buckley’s Asad, and William Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which actually went on to win the Academy Award.
Networking: The largest of its kind in the world, AFF’s Screenwriters Conference, which takes place during the Festival, attracts groundbreaking producers, agents, managers, and development execs, as well as countless working screenwriters and filmmakers. Once your film is accepted, you get two all-access passes to this creative hub. The conference provides an environment where filmmakers can attend panels with screenwriters and developers to get a jump start on their next film. We love to introduce new filmmakers to our homegrown community and help them find that spark to continue making work.
Prizes: Jury Award Winners for every category receive a cash prize ($2,500 for Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature, $1000 for Narrative Short, Dark Matters Feature and Comedy Vanguard Feature, and $500 for Narrative Student Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short). Winners also receive reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF, reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival, and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.
Also, for the first time ever, AFF is introducing its brand new Scripted Digital Series Competition. This competition will accept both filmed and written submissions in an effort to find talented voices who can adapt their vision to emerging digital platforms. Out of the group of film and script submissions from the competition, AFF will select one winner who displays the strongest voice and greatest potential for establishing a digital series. The submission fee for this category is only $35. Learn more at www.austinfilmfestival.com/digital-series
Bottom line: Austin Film Festival combs through its submissions for the best stories. We pride ourselves on finding fresh, relevant, and gifted voices from around the world. AFF is a place where new visions and untapped talent can flourish and join our dynamic and welcoming community. It doesn‘t matter where you come from or what you believe; if you have a story to tell, we want to see it.
Early Bird entry fee if postmarked by April 20, 2015 -- $50
Regular entry fee if postmarked by May 20, 2015 -- $60
Late entry fee if postmarked by July 10, 2014 -- $75
Narrative Student Short
Comedy Vanguard Feature
Dark Matters Feature
Scripted Digital Series (visit www.austinfilmfestival.com/digital-series)
To learn more about these categories and the competition, visit http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/rules/
To submit, visit: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/online/
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What if you woke up everyday thinking you were living a day that you actually lived a year ago? This is what Nathaniel Greene has thought every day of his life since a serious car accident left him with severe brain damage and anterograde amnesia (short-term memory loss). He was not responsible for the accident, nor does he or anyone else know who was. His curiousness gets the best of him as he attempts to figure out who caused his frustrating life style.
“Anterograde” is a short film intended to run approximately 15 minutes.
Nathaniel Greene. 23 years old (21 – 27).
Nathan is a man seeking out a reason for his impaired memory. It is frustrating for him, knowing that he can’t remember anything after the accident that caused his memory loss. He is curious, but also pretty reserved, as he only asks questions when he feels he needs to.
Rue Willis. 24 years old (22 – 28).
Rue is a faithful and determined woman. She would do anything for the ones she loves. She is both curious and inquisitive. She also tries her best to avoid hurting people.
Lauren Greene. 21 years old (20 – 25).
Lauren is Nathan’s younger sister. She is strong, independent, and fully capable of providing her family. Though she is young, she is as responsible as a 40 year old would be, and she provides support to those she loves and cares about.
Mrs. Greene. 49 years old (40 – 60).
Mrs. Greene is Nathan’s mother. She has been weak and irresponsible ever since her husband left her earlier that year. She loves her kids so much, and she shows that when they are around, but her depression has taken over, causing her to be somewhat absent.
The auditions will take place on the following dates:
February 18th and 19th from 6pm to 10pm
Auditions are in the Mel Johnson Media Center (KTIS building). The address is 3003 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55113. Please bring a physical copy of your headshot and resume if available. Readings from the script will be available on site, but not in advance.
Shooting will take place in the month of March. There will be approximately 5 days of shooting tentatively taking place on March 1st, 7th, 21st, 28th, and 29th.
Meals will be provided on set over applicable hours. Screen credit will be given for all included roles.
With further questions or to schedule an audition please email Eric Johnson at the following address.
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Headcase Films is casting for a viral ad to promote it's Trucker Caps (NOT the same as the modeling gig, if you've applied).
What we need:
*5 women, any race, must be thin (135 and under)*
Two teen (15-19)
One twenties (20-29)
One middle-aged (30-50)
One senior (50+)
The ad includes vulgar language, so do not apply if you cannot curse, and please be active in social media or you won't be considered.
Email a headshot/photo and we'll set up an audition,
Email Address: email@example.com
We are looking for 3 female models for a PAID "Headcase Girls" photo shoot. You'll be modeling our new trucker caps.
-Please be at least 5"5
-Agency repped is okay (include this info. when you submit)
Send us a message (with a headshot) for more details.
Phone: (612) 701-7334
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CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS!
The Cottage Grove Arts Commission is now accepting submissions for their Films in 5 Festival! This festival is open to filmmakers from all communities. Short films made anytime in 2014 will be eligible. Submissions will be accepted until 1/2/2015.
Also, be sure to join us at Park High School on 1/24/2015 for our film festival screening of the short film submissions. The cost to attend is $5.
For more info: http://www.cottage-grove.org/city-government/boards-and-commissions/arts-commission/films-in-5-festival
Email Address: Filmsin5Festival@gmail.com
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less. Every year, the best movies are shown at gala screenings in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Tacoma.
The 90-Second Newbery is now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February. We’d love to see creative kids across Minnesota submit their movies. The 90-Second Newbery website (www.90secondnewbery.com) features dozens of films to spark ideas, how-to guides and complete instructions for uploading films.The submission deadline for consideration in February’s screening is December 20, 2014.
Join us at the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival screening on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Hennepin County Library — Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Avenue. The event, co-hosted by founder James Kennedy (author, The Order of Odd-Fish) and renowned author Kelly Barnhill (The Witch's Boy), is free and open to all.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Phone: (651) 582-8356
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Submissions are now open for the 3rd annual Speechless Film Festival, which will take place March 20-21, 2015, in Mankato, Minnesota.
Speechless is an international festival inspired by the universal art of visual storytelling. The festival is named for our signature category—Speechless Shorts, though we also receive and show films in a broad range of categories, including films made in Minnesota.
Made in Minnesota, $500
Any animated or live-action film produced primarily in Minnesota is eligible.
Speechless Shorts—Professional, $1000
Any film that features minimal dialogue with a running time under 45 minutes is eligible.
Speechless Shorts—Student, $500
Any student-made film that features minimal dialogue with a running time under 45 minutes is eligible.
Any animated or live-action film with a running time under 45 minutes is eligible.
Any animated or experimental film with a running time under 20 minutes is eligible.
Visual Music, $1,000
This unique category calls for visual music films that accompany one of the category's 5 Official Music Selections. Finalists in this category will be shown with a live music performance and will be considered for Ion Concert Media's Content Library. Read more.
Any film with a running time of 45+ minutes is eligible.
High School, DSLR Camera and $2,000 Scholarship
Any film created by production teams of high school students is eligible to submit in this category.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2014. Speechless accepts entries through withoutabox. The final deadline for submissions is January 1, 2015. Rules and further details are available at www.speechlessfilmfestival.com
Speechless is presented by Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota.
Phone: (507) 344-7732
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Submissions are open for the 34th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 9-25, 2015. Films made after July 1, 2013 are now being accepted for consideration.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is a catalyst for artistic discovery that showcases more than 200 new films from around the globe. Over 17 days, Minneapolis blossoms into an epicenter of cinematic achievement as 40,000 film fans and industry representatives come together for hundreds of packed screenings, unforgettable parties and illuminating filmmaker conversations. MSPIFF’s lineup annually includes films from both intrepid new artists and influential luminaries alike, hailing from more than 60 countries. It's the region's largest film event, and one of the longest running film festivals in the United States.
Early: October 6, 2014
Regular: November 3, 2014
Late: December 1, 2014
Extended: January 5, 2015
No submission fees for qualifying films submitting as "Minnesota Made" by the Late Deadline of Dec. 1.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submissions are accepted via Withoutabox.com, FilmFreeway.com, and through MSPIFF’s Submissions Form. To submit, or for more information, visit http://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff-2015/submit/
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2015 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!
Celebrating its 16th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is now open for submissions!
Named one of the “Top Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine for five years running, the Newport Beach Film Festival will run from April 23rd to April 30th, 2015.
The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival will spotlight over 350 films from around the world, including short and feature length narrative, documentary, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.
In addition to film screenings, the Festival hosts premiere galas, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, and an industry seminar series with topics that range from screenwriting and directing to editing and film music.
For more information, visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
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