San Jose, California - USA
February 28 to March 12, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 13th Annual Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with virtually countless networking opportunities, increased industry visibility, and the chance to win extraordinary prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths and provides unique opportunities for writers to be discovered, have their work produced, and further inspire their creative fervor.
Cinequest is dedicated to launching new screenwriters' careers and providing a platform from which their work can take flight. Past Competition writer Matthew Dixon, with his script, The Glass Hotel (optioned by HBO), recalls his experience: "I was thrilled when Cinequest selected my pilot script as a finalist for the teleplay competition. Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. Not only at the festival, with conferences and events for the writers, but long afterwards, when you're back at the desk and find an email from one of the devoted people at Cinequest in your box. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward."
The Competition's Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits, including VIP All Access passes to the Cinequest Film & VR Festival. Winning scripts are also awarded substantial cash prizes. Cinequest Screenwriting Competition finalists will be honored during the Festival's Writers Celebration, a stellar event featuring VIP lunches, forums and career-enhancing workshops. 2017 events will include: Business of Writing Forum, Writer Meets Producer Mixer (to foster connections to industry leaders), Pitch Training with experienced, expert coaches, and a "hands on" Pitch Challenge to a panel of industry heavyweights. The prestigious Maverick Spirit Award will also be presented to a renowned writer during the Celebration. Past honorees include J.J. Abrams, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, as well as many other accomplished film and teleplay writers.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest's uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley's innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect - driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film Festival and Cinequest Mavericks Studio.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition draws deeply from the energy and enthusiasm of the Cinequest Film & VR Festival, a 13-day event with 300+ screenings and events and 100,000+ attendees experiencing the work of over 700 artists, innovators, and professionals representing 50 countries. Set in the home of the world's most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, etc.), Cinequest showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.
"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place," Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner.
Feature and short film scripts, and teleplays are now being considered. Submit your best work today!