Filmdependence is a podcast dedicated to championing independent filmmakers; screenwriters, actors, composers, editors, and anyone else making a career outside of the over-franchised traditional system.

We give filmmakers a platform to talk about their projects, experiences and insights, and be heard by an ever-growing network of industry professionals.

The concept for this competition is based on a simple premise: Big ideas don’t always need big budgets. It’s all about efficient story telling. With that in mind; I’d love to see what ‘Big Ideas’ you can tell efficiently.

For this first run; we're looking at my favourite holiday; Halloween, and we'd like your scripts to reflect that!

Does Halloween mean horror?

Of course not; or I wouldn’t have given this question it’s own section. Horror’s all fine and dandy; but If Horror isn't your bag; fret not my friends! We accept all genres; Horror, comedy, dramas, sci-fi, whatever. Just fill your screenplay with all the things you love about the halloween; or some of the things you love about Halloween
(Hell; If you’re feeling cheeky; you could try changing the name of your protagonist to Mr. Jack O. Lantern… ;) )

Does it have to be a feature?

Nope-a-roonie! If your script is less than 45 pages, then yes absolutely you can still submit to our ‘short features’ option!

Better still; if your story is less than 10 pages long; we have a ‘Short Shorts’ option; just to give you that much more of a fighting chance.

Do you offer Feedback?
I’m not exactly going to be drawing attention to that fact if I didn’t; would I. If you select the ‘feedback’ option; you can have your screenplay critiqued, and a breakdown of what works; what doesn’t work; what’s stand-out and what’s questionable.

If your story gets to first place; you could have it acted out by a group of talented voice actors in a full-on table read. You can even stick around after the show and participate in a Q&A about the piece.

Second place winners will winner will your could win the chance to come onto the show and talk about your story; your writing process; whatever you want. You can be heard by a global network of professionals filmmakers, all looking for a great project to sink their teeth into.

Third place winners will get a full review of their work on the show, heard by a global network of industry professionals.

   Just remember that here, efficient story telling will always win-out over gratuitous 'shoot-out' sequences.  Use resources wisely!!

Competition is running until October 21st and winners will be announced on [You guessed it, Halloween].
We’ll even throw in some early-bird discount if you get your scripts in before August 8th.

1st [all categories]
1st place Winers Laurel
If your story gets to first place; you could have it acted out by a group of talented voice actors in a full-on table read. Stick around after the show and participate in a Q&A about the piece.

2nd - [all categories]
Winners Laurel

Second place winners will winner will your could win the chance to come onto the show and talk about your story; your writing process; whatever you want. You can be heard by a global network of professionals filmmakers, all looking for a great project to sink their teeth into.

3rd [all categories]
Winners Laurel
Third place winners will get a full review of their work on the show, heard by a global network of industry professionals.

-All writers of submitted materials must be 18+; including co-authored material
-Screenplays must include the names of all writers involved.
-Filmdependence is not liable for any false information submitted.
-Sort Film scripts are determined as up to 25 pages.
-Screenplays and any source material must be the original work of the author unless such source material is in the public domain.
-A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each screenplay submitted.
-Contestants retain full ownership of their material.
-Filmdependence will provide feedback to anyone who purchases the ‘+Feedback’ option, only.
-We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified submissions be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on script-related factors alone.
-The script and any related materials must not be in a current option agreement, and/or may not have been previously sold or produced.
-The writer understands that it is their sole responsibility to register material with the appropriate agency in his/her country.
-The writer must retain at least one copy of the submitted material and understands that any material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
-All entries must be received by the Final Deadline.
-The writer may submit their screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
-The writer retains all rights to their screenplay, subject to the terms and agreements contained herein.
-The writer understands that their logline and/or screenplay will be reviewed by filmdependence, and/or our panel of Judges for evaluation.
-The writer also understands that any one of these employees or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to those contained in scripts they read, and hereby waives any claim that Filmdependence, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of their submission logline or script.
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