Hollywood is where people have come to make it in the industry since the birth of the entertainment industry. We are not just the home of actors, writers, directors, and producers of all shapes and sizes, we are the home of the industry itself. Everyone who’s anyone has a presence here or wish they did. People from all walks of life, from all over the world, come here to make it. No matter how big they are in New York, Chicago, London, Honk Kong, YouTube, or Rome, they always come to Hollywood to make it worldwide. Hollywood is where artists come to own their greatness. It’s the place where stars are born. And so we are proud to announce the genesis of the WeHo New Media and Screenwriting Competition.
Who could’ve imagined that the orange groves that once covered the LA Basin would one day be covered by production companies and talent agencies of all shapes and sizes. West Hollywood is literally at the epicenter of film, television, and new media. Every major studio has a presence in Hollywood and they always have: from RKO in the old days to our current system and that’s not going to change with the democracy of the internet taking over our viewing habits. YouTube and Yahoo are already taking over high rises that were once occupied by networks. And just like the studio players before them, virtually every major Social Media Influencer has Hollywood representation or wish they did. When the studio system came down, nobody knew what would come next. When the independent film era took over, nobody knew what would come next. And now that Social Media is taking over, again nobody knows what’s going to happen next.
We would like to help bridge that gap by discovering the world’s next generation of stars. We are actively seeking out the next generation of great writers of all shapes and sizes in any medium. And so we are proud to announce the launch of the WeHo New Media and Screenwriting Competition and what will eventually become a full fledged Film Festival.
Again, we are a new festival that is actively looking for content so if your stuff is good, submit it. And hopefully someday soon you’ll be calling our tiny community of artists home too.
Our city has hosted every major awards show for close to a century. From the Oscars to the Emmy’s, they all started here. And so we are proud to launch the West Hollywood New Media and Screenwriting Competition. Where we not only recognize established talent, we are also a launch pad for emerging artists of all shapes and sizes regardless of age, race, or color. Any and all writers, actors, actresses, comics, vloggers, and influencers are welcome to submit and if your work is good, we will showcase it.
Our streets are lined with gold for some and heartache for others. Our goal is to help you wind up on the right side of that divide. West Hollywood is where everyone who’s anyone comes to make it in film and television. We want to support emerging undiscovered talent. We want to give talented people the world over the opportunity to be heard and to inspire those around you and around the world. We want this to be a launch pad for talented writers and influencers much like American Idol and The Voice are for singers and songwriters.
We also believe in a little thing called opportunity. So you don’t have to be rich or connected to receive our recognition, you just have to be talented. We’re not looking for people who’ve already made it. We want to find people who have the talent, but just can’t catch a break. We want to be that break. We want to give our winners the recognition they need to be seen. We want winning our competition to be that first big break.
Our community is all inclusive and so is our contest. It is one of the original safe spaces of the gay community and people of all ethnic backgrounds. We are made up of people from anywhere and everywhere and are receptive to people from anywhere and everywhere. West Hollywood is a crazy community of successful artists as inspirational, diverse, and dynamic as the art it showcases, so too is our new media festival.
We love art, artists, and new media. So send us something good, give us something to talk about, something we can’t stop talking about, something we can’t keep to ourselves, something we have to share, something we want to show our morning meeting, and ultimately our contest.
We are a new contest actively looking for new and original talent. People blessed with originality that need to be seen and heard. People who want to leave their mark on the world who deserve to be remembered and will be remembered. So if you have the talent to tell compelling, original stories via film, new media, or the written page submit yours today.
We want to reward our winners with a platform for the work to be seen by the entertainment industry as well as recognition online and throughout the business. We reward our winner with three separate personal introductions to top talent managers and or development executives. Our top two finalists will also receive at least one personal introduction/consultation as well. These introductions can be invaluable to writers. We also award industry recognition based on the project. So if you wrote a comedy, we will introduce you to executives working in comedy and if you wrote a thriller, we'll introduce you to people who work in that genre and so on. Semi-finalists are only awarded with laurels and recognition like in most competitions.
2020's grand prize winner was introduced to Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment, Andrew Kersey of Kersey Management, and Fred Richter of Tradition Pictures. Our finalists were introduced to Justin Ross of the Bohemia Group and award winning writer/director/producer Joe Russo.
See website for most up to date rules and TOS.
Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest. Contest is void where prohibited by law.
Writers retain all rights to their scripts.
All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.
There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
Material must be your original work.
The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.
By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
Please note that the WeHo New Media, Short Film Festival, and Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization including, but not limited to LAFS, LAIFF, LAArts, Silverlake FF, LACMA, and or any city or government arts council of any kind.
WeHo New Media reserves the right to revoke recognitions status at any time with or without cause.
All judging is done at our sole discretion. We may have outside input, but all judging and all decisions are made at our sole discretion. Furthermore, we do not use "celebrity" judges or "industry" judges and we do not advertise that we use "celebrity" judges. We use experienced readers with a background in writing and a passion for cinema. We distribute our winners' scripts to industry executives, but those executives do not judge our contests. To prevent tampering we do not reveal the identities of our judges. Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
We do not offer script notes and or script advice unless paid for at the time of entry. We are looking to reward professional level writers that we can help get to the next level by recognizing their work. If these are services you desire, we recommend hiring a script consultant. These services can be found via a simple google search.
By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.