Taliesin Nexus will soon be accepting submissions for the 2020 season of the TalNexus Screenplay Competition.

^^^ HOME OF THE JOHN MILIUS SCREENWRITING AWARD ^^^

John Milius is the most iconic screenwriter of the last 50 years.

From Robert Duval on the shores of Vietnam “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like, victory.” in Apocalypse Now, and Clint Eastwood’s “Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?” as Dirty Harry, to that touching moment at the graveside in Saving Private Ryan when former Pvt. Ryan asks, “Did I live a good life?”, Milius is responsible for some of cinema’s most iconic moments as one of Hollywood’s legendary screenwriters,

Milius was the force behind the film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, Conan the Barbarian. He wrote and directed The Wind and the Lion, Big Wednesday, and the cult classic Red Dawn.

When Steven Spielberg asked his friend John Milius to write a monologue for Robert Shaw's character, Quint, in Jaws where he tells the story of surviving a sinking WWII naval ship, he delivered a masterfully hand-written ten page work of art.

Milius’ career was filled with being hired to punch up scripts for blockbuster hit films such as The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger. He was even the inspiration of the character Walter in the Cohen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski.

We look forward to identifying writers and screenplays worthy of the award named after one of the most acclaimed screenwriters of the past 50 years.

We are currently accepting scripts (PDF format only) in three separate categories: Feature Film, Short Film, and TV Series Pilot.

Feature Films
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Must be an original screenplay or an adapted screenplay. It must be at least 65 pages in length and no longer than 130 pages. You must be the author of the screenplay. You may submit a screenplay written by more than one person provided that you are one of the authors. Screenplays longer than 130 may be rejected and not considered for any prize or analysis.

TV Series Pilot
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Series pilots scripts must be at least 20 pages and no more than 65 pages in length. Series pilots must be original - NO spec scripts. You must be the author of the script. You may submit a script written by more than one person provided that you are one of the authors.

Short Film
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Short film screenplays must not be any longer than 30 pages but can be as short as one page. You must be the author of the script. You may submit a script written by more than one person provided that you are one of the authors.

=====> ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Taliesin Nexus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping advance the careers of storytellers, filmmakers, and writers by connecting them with industry professionals through workshops, our film lab, mentorships & fellowships, scholarships, and internships. You can learn more about TalNexus, our mission, our core values and even help support us by going to http://talnexus.com

======> WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

*** 2020 Judges to be announced Soon! ***

++++ THE 2019 JUDGES ++++

*** CRAIG TITLEY ***
Craig currently is co-executive producer on Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC television. As a screenwriter, Craig wrote PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTENING THIEF, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN starring Steve Martin, and wrote for the tv series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.

*** SARA ANNE FOX ***
Sara Anne Fox is a former development executive and producer with over 40 years in the film industry. Sara played a vital role in the conception and development of over 25 screenplays, three published novels and three produced films: MY FAVORITE YEAR, NOSFERATU and the Oscar winning film QUEST FOR FIRE. For over 20 years, she has used her skills as a writing coach and story editor with screenwriters and novelists to strengthen character development, clarify motivation and improve story structure and plot.

*** DAN GAGLIASSO ***
Besides serving as director John Milius’ historical advisor on the highly-rated Teddy Roosevelt mini-series Rough Riders, Dan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter whose credits as a director, producer or writer include many History Channel and Discovery Channel shows such as Law Enforcement Snipers, The True Story of the Black Sheep, Comanche Warriors, The Battle of New Orleans, The O.K. Corral Gunfight, The Donner Party and The Lincoln Plots. He has also directed or produced episodes of various cable series including Mail Call and Unsolved History. He co-wrote the History Channel two-hour special Boone and Crockett: The Hunter Heroes that won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Documentary Script in 2002. Dan has written three produced action films for legendary producer Roger Corman including ‘Nam Angels, and has had several feature film scripts optioned. His documentary Jeff Cooper: A Man in Full, was recently released on DVD. Dan is co-owner of Velvet Martini Entertainment in Van Nuys, California and is currently partnered with Insight Studios of Vancouver, Canada.

====> WHAT DO YOU WIN? <=====

THE JOHN MILIUS SCREENWRITING AWARD

The John Milius Screenwriting Award is handed out in three categories:
• Best Feature Film Screenplay
• Best Short Film Screenplay
• Best TV Series Pilot Script.

In addition to the Milius Awards, the following prizes will be awarded:

• Feature Film winning screenwriter receives ... ...
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• Series Pilot winning screenwriter receives ... ...
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• Short Film winning writer receives ... ...
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• All winners will be invited to the SmashCut CineFest Los Angeles premier and introduced as the winners of the SmashCut Screenplay Competition and handed an award.

AWARDS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE OF TALIESIN NEXUS

### 2019 Winners ###

The John Milius Screenwriting Award
FEATURE FILM
Winner
Mike Fitzgerald - VESSEL OF LIGHT

The John Milius Screenwriting Award
TV SERIES
Winner
Brian McDevitt - WEEKEND WARRIORS

The John Milius Screenwriting Award
SHORT
Winner
Douglas Stark - HLF PST NINE

•By submitting your work to this competition, all submitters agree to the rules and terms outlined in the talnexus.com rules and release agreement.
• All ages are eligible, however certain prizes may be restricted due to legal age requirement of certain programs.
• All submissions must have been written originally in english. (No translations accepted.)
• Feature films scripts must be between 65-130 pages
• Series pilot scripts must be between 25-65 pages
• Short film scripts must not be any longer than 30 pages.
• All scripts must be submitted in PDF format. (.fdr, .doc, .docx, .cltx, etc. will not be considered.)
• You may submit more than script, but you will need to pay an additional submission fee for each additional script.
• You may not substitute a “newer” draft of your script once it is submitted. Repeat submissions of the same script will not be considered nor will the submissions fee be refunded.
• If a submitted script becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the announcement of the winner, that script will no longer be eligible to win.
• All participants acknowledge that no offer or contract is being made to the author (optioned, produced, purchase etc.) of the submitted work for anything other than consideration of the terms of the competition as outlined above. Taliesin Nexus reserves the right to rescind any of the prizes, offers, invitations, etc., for any reason without warning.
• Staff and board members of Taliesin Nexus are not eligible to enter.
• Alumni of the TalNexus Film Lab, (aka SmashCut Film Lab), or The TalNexus Fellowship programs of Taliesin Nexus who participated in any year between 2009 - 2018 are eligible to enter BUT if declared a winner may not receive the award(s) listed if the winner has participated in the Film Lab or Fellowship.

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  • kierston drier

    An absolutely wonderful festival! I was very pleased with the attentiveness and response time of the festival! They truly care about the writers!

    January 2020
  • Douglas Stark

    Awesome organization -- on time, communicative, and encouraging!

    December 2019
  • Well run, notifications timely. I want to thank the festival for honoring my short screenplay as a Finalist. And additional thanks to TalNexus for providing a venue where ideas like individual liberty and freedom of conscience can be explored. And finally, thank you to Jon Voight, whom I have never met, but who served as my muse for Grandpop in my SP!

    December 2019
  • It was an honor to have received an Official Selection. I look forward to submitting additional material in the future

    December 2019
  • Maria Lennon

    The competition notices were on time and very polite. I enjoyed the fact that they accepted adaptation screenplays. This is cool. One of mine was selected Semifinalist, and that was exciting, to be rated by such a top-notch screenplay competition.

    December 2019