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SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

ORIGINALITY

We want new and different stuff. The most important thing that we want to see in your script is something new. Something beautifully original, Something unseen. That’s what anyone is looking for, so it’s really in your best interest anyway. Make us say “Huh, that’s interesting”.

PRODUCIBILITY

 This is the sense that “this could get made”. There are concrete considerations, such as number of characters, effects, locations. But there should also be a general concept that its a piece that will get made and will be sold. We will have limited resources, so keep that in mind.

 

STORY

Do these characters have an interesting obstacle to overcome, and how do they do it? We aren't looking for things that fit into the Field/Mckee/Snyder template. It's probably better if they don't. We need things that step away from convention. But we do need to care what happens next.

 

WEIRDNESS

Is that a word? Probably not. Regardless, this is just a general term for our taste. We like it weird. It’s similar to Originality (See above) but has the added benefit of being entirely indefinable. Or is it "undefinable"?

 

CHARACTER-OSITY

We like to make up words. This pertains to your ability to create great characters. Does your story involve compelling characters that people care about? More importantly, will said roles be good enough to draw name talent?  Good characters. Write us some of those.

 

DIVERSITY

Our favorite scripts will be stories we have never heard about people who are rarely portrayed in film. Stories that have good roles for demographics which are not often seen in film are highly encouraged to apply. There are lots of good movies about white dudes already.

PRIZES

SIXTEEN CASH PRIZES,

ONE FILM

GRAND PRIZE

WE MAKE YOUR MOVIE!

FEATURE SCRIPTS

Best Feature Script – $1000 cash and an InkTip prize package worth $100

Best Feature About Real Stuff (Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure) – $200

Best Feature About Funny Stuff – $200

What Did I Just Read? (Genre Defiers and  Weird Stuff) – $200

Best Feature About Unreal Stuff (Sci-fi, Horror, Fantasy) – $200

Best Maine Feature Screenplay – $200

 

EPISODIC SCRIPTS

Best Pilot - $500 cash and an InkTip prize package worth $100

Best 30 Minute Pilot – $200

Best 60 Minute Pilot – $200

Most Binge-worthy Pilot - $200

 

SHORT SCRIPTS

Best Short Screenplay – $500 cash and an InkTip prize package worth $100

Best Short About Real Stuff (Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure) – $100

Best Short About Funny Stuff – $100

What did I Just Read? (Genre Defiers and  Weird Stuff) – $100

Best Short About Unreal Stuff (Sci-fi, Horror, Fantasy) – $100

Best Maine Short Screenplay – $100

CRITERIA

GREAT CHARACTERS

IN WEIRD SITUATIONS

 

OUR MISSION

CREATE ORIGINAL & BOLD MOVIES IN MAINE

The Maine Film Initiative exists to generate and reward bold original screen-writing; to highlight Maine as a low budget film-making destination; and to support Maine film artists by investing directly in paying productions.

 

 

 

OUR BIG IDEA

A SCREENWRITING CONTEST THAT WILL MAKE YOUR FILM,

WHO ARE WE?

YOU GIVE US STORIES...

 

Maine has beautiful locations, a talented and professional crew, and a mystique that brings millions of tourists to our fair home every year. Our film production community is growing quickly, and we need films to make. That's where you come in!

 

  We want your screenplays and pilots. We want films that we can make here in our wonderful state, bold and original stories that will take advantage of everything Maine has to offer as a film-making destination. Give us something interesting we can make here, and we will make it.

...WE MAKE YOUR MOVIE

 

Here's where it gets interesting! One of the winning scripts will be selected for production. This production will be funded by the application fees from the contest. Our goal and our hope is that there will be enough money over and above the cash awards, paying readers, and small amount of overhead, to finance a Maine film production, using the talented cast and crew available to us right here in the Pine Tree State.

 

MFI will collaborate directly with the winning writer, inviting them to participate in every step of the process. It might be a five hundred dollar short. It might be two hundred thousand dollar feature. The scope of the production depends on the number of entries we receive.

 

Our goal with MFI is to reward daring screenwriters and support local film artists. We want to encourage making movies in Maine by making a movie in Maine…maybe your movie!

Allen Baldwin, the director of the Maine Film Initiative, has been making films in Maine for almost twenty years. Most recently, he was a producer of Neptune, which screened at major festivals including Slamdance, Nashville, and Atlanta in 2016. Readers for the Maine Film Initiative will come from the Maine writing community and the Maine film community. If you would like to be a reader for MFI, send an email expressing your interest and outlining your background to maineneedsstories@gmail.com.

MAINE FILMMAKERS & MAINE WRITERS

SPONSORS

WITHOUT WHOM, THIS COULD NOT HAPPEN

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

 

Winners of the Best Feature Script, Best Pilot, and Best Short Script will receive an InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine.  InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

High Output has generously donated credits towards the rental of some of their excellent lighting and grip gear.

Ethos Marketing and Design is a fantastic marketing agency in Westbrook, Maine. They are yet another example of world-class work being done here in our fair state..

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