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Screenwriting Expo 6
By Barbara Bordenave
August, 2007, 07:55

Pitching scripts just became a whole lot easier by attending this enormous event.
Screenwriting Expo 6, the world's largest teaching and educational event on film and television scriptwriting will begin on Thursday, October 25 and end Monday, October 29, 2007.
This extraordinary conference, featuring a Trade Show for writers to assist them in their craft, will be held at the Los Angeles Hilton and Renaissance Hotel. Over 4,000 writers, directors, production companies, agents, managers, and script analysts will be attending this event, coming together from all over the world to share their passion for filmmaking.
Early bird submission deadline for features and television is July 1, and the midnight oil deadline for procrastinators is August 14. Fees for first feature, each additional feature, teleplay, and short vary depending on the entry category and date the script is submitted.
Applications, contest rules, regulations, and release information can be downloaded from Early registration entitles participant to be among the first in line to pitch tickets for seminar seating if the Pass is purchased before September 14, 2007.
A Grand Prize of $20,000 will be given to the winner of the screenwriting competition and a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Screenwriting Expo.

Expo 6 offers opportunities that include:

  • Access to over 300 classes on screenwriting and filmmaking conducted by industry professionals
  • Golden Pitch Tournament Pitch stories to studios, agencies, production and management companies in the industry
  • CS Open A three-day writing tournament where contestants are asked to make up a scene on the spot to win a Grand Prize of $5000
  • Networking at seminars, luncheons, meetings, and evening events

New this year is the Television category. Writers will be given $1000 for best hour-long and best half-hour television script. Creative career counselling and access to television agents and managers is included in this category.

For two winners, the Writer's Boot Camp Prize delivers $8,500, a Professional Membership, and a 22 month career development program called the Think Tank, in which three features will be developed. Manager, Andrew Kersey will offer representation to one feature writer.

Dabel Brothers Production and Marvel Comic Book will make a competition script into a graphic novel with a budget of $50,000 for the winner of the DBPro Prize.
A trip to Los Angeles to attend the Screenwriting Expo 6 plus $1000 in semi-finalist prizes will go to the winners of the following genre categories:

  • Action-Adventure
  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • New Visions
  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller

All 20 semi-finalists will receive John Truby's Blockbuster, notes from the Script Whisperer, admittance to Expo 6, and a subscription to Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
Honoured guest speakers include Steven Zaillian (writer of 2007's American Gangster); Roberto Orci; Alex Kurtzman (co-writers for Transformers); Michael Goldenberg (screenwriter of 2007 Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix); Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio (writers of Shrek and three Pirates Of The Caribbean scripts); William Goldman (writer of Princess Bride and All The President' s Men); Bill Lawrence (writer and executive producer of numerous scripts); Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (partners; adapted Stephen King's Cell); Robert Ward (writer and novelist); and Tina Andrews (writer and executive producer of CBS miniseries and a feature film for Warner Brothers).
Educational DVD Seminars for $24.95 are available. Registration can be done online and the Expo catalogue can be downloaded. This is a great learning opportunity even if you have nothing to submit. 

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Barbara Bordenave is a freelancer of magazine writer and a script supervisor for independent films. Her passion is screenwriting and she's working on the next Rush Hour. Her goal is to speak to the reader in every scripted word.

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