Open Door Pictures is looking for fresh material across all genres! Our mission is to make amazing movies, both features and shorts, that not only get audiences talking, but also open the door to great opportunities for undiscovered writers by getting their script PRODUCED, made into a movie and SEEN by industry professionals around the world!
Along with our focus on opening doors for writers, we have fantastic prize packages worth over $5,000 for our 2014 winners. The Grand Prize Winners’ scripts (both feature and short category) will be produced and made into completed films and GUARANTEED submission into 10 of the top Film Festivals including, but not limited to, Sundance, Cannes, Toronto (TIFF), Berlin (BIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Venice, Rotterdam (IFFR), Tribeca, NY Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Slamdance and Raindance - giving the writer great exposure and networking opportunities across multiple markets. (*Valued at over $1,100.)
Screenplay submissions are open to ANY SCREENWRITER WORLDWIDE who is 18 years of age or older. For both our FEATURE FILM and SHORT FILM screenplay categories, we are accepting ORIGINAL SCRIPTS and have four main genres to compete within.
FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS - Must be approx. 90-120 pagesSHORT FILIM SCRIPTS - Up to 30 pages (between 8-15 is recommended)
GENRES: (all apply for both feature and short film scripts)
HORRORS, THRILLERS, & FANTASIES - All types including: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Sci-Fi Horror, Mythological, Film Noir, Occult ACTION & ADVENTURES - All types including: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Action, Action-Thriller, Martial Arts, Western, Action Comedy, Comic Book/Super Heroes, Adventure Drama DRAMAS & FAMILY - All types including: Drama, Family, Gangster, Western, Romantic Drama, Coming-of-Age, Family Adventure, Political, Period/Historical, and War Epic COMEDIES - All types including: Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy, Slapstick, Satires, Comedy Thriller, Heist Comedy.
Producer's Notes and Consultation
Our entrants are offered the unique opportunity to get professional feedback on their submitted screenplay and hear from our Judges and Producers first hand. For most screenwriters, when they send their screenplay for consideration to producers, agents, production companies, directors and so on, upon receipt, the executive assesses whether the screenplay is a pass or one they will recommend for their company. The decision to pass or advance the screenplay to the next level is often times made apparent in the coverage (or "notes") along with valuable critiques and recommendations. We offer you the opportunity to see those "script notes" so you'll know what's working with your screenplay and where you might need to make some changes before you begin widely circulating and pitching your script. We offer two different services:Judge's Scorecard & Brief Producer's Notes: You will receive the Judge's Scorecard plus 1-2 pages of written notes on the script's strengths and weakness. (Entrants are offered this service at a discount price of $30 in addition to general entry fee.Producer's 1-On-1 Script Analysis & Consultation via Teleconference: You will receive a personal 1-On-1 Producer's consultation regarding your script over the phone. (Entrants are offered this service at a discounted price of $150 in addition to general entry fee.)
JUDGE'S SCORECARD & BRIEF PRODUCER'S NOTES:
Entrants selecting to receive this option with their screenplay submission will receive the Judge's scorecard and 1-2 pages of brief written notes/feedback directly from the Producer on the screenplay's strengths and weaknesses. This will be a professional and candid assessment of entrant's script consisting of Producer's thoughts, criticisms and constructive ideas regarding characters, pacing, plot, structure, marketability, and overall quality and originality.
NOTE: If you wish to receive this option, select "with brief producer's notes" at the time of checkout.
PRODUCER'S 1-ON-1 CONSULTATION VIA TELECONFERENCE:
Entrants selecting to receive this option with their screenplay submission will receive a personal1-ON-1 conference call with one of our Sr. Producers regarding their screenplay. On this conference call you will be given the opportunity to speak directly with a Producer and receive first hand script analysis/notes on the screenplay from a writing standpoint (including a discussion of all the same specifics as listed in the "Producer's Script Notes" option above), as well as from a Producing standpoint. Additionally, you will get the opportunity to ask any specific questions you may have regarding your script from a writing and Producing standpoint.
NOTE: If you wish to receive this option, select "Producer's 1-ON-1 Consultation" on the online application form.
Script Suggestions and Guidance
Here we offer a few "suggestions" and some "guidance", from a Production standpoint, for you to keep in mind when writing an original screenplay. In addition to being a more cost effective way to produce a film, they also provide a nice personal challenge for the screenwriter, sometimes creating a more compelling and interesting story by to try and fit within these specs. *Please note: These are just suggestions and are NOT requirements for an original screenplay to have in order to be submitted to the Open Door Pictures Screenplay Contest.
FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS
1. Try to have no more than 8 main characters and a maximum of 20 characters total in your script. Specifically, the script doesn't have to have 8 main characters, nor 20 characters total, it can have less than that, but try to make 20 the maximum amount.
For example: You could have 4 main characters and 12 minor characters (totaling 16 characters in the entire script), or 6 main characters and 8 minor characters (totaling 14 characters in the entire script), or 2 main characters and 18 minor characters (totaling 20 characters in the entire script), any combination you choose. As long as the main characters do not exceed 8 and all the characters combined through the entire script do not exceed 20. *A minor character classified as: a character who is only in one scene, perhaps even only 1 line, (ex. waitress, cab driver, store clerk, bartender, etc.), or has only a couple of small scenes (ex. a sheriff, Dr., friend, etc.).
2. Try having no more than 4 main locations.
Some examples are: A cabin in the woods would be considered 1 location, even though there are several places in the cabin, outside the cabin, the driveway up to the cabin, the main road out in front of the cabin, and within the woods, etc. where scenes can take place; A house on a farm with a barn would be considered 1 location, even though there are several places on the farm, in the house, in the barn, the dirt road in front of the farm, etc. for scenes to take place; An office building in the city would be considered 1 location, even though there are several places inside and around the building, including an executive office, the building lobby, the office kitchen, conference room, parking garage, street out in front of the building, etc. No minors - Try having characters that are at least 18 years of age or older.
Feature Film scripts should be between 90-120 pages. This is the industry standard.
SHORT FILM SCRIPTS
1. Try to have no more than 4 main characters and a maximum of 8 characters total. Specifically, the script doesn't have to have 4 main characters, nor 8 characters total, it can have less than that, but try to make 8 the maximum amount.
For example: You could have 2 main characters and 4 minor characters (totaling 6 characters in the entire script), or 3 main characters and 1 minor characters (totaling 4 characters in the entire script), or 1 main character and 7 minor characters (totaling 8 characters in the entire script), any combination you choose. As long as the main characters do not exceed 4 and all the characters combined through the entire script do not exceed 8.
*A minor character classified as the same in Feature Film Category above. 2. Try having no more than 2 main locations.
Examples are the same as in Feature Film Category above. No minors - Try having characters that are at least 18 years of age or older.Up to 30 pages (between 8-15 pages is recommended)