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Sep 30, 2022

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Regular Deadline
(09/30/22)
  • Standard Entry $10
  • ISAConnect Entry $8

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Finalists

Oct 15, 2022

Grand Prize Winner

Oct 21, 2022

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The Red River Script Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

The Red River Script Competition is your opportunity to have your screenplay made into a short film and entered into festivals!

$15,000 Short Film Budget

$1,000 to Winner

Our foundation for veterans has partnered with our hosts here at The International Screenwriters' Association to provide this contest as a career stepping-stone for writers: not only will your script be made into a short film, but your entry fee is tax-deductible and there is also a $1,000 cash prize for the winning selection.

We hope to receive original screenplays with stories that involve poignancy, sentimentality, compassion, and/or diversity and inclusion. Special consideration will be given to entries with elements involving veteran-related issues (PTSD, suicide prevention, treatment and recovery).

Our esteemed panel of judges includes:

- Staff members from The International Screenwriters' Association
- A former agent with ICM and UTA
- An experienced screenwriter and author from New Orleans
- Plus a veteran of the USMC who has worked in Hollywood as a writer for three decades!

Though this is just the first season for The Red River Script Competition, we already have a phenomenal crew in Louisiana ready for the shoot. We plan to film in Spring 2023 with a projected budget of $15,000.

The Red River Script Competition is open to all screenwriters regardless of age or nationality. We are expecting a large number of entries, so please follow these guidelines:

Length: Please limit the length of your screenplay to 20 pages (or less) that are suited for a 15-20 minute short film.

Entry Fee Schedule:
$10 before September 30

Final Deadline: September 30, 2022
Announcement of Finalists: October 15, 2022
Announcement of Winner: October 21, 2022

Every screenwriter who enters this contest will be listed in the credits of the film.

We look forward to reading your submission!

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The Red River Script Competition is being organized by The Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity with the primary goals of being self-sufficient through the establishment of businesses that employ veterans, serving the essential survival needs of homeless veterans and others in peril, and offering long-term sustainability training and transitional support elements to help secure stable living arrangements for our clients. Our efforts are specifically aimed at reducing the alarming suicide rate for veterans.

 

PRIZES

The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following:

1. The script will be produced as a short film shot in Shreveport (LA) during Spring 2023.

2. $1,000 cash.

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25 Finalists will receive certificates from The Red River Script Competition and The Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans.

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All entrants will be listed in the credits for the short film. This competition is basically a way of crowd-funding the winner's short film and we are extremely appreciative for all of the screenwriters who are participating. This is your opportunity to have your script developed into an actual project and we hope you'll spread the word to all of your screenwriter contacts. And, you'll be helping our foundation with the missions and initiatives we plan to implement for veterans. Thank you!

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GENRES: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Dramedy, Comedy/Rom-Com, Period/Historical/War, Suspense

Announcements

  • FinalistsOct 15, 2022laurels

Rules

1) Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s). Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced. Adapted or based on screenplays are also accepted. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to register their screenplay and secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted screenplay. All entrants, including the nominees and winners, retain complete and exclusive rights to their written work.

2) All ages and nationalities are eligible.

3) All entries must be in English.

4) We accept screenplays up to a maximum of 20 pages in length.

5) There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit, but you must submit each entry separately and pay a fee for each entry.

6) All entries must be uploaded in PDF format. Contact details or names are allowed to be on the title page, but not recommended.

7) All screenplays should be written in industry standard format (Courier 12 pt font).

8) Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) are accepted.

9) Competition judges, readers and employees of our competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are NOT eligible to enter.

10) Entries must be received on or before the deadline of September 30, 2022 and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. Entry fees (including services fees) are non-refundable and we do not provide any feedback or script consultations.

11) The film that is made from the script will be the exclusive property of the executive producers. The screenwriter will receive a 5% ownership position. All talent and crew selections, including director and script supervisor, will be made by the executive producers.

12) By entering The Red River Script Competition you agree to all the rules listed. Regardless of your status (winner or nominee), please note that your script, logline, and contact information may be shared with our partners and sponsors, and by submitting you agree with that. You also agree to release and hold harmless The Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of the prize.

FAQs

Is this contest too good to be true?

Probably. The Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans has helped to create this contest because of the need for veterans, friends and family of veterans, and those concerned about veteran-related issues to get involved in the creative arts. We believe doing so will help provide a sense of purpose to veterans (and others) in peril and greatly reduce the alarming suicide rate for veterans, both in the USA and elsewhere. This competition gives ALL screenwriters the chance to have their script developed into a short film. We expect to get thousands of entries from screenwriters all over the world and we're very excited to have our team read them!

Why is the short film being shot in Louisiana?

The foundation is based in Louisiana and does work in both New Orleans and Shreveport, so we want to use local actors and crew. Plus, you will love the food when you're in town for the film production of your script!

Will this contest get the grand prize winner and finalists some table reads with famous actors or in front of renowned agents and producers?

No. Based on the research we've done and the screenwriters we've spoken to, it appears as though the promises that many screenplay contests make to writers rarely come true. Our plan is different: turn the winning script into a short film, enter that short film into festivals, then see what happens. We want to be realistic with the expectations for our grand prize winner and our team. Look, if you have a short script on your desk or an idea in your head for a short film, you have nothing to lose by entering this contest. Plus, your entry fee is going towards the production of a short film and as a tax-deductible donation for a veteran-related charity. It's a win-win and we can't wait to read your script(s)!

Are there any particular script themes that will receive special consideration?

Veteran-related issues. Diversity/Inclusivty. Compassion. Sentimentality. Poignancy. 

Do I have to be a veteran to submit a script for this contest?

No. We encourage submissions from veterans, but this competition is open to ALL screenwriters of any age and nationality. Please submit your script in English.

What will the budget for the film be?

Our projected budget for the short film is $15,000.

If I have questions, what should I do?

Email us directly at info@tcfffv.org and we will do our best to answer your questions. Thank you.

 

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Regular Deadline
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Rules

1) Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s). Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced. Adapted or based on screenplays are also accepted. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to register their screenplay and secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted screenplay. All entrants, including the nominees and winners, retain complete and exclusive rights to their written work.

2) All ages and nationalities are eligible.

3) All entries must be in English.

4) We accept screenplays up to a maximum of 20 pages in length.

5) There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit, but you must submit each entry separately and pay a fee for each entry.

6) All entries must be uploaded in PDF format. Contact details or names are allowed to be on the title page, but not recommended.

7) All screenplays should be written in industry standard format (Courier 12 pt font).

8) Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) are accepted.

9) Competition judges, readers and employees of our competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are NOT eligible to enter.

10) Entries must be received on or before the deadline of September 30, 2022 and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. Entry fees (including services fees) are non-refundable and we do not provide any feedback or script consultations.

11) The film that is made from the script will be the exclusive property of the executive producers. The screenwriter will receive a 5% ownership position. All talent and crew selections, including director and script supervisor, will be made by the executive producers.

12) By entering The Red River Script Competition you agree to all the rules listed. Regardless of your status (winner or nominee), please note that your script, logline, and contact information may be shared with our partners and sponsors, and by submitting you agree with that. You also agree to release and hold harmless The Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of the prize.

FAQs

Is this contest too good to be true?

Probably. The Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans has helped to create this contest because of the need for veterans, friends and family of veterans, and those concerned about veteran-related issues to get involved in the creative arts. We believe doing so will help provide a sense of purpose to veterans (and others) in peril and greatly reduce the alarming suicide rate for veterans, both in the USA and elsewhere. This competition gives ALL screenwriters the chance to have their script developed into a short film. We expect to get thousands of entries from screenwriters all over the world and we're very excited to have our team read them!

Why is the short film being shot in Louisiana?

The foundation is based in Louisiana and does work in both New Orleans and Shreveport, so we want to use local actors and crew. Plus, you will love the food when you're in town for the film production of your script!

Will this contest get the grand prize winner and finalists some table reads with famous actors or in front of renowned agents and producers?

No. Based on the research we've done and the screenwriters we've spoken to, it appears as though the promises that many screenplay contests make to writers rarely come true. Our plan is different: turn the winning script into a short film, enter that short film into festivals, then see what happens. We want to be realistic with the expectations for our grand prize winner and our team. Look, if you have a short script on your desk or an idea in your head for a short film, you have nothing to lose by entering this contest. Plus, your entry fee is going towards the production of a short film and as a tax-deductible donation for a veteran-related charity. It's a win-win and we can't wait to read your script(s)!

Are there any particular script themes that will receive special consideration?

Veteran-related issues. Diversity/Inclusivty. Compassion. Sentimentality. Poignancy. 

Do I have to be a veteran to submit a script for this contest?

No. We encourage submissions from veterans, but this competition is open to ALL screenwriters of any age and nationality. Please submit your script in English.

What will the budget for the film be?

Our projected budget for the short film is $15,000.

If I have questions, what should I do?

Email us directly at info@tcfffv.org and we will do our best to answer your questions. Thank you.

 

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