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8th Annual Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Since 2009, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as a screenplay competition designed to discover, empower and promote the next generation of storytellers, writers and filmmakers. As such, Fresh Voices has helped guide dozens of talented screenwriters to secure literary representation, option agreements and work-for-hire writing assignments that have been the stepping stones to significant careers writing for film and television.

This year, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 cash & prizes to our winners. Through our generous industry sponsors, Fresh Voices proudly offers career-changing prize packages such as script development and career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services designed to maximize the exposure of your big win. All the tools guidance & opportunity you need to develop a great screenplay and pursue a successful career.

In addition, Fresh Voices offers winning screenwriters targeted circulation of their logline and material to top industry production companies and talent agencies. Through our executive relationships at many of Hollywood's most active companies, we effectively put award-winning material directly into the hands of the people that matter! Companies that read winning material include Netflix, Amazon Studios, CAA, Zero Gravity Management, Circle of Confusion, Echo Lake Ent, Paradigm, Gersh Agency and many more.

Even if you don’t win, there’s still a lot to gain. Fresh Voices offers every entrant the opportunity to receive their judge's notes & scorecard for only $30 with entry. "Expedited Feedback" (10-day turnaround) may be requested for an additional fee.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Enter now and let your voice be heard!

Sponsored by: InkTip, TVWritersvault, International Screenwriters’ Association, iPitch.tv, Moviebytes, Lee Jessup Consulting

PRIZES

Chosen from the First Place Winners:

  • $3,000 (Total including category prize money)
  • Industry Reads & Meetings
  • Fresh Voices Screenplay & Career Consultation
  • One on One Career Consultation with Career Coach Lee Jessup (in person or via Skype)
  • Ink Tip Prize Package
    • InkTip Script Listing
  • International Screenwriters' Association
    • 1 Year ISA Connect Membership
  • Moviebytes Winning Scripts Pro 
    • 1 Year Subscription

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Rules

  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
  2. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  3. Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and payment made in full at time of the submission.
  4. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  5. Material must be submitted by the writer.
  6. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other.
  7. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project.
  8. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  9. If a writing team is chosen as the Grand Prize winner, representation will be offered to the writing team.
  10. Each applicant will receive an e-mail notifying them of the writing competition results.
  11. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed.
  12. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. All writers are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $25,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.) Professional writing services shall refer to screenplay options, sales or writing assignments in the Film or Television Industry.
  2. All ages from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  3. All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  4. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  5. The material submitted must not be optioned, published, produced or purchased prior to entering the competition.
  6. Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  7. Material should be submitted in its proper format, font, spacing and margins.
  8. Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  9. Feature Screenplays longer than 130 pages will not be eligible.
  10. All material must be submitted as a Word doc, PDF or in Final Draft or it will not be eligible.
  11. Previous Grand Prize Winners, clients of Attraction Entertainment and employees of Fresh Voices past or present, are not eligible to enter.

FAQs

Screenplay competitions are a great way to break through the Hollywood gridlock, to be heard and recognized. However, there are some points to consider when deciding whom to entrust with your material.

What happens if I win and what does winning do for my career?

More than just a competition, winning Fresh Voices is a great launching pad for any writer looking to start a career writing full time. Being a Fresh Voices finalist is seen as a great validation of your writing skills industry wide and we are committed to your success.

Great material deserves a great strategy. Attraction Entertainment will contact the grand prize winner to discuss your past, present and future writing career. Fresh Voices and Attraction Entertainment will work together to encourage industry reads and facilitate meetings and relationships with executives. Attraction Ent. may also choose to discuss a strategy for marketing your material as a spec screenplay or as a writing sample for future writing assignments. Perhaps you'll want to take some of your grand prize money and plan a trip to LA if you're not already here.

All winning material benefits from our vigorous and targeted promotion to ensure industry reads. Fresh Voices will contact each winner to discuss a targeted approach that is unique to the material and the writer in how and to whom we introduce your screenplay to the industry. We use our insider knowledge to actively match material with appropriate buyers resulting in a much higher success rate. All winners receive on-going support and consultation.

Who is reading my material?

Fresh Voices has a team of readers who assess the first round of judging. Our second round of judging is done by a small team of in-house judges. These judges are the same people who prepare coverage and story notes for the most prominent agencies, producers and studios in Hollywood.

Our competition is not administered by other writers, consultants, readers, or ex-executives out of touch with today's realities. We are knowledgeable, well connected industry professionals in the business of discovering new writers and introducing them to the industry.

Through targeted promotion we effectively match winning material with appropriate buyers to ensure industry reads.

How do I know I am getting an equal shot?

All judging is done in-house by a small team who each judge according to the same process and criteria to ensure a clear and transparent process. No one judge reads the same material twice.

We also have multiple categories and awards. We do not throw all scripts into one pile as there is no fair way to compare a low budget independent drama to a high concept action film.

Fresh Voices scores every screenplay using our unique 16 point Evaulation System to bring a consistency to the scoring process.

How do I know my material is actually being read?

We send our 16 Point Evaluation to anyone who selects to receive it, for free, prior to our Regular Deadline. After the Regular Deadline, you can choose to receive the Evaluation at a discounted cost of $30 plus entry. (regular price $79).

We also offer more in depth analysis through our development services.

How do I know my idea is not going to be ripped off?

As a writer your two greatest assets are your material and your talent and both must be nurtured and protected. We take great care in how your material is handled, and seek to protect our writers. While not obligatory, we recommend you take these two simple steps.

  1. Register your material with the Writers Guild of America or the Copyright Office.
  2. Download our submission agreement which ensures we won't run off with your script.

We do all reading and judging in-house to protect the integrity of your material. By signing our submission agreement, we agree to not share your material with anyone until we have a conversation with you, the writer, and determine a strategy moving forward.

Am I giving up any rights to my material?

Absolutely not, but be ready to if a producer expresses interest in optioning it. You retain all rights in your material until then.

If you have any more questions please contact us.

Auntie

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John Flynt won 1st Place in the Thriller Category of the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competion

2012 was quite a year for John Edward Flynt. After coming to the attention of Fresh Voices through the sping pitch contest, where he won Second Place for his pitch "The Olympia", John went on to take 1st place in the Thriller category of...
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Michael Graf wins the Culture & Heritage Award at the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition

Michael Graf won the Culture & Heritage Award at the Fresh Voices Screenwriting competition for his screenplay, The Last Indian War. Described as a "brilliant concept" by one of the judges, The Last Indian War is a gorgeous epic...
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Stephen M. Hunt's PRECIOUS VENGEANCE NAMED BEST FOREIGN SCRIPT

Best Foreign Script Fresh Voices Feature with Precious Vengeance (aka Hearts of Cold Stone).Quarter-finalist Fade In Awards with Precious Vengeance (aka Hearts of Cold Stone).Quarter-finalist Sellascript All Access with Precious Vengeance (aka...
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Fresh Voices Winner Moutaz Jad makes deal on Megalopolis

2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition 1st place winner in the Science-Fiction/ Fantasy category, Moutaz Jad has struck a deal with established Hollywood production company MPower Pictures, to attach the company as producers to his winning...
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Jim Farina contest recognition for Martin Eden

·  2nd Place in the 2010 Inkwell Opportunity ·  Finalist in Scriptapalooza Screenplay competition beating out 3600+ International entries. ·  Semi-finalist in Table Read My Screenplay   · ...
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Stephen M. Hunt Took 2012 Fresh Voices Top Honors

Stephen M. Hunt took home the Grand Prize and the Spotlight Award for Best Script Written Outside of the US at the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition for his compelling World War II drama, Precious Vengeance.Hunt, an accomplished British...
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James LaBudde's "The Dark Inside" - Gasparilla Intl Film Festival

"The Dark Inside" is an Official selection Gasparilla International Film Festival. 
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Deborah Vajda's THE BECKONING BUSH - 2012 Fresh Voices Quarterfinalist

THE BECKONING BUSH (a.k.a. THE BEAUTIFUL UNKNOWN and THE BITTER BUSH) is a Quarterfinalist and Spotlight Award nominee in the 2012 Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition.
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Lindsey Foulkes\' Postcards In The Attic - Spotlight Award Nominee

I just received word that Postcards is a nominee for a Spotlight Award (Diversity & Inclusion) in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition!
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Amanda Pepper (M Pepper Langlinais) a Quarterfinalist in Fresh Voices

20 AUGUST was a Quarterfinalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition (Drama Category) and nominated for a Spotlight Award for Best Role Written for a Leading Man.
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DARBY PETTY by DC Sayre makes quarter-finals at Fresh Voices

DARBY PETTY AND THE LOST TREASURE has made the cut as one of the twenty-five screenplays selected for the family film category in the quarter-finals at the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
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Grace adds 2 more Wins

Grace has won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. Last year, I was awarded the Rising Star Award for an early version of Grace.We also won First Prize at the 2014 Illinois International Film Festival...
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Fresh Voices semi-finalist DARBY PETTY AND THE LOST TREASURE by DC Sayre

The 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has released its list of semi-finalists and DARBY PETTY AND THE LOST TREASURE is one of those chosen to advance in the family screenplay category.
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Tammy Olsen reached semi-finals in Fresh Voices Contest

Sci-fi / Action feature 'Shadow Warrior' reached the semi finals of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest.
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\"USB\" written by Jody levesque wins \"Best of Festival.\"

 Also won "Best Screenplay." http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2014/02/23/professional-filmmaker-impressed-with-entries
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Jason Kessler\'s comedy \"Up In Flames\" named Semi-Finalist in Fresh Voices

Jason Kessler's feature length comedy "Up In Flames" was one out of twenty comedy screenplays named as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  Up In Flames follows an obliviously flamboyant boy who...
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John Kiefer Radzniak\'s The Devil at Rest wins 2nd Place, Thriller category

Praising it as "a highly entertaining read... a broadly appealing and highly sellable script," Fresh Voices named The Devil at Rest as 2nd Place winner in the Horror/Thriller category of the 2013 Fresh Voices competition. The analyst also...
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Nick Driggs -- 5-time screenplay competition finalist

My scripts have garnered a finalist distinction five times, and twice advanced to the second round of the Austin Film Fest.The Fix- 3rd place, dramas -- Fresh Voices- second round (top 10% among dramas) -- Austin Film FestHigh Seas- finalist --...
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Kimberly Manky, Semifinalist in Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Kimberly Manky's Magnus the Magnificent was named a Quarterfinalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
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Alex David won Best Comedy in Fresh Voices Contest

Alex David's script N. P. Noir won the Best Comedy prize in the Fresh Voices Contest.  In addition the script was given the award for "Best First 10 Pages."
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Julien Deladriere wins 3rd place in 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest

Julien Deladriere won third place in the 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition with his original sci-fi pilot Storm Up The Sky. The same script previously won a special mention in the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Contest, and was also a...
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Julien Deladriere wins 2nd place in 2012 Fresh Voices screenplay competition

Julien Deladriere won second place in the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition with his original TV pilot The Horizon.  The same script previously won the Silver Prize in the 2012 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, and was also a finalist in the...
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Robert O'Neill - Semi-Finalist Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.

"Best First Ten Pages" Spotlight Award Nomination - The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition 2013.
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"BEST FIRST TEN PAGES" SPOTLIGHT AWARD NOMINATION FOR "OF WOLVES AND MEN"

Robert Dan O´Neill´s Screenplay "OF WOLVES AND MEN" received the Spotlight Award Nomination "Best First Ten Pages" in 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
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SKIN by William Maurer Nominated as a Fresh Voices 1/2 Hour Pilot Finalist

William Maurer Nominated as a Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Semifinalist for his 1/2 Original Dramedy Pilot "SKIN"
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William Maurer, Two Pilots Win Awards at Indie Gatherings Int'l FF

"In the Cut" Wins 1st Overall TV Pilot Award at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival, and "Skin" places 3rd Overall, giving Maurer a slight monopoly on TV Pilot Awards at the recent IGIFF. "Skin" has...
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Alpha, by Christina Pamies, Top Placement in Multiple Contests

Christina Pamies' science fiction thriller, ALPHA, was one of ten runners up in the 2014 Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competiiton. It was also named the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category winner at the 2013 Fresh Voices screenplay contest. The...
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Todd Sorrell

Quarterfinalist 2009 -- Writers on the Storm Screenplay Contest (Top 100 of over 1000 entries) for "The Minstrel      Finalist 2011 Smashcut Screenplay Contest for "The Minstrel"; (Top 10 in Fantasy Genre, Top 100...
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Fred Perry's FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA set to film in October

Fred Perry's award winning short, FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA, is set to start filming on October 18th in L.A.  Directed by Palm Street Film's founder, Dawn Fields, the script has won numerous 1st place and grand jury awards over...
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"Genesis Prime" by Joe Crouch/Semi-Finalist in the Fresh Voices Contest

"Genesis Prime", a high concept sci-fi adventure was a Semi-Finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition.  More info about the screenplay is available at www.GenesisPrime.com
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Semi-Finalist Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

My spec, EVIL'S BANE, reached the semi-finals of the Fresh Voices Competition 2013.
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Peter Wisan Places As QuarterFinalist in Fresh Voices Competition

Peter Wisan's future dystopian feature, "Strings" placed as a quarterfinalist in the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices competition. "Strings" competed against over 1,500 other screenplays to place as a quarterfinalist....
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VALLEY OF THE KINGS - QUARTERFINALIST IN FRESH VOICES CONTEST 2013-2014

Terry Coffey's "VALLEY OF THE KINGS," a one-hour TV pilot based on his book "The 18th Dynasty," made the Quarterfinals of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
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Terry Coffey's ATLAS Places in Multiple Contests

"Atlas," the short screenplay and TV pilot by writer and author Terry Coffey was a semifinalist/quarterfinalist in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and Final Draft/Big Break Screenwriting Contest all...
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Robert Wooldridge Places Two Scripts in Two Top Contests

Robert Wooldridge's THE BOAT placed as a semifinalist in the Storypros International Competition and in Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, and his NATE OF AMERICA was listed in Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Top 100...
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Lauren Hoekstra

Quarter Finalist with screenplay Yellow Touch Red
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Cromie's "CASTLE: Legacy" wins Fresh Voice's TV Writing Sample category

Kathleen Cromie's "Legacy," a spec of the hit ABC series CASTLE, has been declared the winner of the 2014 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition's Sample Writing category.  Her sci-fi pilot "Jumpers" was also a finalist...
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Allman and Warren are Fresh Voices Winners

WHITMAN, by Marshall Allman and Steve Warren, won the Drama/Period/Biopic/Historical category of the 2014-15 Fresh-Voices screenplay contest.
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Emi Sano receives Honorable Mention in Fresh Voices Competition

2014-2015 Honorable Mention with the Fresh Voices Competition in the Drama Category for the screenplay "A Thorn". 
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June Escalante

Placed in top three Thriller Genre in Fresh Voices Screenwrinting Contest 2014/15 with script, Mr Clark
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June Escalante

June's script, MR. CLARK. received an honerable mention, in the Fresh Voices Contest, top three in the thriller genre. This script has been a finalist in many contests and top 10% in The Nicholl Fellowship Awards.
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Bruno Borello, Honorable Mention in Fresh Voices

Borello's screenplay "Wrath of an Eagle" received Honroable Mention in the Action/Adventure category of the 2014-15 Fresh Voices Competition. "Wrath of an Eagle" was also quarter-finalist of the 2014 ScreenCraft Action...
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Fresh Voices gives Libby Baker's 1/2 hour pilot Honorable Mention

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Lauren Hoekstra qualifies as Quarter Finalist in 2014 Fresh Voices contest

Yellow Touch Red gets through to the quarter finals of the Fresh Voices 2014 contest.
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CYCLONE SANTA made semi-finals in 2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

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JOHN ARVAI'S YARD OF BRICKS WINS FRESH VOICES TOP 3 HONORABLE MENTION

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NOMINATED FOR TWO AWARDS: STILL LIFE BY NEW SCREENWRITER LISA REILY

Still Life by Lisa Reily has been nominated for two awards in the 2014-15 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition: 'Best role written for a leading man' and 'Best ensemble cast'.
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June Escalante's Script MR. CLARK, Top Three at Fresh Voices

June Escalante's script, Mr. Clark made honerable mention in the top three winners in the thriller genre in Fresh Voices Screenwriting contest 2014/15.
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Ralston's Comedy/Drama Wins 1st Place in Fresh Voices Screenwriting Contest

Duncan Ralston's historical comedy-drama The Valley won 1st place TV Pilot in the 2014 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Contest, 1-hr TV Pilot category. The Valley is a fictional account of the true story of the FBI/Miami Dade undercover...
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DRONES & DRIVERS by HALEY ISLEIB

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KT Parker named as Quarter-finalist in 2015 Fresh Voices Competition

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O'Connell's LOVE'S REMAINS Scores Ninth Contest Placement

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Addison Bhuyan has two scripts make the Fresh Voices Quarter Finals

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"The Legend" quarter finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Comp

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Quarter Finalist 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Damon Ragsdale is a Quarter Finalist of 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition for his short screenplay.
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ADDISON BHUYAN'S TWO SCREENPLAYS ADVANCE TO FRESH VOICES SEMI-FINALS

Addison Bhuyan's spec The Americans and short, The Table Top Dancer have advanced to the Semi-Final round of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition!
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Addison Bhuyan's short, The Table Top Dancer is a finalist at Fresh Voices

After being a semi-finalist at the Nashville Film Festival, Addison's short script, The Table Top Dancer is now a finalist in the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
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Julie Livingston's Self Help wins honorable mention in Fresh Voices

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JANE THERESE'S WHAT ARE THE ODDS? PLACES IN FRESH VOICES

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Addison's Table Top Dancer WINS Best Short Script at 2015-16 Fresh Voices

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Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition - Honorable Mention

SYVERTSEN'S COMPLEX was the first Honorable Mention in the Science Fiction category of the 2015-2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
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Terri Sissman's LIFE TO LIFE Wins Comedy/RomCom Category of Fresh Voices

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Alex Cope & Will Zech's 'Creepypasta' Wins 2015 Fresh Voices Competition

Alex Cope and Will Zech's half-hour pilot Creepypasta (submitted under working title 'Tapes') has won first place in the 1/2 Hour TV Pilot category of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. The script previously won Best Scripted...
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Terry Erickson's HORSEMAN Wins Fresh Voices 2015-16 Honorable Mention

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Eddy Gardiner's western up for 'Best International Script'

Eddy Gardiner's western, Bodies Of Rust, was nominated as one of just ten scripts for Best Script Written Outside Of The US at the prestigious Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, along with its selection as a quarter-finalist.
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THE COURAGE INSIDE BY MELISSA EMERY WINS HONORABLE MENTION IN FRESH VOICES

Screenwriter Melissa Emery's political war drama "The Courage Inside" has won honorable mention (2nd place) in the frama category of the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition. The political war drama focuses on a female...
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RICHARD WILLETT'S "THE GAZEBO" SEMI-FINALIST IN FRESH VOICES COMPETITION

Richard Willett's short screenplay THE GAZEBO is now a semi-finalist for the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competiton. The script tells the story of the final hours of an elderly couple who die together in a stalled household elevator during a heat...
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DeSantis Nominated for Culture & Heritage Award, 2016 FreshVoices Contest!

Mary DeSantis was recently notified that her Fantasy/Adventure script, Ashling, has been nominated for the 'Culture & Heritage Award' during the preliminary judging stage of the 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest. "This...
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JOHN ARVAI RECEIVES WINS FROM MULTIPLE SCRIPTS

John Arvai's Yard Of Bricks won a top 3 Honorable Mention in the Comedy category in the 2014-2015 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Screencraft Comedy Screenwriting...
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Linda Falcao's Out Flying Past My Bedtime in Table Read My Screenplay

Top 100 Semifinalist in Table Read My Screenplay, Park City! A four-quadrant coming-of-age action comedy about a young girl who suddenly acquires superhero powers, but has to hide them from the crazily overprotective parents as she goes out to save...
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Bridget Bell McMahon's 'Rearranging Roxy' - Fresh Voices Quarter Finalist

'Rearranging Roxy' by Bridget Bell McMahon earns Quarter Finalist place in Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition.
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'HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS' Advances in Fresh Voices Competition

Jonathan LaPoma's feature-length, holiday-themed black comedy, 'Harm For The Holidays', has advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2016 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. 'Harm For The Holidays' is ranked 2nd in the GLBT category...
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MARY DESANTIS makes the Quarter Finals! 2016 FreshVoices Screenplay Contest

Mary's feature script 'Ashling' is a dynamic sci-fi fantasy adventure set in Ireland. The female protagonist is a member of Ireland's minority nomadic culture known as An Lucht Siuil, or the Travelling People. The script is also...
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JOHN ARVAI'S 'OFF THE HOOK' MAKES THE TRACKING BOARD LAUNCH PAD TOP 75

John Arvai's animated family adventure 'Off the Hook' has been selected as one of the top 75 features in the Tracking Board Launch Pad Competition.  This script is also currently a quarter-finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay...
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Craig Holland's Script Named Finalist in StoryPros

Craig Holland's comedy script 'Water From The Moon' was named one of the top 37 scripts (Finalist) in the StoryPros International Screenwriting Competition 2017.   
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Craig Holland's Script Makes Top 10 in Comedy Category in Fresh Voices

Craig Holland's comedy script 'Water From The Moon' make the Semi-Finalists list in the 2016-17 Fresh Voices screenwriting competition.  
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Melissa Emery's The Courage Inside Wins/ Places Multiple Awards

Screenwriter Melissa Emery's political war drama The Courage Inside won Honorable Mention in the 2016 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition.  It was also 2016 ScreenCraft Fellowship Runner-up, Cinestory Screenwriting Fellowship Award Finalist...
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Kendall Castor-Perry's 'Preincarnation' wins Fresh Voices sci-fi category

Kendall Castor-Perry's feature screenplay 'Preincarnation' has placed first in the sci-fi & fantasy category of the 2016-2017 Fresh Voices contest. An earlier version of the script advanced to the second round of the Austin Film Festival...
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Fresh Voices Honorable Mention Horror/Thriller

21 Days in the AmazonHorrorLogline: When the cast and crew of the reality show Bared and Scared film an episode in the Amazon, surviving the deadly jungle proves less frightening than surviving an unhinged contestant.
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'Section 504' by Melissa Emery Fresh Voices Winner & PAGE Awards Finalist

Screenwriter Melissa Emery's true story drama 'Section 504' has been named 2017 Winner of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Diversity & Inclusion Spotlight Award. It was also a 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards...
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Fresh Voices

DISCOVER

Our approach to discovering new talent underscores our strong belief that new voices deserve to be heard, and great stories told. Our services are specifically designed to discover material most people might overlook. While traditional criteria such as tone, structure and character are equally important, in our experience the one quality that cannot be taught or rewritten is the author’s original voice.

 

ENCOURAGE

We encourage writers by offering guidance to those areas of the screenwriting process that can be taught. Established writers have a team of agents, managers and publicists to prepare, promote and help navigate every aspect of the business. Fresh Voices was created to offer the same services to emerging writers so you can approach your career with confidence.

 

PROMOTE

We take a proactive approach to introducing writers and material to the industry. We have relationships with the tastemakers and decision makers and we know what sells and who's buying. We strive to effectively match material with appropriate buyers, facilitate productive relationships and launch the careers of emerging screenwriters.

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  • 2014-15 Grand Prize Winner Signs with Echo Lake Entertainment

Chris Bowen, Grand Prize Winner of the 2014-15 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has been signed by managers James Engle and Amotz Zakai at Echo Lake Entertainment.

  • James Barclay, 2014 Honorable Mention Signed by Magnet Management 

James Barclay, Honorable Mention in the Science-Fiction/ Fantasy category of the 2014-15 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has been signed by manager Mitch Solomon at Magnet Management.

  •  2013 Grand Prize Winner Jade Shames Signs with Principato-Young Entertainment and literary manager Evan Cavic. 
  • MPower Pictures Makes Deal on 2012 Competition Winner Megalopolis by Moutaz Jad

In the first deal since announcing the winners of the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition just one month ago, 1st place winner in the Science-Fiction/ Fantasy category, Moutaz Jad has struck a deal with established Hollywood production company MPower Pictures, to attach the company as producers to his winning script Megalopolis. MPower Pictures has produced several movies including the Golden Globe Nominated Machine Gun Preacher directed by Marc Forster and starring Gerard Butler. Continue Reading

  • 2011 Fresh Voices Grand Prize Winner Jack Messitt is now collaborating with A-List Screenwriter Jeremy Garelick.  

Since winning last year's Grand Prize, Fresh Voices circulated Jack's winning screenplay Adventures in Babymaking to leading production companies and ultimately caught the eye of A-List Screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up, The Hangover). The two are now collaborating a new project for Jeremy to direct. Jack subsequently signed with Scenario Management

  • SIGNED!! 2010 Fresh Voices Finalist Bill Balas has signed with top management company Principato Young.   

Since being a finalist in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, Bill quit his day job and is now a staff writer for the A&E TV series The Bates Motel starring Vera Farmiga. With the help of Fresh Voices, Bill optioned his winning screenplay Already Gone and attached Shawn Ashmore (X:Men 1, 2 & 3) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) to star in the project. See the trailer here! 

  • Fresh Voices Winning Script In Production 

Shawn Ashmore (Iceman from the X:Men movies) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) star in Already Gone by Bill Balas.

As a direct result of placing in the action category of the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, producers Peter Katz and Don Le optioned the script for up and coming filmmaker Ross Ching to direct. Joel Mendoza of Fresh Voices and Attraction Entertainment are Executive Producing. Continue Reading

  • Fresh Voices Finalist Options Winning Screenplay!

As a direct result of his placement in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, screenwriter Bill Balas has optioned his winning screenplay, Aleady Gone, to producers Peter Katz and Don Le.