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
Chosen from the First Place Winners:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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
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!
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
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.
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