School of Communications High School Screenwriting Competition | Webster University

School of Communications High School Screenwriting Competition

Students enrolled in a high school or secondary-level homeschool program during the 2017-2018 academic year are invited to submit a short screenplay (for a film of no more than five minutes, which is five pages in standard format) to the Webster University School of Communications High School Screenwriting Competition. The winning script will be produced as a film during the school's annual filmmaking summer camp, and the scriptwriter will receive an iPad Mini.  

Rules and Guidelines

  1. By submitting your screenplay to the competition, you grant permission for Webster University filmmaking camp organizers to produce a short film based on your work during its summer 2018 filmmaking camp, if the judges select your screenplay as the winner.
  2. Only students enrolled in high school or a secondary-level homeschool program during the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to enter.
  3. The winning screenwriter will receive an iPad Mini, as well as the opportunity to attend the Webster University 2018 summer filmmaking camp at no charge. At the judges' discretion, they may award honorable mention to exceptional, non-winning screenplays. Writers of screenplays who earn honorable mention will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.
  4. The Webster University filmmaking camp organizers may, in some cases, decide to produce during the summer camp, one or more of the screenplays awarded honorable mention. Students whose screenplays are awarded honorable mention and whose screenplays are chosen to be produced will have the opportunity to attend the filmmaking summer camp at no charge.
  5. The screenplay may be written in any genre (e.g. horror, comedy, drama).
  6. The screenplay should be written for a film of no more than five minutes (which is five pages in standard format).
  7. The screenplay should avoid overt sexual or violent content and should not include tobacco or illicit drug use as essential aspects of the story.
  8. The screenplay should require no more than four speaking parts.
  9. The screenplay should require no more than three interior locations that the crew can create using a classroom or office building on the university campus.
  10. The judges will make their selection in part based on the production requirements of the screenplays.
  11. The producers of the short film retain the right to make changes or improvements to the screenplay to allow for more efficient production.
  12. Family members of Webster University employees, board members or contractors are not eligible to enter.
  13. While the screenwriter grants the right to the university to produce a film based on the winning screenplay, to exhibit the film, and to use the film for promotion of the summer camp, the screenwriter retains all other rights to the work.
  14. If the winning screenplay is written by a student under the age of eighteen, he or she must submit a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian before he or she can collect a prize or have his or her screenplay produced by the summer filmmaking camp.
  15. The screenplay should be submitted as a PDF file to socnews@webster.edu.
  16. The deadline to submit a screenplay is Monday, April 9, 2018. 
  17. Multiple screenplays may be submitted, however, quality over quantity is a good rule of thumb.
  18. Submission of screenplays may not be acknowledged until after the competition is closed and winners have been decided. Please do not request personal acknowledgments.

For information on screenplay formatting, see "Formatting Tips" under screenwriting resources on the website for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars). You will find it at http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/screenwriting-resources. If you do not already own formatting software like Final Draft, you can use a program like Celtx, which you can download for no cost at celtx.com or at Amazon Storywriter at storywiter.amazon.com.

Please submit questions to socnews@webster.edu.

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Updated 1/10/2018