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Contest: "One Shot" (5 entries so far)
Write a story that can be filmed in one long shot with no cuts.
Contest: "Kiss" (23 entries)
Every character in your story must kiss someone or something.
Contest: "Feature ~ Round 1 of 3: Logline" (88 entries)
This is the first of three rounds in our annual feature length script contest.
First Place: Kelley AllenSecond Place: Ammar SalmiThird Place: Paul De VrijerHonorable Mention: Fred Koszewnik
In this first round, writers submit their title and logline (no more than 500 characters). The top 30 writers move on to the second round in April, when they submit their first ten pages. In August, the top ten writers move on to the third and final round, when they submit their finished scripts.
~ Kenneth Hurd
~ Philip Whitcroft
~ Sean Chipman
~ Tim Westland
~ Travis DeSteinTop 30: Binky Fonblanque
~ Byron Matthews
~ Calvin Peat
~ David Kurtz
~ Denise Jewell
~ Greg Scupholm
~ Greg Tonnon
~ Jonah Yarden
~ Kirk White
~ Margaret Ricke
~ Martin Gomez
~ Michael Berg
~ Michael E. Bierman
~ Mohammad Nawaz
~ Nicholas Cariddo
~ Piotr Jamroz
~ Rick Hansberry
~ Rod Thompson
~ Seth Kozak
~ Trent Carroll
~ Zach JansenTitles and Loglines:
"20 Bloody Questions"
A prominent businessman must play a game of 20 questions with an insane kidnapper to find and save his wife.
"A Dark Place"
A small Bible Belt town is rocked by horror and mystery after a school bus on an afternoon field trip never returns. While the Chief of Police, the parents of the missing children, and a local drug kingpin look for clues from three different sides of the spectrum, the town slowly finds itself in the grip of something far more sinister than a simple mass kidnapping, as one by one, the bus riders begin to return in the night. Based on real-life phenomena.
"All That Glitters..."
A lonely Irish fisherman must outwit a con man and gamble the family business after making an astounding discovery that could make him rich and win his love -- or cost him everything.
After his parents are killed in a car wreck, a bright but sheltered nine year-old is introduced to his wacky aunt and her dysfunctional family, the Normals, who will have to prove they are competent guardians or else he ends up in an orphanage.
"Buddy Cop, Bad Cop"
When a goofy rookie cop is paired with a grizzled veteran, he revels in the opportunity to live out his buddy cop movie fantasies, only to find that his new partner is corrupt and it's up to the rookie to take his partner down before he assassinates the mayor...
A critically burned 9-year-old boy, whose legs are ordered for amputation, fights through monumental odds to become the fastest mile-runner on earth.
A pre-Civil War slave catcher unwittingly pursues his long-departed boyhood best friend, who is led North by none other than Underground Railroad legend Harriet Tubman.
A grieving father desperate to track down the people who forced his daughter to play a kill-or-be-killed game must confront his darkest fears and a sinister cult when he receives an invitation to play in the next round.
As the lone survivor of a slasher killer's murderous spree, a college co-ed wrestles with her conscience as her desire to seek revenge against the killer's family grows.
"Fitness for Dummies"
After being humiliated by a jealous competitor, an aspiring inventor leads a team of underachievers on a quest to become the next great fitness entrepreneurs, thereby proving himself to the girl of his dreams.
"For The Love Of Pete"
An unlikely romance develops between a mild-mannered investment banker and a beautiful young ex-fighter pilot when she pulls him into the adventure of a lifetime - enlisting his help in rescuing her parents who have been kidnapped by her ex-lover, the leader of an inept drug cartel, bent on luring her back to Mexico.
After two young brothers fail to stop their father’s horrific murder by a beast known only in folklore, they commit their lives to eliminating all such mythical threats under the guise of fairy tale collectors.
A stoic nurse and a timid policeman have 90 minutes to get a transplant heart across a lawless city as a hurricane makes landfall around them.
Set against the backdrop of the Texas-Indian wars, a sleazy bounty hunter ventures into a quaint town to kill his next target but discovers a disease quickly spreading through the area transforming everybody into flesh hungry monsters. With the help of a bigoted junkie, he sets out to eradicate the pandemic whilst trying to redeem his once loyal nature.
To save his crumbling relationship with “the one”, a desperate atheist does the ultimate sacrifice for love: he joins her crazy Southern Baptist Church.
An angel must leave his cushy desk job and break all the laws of existence to fight the grim reaper and hell’s angels to prevent the untimely death of a young man he has been monitoring since birth.
The Hollywood-minded preteen daughter of two deadbeats hires a family of nomadic swindlers to take her to California but a detour on her journey reveals the family's true motive: abducting her for marriage.
To fulfill ‘family time’ obligations, a resourceful engineering student is dragged to the Australian Outback by her oil-greedy father. Here, she must rely on her wits to defend her dysfunctional family against the terrifying cadaverous beasts unearthed by the prospecting.
An over-the-hill hired gun is sent to eliminate a CIA informant living in a nursing home. But when he learns he's been set up, he must band together with the home's residents and fend off a squad of cold-blooded assassins.
On the eve of a Category 4 hurricane striking Manhattan, a Cold Case detective is partnered with a Homicide detective where they hunt down a killer--dubbed the Rainmaker--who has murdered 13 people in every major New York City hurricane for the past 80 years.
When a badly injured international spy seeks refuge in a Dutch animal shelter, a failed surgeon turned veterinarian must risk her life to fix him up and keep him out of harm's way as a team of assassins assault the clinic to finish the job.
"Suitable for Framing"
When a troubled superstar football player is framed for murder, he uses his prison time to learn to box - not realizing this puts him on a collision course with those who framed him.
When three young women, one of them pregnant, learn that they are all married to the same smooth talking man they plot a mission of vengeance designed to destroy him.
"The Morro Castle"
When an investigative journalist uncovers a conspiracy aboard the ill-fated luxury ocean liner, he must be willing to let go of his past in order to save hundreds of innocent passengers from certain disaster- based on the true events of the "Morro Castle" - a forgotten 1934 maritime disaster.
A reckless equestrian struggles through personal and professional setbacks as he tries to make history as the youngest winner ever of the elite Rolex championship, but his destructive personality poses the biggest obstacle to claiming the title.
"The Red Orchestra"
While awaiting her execution by guillotine for high treason and espionage, an American woman recalls her attempts to undermine the Nazis with the help of a mysterious organization known as the Red Orchestra. Based on a true story.
"The White Knight"
When a delusional shut-in witnesses his favorite webcam model’s kidnapping, he must utilize his lack of detective skills to locate her before she becomes another victim of a deranged internet troll.
"The Young Hypnotist"
Philadelphia, 1839. A medical student's innocent curiosity with the mysterious power of Mesmerism quickly escalates into an obsessive game of manipulation, mind-control and conquest of the people around him.
After a cosmic event returns Magic to the world, a washed up detective taps his newly acquired powers to solve crimes committed by the recently Enchanted. When a string of horrific occult murders occur which defy his magical abilities, he must rely on skills from his past to stop the killer.
"William Roth Will Rot"
Suffering from a necrotizing disease that doctors can't explain, William Roth discovers that he is rotting away. As his condition worsens, he is forced to kill in order to piece himself back together.