for the 2005 BHERC Screenwriting Competition
are sought from writers of African descent
who are serious about a career as a screenwriter.
Submissions of screenplays of 90-120 pages,
on any topic and genre, will be accepted
by mail only. All submissions must be postmarked
by August 31, 2005.
The 2005 BHERC Screenwriting
Competition will offer winners the opportunity
to jump-start their careers as screenwriters.
The Grand Prize winner will receive two
weekend passes to the annual African American
Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film
Showcase, in November 2005 in Hollywood,
California. The Grand Prize also includes
a writing mentor, a full staged reading
of the winning script at the annual Film
Marketplace and Short Film Showcase (directed
by an independent film director), and two
confirmed meetings with industry professionals.
The three top winners
will also receive prizes courtesy of the
Writers Boot Camp, a membership-based community
of writers that uses effective and unique
methods to develop film and TV scripts.
The Grand Prize winner will receive the
Writers Boot Camp’s Immersion* course,
a month-long version of the Basic Training
course, that begins with an intensive week
of class and extensive creative support.
The second and third place winners will
receive the Online Basic Training** course,
an online version of the Basic Training
The Grand Prize winner
will also receive membership to the Writers
Guild of America, west's Independent Writers
Caucus (IWC). IWC members receive invitations
to IWC-related and Guild member events,
WGAw mailings and communications, the Guild's
Script Registration Service at the reduced
rate for Guild members, and other benefits.
For more information on the Independent
Writers Caucus or to register your screenplay,
Nine finalists will receive two weekend
passes to the Film Marketplace and Short
Film Showcase, as well as special recognition
on the BHERC Web site (www.BHERC.org). Other
prizes will be announced at a later date.
The annual Film Marketplace
and Short Film Showcase features the screening
of more than 50 short films by today’s
finest emerging African American filmmakers
while paying tribute to African American
film pioneers. The event also offers informative
seminars led by film and TV industry professionals,
and a host of established film writers,
directors, producers and other behind-the-scenes
professionals, as well as networking opportunities.
Writers Boot Camp is
a membership-based community of Writers
deploying unique, highly effective conceptual
brainstorming tools to generate fully developed
film and television scripts that can help
facilitate and sustain professional careers.
The tools inform the curriculum of all courses
and programs. In the flagship Think Tank
membership, writers generate 3-5 fully developed
scripts in a deadline-oriented environment
offering nighttime classes and extensive
creative support. And many work at the highest
levels of the film and television industry.
For more information on the Writers Boot
Camp visit www.writersbootcamp.com
- Basic Training course, offered "live"
and online, is meant for newer writers
or professionals who already posses an
empowered rewriting process, and helps
writers complete a conceptually sound
first draft in eight weeks.
- **Online Basic Training, an online adaptation
of the classic Basic Training course that
includes live interaction with an instructor,
bring the potent tools and creative support
to writers not living in or near Los Angeles
or New York.
- *Immersion is an accelerated, month-long
version of Basic Training that begins
with and intensive week of class and extensive
creative support at our headquarters in
L.A. The remaining three weeks of the
course include support and feedback toward
the completion of a first draft.
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