BHERC Screenwriting Competition Features Writers Boot Camp

LOS ANGELES—Submissions 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 course.

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, visit"
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 ( 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

  • 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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