‘Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge’ will award $6,500 to next great screenwriters


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A new creative contest – the Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge – is ready to award $6,500 and unparalleled Hollywood access to the next great voices in screenwriting.

Top film industry professionals are set to award two grand prize winners and one runner up in three categories: original screenplay, television pilot, and digital short. Winners will be announced at theSeattle Film Summit on November 17-18, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

The competition aims to raise the Northwest’s profile as a filmmaking powerhouse as entrants compete for exclusive fellowships at the most famous studios in Hollywood and local producers from Seattle’s vibrant indie film community.

The Bigfoot fellowships are designed to advance a writer’s material and career by pairing them with a notable industry professional that could pave the way for a writer to see their work on the big screen.

“Fellowships are a smart and relatively easy way to do something that’s extremely hard: get your work seen by someone who can actually make a difference,” said Sean Robbins of Broken Road Productions.

The first fellowship announced will be with Mr. Robbins’ Paramount Studios’ company, Broken Road Productions. He is a producer of Tom Cruise’s “Knight and Day” and Jeremy Renner’s new movie, “TAG,” a Northwest-based movie.

The contest has an impressive panel of judges who will meet with contest winners for exclusive, 1-on-1 Hollywood-style sit-downs.

“The Pacific Northwest has a pool of talent that hasn’t been fully tapped,” said Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge co-founder and Hollywood screenwriter, Jon Keasey. “We’re excited to bring the Northwest together with Hollywood in the hopes of generating some amazing content.”

Submissions advancing in the competition will be read by some of the top names in Hollywood, like Chris Lockhart, story editor at talent agency juggernaut WME, and John Cheng, President of Kevin Hart’s HeartBeat Productions, plus other notables from the Northwest film community.

Writers have until October 15, 2018 to submit their screenplays. Cheaper entry fees are available now but will increase closer to the deadline. Writers 18 years of age from all countries and backgrounds who have earned less than $50,000 (or foreign equivalent) for work as a screenwriter are strongly encouraged to submit their best material.

For more info, visit https://www.bigfootscriptchallenge.com.

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