Canadian Short Screenplay Competition in LA

Canadian Short Screenplay Contest

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In the Spotlight this week are the CANADIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, an exciting international screenwriting competition that serves up short film production and option deals; and the LA COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, a star-studded celebration of emerging artists in comedy, taking place in Los Angeles, California.




Winners Announced: February 2010

The 2nd Annual CANADIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (CSSC) aims to champion emerging screenwriters, and to be a launching pad for writers working in the short form. Described as “the single-most competitive, prestigious, short screenplay competition in Canada,” CSSC rewards the winner with the Grand Prize: a professionally produced, live-action short film to be submitted to festivals around the world.

In total, CSSC awards over $50,000 CAD worth in prizes. The First Place winner receives a $1,000 cash option deal, the Second Place winner, $500, and the Third Place winner, $250. Ten finalists take home prize packages, including potential option deals, gift certificates to Raindance Canada, InkTip listings and PR, as well as a meeting with reps from Meridian Artists’ literary department. And rewards are not only reaped by the Competition’s top winners; runner-up Carolynne Ciceri gained investors and a writing gig as a result of her exposure from CSSC, and is gearing up to shoot her finalist screenplay, “The Lobby.”

CSSC’s submitted screenplays are blindly judged by a panel of industry pros, creating an equal playing field for all submitters. “There’s something affirming about being judged by a blind panel of industry experts that don’t even know your name. More than that though, mentioning the achievement as part of my pitch creates a definite reaction in the eyes of industry folks,” gushes CSSC finalist Ciceri.



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