Baltimore Screenwriters Competition application deadline, January 29

Calling all aspiring film writers! Don’t miss the opportunity to submit work for the 2010 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Winners receive prizes and great exposure. The application deadline is fast approaching. All entries must be received by Jan. 29 with a $50 application fee. 

The fifth annual competition is designed to create awareness of screenplays as a literary art form and to encourage new screenwriters into the entertainment industry. Applicants have a chance to win cash prizes and all access passes to the Maryland Film Festival. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in conjunction with Morgan State University’s Film and Television Writing Program, and Johns Hopkins’ Film and Media Studies Program. Additional sponsorship provided by Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU), Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.

Interested writers can submit applications and original feature length screenplays that must be set in or can be filmed in Baltimore. Materials can be mailed or delivered to the Baltimore Film Office, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 7 East Redwood St., Suite 500, Baltimore, Md. 21202. All eligible scripts will receive coverage by local screenwriters. The first place winner receives $1,500, a weekend in Baltimore package, Maryland Film Festival all access passes and movie tickets; second place is awarded $750, an all access pass for the Maryland Film Festival and movie tickets; and the third place winner receives a $350 cash prize, an all access pass for the Maryland Film Festival and movie tickets. Competition winners will be announced during the Maryland Film Festival on May 6-9. 

In addition, film industry professionals will judge final scripts. Returning judges include Grant Curtis, Nina Noble and Richard Walter. Grant Curtis, producer, writer and actor, is best known for his work in the Spiderman sequels. He assisted in producing Spiderman 3 and was the co-producer of Spiderman and Spiderman 2. Curtis will add to his impressive résumé the highly-anticipated 2011 release of Spiderman 4, which he will also produce. 

Nina Noble, executive producer of “The Wire,” was virtually raised on film sets. As a freelance assistant director on feature films, Noble worked with prominent directors such as Alan Parker, Paul Mazursky and Ron Shelton. Later, her career shifted to producing and production managing television pilots and made-for-TV movies. While producing and managing television projects for the Levinson/Fontana Company, she met David Simon and Bob Colesberry, with whom she would later collaborate to develop and produce the HBO series, “The Wire.”

Richard Walter is head of UCLA’s Department of Film and Television and author of “Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.” A member of the Screen Writers Guild of America for more than 20 years, he has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to the “big three” television networks.

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