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Welcome to Colortape International Film Festival!

Winning a competition is a great way to raise the profile of a script writer. Colortape continues a tradition of discovering up-and-coming talent, who are competing along side of some of the most experienced and seasoned writers. We recognize screenwriters from around the world. With multiple prizes and screenwriter events at the festival, CIFF is another way to get your writing discovered.

ABOUT

The Script Writing competition, presented by Colortape International Film Festival, aims to fulfill the never ending requests of publishers and major studios by finding new, high-concept material that can be adapted for film or television among four categories: Feature Screenplay (4 genre divisions), Teleplay, and Adaptation.

The goal of the competition is to present the best scripts and ideas to publishers, film studios around the world. We will endeavour to introduce the winner to receives personal development assistance and meetings with either top publishers or producers to discuss potential production. If available at the time. Agent representation and support is in the pipeline further down the track. Note: past negotiation with InkTip to sponsor and perhaps appoint judges to our panel in this category, failed.

This is an international competition, as being a multicultural competition we accept writers from all over the world who are welcome to submit their work, preferably with an English translation.


CALL FOR ENTRIES & ACCEPTED ENTRIES

Screen writing contest, TV writing contest, Movie Idea Concept, TV Show idea contest, Student contest

  • Studio-level feature screenplays or pitches (must fall under action/adventure, comedy, fantasy, or horror/thriller)
  • Original pilots or pitches for TV
  • Adaptations for film or TV

Screen Writing competition

About the Competition

With more writer success stories in the past years than any other competition, the Screenwriting Contest with the help of our partners set our sights on discovering up-and-coming creative talent and connecting them with top publishers, or production companies, agencies, and managers. CIFF's position as an industry facilitator is growing and hopefully will prove remarkably successful in future years, with numerous writers chance & hope to find representation and gaining valuable introductions to studio-level producers.

Beyond prizes, winners are given circulation to a number of qualified industry contacts.

The winner will receive (if available at the time of printing):

• Assistance in polishing the script before circulation

• Personal introductions to active managers and producers

• The opportunity to send other projects to CIFF for review by our Director of Development

In future we are will endeavour to facilitate or provide a "Phone or in-person consultation with a development executive" in due course, if available at the time. In the past we have offered this opportunity to top five finalists but due to logistical and geographical issues we are only able to assist the one writer, the winner.

The intent is to not only funnel upper-echelon material to the industry, but foster the careers of our finalists long after the contest ends.



Judging criteria

Is based primarily on the overall quality of writing, including storytelling ability and fundamental screenplay components (e.g. dialogue, plot, structure, and characterization). Concept marketability and originality is also taken into consideration.

Judges will be appointed or selected from either industry professionals, senior analysts consultants or university lecturers, or hand-selected readers with a minimum of five years experience specifically in feature film development. Note: currently we are negotiating with InkTip to nominate judges to our panel

For those interested in judging for the Script /Screenwriting Competition, email us. We will only consider applicants with a minimum of five years experience or active industry executives.

TV Writing competition

About the Competition

Colortape International Film Festival [CIFF] TV Writing Competition is searching for the best in TV material. Accepted entries include reality or idea proposals, spec scripts for existing shows, and original pilots.

As with the Screenwriting Competition, winners are given exclusive access to our circle of industry execs searching for proficient TV writers and, in the case of reality concepts, fresh ideas.

The winner will receive (if available at the time):

• Individual assistance in polishing the script/proposal before circulation

• Query/logline review by one or more analysts

• Personal introductions to active managers and producers looking for specific types of writers or projects

• The opportunity to send other TV scripts or concepts to CIFF for review by our Director of Development

In future we are will endeavour to facilitate or provide a "Phone or in-person consultation with a development executive" in due course, if available at the time.

Pilots Judging criteria

For pilots and specs is based primarily on the overall quality of writing, including storytelling ability and fundamental components (e.g. dialogue, plot, structure, and characterization). For specs, TV show ideas or reality concepts will be judged strongly on marketability and originality.

Judges are either industry professionals, Senior Analysts consultants from Writers Workshop, or hand-selected readers with a minimum of five years experience specifically in development. For spec scripts, we make certain the judge has a strong familiarity with the show they're reading.

For those interested to help in judging scripts entered in the Script Writing Competition, E-mail us to colortape@gmail.com Please note that we will only consider applicants with a minimum of five years experience or those holding roles as executives in television industry.

Movie Idea Concepts

Guidelines & Judging

Written or video submissions accepted. For written pitches:

- Anything from a two-sentence logline to a 3-5 page treatment. Longer treatments also accepted, but please do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct to colortape@gmail.com.

- Longer submissions are judged the SAME as short ones, so whatever length you think is best for your story. You can include a title and genre, but only the idea itself is critiqued.

For video pitches:

- Submit a link to the video after registration by emailing colortape@gmail.com. We prefer it be a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other major video hosting site.

- Videos can be any length, but remember, shorter is typically better. No short films (or for that matter, features).

JUDGING

As with CIFF's screenwriting and TV writing contests, judges are comprised of readers and/or VIP invites, industry partners, or sponsors and one vote to be cast by the Co-Founder and CEO Alex Schiller.

Ideas are graded almost exclusively on originality. Each pitch goes through at least three rounds of judging before reaching the finals where the winners are chosen.

Great TV Show Idea

Guidelines & Judging

Written or video submissions accepted. For written pitches:

- Anything from a two-sentence logline to a 3-5 page treatment. Longer treatments also accepted, but please do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct to colortape@gmail.com.

- Longer submissions are judged the SAME as short ones, so whatever length you think is best for your story. You can include a title and genre, but only the idea itself is critiqued.

For video pitches:

- Submit a link to the video after registration via email. We prefer it be a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other major video hosting site.

- Videos can be any length, but remember, shorter is typically better. No short films (or for that matter, features).

JUDGING

As with CIFF's screenwriting and TV writing contests, judges are comprised of readers, invited VIP's, sponsors, and industry partners, one vote to be cast by Co-Founder and CEO Alex Schiller.

Ideas are graded almost exclusively on originality. Each pitch goes through at least three rounds of judging before reaching the finals where the winners are chosen.

Student Screenwriting competition

About the Student Competition

Recognizing the tremendous growth of aspiring filmmakers and creative professionals, CIFF has created a contest with the specific intent of finding the next up-and-coming student screenwriter.

To level the playing field, the Student Screenwriting Competition is open to qualified entrants currently enrolled in a university or certified film school. Students may submit a feature-length script in ANY genre or budget range. Non-film majors and graduate students are welcome to enter as well.

DEADLINES & FEES


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SUBMISSION OPTIONS

Enter the contest via Script Writing/Screen writing competition section, and through olnine platforms listed below

All participants or registered members please note, that all terms and conditions outlined online must be reviewed and agreed to

ENTRIES CAN BE SUBMITTED ON THE PLATFORM BELOW:


European based filmmakers have multiple platform choices(English subtitles required) please enter either via Festhome.com

European based filmmakers also enter via Click4Festivals.com Click for Festivals

US, Canada, Centr al and South American countries may submit here


Entries from China and Chinese language films (English subtitles required) please enter here


Thank you & Good luck.



Anima (Cartoon) Drawing, Comic - Manga Competition (enter submission through Script Writing section)


Good luck!


Past & present 'Winners & Runner Ups' (click here please)


Colortape Film Magazine for Filmmakers (PDF file preview, site under construction in 2016) (click here please)

The magazine was put together by us and features biographies, or a short synopsis, posters and photos about films submitted in our festival. Those who would like to feature in our magazine, please send us a short 300 word synopsis of your film/script/animation/docos please send us an email requesting to be included. FREE softcopy (pdf file) can be provided to those who participated in our festival. If you would like to order FREE copy please send us an email requesting a softcopy (pdf file). Note is FREE ONLY to those who participated in our festival. Alternatively, we will have hardcopies available by the end of the year for an approximate price of AUD$18 + Postage (subject to order/volume of printing please inquire within), order can be placed vi email. Thank you for supporting our magazine.



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