Sunday, September 29, 2013
I'm a little late with this one but The Weinstein Company has a FREE movie pitch contest:
As the grand prize of their awesome new "Master Storyteller" contest, the people behind huge recent films like "Django Unchained", "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are offering one talented winner the opportunity to have their pitch or film treatment read by one of the company's Development Executives. Not buried at the bottom of a stack of unsolicited scripts or skimmed by an intern, but genuinely and carefully read by one of the few people capable of actually transforming your idea into a major feature-film. And by the time your pitch is crowned the winner, The Weinstein Company will be paying very close attention, as your idea will have been one of five finalists chosen by a sponsored judge on the merits of its creative vision, its originality, and the viability of the idea as the germ of a movie that could actually be made. While the contest naturally doesn't guarantee that The Weinstein Company will develop the winning pitch, this is nevertheless an incredibly rare opportunity to get your foot in a door that seems to be closing more and more every year.
Eligible submissions must be written treatments between 200 and 1,000 words in length, describing the premise and plot of your proposed film. The pitches have to be completely original ideas that have never been publicly published or submitted to any prior contests.
The deadline is 10-03-13 (yikes!), 11:59am (EST). One entry per household. The submission length certainly doesn't require a lot of heavy lifting, but the terms of service look a bit intimidating so proceed with caution. I entered just two contests this year, so I *might* give it a shot. My only real challenge is figuring out which idea to pitch...
Check them out on facebook for details.