VPA Filmmakers Showcase – Call for Entries

Filmmakers from across the Commonwealth are invited to submit their short films of 10 minutes or less to the VPA Filmmakers Showcase. Produced by the Richmond District of the VPA, the Showcase will accept entries from now until Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

In addition, the Showcase will include 10-page table reads and invites screenwriters with recent, unproduced work to submit their best 10 pages for consideration.

There is no submission fee. To submit a film, email a link (and password, if necessary) to rvpa@virginiaproductionalliance.org. Include a logline of your film, the director, and where and when the film was produced. We will accept films produced from August 1, 2013 to now.

To submit a script, please email your pages in PDF form to rvpa@virginiaproductionalliance.org. The limit is 10 pages, NOT including the title page. In the body of your email, please include the writer’s name/s, a logline, any contest/festival acceptances/awards, and a breakdown of the characters needed to read.

The first Showcase is slated for October 2018, and notifications will be sent out in late September, 2018. If you have any other questions, please email rvpa@virginiaproductionalliance.org.

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VPA Showcase Rules

Original Work. All films and scripts submitted for considerations should be the original work of the filmmakers/writers and have all the necessary rights and clearances to the story being told. Films created for competitions, such as the 48-Hour Film Project, may be submitted, provided the film was part of a competition held in Virginia.

Format

• Short films must be submitted electronically, with a link to the version of the film that will screen. You may password-protect your film, but links to sites requiring the viewer sign up or create an account will not be reviewed.

• Screenplays should be in proper screenwriting format, written in screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic.

No distribution.Films submitted should not be available on any VOD platforms and screenplays submitted should not be optioned. The screening series is intended to emphasize recent work from local filmmakers.

Geography.The Showcase is open to anyone residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The filmmaker (producer, director, writer, etc.) must be a current Virginia resident, and the project must have been produced in Virginia.

Age of project. Films made after July 31, 2013 (i.e. five years or younger) will be considered. Films made prior to that date are not eligible.

Age of filmmaker. Filmmakers of all ages are permitted to submit.

Length of film. To allow for the most films to be programmed, we ask that films be 10 minutes or less, including credits.

Categories. When submitting a film, you will be asked to identify the genre, or category that best represents the project. The categories for the new season are:

• Action/Adventure.Films with high-energy sequences, such as fights, combat, chases, rescues, and so on.

• Comedy. Typically light-hearted fare, designed to amuse and make you laugh by exaggerating the situation, action, characters, etc.

• Drama.Serious, plot-driven stories with realistic characters, settings, life situations and storylines involving character development and interaction.

• Horror/Suspense. Stories made to frighten or probe an audience’s fears, often with a terrifying conclusion, while captivating and entertaining.

• Science-Fiction. Imaginative and visionary, these stories include improbable settings, be it the future, outer space, another planet, etc.

• Documentary. Dealing in real subjects with real people, a documentary is a partially dramatized telling of the story.

• Mistake/Lesson. An early effort by a filmmaker who is brave enough to submit and speak to during our “Night of 1,000 Mistakes.”

• Experimental. These can be artistic, silent, or other films that do not fall into one of the categories listed above.

Content. Accepted films will be grouped by genre as best as possible. Considerations will be made for production value, including sound, lighting and camera work that does not induce nausea or seizures. Films containing excessively violent content, depictions of rape or incest, or material that is deemed pornographic, will not be considered for inclusion in the Showcase.

Completed films only. Please do not submit rough or incomplete cuts of your film. If your film has missing scenes, or title cards denoting said missing shots, etc., please save it for the next season.

Enter up to two films, so long as they meet the criteria above, but please use discretion and realize that more submitted projects will not translate to more films accepted.

Only one 10-page script, please. You may enter one 10-page (or first 10 pages) script, but please enter your most polished material. Please take into consideration the logistics of having actors and a narrator at the table, which means if you have more than five characters speaking in a given 10-page span, you may want to choose another script to submit.

Language. Films should be in the English language, or include English subtitles. Screenplays should be in English.

Scheduling. All accepted films and screenplays will be scheduled in one of the monthly showcases at the discretion of the curators. Please do not ask for a different date or time slot on the particular date, or attempt to “trade” slots with another filmmaker.

Copyrighted material. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material, logos, music, and so on. Filmmaker should be prepared to show said permissions, releases, or clearances and, if unable to do so, may be disqualified from the screening.

Showcase admission. Each film or screenplay will receive two (2) free passes to the evening of their showcase.

HOW TO SUBMIT A SHORT FILM

Send an email to rvpa@virginiaproductionalliance.orgwith with the subject line VPA Showcase Submission – [Your Film Title] and include the following in the body of the email:

  1. A link to your film, and a password, if necessary. The film should be on YouTube or Vimeo, or another service we do not have to subscribe to or pay to see your film. We will not review your film if we must subscribe. We will not accept physical submissions at this time.
  1. Name(s) and contact information of the filmmaker(s). This is typically one name – the director or the producer – but can be up to three names, if all contributed to the film equally. An email and telephone number are preferred.
  2. Film title and length. Films may be no longer than 10 minutes, including credits.
  1. The genre and logline of the film. Please select one of the genres listed above (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Suspense, Science-Fiction, Documentary, Mistake/Lesson, or Experimental); if you feel your film ‘cannot be defined by genre,’ consider submitting somewhere else. As far as loglines, here’s a definition from Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat: “A logline is a one- or two-sentence description of your movie that tells us what it is. It must contain a type of hero [the type of person plus an adjective describing them], an antagonist [same], and the hero’s primal goal.”

HOW TO SUBMIT FIRST 10 PAGES 

Email your 10 pages to rvpa@virginiaproductionalliance.orgwith the subject line VPA Showcase Screenplay Submission – [Your Script Title], attach a .PDF (with title page) of the script pages, and include the following in the body of your email:

  1. Title of Script. And please, include a title page with the writer(s)’s name(s), email address(es) and phone number(s). No more than two writers please.
  2. The genre and logline of the script. Please select one of the genres listed above (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Suspense, Science-Fiction, Documentary, Mistake/Lesson, or Experimental); if you feel your script ‘cannot be defined by genre,’ consider submitting somewhere else. As far as loglines, here’s a definition from Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat: “A logline is a one- or two-sentence description of your movie that tells us what it is. It must contain a type of hero [the type of person plus an adjective describing them], an antagonist [same], and the hero’s primal goal.”
  3. Amount of readers, including the narrator, participating in the read. Please note you will be responsible for having readers present and, ifselected, the writer(s) will receive two free passes. The other participantswill have to pay an admission fee the night of the reading.
  4. Approximate length of read. While most screenplays average one minute per page, reading descriptions can take time. We strongly suggest you read the screenplay – even by yourself – to gauge how long it will take to perform. 10 minutes or less is preferred.

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