International Television and Content Festival SeriesFest announced today a partnership with actress Rose McGowan and her production company, Damage Inc. Productions, to present “Featuring Women Initiative” Script Competition. The competition will search for new episodic content about, for, and featuring women, offering artists the opportunity to share series that create unique and powerful roles for women.
Scriptwriters can submit concepts for 30-minute or 60-minute dark comedy or dramatic series with each Pilot Script focusing on a female-centric episodic story. Submissions will be judged from a 3 to15 page “Series Bible” including Log Line, Pilot Summary, Character Breakdown, and at least six future episode synopses in addition to a 5 to 10 page writing sample. The winner(s) will receive a writing deal with Damage Inc. and the opportunity to work alongside Rose McGowan to bring the show to life.
“Damage Inc. is looking for screenwriters who are interested in bringing substantial women to life via episodic storytelling,” said Rose McGowan. “We are looking for any genre except slasher films or superhero series. They can be psychedelic, true to life, comedy, tragedy, etc., yet must be intelligent, smart, fierce and moving. Society is in dire need of voices that are not from within the Hollywood ecosystem. I know what’s available there, which is why I am looking for you and your writing talents. If you’d like to be part of changing the system, if you’d like to see yourself or a better version of yourself onscreen, please submit.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Rose McGowan and Damage Inc. on such an essential initiative to showcase female-driven stories, highlighting the incredible and often underrepresented talent working today,” said Randi Kleiner, CEO of SeriesFest. “Rose is a true visionary and we are excited by her passion to nurture, cultivate and champion original work from emerging writers.”
Submissions and entry fees are due by October 1st, 2016 with a late deadline of October 15th, 2016. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges and finalists will be notified by the week of December 5th, 2016 to set up meetings with Rose McGowan and SeriesFest.
To be eligible for the contest, entrants must be aged 18 years or older. Limit one entry per person. Each entry must include only one (1) script. Entries must be written in English and scripts must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by a third party.
SeriesFest recently celebrated SeriesFest: Season Two in Denver, CO with an Opening Night concert by Grammy and Golden Globe® nominee Sia and the North American Premiere of BBC AMERICA’s The Hunt presented by Emmy Award® winners Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This year’s festival featured an Independent Pilot Competition with 34 official selections screening in competition and showcasing works by emerging and established creators and directors. The pilots featured talent including Brad Leland, Jane Lynch, Tim Matheson, Amber Nash, George R.R. Martin, Tahmoh Penikett, Missi Pyle, Maisie Williams and Michael K. Williams.
For more information on the submissions process, please visit www.seriesfest.com/womens-initiative