Writer Packet Including Everything on This Page Official Rules, Criteria Description and Formatting Your Screenplay
Terms and Conditions - Legal Mumbo Jumbo You Need to Agree to When Submitting Your Screenplay.
Judging Scoresheet - What Judges will use to score your screenplay.
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY - When you are ready, click here to submit your screenplay.
PLEASE NOTE. For the first few minutes of revealing the criteria- some of you had “INCLUDE WORKPLACE and a line of dialogue…” This was meant to say “INCLUDE DIALOGUE…”
For 72 Script Fest you are being given 3 pieces of CRITERIA.
Each piece was entered into a database and all possible combinations were established and randomly assigned to each registered writer. We realize that some of these may seem more difficult than others, some may appear to have more freedom for interpretation, some may seem like they only have one or two ways to go. The way you creatively approach this criteria will be one of the major elements of the judging.
Each of your elements should be an integral part of your story, not a throwaway scene, thought, idea, shot.
3 Pieces plus Page Count:
A Setting. This setting must be present in your film. Those that get actual locations, you are not required to set the entire film there but like the other criteria it should be integral.
A Writer’s Block. This element should be incorporated deliberately into the script. Simply throwing in a shot to fulfill this element without servicing the story or character will not impress the judges.
Page Count: The max page count is 7 Plus your Title Page (see below)
- 72 HOURS Writers must make all creative decisions within the 72 Hours of the Contest. (6/14/12-6/17/12)
- CRITERIA: Writers must include each piece of criteria in their screenplay.
- DO NOT PUBLISH/POST. Writers must not publish, post, sell, adapt, or allow a separate production of their 72 Script Fest screenplay until after 72 Film Fest 2012 has concluded on October 21st 2012 OR until after writer is eliminated from 72 Script Fest.
- CHARACTERS: There is no specific requirements for number of characters, however typical 72 Film Fest productions have between 3-6 speaking roles. Be mindful of anything that would require a large crowd.
- BUDGET: These screenplays will be adapted by a variety of filmmakers ranging in skill levels from amateurs and students up to professionals and the films will also be made within the 72 Hour Time Limit. Think of this as writing a screenplay for a producer with a low to no budget production. Be mindful of the elements you write into your script, be creative if you are writing in elements that would require difficult shooting situations.
- FORMATTING: All scripts must be in industry format and be uploaded as a PDF by June 17th 2012 9pm EST. Do not include writer’s name on any page including Title.
FORMATTING OF 72 SCRIPT FEST SCREENPLAY
Title Page – On your Title Page include Title, 1 sentence logline, and your given Criteria. Do not include any of the Writer’s Names.
Anonymous – To ensure proper judging, do not include the Writer’s name anywhere on the script including the title page.
Length - The maximum length for the screenplay is 7 pages plus title page. The goal is for filmmakers to have a 7 minute movie AT MOST (Feel free to be shorter). Keep in mind that 1 Page SHOULD roughly equal 1 Minute of screen time. If you are unsure if you are hitting that mark, read and act out your screenplay.
Industry Format - All screenplays should be industry format: 12 Point Courier or Courier New Font. Double Space between the slug line, action line and speaking characters. Single Space action lines and lines of dialogue. One Page should equal roughly one minute. If you are unsure of industry format check out Final Draft. For a Sample Page – Check WIKIPEDIA
PDF - Please submit a PDF copy of your screenplay.
Q: My idea is gonna take longer than 7 pages, can I just single space everything using a courier 4 font to fit it in?
A: Sneaky, but no. The max page count is 7 Plus your Title Page. Scripts should be in standard Industry Format (See Formatting Rules in Writers Packet), so please stick to the standard spacing and font sizes. It is important for you to space at the average of 1 Page Per Minute so that filmmakers will be able to adapt a movie with similar running times. If your idea is too big for 7 pages, think of other ways to present it, or try a different idea.
Q: Can I use the criteria as a “throwaway” shot, line, scene? A: No. If you do there is a very good chance judges will not move it on to the Finalist Round. Please take a look at the judging scoresheet to get a sense of how the judges will be scoring you. While we aren’t disclosing the scoring weight of each element- how well you use the criteria is one of the important ones.
Q: How the heck do you expect me to write a screenplay with THAT?
A: If you feel you were particularly unlucky with your criteria, I guarantee you someone out there is probably wishing they had your criteria instead of theirs. We look at 72 Script Fest and 72 Film Fest as not only a weekend to create, but a weekend to challenge yourselves and maybe even get you out of your comfort zone. Criteria may have been developed randomly but five different writers that are working on this contest have all looked at the combinations and said “Yes I can make a screenplay out of that.” Part of the fun is cracking it.
Q: I picked a genre that is difficult for me. What can I do? A: We have never given out genres before because we understand it can potentially stunt a writer. We are this year in an attempt to get a diverse group of movies. If it’s any consolation, we believe in you.
Q: My setting is very specific. Do I have to have the whole movie set there? A: If you pulled a location for a Setting (instead of a time period etc), you do not necessarily need to make the whole screenplay take place there, but like the rest of the criteria make sure it is integral to the plot.
Good Luck. We hope you create something unique and most of all have fun! We can’t wait to read the fruits of your labor. You can begin to upload your finished screenplay on Saturday at 5pm.
72 SCRIPT FEST 2012 CRITERIA
|Name||State/Country||Setting||Genre||Writer’s Block||Screenplay Submitted|
|Jessica McHugh||MD, USA||Post Apocalypse||One (wo)man Against The World||Include dialogue “The floor is moving.”.||Yes|
|Erika Jarecki||VA, USA||December 25th||Film Noir||Character crying.||Yes|
|Zack Cutler||MD, USA||Post Apocalypse||Buddy Comedy||barefoot listening to headphones.||Yes|
|Joseph Richards||UT, USA||The Woods||Sci-Fi||Spilling coffee on yourself.||Yes|
|J.M Marine||VA, USA||Pre-70′s||Investigative Thriller||Include dialogue “The wheels are already in motion.”.||Yes|
|Zoe Ubaldo||MD, USA||Pre-70′s||Mockumentary||wearing a mask.||Yes|
|Michael Tolosa||VA, USA||Post Apocalypse||Sci-Fi||wearing a mask.||Yes|
|Mike Smith||MD, USA||Post Apocalypse||Found Footage||an invention.||Yes|
|Steven Puziss||MD, USA||Vacation||Fantasy||An Emergency.||Yes|
|Drew Edwards||MD, USA||Halloween||Adventure||walking a dog.||Yes|
|Lux & Marvin||VA, USA||Halloween||Fantasy||An Emergency.||Yes|
|Charles Pham||MD, USA||Walk of Shame||One (wo)man Against The World||An Emergency.||Yes|
|Hotovi||MD, USA||Vacation||Film Noir||Nervous Twitch.||Yes|
|George Lenis||MD, USA||December 25th||Monster Story||Include dialogue “The wheels are already in motion.”.|
|Stephen Pfeil||LA, USA||A Wake||Fantasy||an invention.||Yes|
|Patrick Barber||MD, USA||December 25th||Investigative Thriller||protest sign.||Yes|
|Norman Guice||WV, USA||80′s or 70′s||Fantasy||Include dialogue “The floor is moving.”.||Yes|
|Bob Johnson||MD, USA||Future||One (wo)man Against The World||the last match (either a contest or matches).||Yes|
|Dallas White||MD, USA||Halloween||Monster Story||Flashlight goes out.|
|Steve||MD, USA||80′s or 70′s||Buddy Comedy||Nervous Twitch.||Yes|
|Patrick Beltran||VA, USA||A Wake||Ghost Story||dirty laundry.||Yes|
|Tripp Laino||MD, USA||80′s or 70′s||Film Noir||Spilling coffee on yourself.||Yes|
|Matthew Friend||MD, USA||Walk of Shame||Ghost Story||Include dialogue “The stars weren’t out last night.”.||Yes|
|Eric Chang||MD, USA||The Woods||Buddy Comedy||Strange Smell.||Yes|
|Shawna Stoltzfoos||PA, USA||80′s or 70′s||Satire||the last match (either a contest a book of matches.||Yes|
|Casey Morin||MD, USA||Workplace||Monster Story||Include Dialogue “Put him down”..||Yes|
|Adam Grayson||MD, USA||Future||Mockumentary||wearing a mask.||Yes|
|Angel Bishop||MD, USA||Last Day of School||Romance||Dancing and Singing.||Yes|
|HOBO MD||MD, USA||Walk of Shame||Fantasy||Include Dialogue “The stars weren’t out last night.”.||Yes|
|Keith Acton||MD, USA||Last Day of School||Fantasy||black eye.||Yes|
|Christopher Taylor||MD, USA||Future||Monster Story||Adult on a Swingset.||Yes|
|Madeline Edelstein||MD, USA||A Wake||Fictional Memoir||the last match (either a contest a book of matches)||Yes|
|Rory Newton||MD, USA||Future||Film Noir||Flashlight goes out.||Yes|
|Josie Kaye||MD, USA||December 31st 1999||Sci-Fi||Include Dialogue “The floor is moving.”.||Yes|
|Karen Peacock||MD, USA||Vacation||Satire||Car Alarm Goes of.||Yes|
|Dave Imboden||MD, USA||Last Day of School||Sci-Fi||Flashlight goes out.||Yes|
|Tonya J. Roberts||MA, USA||The Woods||One (wo)man Against The World||An Emergency.||Yes|
|Berlyn Lee||CA, USA||December 25th||One (wo)man Against The World||black eye.||Yes|
|Pat Riley||DC, USA||Halloween||Satire||barefoot listening to headphones.||Yes|
|Lauren LaRocca||MD, USA||Future||Coming of Age||protest sign.|
|Demetrius Williams||VA, USA||December 31st 1999||Buddy Comedy||Shredding papers.|
|Leigh Oakley||Great Britain||A Wake||Found Footage||Dancing and Singing.|
|Richard Martz||FL, USA||Last Day of School||Buddy Comedy||Car Alarm Goes of.||Yes|
|Jaclyn Boser||AZ, USA||Future||Romance||Nervous Twitch.||Yes|
|M.G. Vestal||TX, USA||December 25th||Satire||protest sign.||Yes|
|The Outsider||WY, USA||80′s or 70′s||One (wo)man Against The World||Flashlight goes out.||Yes|
|MJ HERMANNY||Great Britain||December 25th||Buddy Comedy||Include Dialogue “It just won’t work.”.||Yes|
|Mike Walsh||VA, USA||Last Day of School||Found Footage||include Dialogue “But the music stopped.”.||Yes|
|Kirkland Morris||CA, USA||The Woods||Investigative Thriller||Include dialogue “It just won’t work.”.||Yes|
|Cecil E. Davis, Jr.||GA, USA||Vacation||Sci-Fi||binoculars.||Yes|
|Laura Harding||MD, USA||80′s or 70′s||Ghost Story||allergic reaction.||Yes|
|Stuart Creque||CA, USA||December 31st 1999||Monster Story||dirty laundry.||Yes|
|Chris Dancy & Lisa Chau||MI, USA||80′s or 70′s||Sci-Fi||Spilling coffee on yourself.||Yes|
|David Ebri||FL, USA||The Woods||Film Noir||an invention.||Yes|
|Jean-Pierre Chapoteau||FL, USA||80′s or 70′s||Monster Story||Family Heirloom|
|Chris Setten||NJ, USA||Workplace||Romance||severance package.||Yes|
|Vincent Graziano||NY, USA||Coming of Age||Sci-Fi||Include dialogue “The floor is moving.”.||Yes|
|Beth Rohach||PA, USA||Coming of Age||One (wo)man Against The World||allergic reaction.||Yes|
|Nick Pullia||IL, USA||Pre-70′s||Fantasy||Family Heirloom||Yes|
|Lana Torres||MD, USA||Pre-70′s||Sci-Fi||playing cards.|
|Jack Shepard Jr||MD, USA||Vacation||Fictional Memoir||hitchhiker.||Yes|
|Sarah Lehu||FRANCE||December 31st 1999||Film Noir||an invention.||Yes|
|Brian Lee Johnson||OR, USA||80′s or 70′s||One (wo)man Against The World||Adult on a Swingset.||Yes|
|Brandon Barba, Kyle Hobson, Nathaniel Loughney||AZ, USA||Vacation||Adventure||Include dialogue “The stars weren’t out last night.”.||Yes|
|Corey Barker||MD, USA||Coming of Age||Mockumentary||Character crying.||Yes|
|Kenneth Reed||IL, USA||A Date||Sci-Fi||allergic reaction.||Yes|
|John Dummer||IL, USA||A Date||Ghost Story||binoculars.||Yes|
|Jordan Littleton||CA, USA||A Date||Adventure||Car Alarm Goes of.||Yes|
|Bob Bartlett||MD, USA||Pre-70′s||Buddy Comedy||power outage.||Yes|
|Chere Cofer||IN, USA||Dream State||Sci-Fi||Character Crying.|
|Janice Silver||CA, USA||A Date||Found Footage||black eye.||Yes|
|Rob Duncan & Tracy Urban||British Columbia, CA||Coming of Age||Monster Story||Biting Tongue.||Yes|
|Randy Gross||PA, USA||Coming of Age||Romance||power outage.||Yes|
|Amy Thompson||CO, USA||Pre-70′s||One (wo)man Against The World||Include dialogue “The wheels are already in motion.”.||Yes|
|Ben Overzet||CO, USA||80′s or 70′s||Romance||Weighing Self/Something.||Yes|
|Mike Ryan||RI, USA||Last Day of School||Family Drama||Baking cookies.||Yes|
|DC Cathro||MD, USA||December 25th||Fantasy||an invention.||Yes|
|Courtney Cairns||MD, USA||Future||Found Footage||the last match (either a contest a book of matches)||Yes|
|Michael Williamson||MD, USA||Post Apocalypse||Mockumentary||Family Heirloom|
|Mox Beckman||OR, USA||Halloween||Family Drama||dirty laundry.|
|Adam Lutzi Rockwell||WI, USA||Coming of Age||Buddy Comedy||Character crying.||Yes|
|Robert Knight||Great Britain||Halloween||Mystery||an invention.||Yes|
|Michelle Herrin||MN, USA||December 31st 1999||Mystery||Character crying.||Yes|
|Rikochet||British Columbia, CA||Post Apocalypse||Mystery||empty chinese food containers.||Yes|
|Brett Bagwell||SC, USA||Workplace||Mystery||allergic reaction.||Yes|
|Phil Bromhal||MD, USA||Pre-70′s||Ghost Story||Strange Smell.||Yes|
|Kristi E. Knight||DE, USA||80′s or 70′s||Buddy Comedy||barefoot listening to headphones.||Yes|
|Jax Martin||MI, USA||Workplace||Satire||Shredding papers.||Yes|
|Tracee Beebe||CA, USA||The Woods||Adventure||wearing a mask.||Yes|
|Sundae Jahant-Osborn||Great Britain||Workplace||Romance||Include dialogue “it just won’t work.”|
|Ashley Henley||MD, USA||Coming of Age||Film Noir||the last match (either a contest a book of matches)||Yes|
|Linda Basilicato||MD, USA||Coming of Age||Romance||Roller Skates.||Yes|
|Tavia Smalley||CA, USA||Future||Family Drama||hitchhiker.|
|Max Wyman||NY, USA||The Woods||Family Drama||Car Alarm Goes of.||Yes|
|Ems Ginsburg||MD, USA||Vacation||Ghost Story||Nervous Twitch.||Yes|
|MKD Writer||CT, USA||Walk of Shame||Film Noir||hitchhiker||Yes|