Competition Offers Writers The Chance To See Their Work Onscreen

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -The first annual “Write of Passage” screenwriting competition is now open for entries, as announced by founder John David Ware (Signups are Sept. 2 – Oct. 18.  Writing week is Oct. 19-26).

The speed screenwriting competition aims to encourage new writers to enter the world of film. Write of Passage offers finalist scripts the chance to be made into films during the 168 Film Project competition.


In its 8th year, the 168 Film Project has launched more than 400 short films and many careers for would-be filmmakers. The “168” model asks artists to create within strict limits (a Theme, a Verse, a Week) and without second-guessing.  Write of Passage will engage screenwriters with the same method.

“Pairing a writing contest with a production contest is a dream come true for writers who get to see their work,” noted Ware.  “Real-world interaction between writers and producers will definitely raise the bar.”

Top scripts compete for awards and $1,000 cash.  Selected scripts will be eligible to be produced by 168 Film Project veterans.  Resulting films will be screened during the Write of Passage Spotlight at the 168 Film Festival, March 26-27, 2010 in L.A., CA.
The contest is sponsored by Resurrection Pictures. “We love Write of Passage and look forward to working with new writers,” said Resurrection President, Bill Harrity.

The prize package includes a meeting with Producer Ralph Winter (“X-MEN Origins: Wolverine”).  In addition, writer/producers Luke Schelhaas (“Law and Order,” “Smallville”) and Brian Bird (“Not Easily Broken”) will provide professional feedback to the top 3 writers.

Submissions must be no more than 12 pages and will be based on a supplied, foundational scripture with the theme: “Hearing God.”

“We want to see positive portrayals of realistic people in redemptive, thought-provoking stories that honor God.  Screenplays should show authentic characters, not caricatures,” Ware said.

Writers must complete the registration and submit the $35 entry fee. The top 30% of scripts will be sent to the quarter-finals in L.A.  The best 20 scripts are eligible for awards.  Writers and producers are encouraged to participate in both Write of Passage and the 168 Film Project.

Entrants may sign-up as a Writer or apply to be a Regional Competition Producer (RCP). RCP’s administer the regional contest by judging the first round.  RCP entry is FREE, but RCP’s may not enter a screenplay in the contest.

RCP’s must apply for the RCP position via a written application:

Signups are Sept. 2 – Oct. 18, 2009. Winners will be announced in November 2009. RCPs will be featured in the 168 Film Festival Program along with the top 20 writers.  Both groups will receive VIP tickets to the 168 Film Festival.

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