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Guidelines

To enter the CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition, you have to meet the Official Rules and to meet the Conditions as follow:


1. Open to writers worldwide who are between eighteen (18) and thirty-six (36) years old at the time of entry;
2. Scenarios must be in English, in order to be sent directly to a group of international jury;
3. Electronic submissions only, PDF is required;
4. Bounding Deadline of the scenario submission: October 28, 2016 at 23:59, Paris Time;
5. Online submission will be open on September 30, 2016, through www.cineytp.com;
Apart from uploading your scenario (synopsis included in the same PDF file) on the website, please also send a copy to cinefantasy2016@hotmail.com and mention your name, gender, year of birth, country and city in the email texts
6. NO entry fee requested;
7. Only ONE entry per author. No simultaneous submissions for this contest;
8. Authors are required to submit scenario and synopsis (Combined in the same PDF file);
9. A qualifying story must have strong fantasy elements;
10. Stories must be original works, submitted by their authors;
11. Scenario lengths should be between 20-30 pages. Each page equals about a minute of screen time;
12. Scenarios must be written on the standard A4 format, formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font. As a standard rule, 2.5” left, 2” right and 2” top and bottom dimensions are acceptable;
13. Story pages should be numbered, with the page number and the title of the story at the top of each page;
14. Scenarios submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry;
15. Submissions that have been accepted for publication anywhere else, including anywhere on the internet, blogs, personal web pages, etc., are NOT eligible;
16. No reprints, fan fiction, or poetry;
17. Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would include a title, author name, email, address, phone number and Copyright information. The cover page does not count towards the overall script page count;
18. Co-writers are allowed and should be credited on the cover page;
19. All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not. It is, however, recommended you copyright your material.

Attention: Entries which do not abide by these submission guidelines may be subject to disqualification.
 

Judging criteria


Our criteria are based primarily on the overall quality of the scenario, including storytelling ability and fundamental screenplay components (e.g. dialogue, plot, structure, and characterization). Concept, market ability and originality are also taken into consideration. Our intent is to circulate exceptional material, launch careers, and push scenarios closer to production.

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