Tuesday, January 22, 2008


CinemaSpoke screenplay competition now accepting submissions

Cinema St. Louis is now accepting submissions for the 2008 CinemaSpoke Screenwriting Competition and Workshop. CinemaSpoke is an opportunity for St. Louis-area screenwriters to have their work read aloud in a public forum by professional and amateur actors and to receive feedback from a panel of film-industry experts experienced in producing, screenwriting, filmmaking, development, and criticism. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 29, 2008.

A committee of three selection judges read the first 30 pages of each submitted screenplay. Based on these 30 pages, the judges will then select five scripts for the competition. The five 2008 CinemaSpoke finalists will be announced on Monday, April 3.

The first 30 pages of each selected script will be given a public reading. Readings will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month - April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, and Aug. 4 - at the Pulaski Performing Arts Atrium on the fourth floor of the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. The winning screenplay will then receive a full reading on Sept. 15. All readings are free and open to the public.

Writers will be allowed to play a role in casting the actors who will do the live readings of the competition scripts. A panel of five film professionals will offer criticism and feedback based on these readings. The author will also respond to questions from both panelists and audience members and has the option to rewrite the script based on feedback from the panel. Once the panel has read the final versions of all five scripts in their entirety, a winning script will be selected from the five.

CinemaSpoke selection judges are St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critics Harper Barnes and Calvin Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Film at St. Louis Community College at Meramec Diane Carson, and Missouri Film Commission assistant director Andrea Sporcic. CinemaSpoke panelists are TV writer/producer Paul Guyot ("Judging Amy," "Felicity"), screenwriter Richard Chapman ("Live From Baghdad"), St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams, film producer Buzz Hirsch ("Silkwood"), and St. Louis writer/producer Bobbie Lautenschlager.

For more information, contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 or visit its Web site at www.cinemastlouis.org.