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American Hustle ScreenplayHere at NFS, we have posted links to several award-contending screenplays for free, legal download for your consideration. We’ve even highlighted half a dozen 2014 Oscar-nominated screenplays that are available for you to download and read. Now that awards season is rapidly approaching the final big show, we expect a few more Oscar-nominated screenplays to appear online from the studios. As proof, you can now download and read the screenplay to American Hustle, thanks to Sony Pictures. More »

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Nebraska screenplayAs the number of days on the calendar dwindles, the number of screenplays available for your consideration grows. Paramount has made their first award-contending screenplay available: Nebraska. And The Weinstein Company is ramping up its formidable awards season machine with the release of two more screenplays: Philomena and August: Osage County. Check out the trailers for each film and links to the screenplays for free, legal download below. More »

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despicable me 2 the croods screenplays for your considerationAnimation is a special breed of film, including screenwriting for animated films. Most animated films are developed in-house, and if writers are hired from outside, they are typically hired to fill an open writing assignment for a story that the studio has already developed. Nevertheless, the screenplay for an animated film is extremely important as every visual and audio element of the story has to be created essentially from nothing. To give us a better understanding how screenplays for animated films translate to the screen, we have screenplays from two of the most successful animated films of 2013: Despicable Me 2 and The Croods. More »

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the spectacular now bling ring spring breakers screenplays for your considerationIn its first year as a distributor, A24 Films has made quite a name for itself, releasing a bevy of critically acclaimed and provocative titles in 2013. As the awards season heats up, A24 is firing up campaigns for three of its more successful titles: The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Thanks to these campaigns, we all get the opportunity to download the screenplays for each of these films. More »

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Before Midnight Kill Your Darlings Screenplay For Your ConsiderationHalloween is over, so that can only mean one thing. Awards season is upon us. And with awards season come screenplays for your consideration (and legal download.) These screenplays come in many flavors — many of them are conformed to the final film, but a few shooting scripts sneak out for consideration, too. Getting a jump on the awards season is Sony Pictures Classics, providing us with access to the screenplays for Before Midnight and Kill Your Darlings. Check out the trailers and links to screenplay PDFs below. More »

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5 more award winning screenwriters charlie kaufmanBack in March, we posted five award-winning screenwriters discussing how they approach their craft. Personally, I find great value in hearing from successful professional screenwriters, learning about their strengths and weaknesses, finding out what works and doesn’t work for them as they work on their screenplays. After originally posting about five award-winning screenwriters, we naturally had to follow that up with five more award-winning screenwriters discussing how they approach their craft because everybody loves a sequel (right?). Grab a snack, sit back and learn from screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodóvar, and Charlie Kaufman as they share their thoughts about crafting stories, writing screenplays and navigating the business. More »

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A few months ago, Justin posted a series of videos of 10 renowned directors offering their advice on filmmaking. While this list isn’t quite as extensive, today I present to you five award-winning screenwriters discussing their approach to the craft of screenwriting. You may want to get a snack or even a small meal because some of these videos are long, but all of them offer unique insights into how each of these writers (or writing teams) approach a story, and then break the story down into screenplay format. Hopefully, these videos will educate and inspire you as you work on your own screenwriting craft.
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Another Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, and it was a tremendous year for acquisitions, with the rights to at least a dozen films sold for over $1 million dollars. We’ve had a few great conversations with some of the filmmakers from this year’s festival, including Darci Picoult, writer of Mother of George, winner of one of the Cinematography Awards. The top prizes went to Fruitvale, for dramatic, and Blood Brother, for documentary, and we’ve got some material from both films, as well two of the award-winning short films embedded below. More »

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In the spirit of consideration for the highest honors a work may receive in our field, we have been keeping you up to date with a number of scripts seeking nomination — one of the earliest of these was Moonrise Kingdom, which has in fact been nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Interestingly enough, and in contrast to the rest of the scripts you may have caught so far, the script for Moonrise Kingdom is now also available in a new, very unique textual-visual version, complete with an interactive navigator. Read on for the details of this ‘Screenplay 2.0′ below. More »

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IFP’s (Independent Film Project) Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night, and the entire event was streamed live from their website. We already looked at a few of the nominees, but we’ve got the entire list of winners and some trailers below. I wasn’t able to find trailers or media for all of the films, but the majority have some sort of corresponding media. Click through to see who won the 2012 Gothams. More »

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As the awards season goes into overdrive, we are seeing more and more (and more) screenplays available online for (legal) download from the studios and specialty arms. Most recently, two more screenplays have appeared after their limited release debuts here in the U.S. over the past two weeks: the French-language Rust and Bone (De Rouille et d’Os) from Sony Pictures Classics and the Tom Stoppard-penned adaptation of the novel Anna Karenina from Focus Features. More »

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It’s that time of year again: Awards Season. While Hollywood’s major awards aren’t for another few months, Independent Film Project’s awards show, the Gotham Independent Film Awards, is just around the corner. The show, hosted by comedian Mike Birbiglia (who just starred in his own mostly true life story Sleepwalk With Me), will air live Monday, November 26th at 7:30PM Eastern Time. Check out the rest of the details below. More »

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Now that the election is over, we can focus on voting that matters – voting for the unending parade of film awards. Or, as the case may be, figuring out how to dominate the Oscar night ballot for bragging rights among your non-film-obsessed friends who could really care less. Again. Last week, we shared with you the early releases of screenplays available for your consideration (and legal download in PDF format) from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The remaining studios and specialty arms are rolling out their websites for awards consideration, and two contenders from Sony Pictures Classics, Smashed and Celeste and Jesse Forever, have kindly posted their screenplays for download. More »

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One of the best ways to learn about screenwriting is to read produced screenplays. A little bit of Google research can certainly turn up several screenplays in various formats (some less helpful than others). Admittedly, finding a pirated copy of a screenplay online doesn’t make me feel that great, either, even if I’m just searching for it for my own educational purposes. This time of year, however, the Interwebs deliver a pleasant surprise for aspiring screenwriters everywhere: award-hopeful screenplays for your consideration (and available for legal downloading). More »

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Back in July we covered the release of Source Filmmaker, a powerful animation program that Valve uses internally to create movies and cutscenes for games like Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike, and Left 4 Dead 2. Originally released as a closed beta, the software has since been opened to the public and has been in the hands of digital filmmakers for a little over a month. To continue growing the user base of the tool, Valve has announced that Source Filmmaker videos will be able to compete in the 2nd Annual Saxxy Awards — a program run by Valve that is their own version of the Academy Awards (if Oscar wore a cowboy hat). If you’re wondering what Source Filmmaker is capable of, check out the video embedded below. More »

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It’s film awards season (here’s an ongoing scorecard), which also makes it a good time to reflect on your personal favorites from the past year. I wish Netflix would let me sort the films I’ve rated by the date I rated them, which would allow me to provide an easy answer to “seen anything good lately?” Even this very handy script does not allow that. But I have some issues with Netflix, and this post is not about them but about Quentin Tarantino, who recently shared his own personal top 10 movies from 2011: More »

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The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are now open for entries. Divided into 13 categories, with each category winner receiving a $5k grant and one lucky winner receiving $25k, the submissions period runs until February 20, 2012. English (or English-subtitled) videos that premiered after July 31, 2010 are eligible. The launch trailer, and details: More »

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As part of its Nonprofit Program, YouTube will be awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that have produced videos in the past year. Grants will be awarded for the Best Small, Medium, and Large Organization Videos, and there is a grant for the Best Thrifty Video as well (a video made for less than $500). The winning videos will also be featured on the YouTube homepage (a privilege for which for-profit corporations pay a lot more than $10k). Here’s the video announcement: More »

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Creative Capital, according to their web site, is “the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process.” Their 2011 grant cycle — which will hand out 20+ grants of $10,000 — just opened on February 1st, and runs until March 1st. If you’re a U.S. citizen (or permanent legal resident) 25 or older, check out the 2011 grant guidelines [PDF link]. Here are the details: More »

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A raft of awards were handed out as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close this weekend. But the awards were not the only story: with over 30 films acquired at the festival, this year’s Sundance Film Festival boasted the highest number of acquisitions in the festival’s history, according to NYmag. The aforementioned Canon 7D-shot Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic), whereas How to Die in Oregon took home the Documentary Grand Jury Prize. While the particular camera used to shoot a film is far less important than… well, everything else, from what I can tell there was no shortage of HDSLR-shot features in Park City this year. Also winning an award was the Danfung Dennis documentary Hell and Back Again, which took home the World Cinema Jury Prize. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, here’s its trailer (NSFW language): More »