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PitchIf a great pitch is all that stands between you and thousands of dollars in film equipment and software, you’d probably want to get really good at pitching, right? As you might know, The Music Bed is offering just such a handsome booty to the filmmaker who sends in the best film idea to their contest Project Film Supply (of which we’re also a sponsor). In other words, the best pitch wins. But, how can you ensure that yours is a $50K pitch? Here are a few thoughts from The Music Bed on what they think about when scouring submissions, and what makes a pitch really stand out. More »

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Sharp AOALast October, Sharp ran a filmmaking contest called the Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition, and now they’re back for another round of ultra high definition goodness. and once again asking filmmakers to submit their best 4K short films. Once again partnering with THX and RED, Sharp will be taking 4K short film entries for the chance to win a host of cool prizes, like a screening of your film at the Mill Valley Film Festival, a private tour of Skywalker Ranch, and more than $65,000 in prizes for filmmakers and fans. More »

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screencraftToday, ScreenCraft announced that they are now taking entries into the 2014 Action & Thriller Script Contest, which will feature cash prizes (that they’ve doubled since last year), as well as a venerable panel of top industry judges, including executives from Paramount, Fox, Warner Brothers, and more. So, if you have a script that fits into the action/thriller genre and you want to compete for the chance to get it in front of some real movers and shakers, then we’ve got the details on how to enter. More »

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project greenlightSurely many of us were bummed when we learned that the reality TV show Project Greenlight was being canceled back in 2005. (It seems unfair that audiences would rather keep up with the Kardashians than today’s burgeoning cinematic talent, but whatever.) However, you might’ve heard that the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon-produced series that puts first-time filmmakers head-to-head to compete for a chance to make a feature film is finally back for Season 4, this time on HBO, and are now looking for the next batch of short film submissions. More »

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ScreencraftIf you’re interested in getting some exposure in TV writing, you might want to look into ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch TV Script Contest. They are now accepting submissions for hour, half hour, webisode and non-traditional comedy and drama series pilots, which will be judged by executives, screenwriters, and consultants from NBC, HBO, and Funny or Die (just to name a few). The early deadline is coming up, so find out how to enter before time runs out. More »

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James Franco screenwritingIf you’re looking for some guidance on how to write your next (or current) screenplay, you may want to hit up James Franco. The actor/director/writer/producer/teacher (he’s taught in the film and English departments at USC, UCLA, CalArts, and NYU) has joined forces with former classmate and Rabbit Bandini Productions co-founder Vince Jolivette, as well as Skillshare to offer a self-paced, online class on how to tackle short scripts, including 15 video lessons on concept development, budgeting, and pitching. Enrollment is now open and only costs $25 (or $20 with a Skillshare membership). More »

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Our massive list of grants is back, and for summer it’s bigger than ever — more grants, more markets, and more opportunities for both US-based and International filmmakers to get funding! Looking to finance your next 3D feature? Develop your humanities documentary? Get your script picked up by a top agency? Yup, there’s an app for that. If granting puns don’t get you excited, this list of relevant opportunities with deadlines this summer just might. More »

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Austin Film FestivalIf you already polished your screenplay for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship deadline earlier this month, you may want to consider one more submission. The final deadline for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. Why submit your screenplay to AFF? Read on to find out the benefits of submitting your script to the one film festival dedicated to screenwriting. More »

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The Black List NFL Company partnershipIf your passions for screenwriting and the NFL collide, this could be your big opportunity. The Black List has been announcing several partnerships with studios to find new, diverse talent among the screenwriting masses. Today, the screenplay discovery service unveiled a partnership with one of the largest entertainment companies in the world — it just isn’t a studio. Together, the Black List and the National Football League along with Charlie Ebersol and Mike Lanigan’s The Company are looking for writers to write the next great NFL-themed screenplay. Find out how you can get on the short list of writers by July 25 below. More »

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Kickstarter FFIf you’ve already gone through the gauntlet of crowdfunding for your film project and miraculously come out the other end alive and with a successful campaign, you might want to consider entering your completed film into the 2014 Kickstarter Film Festival. The KFF is now accepting submissions for this year’s event, which aims to celebrate the incredible film and video work that has been produced within the Kickstarter community, including features, shorts, animations, docs, and more! Continue on to find out how to submit! More »

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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in ScreenwritingFor screenwriters planning to submit to the Academy Nicholl Fellowships this year, the clock is ticking. In fact, if you plan to take advantage of the Regular Deadline submission fee, you only have until this Thursday, Apr. 10 at 5 pm PT to submit your screenplay. So don’t wait until 11:59 pm PT on Apr. 10, or you’ll discover those few extra hours just cost you fifteen extra bucks. Check out the details on how to submit your screenplay and the current data from this year’s competition below. More »

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NYCOn October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), One Day on Earth managed to organize an event that, for the first time in history, resulted in the creation of media with participants in every country of the world within the same day. They’ve decided to start another 24-hour filming campaign, called “Your Day, Your City, Your Future” this time in an effort to open up the discussion on what it’s like to live in certain U.S. cities, and the futures locals want for their communities — and One Day on Earth wants you to participate by producing media that will not only be available on an interactive, geo-tagged archive, but a documentary TV series on the future of the American city as well. The shooting date is coming up fast (April 26th), so continue on to find out how you can be a part of this collaborative initiative. More »

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Comedy ContestIf you’re currently working on a comedy script, now might be the time to put your head down get that baby done, because ScreenCraft’s 2014 Comedy Script Contest is now officially open for early entries. This year is a little special, in that they’ve opened it up to short screenplay entries, as well as included some major comedy producers and execs (Funny or Die, Happy Madison) on the jury. So, if you’re itching to get your screenplay in front of some people who could potentially get you some exposure, continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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ifp independent filmweekA documentary rough cut, a narrative in pre-production, or a finished screenplay — whatever you’ve got up your sleeve, IFP is here to help you get your work made and seen during their annual Independent Film Week! And for 2014, IFP is throwing a Web Series component into the ring — music to the ears of the internet innovators out there. Below, hear IFP’s Dan Schoenbrun breakdown this new category just for No Film School readers, and find out the details on applying for all of the categories before the deadline. More »

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AmtrakWell, it has happened — and much sooner than expected. Less than a month ago, writers Zach Seward and Jessica Gross made a passing comment on Twitter expressing their desire for Amtrak to start offering residencies for writers, and after a couple of test runs and ironing out of details, the railroad service is now accepting applications into their #AmtrakResidency program! What does a residency entail? A long distance roundtrip ride on one of Amtrak’s many trains for the sole purpose of writing — for free! That’s it. Sound like a dream come true? Once you learn the details, you’ll find that, yes, indeed it is. More »

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My Rode ReelWho wants to get totally hooked up with free gear? RØDE is now accepting entries into their short film competition, My RØDE Reel, which offers over $70K worth of prizes, including a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Zeiss lenses, monitors, Kessler cranes, RØDE mics up the wazoo (of course), and much, much more. (They’re even offering RedGiant’s PluralEyes to all approved entries.) Not only that, but if you need some help navigating each stage of production, RØDE is supplying contestants with free resources and downloads, as well as video tutorials hosted by judges Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza. More »

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Tribeca 6 sec filmsSince it’s introduction a little over a year ago, the free mobile video app Vine has become a pretty significant player in smartphone filmmaking, inspiring the creation of hilarious 6-second videos, wise film industry musings, feature films, and even film contests. If you love Vine and missed the chance to put your micro-content skills to the test last year, Tribeca has once again sent out a call for entries for their 2nd Annual #6SECFILMS Vine Competition. Continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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AmtrakPicture your perfect place to write your screenplays — somewhere comfortable, inspiring, a place that gets your creativity moving? Of course, 100% of all writers everywhere are picturing a train right now, right? Okay, it might not have been your first thought, but writing on trains is a wonderful experience — something that Amtrak has recently come to find out on social media, and now they’re doing something about it. After an overwhelming reaction from Twitter users, Amtrak is planning to establish a long-term writers’ residency program, which will allow writers, perhaps including screenwriters, to hop on any one of their trains for free for the sole purpose of writing. Find out how you can potentially get in on the ground floor. More »

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Jean ClaudeHave you always dreamed of working with a huge action star, like Arnold, Sly, or Chuck Norris, but thought you’d never have the opportunity? Well, now you do — kind of. The Funny or Die team has made it possible for filmmakers with a little visual effects knowledge to work with the Muscles from Brussels himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD’s Make My Movie Challenge. Funny or Die provides you with pre-keyed shots of the famous kickboxer. You provide the final product, and enter to win some great prizes. We’re closing in on the deadline, so continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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Scream CraftScreenCraft has partnered with ShockTillYouDrop.com this year to bring you the 2nd annual Scream Craft Horror Script Contest, and  the jury they have lined up is so good it’s scary. Of course, the prizes (one of which includes a phone consultation with writer/director Scott Derrickson) are well worth a submission, but even if you don’t win — you still kind of do, because your screenplay has the opportunity to be read by judges that not only know horror, but are also extremely influential. So, if you’ve got a script and you want to submit, continue on to find out how. More »