Are you into fanfiction, fan art, and fan films? Well, this might be your chance to recreate your favorite Hollywood story. ScreenCraft is teaming up with Buffalo 8 and Adi Shankar's Bootleg Universe to bring you a new screenplay/story contest that lets you reimagine your favorite Hollywood films and characters.

Having produced films like Dredd, Killing Them Softly, and Lone Survivor, Adi Shankar is known not only for being the youngest producer to have a number one film (The Grey) at the box office, but for bringing fan filmmaking more into the mainstream with his "Bootleg Universe" one-shot shorts. Now, in that universe he wants to include filmmakers who want to push the boundaries of fan films, and produce the grand winning project and distribute it for free worldwide on the Bootleg Universe YouTube channel.

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To get a better idea of what the Bootleg Universe Short Script and Story Contest is all about, here's a bit from its press release:

This competition offers writers the opportunity to be freed from the constraints of mainstream Hollywood’s play-it-safe approach to famous characters and pre-existing intellectual property. It also offers a context and forum to rewrite any character or story and reverse engineer a social message into an "established brand name,” igniting a global conversation.

If you're interested in submitting a script, you should definitely check out the Bootleg Universe YouTube channel if you're not already familiar with it just to get a better understanding of the form:

Here's what ScreenCraft says they're looking for in submissions:

  • Should be economical to produce and not rely too much on special effects to convey the story.
  • Should have a core understanding of the mechanics of the Universe’s sandbox they are playing in.
  • Should be about something and say something!  The mainstream media seems fascinated by “established brand names” over real substantial issues.  This is your chance to reverse engineer a social message into an “established brand name.”

Submissions are now open.  Entries should be a minimum of 3 pages and a maximum of 30 pages. The early deadline is September 5th and the final deadline is October 1st. Winners will be announced at the end of November and production will begin in early 2017.

Source: ScreenCraft