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New contest aimed at aspiring screenwriters

Budding screenwriters and filmmakers from the Alberta Peace are encouraged to enter a new contest offered through the Reel Shorts Film Festival.

The Youth Screenplay Competition sees people between the ages of 16-24 submit a maximum 15 page screenplay, which is then critiqued by award winning filmmaker Scott Belyea.

The entrant then has a chance to submit a revised screenplay by May 4th for final judging.

Festival director Terry Scerbak says the idea for the contest was born off of a screen writer’s competition that they held in conjunction with last year’s festival.

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“It seemed to me that so many of them had kernels of great ideas, and Scott Belyea is so talented at working, that I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to offer this opportunity.’ Yeah, you submit your screenplay, but then you have professional mentor ship to actually make it better.”

Concept practicality is a key factor in the contest, as organizers would like to see the film develop within the Peace region.

The winner gets a $500 cash prize and two thousand dollars to produce it into a short film.

More details can be found online www.reelshorts.ca.

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