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.
“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.