The Palm Street Films Script Contests are becoming more and more popular. Here is a brief history of how it got started and where we’re headed.
Contest #01 (2011) – In February of 2011 we launched the very first contest, for short film scripts only, in which we simply put out a call to Dawn Fields’ Facebook page, where she now has over 12,000 film industry followers, and we received over 300 submissions. There was no submission fee and the prize was $150.00 cash and getting your script produced into a film. Although it took us a while due to many stops and starts, Carly Street‘s Fragile Storm (originally titled Fragment) was finally produced in the fall of 2014 starring legendary Hollywood icon Lance Henriksen. The film is currently in post production and hopes to reach its eagerly-awaiting audience by the summer of 2015.
Contest #02 (2012) – In the winter of 2012 we gained access to a standing set in Orange County which boasted a hospital, a house, a police station and a prison/jail cell and once again put out a call for short film scripts on social media. Using his wit and shear imagination John Whetstone came up with a brilliant idea that incorporated TWO of those sets and The Interrogation was born! The film was shot in October of 2012 and starred Loren Lester, Caleb Thomas and Carrie Wampler and went on to have its World Premier at the prestigious Santa Barbara Film Festival and its Los Angeles premiere at Dances With Films. The film is currently being considered to be shown on three different branches of Virgin Airlines.
Contest #03 (2014) – For the Third Annual Palm Street Films Script Contest we decided to open up the competition to both features and shorts as well as offer substantial cash prizes, so for the first time we charged a submission fee. And the response was fantastic! Out of hundreds of submissions Penelope Jane Thomas won the Grand Prize of $1,000 for Best Feature, “Precarious” and Fred Perry was awarded $500 for Best Short, “Five Days In Calcutta”. Calcutta has also won many, many other script contests and Palm Street Films has decided to produce it! And Palm Street Films will be producing Calcutta this summer!
Click here to see the full list of finalists and semi-finalists from the 2014 contest. Click here for a list of winners from all of our script contests.
Contest #04 (2015) – For the Fourth Annual Palm Street Films Script Contest was also open to both features and shorts and offered great cash prizes. Out of hundreds of submissions, Sandra Hunnicutt won the Grand Prize of $1,000 for Best Feature, “Big Sister, Little Sister” and Phil Yuhas was awarded $500 for Best Short, “True Blue”.
Click here to see the full list of finalists and semi-finalists from the 2015 contest. Click here for a list of winners from all of our script contests.