I had two chances to place in the top 10% of the BlueCat screenwriting competition, one for a feature and one for a short. Sadly, neither placed, but I am swallowing the bitter pill of rejection and moving on. Plenty more opportunities ahead!
I’ve listed all the competitions I know about below, sorted by date, with their associated costs, which should help you plan your deadlines. And if you prefer an Excel sheet, I have that too.
To allow you to plan your submissions to Screencraft’s various screenwriting contests, here are all their dates for 2015:
SHORTS SCREENPLAY CONTEST
JANUARY 19 – APRIL 6
COMEDY SCREENPLAY CONTEST
JANUARY 28 – APRIL 11
HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST
MARCH 17 – JULY 1
PILOT LAUNCH TV SCRIPT CONTEST
JUNE 1 – AUGUST 31
ACTION & THRILLER SCREENPLAY CONTEST
JULY 15 – OCTOBER 15
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 10
FAMILY SCREENPLAY CONTEST
NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 30
I took a bit of a hiatus from reviewing after the end of Peaky Blinders, but I couldn’t resist starting the year afresh on that front with the start of season 2 of Broadchurch. So, once more, my reviews will be appearing on The Digital Fix. In short, I really enjoyed the first episode, and I’m looking forward to where writer Chris Chibnall takes us next.
I wrote a list of creative goals for 2014 last year, and I didn’t do too badly on them overall. I might not have watched as many films from the list as I wanted, nor read as many screenplays as I should have, but nobody can say I didn’t finish what I started. In so many ways I’m in a very different place to this time last year, and a wealth of possibilities lie before me; I’d be a fool not to take full advantage of them. Not, at this point, to fully transition to a full-time writing life, that may come later. But 2015 will be the year where I put things into place to allow that to happen in a controlled manner. So, with that in mind, I’ll cease this wittering and put out my stall:
- Writing: May as well start with the most important one. By LSF 2015 I want to have written one TV pilot and series bible, one feature film and a couple of shorts.
- Tank filling: There are still so many films I need to see, and scripts I need to read. I’m going to treat myself to a BFI membership and aim to take full advantage of it.
- Film making: I have a filmmaking task outstanding from last year which I intend to complete in the next weeks, but more importantly in spring I intend to produce and direct my own short film. I already have the script and some interested people lined up; it’s all a little daunting but I intend to just throw myself into it and learn all I can. To help with it I’m taking a filmmaking course with the Met Film School in March.
- Commercial: To earn money for one piece of creative output, whatever it needs to be; whether writing, filming or photography, at least one thing this year will be a paid piece of work.
2014 was a tumultuous year, meaning 2015 is very much a tabula rasa; an opportunity to decide on the priorities in my life. It’s not my dayjob and it’s not where I live; what matters to me, what’s important, is living a creative life and be true to only myself. I won’t be wasting my time between now and the end of January, there’s plenty of writing and watching and reading and planning to do before then, but in many ways my birthday celebration will be like a reboot, a rebirth-day. Surround myself with good people and begin my life anew.
So, motto for 2015?
Create and Live.
Over on The Digital Fix, I’ve been reviewing season 2 of Peaky Blinders, as well as recapping season 1.
Check them out!
Overall I enjoyed it, but not as much as season 1, as it felt rushed and heavy-handed. Also, as the season progressed, I became increasingly troubled by the lack of agency that the female characters had and by the increase in sexual violence aimed at them.