Aspiring Screenwriters Battle it Out in the First National Screenplay Showdown - The Competition Gives the Best New Screenwriters from Around the Country an Opportunity to Work With A-List Agencies, Management Companies and Production Companies Presented by the Nashville Screenwriters Conference

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Bridging the distance between the Hollywood film industry and the best new screenwriters across the country, the Nashville Screenwriters Conference announces its first National Screenplay Showdown. After six years of presenting the best writers and filmmakers in the entertainment industry at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference, the organization has teamed up with Ed Rugoff from the prestigious Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project to give aspiring screenwriters an opportunity to take their work west - all the way to Hollywood. The Showdown evaluates screenplays solely on the basis of story-telling ability, meaning that all genres have the same chance of winning. The winning screenplay writers will find themselves in front of the most prestigious literary agencies and management companies in consideration for representation.

Bridging the distance between the Hollywood film industry and the best new screenwriters across the country, the Nashville Screenwriters Conference announces its first National Screenplay Showdown. After six years of presenting the best writers and filmmakers in the entertainment industry at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference, the organization has teamed up with Ed Rugoff from the prestigious Chesterfield Writer's Film Project to give aspiring screenwriters an opportunity to take their work west - all the way to Hollywood. The Showdown evaluates screenplays solely on the basis of story-telling ability, meaning that all genres have the same chance of winning. The winning screenplay writers will find themselves in front of the most prestigious literary agencies and management companies in consideration for representation.

The competition, which is a new addition to the Nashville Screenwriters Conference, is judged in two categories and each category has three finalists. The first category includes all genres; the second celebrates the union of the creative communities of music and film. The top three finalists in each category will have their screenplays read and considered for representation by literary agencies such as Creative Artists Agency, The William Morris Agency, United Talent Agency and Paradigm Literary Agency and Industry Entertainment. The winning screenplays will then be read for possible optioning and development by HBO Films, Tapestry Films and Plan B (Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s production company), among others. First place winner will receive a trip to the 2005 Nashville Screenwriters Conference, two night's hotel accommodations, $250.00 spending money and will enjoy the perks of the Conference's Silver Screen Pass, which includes admittance to the VIP Party, a great opportunity to meet and mingle with top industry professionals. The total value of the first place prize in each category is over $1,400.00. Second place winners will receive $500.00, third place winners $250.00 each. All winners will also receive a prize package of goods and services from Movie Magic, ScriptShark, Scr(i)pt Magazine, the Writers Boot Camp.

"We are pleased to be a part of such a wonderful event," says Gary Haber, the Nashville Screenwriters president. "It's such a brilliant collaboration working with Ed Rugoff along with the industry's most esteemed entertainment professionals in search of those who have the talent to become the next big screenwriter. The winner will have an unbelievable opportunity to not only have their work reviewed by top executives, but will also have access to meeting many of them in person at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference 2005. The Nashville Showdown is a true representation of what the Nashville Screenwriters Conference is all about."

Deadline for screenplay submissions is July 15, 2004. The entry form, rules, format requirements and other information is available at http://www.nashscreen.com.

ABOUT THE NASHVILLE SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE

Founded in 1999, the Nashville Screenwriters Conference is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization. A portion of conference profits benefit the Watkins Film School.

For more information about NSC visit http://www.nashscreen.com or contact Lisa Jackson at MaxMedia 310 271-2617

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