Missouri Film Office Seeks Missouri-Set TV and Film Scripts

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The submission period for entries to the third annual Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship Program is now open.

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The Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship Program

We want to give writers a chance to showcase their talent and hope the fellowship might serve as the springboard for someone’s career.

The third annual Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship Program is seeking Missouri-set screenplays and TV pilot script submissions for its competition sponsored by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association.

“The film and TV industry is one of the hardest to break into - especially from outside New York and Los Angeles,” says Andrea Sporcic-Klund, from the Missouri Film Office. “We want to give writers a chance to showcase their talent and hope the fellowship might serve as the springboard for someone’s career.”

Key dates, rules and submission form are available at MoFilm.org/MoStories.

Participants need not live in Missouri to enter, but the scripts and pilots must be set in the Show-Me State.

“We are looking for writers who have been inspired by Missouri history, places and people,” says Sporcic-Klund. “It is exciting to see the creative perspectives and diversity of stories expressed in the submitted scripts.”

All entrants will receive feedback on their scripts from the reading judges and will have opportunities to connect with a community of film professionals and a network of program alumni.

Up to three winners will be selected to attend the all-expenses-paid fellowship experience in Missouri, Feb. 19-22, 2017.

During the fellowship, winning writers will participate in writing workshops and have one-on-one time with industry mentors who are established in the film industry.

Past mentors include Bob Gale, perhaps best known for co-writing films in the “Back to the Future” trilogy; Angelo Pizzo, who wrote “Hoosiers” and “Rudy”; and Philip LaZebnik, an accomplished writer who penned scripts for “Mulan” and “The Prince of Egypt.”

“To offer our participants credible feedback on their projects and a chance to learn directly from established writers such as Bob Gale and Angelo Pizzo is a rare, potentially life-changing opportunity,” says Sporcic-Klund.

The submission period is underway and runs through Nov. 28, 2016. The industry mentors for the 2017 fellowship will be announced in November.

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Since 1983, The Missouri Film Office has worked to develop, coordinate and market the film industry and film-related activities in Missouri. The Missouri Film Office serves as the official central point of contact for all state-wide inquiries: film, TV shows/segments, commercials, web content production, and digital media. http://www.MoFilm.org

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