The Screenwriting Expo 5 Screenplay Competition has upped the ante this year by teaming with comic book studio Dabel Brothers Prods. (DB Pro) to turn the winning entry into a comic-book series or graphic novel. DB Pro will give the project a $50,000 budget and will sell the finished product in bookstores around the world. The grand prize winner will also receive $20,000 in cash as part of the Expo’s overall $100,000 prize purse.
DB Pro’s previous successes include Robert Jordan’s 100 million-selling The Wheel of Time: New Spring and the top graphic novel of 2004, George R. R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight. Since Screenwriting Expo 5 is calling for all type of scripts, any genre is fair game for comic adaptation.
The winner in the new Short Screenplay category will have a chance to have his or her script produced by onwaecan Films with a budget of $10,000. Another entrant will be flown out Albuquerque, New Mexico to make their short film in one week as part of the Duke City Shootout competition.
In addition, Writers Boot Camp is granting two winners entry into its 22-month long career development Think Tank, a $17,000 value. Through this program, writers develop three features and hone their skills to succeed on a professional level.
Manager Andrew Kersey, who has sold projects to DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, the Weinstein Company and Montecito Pictures, will also choose a script to develop and send to several major buyers. The writers of the top-20 screenplays will additionally have access to more than 350 production companies, agencies and managers. Each scribe will be partnered with a consultant or working writer, who will give them professional feedback on their work.
The contest winners will be announced the last day of the expo, which takes place Oct. 19-22 in Los Angeles. In addition to Dabel Brothers Prods., onwaecan Films, Duke City Shootout and Writers Boot Camp, sponsors include Write Brothers, Truby Studios, Creative Screenwriting magazine Script Pimp and YourBestDraft.com. For morel information, go to www.screenwritingexpo.com.