Frankenfilm - 2018

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In a nod to the Sacramento Public Library’s featured author Mary Shelley, the CFAA is hosting a creative challenge for feature length screenplays and short films that are inspired by her book 'Frankenstein' and all its subsequent works!

For Writers: A SCRIPTWRITING CONTEST
For Filmmakers: A SHORT FILMMAKING CONTEST

With a guarantee of at least $1,500 in prize money and a gala screening and awards ceremony to be held at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival in September, this exciting competition provides the time, motivation and inspiration to allow for some really good work to be produced by our regional talent.  We can't wait to see what you come up with! 

  • Submitting Writers or Filmmaking Team Leaders must be current CFAA members.
  • All submitted projects are to be original work, inspired by Mary Kelley’s Frankenstein.
  • The CFAA reserves the right to aggregate or share all contest submissions.


CFAA membership info at www.capitalfilmarts.org/membership

Sponsorships are available.
Contact the CFAA at 916-600-6477 or email info@capitalfilmarts.org

TWO WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:


Scriptwriting Contest

Frankenfilm Feature Film
Scriptwriting Contest
($500 in Cash Awards)


Registered participants submit an original, feature length
screenplay (80-110 pages) in acceptable industry
format y the established deadline of June 30th, 2018.

RULES: 
* Upon registration-completion, entrants must be members in good standing of the Capital Film Arts Alliance
* Scripts should be a minimum of 80 pages and a maximum of 110 pages. * Scripts must be single sided pages, 12 point Courier font. 
* Scripts should be formatted correctly with points deducted for spelling and grammar errors. 
 

Filmmaking Contest

Frankenfilm Short Filmmaking Contest
($1,000 in Cash Awards)


Registered participants submit a short film (8 minute maximum) by established deadline of June 30th, 2018.

RULES: 
* Upon registration-completion, entrants must be members in good standing of the Capital Film Arts Alliance
* Short films must be a maximum of 8 minutes in length.
* Films are not to exceed an' R' rating.
* Must be original work with all rights secured.

In 2006, the CFAA hosted it's very first creative challenge for our writers and filmmakers. It was called 'Creative Interpretations'. It was wildly successful and produced 12 short films that demonstrated the broad talent of our writing, acting and filmmaking communities in a challenging and exciting way… Everyone who participated had a blast and our audience totally loved the finished projects - AND we all love winning CASH PRIZES!!! SO - we did it again! 

JUDGING GUIDELINES:
Each project has a potential score of 80.  10 points in each of the 8 categories. 

Scripts: 
1. PLOT  - An original story brought to life on the page.
2. CHARACTERS -   Vivid, distinctive and compelling characters. A protagonist and an antagonist with clear goals. Secondary characters believable and well-developed. 
3. DIALOGUE- Natural, succinct and distinctive voices unique to each character. Use of language that reveals character. Dialogue should flow well and propel the story forward. 
4. THEME - Does the script reflect the theme of Mary Shelley’s book? 
5. CRAFT -  Formatted correctly on the page. Free of distracting spelling and grammar issues. 
6.  PACE - Is there rhythm to the action and dialogue? Do the plot and characters develop naturally? Does each scene move the story forward?
7. OVERALL IMPACT - The pure emotional impact on the reader.
8.  ORIGINALITY - Scripts should aim for a clear and unique take on the source material. Scripts will be judged for the original way in which the characters and settings are utilized by the writer and what the writer brings to the table. 

Films: 
1. PLOT  - An original story brought to life on the page, inspired by the works of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
2. CHARACTERS -   Vivid, distinctive and compelling characters. A protagonist and an antagonist with clear goals. Secondary characters believable and well-developed. 
3. SCREENPLAY - Natural, succinct and distinctive voices unique to each character. Use of language that reveals character. Dialogue should flow well and propel the story forward. 
4. THEME - Does the script reflect the theme of Mary Shelley’s book? 
5. CRAFT -  Cinematic quality, audio excellence, production value, editing, 
6.  ACTING - Do the characters bring the work to life in a memorable way?
7. ORIGINALITY - Is this a brand new way of experiencing this story and its characters?
8. OVERALL IMPACT - The pure emotional impact on the reader.
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AWARDS INCLUDE: 

Writing:
BEST FEATURE SCRIPT
HONORABLE MENTION


Filmmaking:
BEST FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
HONORABLE MENTION

To register to participate please follow the link below to the CFAA website: 

 

Poe Project 2013

Unique for 2013, the Poe Project was a collaboration between the Capital Film Arts Alliance, the Sacramento Public Library, and the Sacramento Film & Music Festival. The project is a competitive program in which local writers and filmmakers were tasked with producing feature length screenplays and short films inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The short films played at the Festival on Friday, September 13.