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LATEST 2014 NEWS: CWA has partnered with Actors Connection NYC to bring this year's Family Winner, 'TWAS THE BLIZZARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS written by Rob Redstone and Finalist, CLAWS, PAWS AND A BLUE MACAW written by Theresa Giese, a deal that includes a live table read and workshop with New York City actors, which is set to begin October 18th and follow with a filming in November. Congratulations, Rob & Theresa!
AT LAST (RIFF Top Finalist & CWA Drama Winner) and GUIDE 2 PARENTS (Comedy Finalist) have signed a deal with a major Chinese production company for full equity financing of both projects ($15 million and $10 million budgets respectively). Writer, A.W. “Tony” Scott will get a "Produced By" credit on AT LAST, and wife, Jean Su will be a Producer on GUIDE 2 PARENTS. This US China co-production is now in pre-production with production set to begin early spring 2015 for GUIDE 2 PARENTS and summer 2015 for AT LAST.
The 8th Annual CWA season will open for submissions in November. For this season's results, see the AWARDS page.
THE CWA VISION
CWA is an international screenwriting contest known for having the writer's interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion. CWA has built relationships with some of the industry's most recognized companies, all of which are aggressively looking for fresh, new material.
At CWA, we have made it our goal to expose talented new writers to many of these A-list companies. By doing so, our vision is to help writers garner the exposure and recognition they need to propel their personal projects and careers forward.
Now going into our seventh year, with several options and deals signed for past entrants, we have firmly established ourselves worldwide as a leading source for discovering emerging talent in the entertainment industry.
CWA winning screenplays are circulated to top agencies, film studios, managers, producers, and international financers looking for their next project or writer. Additionally, CWA works with the prominent companies below; all of which get first looks at our top winners. These companies include:
LATEST 2014 PRODUCTION DEALS: CWA and RIFF are thrilled to announce new success stories for three of our writers.
AT LAST (Last year's RIFF Finalist & CWA Drama Winner) and GUIDE 2 PARENTS (Comedy Finalist) have signed a deal with a major Chinese production company for full equity financing of both projects ($15 million and $10 million budgets respectively). Writer, A.W. “Tony” Scott will get a "Produced By" credit on AT LAST, and wife, Jean Su will be a Producer on GUIDE 2 PARENTS. This US China co-production is now in pre-production with production set to begin early spring 2015 for GUIDE 2 PARENTS and summer 2015 for AT LAST.
FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA , RIFF's comedy winner last year & CWA finalist, begins production this week in Los Angeles with Dawn Fields of Palm Street Films directing. Fred Perry’s, CROSSINGS, was also the 2014 Grand Jury Prize for the feature screenplay category.
RIFF Quarterfinalist, ON THE WING, written by Jerry Casagrande and Dan DeLuca, has just completed production on their script, which stars Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones.
Congratulations Tony, Fred, Jerry & Dan!
For more information, visit www.creativeworldawards.com and www.rvafilmfestival.com
OTHER 2014 SUCCESS NEWS: CWA has partnered with Actors Connection NYC to bring this year's Family Winner, 'TWAS THE BLIZZARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS written by Rob Redstone and Finalist, CLAWS, PAWS AND A BLUE MACAW written by Theresa Giese, a deal that includes a live table read and workshop with New York City actors, which is set to begin October 18th and follow with a filming in November. Congratulations, Rob & Theresa!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 CWA WINNERS!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
By Derek Asaff
(Los Angeles, CA)
10 TO LIFE
By Matthew Altman & Dave Matalon
(Los Angeles, CA)
First Runner Up
By Mark J Stasenko Jr
ALL DRAMA & FAMILY
By Kimi Lee
(New York, NY)
First Runner Up
‘TWAS THE BLIZZARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Rob Redstone
(Los Angeles, CA)
By Noah Edelson
(Sherman Oaks, CA)
First Runner Up
By Bob Calabritto
By Steve Janas
First Runner Up
By Gideon Shmorak
CREATIVE CONCEPT WINNER
A WOMAN, A BURRO, SIX CROOKS, AND A COYOTE
By Ann Hilborn
(Spring Branch, TX)
By Juliet Bergh
(Porirua, New Zealand)
THE STRUGGLE: A LITTLE NUDGE
By Bryan Aran
VEEP: WHITE OUT IN THE WHITE HOUSE
By Jackie Maw Tolliver
By Carey Dunn
(Santa Monica, CA)
SCANDAL: ONCE MORE UNDER THE RUG
By M. Esther Sherman
Congratulations to all the 2014 Winners!
For further info, contact CWA at firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER NEWS: Recent deals, options, and requests for CWA writers!
SPRING/SUMMER 2014: Four writers from the 2013 competition in the midst of securing options. Stay tuned for more details.
Creative World Awards (CWA) Co-founders, Heather Waters and Marlene Neubauer announce option deal for 2013 Grand Prize Winner, Paul Undari. Waters and Neubauer attached to produce his feature psychological thriller, THE PEOPLE VS. GOD.
CWA. in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange, produce a short film adaptation of Undari’s feature in December. The short premiered at the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) held at the historic Byrd Theater in Richmond, VA February 27. In 2011, USA Today called the 1,300-seat theatre, "One of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States."
OCTOBER 2013: Eight of the 2013 CWA Winners being considered for agent representation.
Last year's Creative Concept Winner, SLEEPWALKERS, is now in post production. This is writer, Jason Merrin's directorial debut. A big congrats, Jason! You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here - they're currently raising funds to complete post.
SPRING/SUMMER 2013: From the script and logline promotion, more than 70 CWA competition scripts have been requested by production companies with two options pending.
WINTER 2012: The CWA 2010 contest script, THE CURSE, has been published as a novella, and optioned by Momo Films in Australia. Congrats to Vasilios Bouzas!
CWA gets 2012 Act-Adv Winner, Scott Lainer meeting with Literary Mgmnt company, Prolific Entertainment.
CWA co-founder, Heather Waters and The Moving Image Xchange option a CWA 2012 quarterfinalist feature, OFFERINGS. Congrats, Elijah!
CWA co-founder, Marlene Neubauer and Tracee Stanlee of Kundali Entertainment option ARMY OF AVARICE, a 2012 entrant. Congrats, Nathan! Script is currently in development.
CWA makes introduction between several writers and Summit Talent Agency. Four being considered for representation.
2010 Winner, Ian Simpson signs with Paradigm. Congrats, Ian!
2010 Finalist, Robert Cholette signs with literary manager, Madhouse Entertainment. Congrats, Robert!
76 Requests from various companies to view scripts - April 2011 (Film Engine Entertainment, After Dark Films, Autonomous Films, Kundali Entertainment, and more).
CWA gets 2010 Grand Prize Winner, Ian Simpson, Personal Meetings with LionsGate, Inferno Entertainment & VN Entertainment. Best of luck, Ian!
December 2010 - Ian Simpson signs with Literary Mananger, Andrew Kersey of Kersey Management. Congrats, Ian!
CWA gets 2008 script, "Disruptors" written by George Hernandez optioned by Inferno Entertainment - currently in development. Congrats, George!
2009 Grand Prize Winner, Adam Barker, now finalizing negotiations for an option deal.
2009: CWA works with Kundali Entertainment to sign option on 2 scripts from 2008. Finalist Shepherd’s Moon by John Arends and The List by Alec Carlin have both signed deals with production outfit, Kundali Entertainment. Congrats, John & Alec!
CWA assists Finalist script, "Gary Son of God" from 2008, Kirk Davis and Devin Crowley for Option Deal - in final negotiations. Congrats Kirk & Devin!
Regent Entertainment considering 2009 1st Place Winner, "Boise, USA"
CWA judges will give out 15 Awards in 9 categories within the feature screenwriting, short film, and teleplay competition, and new this year the Grand Prize Winner will get a short film version of their feature produced with an automatic festival premiere, awarding the winner with an imdb credit.
Special thanks to this year's sponsors for helping us line up a fantastic prize package worth over $30,000! All in addition to the prominent film industry commitments, publicity and promotion that CWA does each year.
Grand Prize $3,000 cash, + film production opp + prize package
4 Category Winners $250 cash, + prize package
4 Category 1st Runners Up $100 cash, + prize package
4 Television Categories $250 cash, + prize package
1 Short Film Script Category $250 cash, + prize package
Special 2014 Creative Concept / Redemptive Award
We would like to extend a special thanks to our 2014 sponsors:
The Media Industry Xchange, Final Draft, Richmond International Film Festival, Stage 32,well known author, story consultant & lecturer, Michael Hauge, Sony Creative Software, InkTip, TVWritersVault, Script Delivery, SellAScript, Creators Vault, Film Freeway, and Dr. Jack Boozer.
For more information on each please click here.
Marlene Neubauer has worked in international film distribution for 20 years at such prominent companies such as Capella Films (AUSTIN POWERS, CARLITO\'S WAY); Pathe UK Distribution; Mobius Pictures; GreeneStreet Films, Hyde Park International among others. Currently she works as an independent consultant, producer and writer.
Heather Waters is a writer/director/producer, and has worked in many facets of the industry for more than 15 years. Waters is also the Founder & Producer of the Richmond International Film Festival and CEO of the Media Industry Xchange.
THE NEW SEASON OPENS EARLY NOVEMBER
The CWA Blog
We are thrilled to announce a collaboration with well known story consultant & lecturer MICHAEL HAUGE. Michael has been a past blogger for CWA & this year will be providing a script pitch consultation to our Grand Prize Winner. Stay tuned for more news on the coming year's special guest blogger.
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