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NOVEMBER NEWS: Creative World Awards (CWA) Co-founders, Heather Waters and Marlene Neubauer announce option deal for 2013 Grand Prize Winner, Paul Undari
Los Angeles, CA – November 5, 2013 - This year’s CWA competition came to a close early September with the Grand Prize Win awarded to Paul Undari for his feature psychological thriller, THE PEOPLE VS. GOD.
Creative World Awards, in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange, will produce a short film version of Undari’s feature in early December. The short will premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) held at the historic Byrd Theater in Richmond, VA February 27-March 2nd. 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."
Waters and Neubauer have attached to produce the feature outside of CWA, with an option finalized for Undari earlier this week. The 7th Annual CWA season is now open for submissions.
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:
Recent deals, options, and requests for CWA writers!
NOVEMBER 2013: Creative World Awards (CWA) Co-founders, Heather Waters and Marlene Neubauer announce option deal for 2013 Grand Prize Winner, Paul Undari. Waters and Neubauer have attached to produce his feature psychological thriller, THE PEOPLE VS. GOD.
CWA. in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange, are set to produce a short film adaptation of Undari’s feature in mid December. The short will premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) held at the historic Byrd Theater in Richmond, VA February 27-March 2nd. 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." The option on the feature script was finalized early November. Congrats, Paul!
NOVEMBER 2013: Eight of the 2013 CWA Winners are 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.
Extended Deadline: 6/1/2014
$75 (entry only) or $105 (w/scorecard & brief notes)
*Scorecard and notes delivered by 5/30 if enter by 4/30.
*Check entry only box to enter w/out scorecard.
*Deduct $10 for TV or Short Scripts.
The CWA Blog
We are thrilled to announce a collaboration this year with well known story consultant & lecturer MICHAEL HAUGE. Michael will be our guest blogger this year, addressing many relevant angles of the screenwriting process. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers to engage with one of the industry’s leading story consultants on a bi-monthly process, so be sure to check back for his insightful tips on the industry and the craft of screenwriting.
Check out our exclusive industry interviews with some of Hollywood’s A-list writers and filmmakers.