Missouri Film Office Seeks Entries for Inaugural Scriptwriting Competition

October 23, 2014


Andrea Sporcic Klund, Missouri Film Office, 573-526-3566

Missouri Film Office Seeks Entries for Inaugural Scriptwriting Competition

Jefferson City, Mo. –The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State.
The newly established Missouri Stories Screenwriting Fellowship Program officially is open to screenwriters from around the country through Nov. 28. Sponsored by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association, the competition culminates with an all-expenses-paid fellowship experience in Missouri.
Full program details, including important dates to remember, rules and the submissions form, are available at MoFilm.org/MoStories.
A highlight of the fellowship experience is the opportunity to work with mentors who are established in the film industry. The Missouri Film Office announced Bob Gale – perhaps best known for co-writing films in the “Back to the Future” trilogy – has signed on as a program mentor. Gale is a native of University City and an Academy Award nominee for his work on the original “Back to the Future” screenplay.
“The opportunity to encourage writers who have projects set in Missouri is exciting,” says Andrea Sporcic Klund, film office specialist from the Missouri Film Office, a part of the Missouri Division of Tourism. “We can’t wait to see the creative perspectives expressed through this project, along with stories inspired by Missouri locations, history and people.”
Ken LaZebnik, an accomplished writer who worked on the film adaptation of “A Prairie Home Companion” starring Meryl Streep, and who penned more than 20 episodes of the long-running television show “Touched by an Angel,” also has signed on as a program mentor.
“To be able to offer our participants a chance to work with established writers such as Bob Gale and Ken LaZebnik is a wonderful, potentially life-changing opportunity,” Sporcic Klund said.
The screenplay submission process ends Nov. 28, and after that, up to three winners will be selected to attend the fellowship experience in Missouri from Feb. 1-4, 2015. During the fellowship, writers will have one-on-one time with mentors and will tour the areas in which their respective screenplays/scripts are set.
“Missouri has a long history as home to great storytellers, including Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the setting for great stories, such as ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’” says Sporcic Klund. “The Missouri Stories program gives up-and-coming writers an opportunity to show their skills and share their vision for what could be Missouri’s next great story.”
The Missouri Film Office, now a part of the Missouri Division of Tourism, was created in 1983 to attract film, television, video and cable productions to Missouri and to promote the growth of the film and video production industry within Missouri. The Missouri Film Office works to develop, coordinate and market the film industry and film-related activities in Missouri. More information at www.MoFilm.org.
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