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THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS UNTIL 2018.
Program administrators and team members include ScreenCraft’s John Rhodes and Emily Dell, Calabash co-founder Justine Henzell, Jamaican screenwriter Dominique Holmes and Weinstein Co. executive Vanessa Ford.
This program is in partnership with The Calabash International Literary Festival Trust, a registered charity in Jamaica and the Friends of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust is a 501 3 c organization in New York State.
“It is an extraordinary event. The audience is big, extremely appreciative, very focused. And the setting is spectacular.” – Salman Rushdie (Associated Press June 2014)
“Treasure Beach is untouched and almost defiant in its beauty, which is why every two years numbers of authors and lovers of words travel to this stretch of land for Calabash Literary Festival. Founded in 2001, the festival draws in top literary figures from all over the world to Jakes Hotel, and this year was no exception.” – Ebony Magazine June 2014
“Calabash is, in a nutshell, all that’s right with Jamaica.” – Wall Street Journal June 2010
After we announce our FOUR winners in June, we’ll accept applications for ten additional screenwriters to join us for the full price of tuition: $2,300. If you are selected, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be required to reserve your spot.
The attendees will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story structure; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. The selected winner(s) will be notified by e-mail on or about May 15, 2017. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and proof of valid passport and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
All entries are non-refundable.
By entering this contest, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Promotion, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Promotion and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.