Screenwriters have a unique opportunity to write a story with an open ending for a special Loose End competition held by the 2016 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. The festival is looking for five-minute screenplays that have a Loose End – an open ending. The winning screenplay’s ending will be resolved by different filmmakers, who will make their own movie from the script and wrap it up in any way they wish. A selection of the best of these films will be shown at the MIFF (date to be determined).
The screenplays (written in screenplay format, of course) will be judged by the Screenwriters of Brevard. Other supporting organizations for this MIFF competition include Florida Independent Filmmakers, Space Coast United Filmmakers Association, and Brevard Film & Talent (formerly Space Coast Film and Talent Group).
Scripts should be written in such a way that they can be shot in a day. Their running time, anticipating a one-minute ending, should be no more than five minutes in total (about four pages in the initial script submission). The deadline for screenplays is
March 18 March 25, [see update on submission address and deadline] and the script winner will be announced April 1. Then filmmakers may step in to produce the script as they wish – and draw their own conclusions. The deadline for MIFF film submissions , including those in the Loose End contest, will be July 4 (more details on our submissions page). UPDATE: The deadline for contest submissions has been extended to July 31; other films should still be submitted by July 4.
It’s free to enter a script, and it’s also free to enter a film produced from the winning Loose End script.
Want to know all the rules and details? Read the PDF here.