With the recent loss of our dear friend Dean Naegel, who was to coordinate script entries for our “Loose End” competition, we have extended the deadline for script submissions. If you have already submitted a script to the contest, please submit it again to the new address in the rules linked below!
What is the 2016 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival “Loose End” competition? 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 NEW deadline for screenplays is March 25, 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 competition film deadline has been extended to July 31; all other films should 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.