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The Big Open: Screenplay Teaser Competition 2021

The best films and television shows have one thing in common, high-quality storytelling. Showcase your unique story by entering ECA's School of Film & Entertainment’s The Big Open: Screenplay Teaser Competition where you will have the chance to win prizes to invest in and grow your passion as an artist!

Every storyteller holds a unique and distinctive perspective on the world around them. We ask you to dig deep inside yourself and imagine that you will only get ONE chance to make a movie. Ever. This is your chance to tell your story to the world, whether it be about saving the turtles, falling in love for the first time, or surviving a pandemic. Your submission will be the opening scenario for this movie and should showcase your originality as a storyteller while conveying something truly meaningful to you.

So, ask yourself….

What message do you want to share with the world with your one film? How does your story begin? What imagery will comprise the opening scenes?  How will you introduce your core message? What kinds of characters will act as the vehicles for your narrative? How will the first lines of dialogue grab the attention of the audience?

The screenplay teaser you submit should illustrate the visual and narrative elements of your opening scenario.

This is your chance to begin creating something truly original!

The ECA School of Film & Entertainment’s The Big Open: Screenplay Teaser Competition begins Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:00 AM PST and ends on August 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.

PRIZES & AWARDS

Grand Prize Winner will receive $500 in cash to serve as seed funding for their project, a private consultation with award-winning screenwriter, Michael Tabb, a copy of Final Draft Software, a signed copy of Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories by Michael Tabb, and an ECA School of Film & Entertainment's Summer Scholarship.

Second Prize Winner will receive $100 in cash, a copy of Final Draft Software, a signed copy of Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories by Michael Tabb, and an ECA School of Film & Entertainment’s Summer Scholarship.

Third Prize Winner will receive a copy of Final Draft Software, a Signed copy of Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories by Michael Tabb and an ECA School of Film & Entertainment’s Summer Scholarship.

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Winners will be announced on or around September 1, 2021. 

We cannot wait to find out more about you as an artist. Good luck and good writing!

ABOUT US

EEI Creative Arts (ECA) is a fully accredited private educational institution offering an arts-focused, pre-professional education for middle and high school students. ECA is designed for the college preparatory student who wishes to excel academically as they discover and pursue paths in film, entertainment and music. Established in 2010, ECA began as a joint venture between Elite Education Group, one of the world’s leading college preparatory institutions, and world-renowned music industry producers and executives. In 2020, ECA launched its School of Film & Entertainment in partnership with Entertainment Media Ventures, a Hollywood-based firm founded by industry veteran, Sandy Climan. Based in Hollywood California, the ECA School of Film & Entertainment focuses on technical training and professional-level talent development for enrolled students (grades 7-12). To learn more about EEI Creative Arts, visit www.eeicreativearts.com