About the Contest

Diverse Voices strives to provide a contest that is purely focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts – we’re looking for underrepresented perspectives in any format.

Examples of great stories that have had fresh perspectives in film include: Hidden Figures, Fences, Harlots, Bridesmaids, F to 7th, Master of None, Mad Max Fury Road, Broad City, Parvaneh, Empire, and so many more.

Currently Closed.

Deadlines and Fees

Closed

Announcements

Semifinalists – November 15th, 2017
Finalists – December 15th, 2017
Winners – January 15th, 2018

Giving Back

For every entry Diverse Voices receives, WeScreenplay will donate $3 to Books For Kids to ensure that children of every background and all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers. The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children.

Prizes

Grand Prize - $1,654 ($1,000 in cash, $654 in prizes) + Script Distribution to Managers, Producers, and Agents
Honorable Mention by Category - $654 in prizes each
Finalists (Top 20) - $69 in prizes each

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Distribution (Top 3 Winners)

– Announcement to MovieBytes’ 20,000 monthly visitors
– Announcement on International Screenwriters’ Association
– Interview postings that highlight your work and successes to create heat around you as a writer
– Distribution to WeScreenplay’s contacts with Producers, Agents, and Managers, including:

Throughline
Mar Vista Entertainment
Think Tank
Foremost
Smart Entertainment
Ugly Duckling
Muraviov Company
Oriah Entertainment
Abaca Films
Little Big Shot
MPE
Abundant Media
Full Auto Films
Tilted Pictures
Valleywood Entertainment
Picture Lab Entertainment
Urban Way
High Five
Bellevue Productions
Barry Perleman
Dahooma
Destiny Pictures
Management SGC
Cross Creek Pictures
Playback Motion
Citizen Skull Productions
Capital Creations
Super Vision Entertainment
Eminent Pictures
Sixth Sense Productions
Kailey Marsh
Echo Lake
Film Star Pictures
Taylor Lane
House of 4 Films
Church Hugger
Itchy Productions
Mutressa
Envoy Pictures
Cartel Pictures
Avva Pictures
OBB Pictures
Bad Hat Harry
Nasser
Go East Media
Barry Katz Entertainment
Stobby Entertainment
Boulder Light Pictures
JuVee Productions
Generate LA
Paper Street Films
Darius Films
Cinterra Pictures
Red Entertainment
Mosaic Entertainment
The Fyzz
Jittery Monkeys

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Please note: All finalists will be asked to answer in roughly 250 words how their voice, experience, characters, or story represents a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood. If a script or writer falls within either of the following criteria, they qualify:
1.) Writers who have been shown to be under-represented by the WGA diversity report: ethnic minority writers, female writers, LGBT writers, writers with disabilities, and writers over 40.
2.) Stories starring characters that are generally untold because of the misconception that they don’t perform well in the box office: ethnic minorities, women (especially in traditionally “male” roles), women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, or any stories that don’t appear on the normal studio slate.

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