City In The Sun Wins Grand Prize Award!
Kenyan writer, Nadeem Rajwani, takes home Grand Prize Award plus 3 Spotlight Awards at Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition! Fresh Voices, headed by chairman Joel Mendoza, and guest judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter Hossein Amini, have named City In The Sun by Nadeem Rajwani, the Grand Prize Award Winner of the 2015-16 Screenplay Competition. City In The Sun was selected from nearly 1,500 entries in a unanimous decision by the judge’s panel. Through five extensive rounds of readin [ ... ]Success StoriesRead More
Congratulations 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Co...
Everyone who reads screenplays, whether a production company or screenplay competition, agent or manager, have certain markers they look for in selecting a great script. Compelling characters, engaging dialogue, rising tension, a clear three act structure, set-up and pay-off just to name a few. At Fresh Voices there is one thing above all in determining what makes a script stand out. For us the author’s voice is the single biggest factor in what will get a script noticed. It is with th [ ... ]News and UpdatesRead More
When A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Four Ways to Use Image in Your Screenplay (It's not just about dialogue). When you think of the greatest screenplays you probably think of films with witty banter or complex plot structure, what you probably don’t think about is image. Don’t underestimate the power of a single image on your audience. It’s a vibrant color on your palette, and here are a few ways to paint with it: e a Great Opening Image The menacing ocean from Jaws, the small rebel ship being pursued by the large e [ ... ]BlogRead More
2015-16 Screenplay Competition Finalists & Spotlig...
Fresh Voices is pleased to congratulate the Finalists and Spotlight Awards Short List of Nominees of the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Five Screenplays remain in each category. Two more rounds of judging continue. One winner and two runners-up will be chosen in each category. The winning screenplays from each category will ultimately be given to our Headline Judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter, Hossein Amini, to decide and announce our Grand Prize Winner. Winners and th [ ... ]News and UpdatesRead More
2015-16 Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists
We are pleased to congratulate the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists. Advancing screenplays represent the top 5-10% of the nearly 1,500 screenplays entered. The list will be cut in half again as we announce the Finalists on March 22nd. Stay tuned and keep writing!! See the complete list of Semi-Finalists here!!News and UpdatesRead More
2015-16 Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists
CLICK THE PICTURE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUARTER FINALISTS After months of reading and evaluating approximately 1,500 screenplays, we are pleased to announe and congratulate the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists. Semi Finalists TBA March 1st, 2016News and UpdatesRead More
2015-16 Screenplay Competition Announcement Schedu...
Happy New Year. The last of the scripts are being read, and evaluations are being returned to writers as the first round of judging the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition nears completion. For us, we are finally able to come out of hibernation as we dig out from the stacks of scripts and evaluations that have lined our walls like wallpaper for the last several months. But we are pleased to report, that there is a super excited buzz in the air here at Fresh Voices as we are once again [ ... ]News and UpdatesRead More
5 Screenwriting Lessons from 2015's Best Films
Another year, another batch of wonderful films. To a regular moviegoer they're just entertainment, but to a screenwriter they are inspiration. Every film is a potential lesson for what to do (and maybe for what not to do). For your convenience, here are some of the best lessons you can take from the movies that lit up screens in 2015! 1) Don't Be Afraid to Put a Woman at the Center of Your Blockbuster (Star Wars: The Force Awakens / Mad Max Fury Road) Of course women have starring roles, but i [ ... ]BlogRead More
5 Screenplays Worth Writing, Even If They'll Never...
Aspiring screenwriters share a big dream: Selling a screenplay. That’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it? It’s with that in mind that most put pen to paper – or more likely put fingers to keyboard. As such, writing a screenplay that’s un-filmable seems like a fool’s errand. Why would you write a screenplay that no studio would want to purchase? Well because it’s sometimes these screenplays that get attention and become your calling card to the industry. The [ ... ]BlogRead More
Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter & 2015 Fresh ...
For me a fresh voice is something we all have. It’s our unique view of the world and our unique emotional response to it. The tricky thing with screenwriting isn’t necessarily how to find that voice but how to free it from all the other acquired voices in our head. That’s not to say being influenced by other people’s work is bad, just that our inspiration from that work should also be fresh and singular. Nobody reads a book or watches a film in the same way. Tarantino’s writing is huge [ ... ]BlogRead More