Missouri Film Office Opens Competition for Missouri Stories

The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State.

Now in its second year, the Missouri Stories Screenwriting Fellowship Program will accept script submissions from screenwriters through Nov. 30.

Sponsored by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association, the program seeks to encourage more Missouri Stories for film and television, and support writers who aspire to work in the film and TV industry.

All entrants will receive feedback on their scripts from the reading judges and up to three winners will be selected to attend the all-expenses-paid fellowship experience Feb. 7-10, 2016, in Missouri.

Full program details, including important dates to remember, rules and the submissions form, are available at MoFilm.org/MoStories.

During the fellowship, writers will participate in writing workshops and have one-on-one time with industry mentors who are established in the film industry. Past mentors include Bob Gale, perhaps best known for co-writing films in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, and Philip LaZebnik, an accomplished writer who penned scripts for “Mulan” and “The Prince of Egypt.” Industry mentors for 2016 will be announced in this month.

“We want to inspire writers with Missouri locations, history and people. We can’t wait to see the creative perspectives expressed in the submitted scripts,” says Andrea Sporcic-Klund, film office specialist from the Missouri Film Office, a part of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

“Missouri has a distinctive history as home to great storytellers, including Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the setting for great stories, such as ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’” says Sporcic-Klund. “The Missouri Stories program gives up-and-coming writers an opportunity to show their skills and share their vision for what could be Missouri’s next great story.”

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Susan Wade is the Public Relations Manager for the Springfield, Missouri, Convention & Visitors Bureau

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