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SCREENPLAY AND TV PILOT COMPETITION
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Submissions Open for
ReelHeART Season 14

10 Film Competitions

1 TV Pilot Competition

2 Screenplay Competitions

*ALL FILMS – TV PILOTS AND SCREENPLAYS
**MUST BE A PREMIERE**
No Film or Screenplay can compete in Ontario prior to ReelHeART!

Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening or Screenplay Competition that may have slipped through our due diligence and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No Refunds. No Exceptions.

Submission Deadline = December 31, 2017

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F1. Feature Film – Narrative – Competition

(Any Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Film Noir, etc) Open to all Narrative Films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • 1st Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 2nd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 3rd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F2. Feature Documentary – Competition

(Any Genre) Open to all documentary films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • 1st Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 2nd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 3rd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F3. Short or Long Form Film – Narrative – Competition

(Any Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Film Noir, etc)

Open to all Short or Long Form Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • 1st Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 2nd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 3rd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F4. Short or Long Form Documentary – Competition

(Any Genre) Open to all Short or Long Form Documentary Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • 1st Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 2nd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy
  • 3rd Prize Winners will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F5. Dance, or Music Related Film – Competition

(Dance = Any Dance Form i.e. Ballet, Contemporary, Swing, Hip-Hop, Ballroom)
(Music Related Film = Bio Pics, Profiles, Docs on Music Scene/Artists, Bands, Concerts, etc)

Open to all Dance or Music Related Films and Documentaries of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • Best Dance or Music Related Film or Documentary Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F6. Animation or New Media Film – Competition

(Any Genre) Open to all animated, new media and highly visual films of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • Best Animated Film
    Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F7. Experimental Film – Competition

(Any Genre) Open to all Experimental Films that are of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • Best Experimental Film
    Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

F8. Music Video – Competition

(Any Music Genre) This category is open to directors of all levels, including students. Open to all Music Videos of any length. Music Videos in a language other than English must be subtitled.

  • Best Music Video
    Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

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S1. ReelHeART Short Screenplay – Competition

Do NOT miss out on submitting your script! – Here’s what great about this competition. The Top 3 winning shirt scripts will receive a rehearsed cast-to-type live read just like we do for our top 3 Feature Screenplay Competition Winners. The only difference, short scripts also have a chance to be read at night (if the themes fit our programming) in front of a night time festival audience.

  1. Top 3 Winning Short Scripts
    All Top 3 Winners will receive a rehearsed cast-to-type Live read in front of a festival audience and (possibly) in the evening before a feature film premiere screening if the theme fits
  2. All Top 3 Winners will receive a Personalized Award
  3. All Top 3 Winners will receive a Screenwriting related gift either from one of our generous Sponsors FinalDraft or InkTip
  4. ALL scripts will receive written coverage via email

This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Short Film” script.

  • Please keep your script length to 30 pages or less
  • Scripts longer than 30 pages will be automatically disqualified
  • Save the Environment and help ReelHeART be a ‘green fest’ by sending your scripts via email as a .PDF Attachment

Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software. If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online


S2. ReelHeART Feature Screenplay – Competition

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You’ve heard the buzz. The excitement still hasn’t stopped. Do NOT miss out on submitting your script today!

To date we have 3 writers who have signed Hollywood deals for the mid 6-figure range. Our 2009 2nd place screenwriter got top literary agent representation at the end of an exciting week at ReelHeART 2009. In 2011 TWO of the Top 3 Winners were by the same writing team and one of their scripts was optioned at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. In 2012 2 screenplays got made into films and in 2013, there was much agent interest!

This competition is open to Screenplay Writers of all levels. This competition is open to Scripts of ALL genres.
Your script must be a “Feature Film” script.

Please keep your script length to 120 pages or less.  A shorter script is more commercially viable.

Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software. If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online

  • Top 3 Winning Feature Scripts
    All Top 3 Winners will receive a full rehearsed cast-to-type Live read in front of a festival audience with post Q&A
  • Depending on interest and availability, the 1st Place Screenwriter will (possibly) win a one-on-one lunch or coffee chat with an agent, film producer or industry professional
  • All Top 3 Winners will receive a Personalized Award
  • All Top 3 Winners will receive a Screenwriting related gift either from one of our generous Sponsors FinalDraft or InkTip
  • ALL scripts will receive written coverage via email

F9. ReelHeART “Off The Shelf” – Competition

(Any Genre) The ReelHeART “Off The Shelf” Category was introduced in 2008 for films of all genres that never saw the light of day, or never reached an audience shortly after the film was completed. Your film has to be more than 5 years old to be eligible-

Over the past seasons, ReelHeART has been impressed with the number of films we come across during our research that are quality films but we’ve never heard of before. Art House films, documentaries, experimental films and animation- We’ve seen a quite a few and liked them.

Whether your film was created on a student/no/lo/moderate/or big budget we’d like to see it. If your film passes our criterion for all of our other categories, we’ll put it thought the same screening and scoring process as our other submissions.

We know there are quite a few experimental films out there that their loving filmmakers ‘tweaked for years’ only to be beat out by time, technology or money to market and screen their film.

We also know there are genre specific “blaxplotation”, “avant-garde”, “queer” “b-movie” and “underground” films that never got through the doors of very many theaters if at all. We know there’s tons of documentaries, quirky profiles, garage music videos, x-rated animation and experimental mixed media out there. If your film is one of these, we want to see it.

If your film is over 5 years old and you’d like to see how it matches up to its contemporaries, we urge you to submit your film today. We’re excited about this addition to ReelHeART. We hope you will be too!

  • Best “Off The Shelf” Prize
    Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

This prize is NOT shared with other categories


F10. ReelHeART ReelTube Film and Video – Competition

(Any Genre) In this time of Webisodes, Point n Post and where anyone anywhere can upload, view and share user generated videos, ReelHeART would we’d like to take it old school.

ReelHeART has decided to introduce web videos to its film festival audience to see if filmgoers are willing to see something on the big screen they can see anytime they want on the Internet.

The criterion for getting in this category is fairly simple. We ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT ANY unauthorized clips from television shows, films and music videos.

We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT videos containing pornography, nudity, defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct. Your video has to be all original with only “fair use” of material (i.e. music, an image, a quote).

Your video has to have production values, i.e. Clear Video, Clean Audio and a STORY. This category also includes cinéma vérité. Other than that, absolutely anything goes!

The Top Winner will be awarded a “Best of Prize” honor and that my friend, you can submit to other film festivals and eventually shop around to Hollywood…

  • Best “ReelTube” Prize Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

This prize is NOT shared with other categories


F11. ReelHeART Thesis Film – Competition

(Any Genre including Docs) Calling all Thesis Filmmakers! Ok, so what have you done lately with that thesis film of yours?We don’t care what year you graduated. We just care that your film has excellent production values and a great story– for whatever year.

Spike Lee’s thesis film was called “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads“. Since then he’s made over 35 films. So, have you got a thesis film we should see before you make it big?

Where has it screened? If it hasn’t screened in Toronto, Canada, we may be interested in seeing it.

Your thesis film has to have production values, i.e. Clear Video, Clean Audio and a STORY. This category also includes cinéma vérité.

The criterion for getting in the category is fairly simple. We ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT ANY unauthorized clips from television shows, films, books, magazines and music videos.

We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT videos containing defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct.

Your thesis film has to be all original with only “fair use” of material (i.e. music, an image, a quote).

Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Underground – This category is wide open. Whatever you made as your thesis film, it’s eligible in this category. Prizes in this category are 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place as well as in competition for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Venue.

You’ll need to write a brief cover letter that gives us details about you, your school program, the year you graduated (we don’t care even if it was in the 40s), the mark you got (high or low doesn’t matter it’s the content we’re interested in), and what you’ve done since making your thesis film.

If you haven’t made it to a film festival yet, why not make it one with ReelHeART…

  • Best “Thesis Film” Prize
    Winner will receive a personalized Medallion or Trophy

This prize is NOT shared with other categories

12 comments

    1. Absolutely it is. ReelHeART receives entries from between 20-30 countries a year. You have until January 20, 2014 to enter.

    2. Hiya Joanna,

      Thanks for checking out ReelHeART.

      We are not a ‘niche’ festival. We strongly believe in ALL CULTURES UNDER 1 ROOF”.

      So yes, YOU are Welcome at ReelHeART.
      We are at our late deadline. But the Entry fees are the lowest directly on our website.
      http://reelheart.com/submissions/

      I hope this helps.
      cheers, Pete

  1. Hello there,
    I was wondering if I can participate in your competition, if my screenplay is written in two languages; Arabic and English [60% Arabic; 40% English]… However, I have the entire screenplay translated to English… Also, I’m a Palestinian man living in Beirut-Lebanon… Am I eligible to enter your competition or not?? If your answer is YES; then is it okay to enter other competitions at the same time or is it not allowed??? Please Reply.

    1. Hiya Antoine,

      Thanks for checking out ReelHeART.

      We are not a ‘niche’ festival. We strongly believe in ALL CULTURES UNDER 1 ROOF”.

      So yes, you and your script are Welcome at ReelHeART.
      We are at our late deadline. But the Entry fees are the lowest directly on our website.
      http://reelheart.com/submissions/

      and yes, you can enter any other film festival – But if your screenplay wins it cannot be in the Province of Ontario (preferably Canada)

      I hope this helps.
      cheers, Pete

    1. Hiya Frank.
      No. We NO Longer accept Paper and are getting as “Green” as we can.
      An online submission of a PDF is great.
      cheers Pete

    1. Hiya Caitlin
      right now we’re in our Late Deadline. The regular ended on Halloween eve.

      Entry Fees right now at the Late Deadline are cheapest at oour website.
      Why not take 5 Minutes and apply Here.

      Hope that helps!
      cheers Pete

  2. Hi guys,
    Just clarifying your premiere requirements. Do you require a word premiere? Or Canadian/Toronto premiere only? Do you accept films that have screen their home countries or online? Thanks L

    1. Hey Laura, Thanks for checking out ReelHeART
      We require a premiere of “some kind”.
      The minimum is an Ontario premiere.

      Entry Fees right nmow at the Late Deadline are cheapest at pour website.
      Why not take 5 Minutes and apply Here.

      Hope that helps!
      cheers Pete

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