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Contest Begins: 08/03/2015 Ends: 08/31/2015
The sole objective of the Launch Pad Competition is to recognize writers who have the passion and talent deserving of a professional Hollywood career, and with our track record we have shown that we can do just that. That is why the Launch Pad Competitions have led to 66 writers being signed in just 2 years! 9 writers have been staffed. 27 projects have been set up, generating 3 bidding wars.
Welcome to the 2015 Launch Pad Feature Competition. Get ready because this year we are pulling out all the stops. In addition to our 3 Grand Prize Winners, we are giving entrants an opportunity to take advantage of two amazing add-ons for only $25 more:
GUARANTEED SIGNING: with BENDERSPINK
So just who is Benderspink? With managers such as Chris Bender, JC Spink, Jake Wagner, Jake Weiner, Daniel Vang & more... the company's clients have made every major industry best of lists including the Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List year after year, and include clients such as Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups), David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), Christopher Roach (Non-Stop), Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen Series), and several more. But Benderspink is much more than just a management company, they also have exclusive first look deals with New Line for features and UCP for television. The company has produced a number of projects, including every installment of The Hangover franchise, as well as the Horrible Bosses franchise. They've also produced The Ring, We're the Millers, A History of Violence, The Butterfly Effect, and dozens more.
IAN SHORR / ERIC KOENIG / SANTA SIERRA
One of the things we’re most excited about in 2015 is the new addition of our Mentorship Program. In our two years of existence, we’ve had an unfathomably amazing run of talented writers who have come through the Launch Pad and immediately begun careers, sold their scripts, and landed open writing assignments. But we wanted to add an extra layer of assistance to our Launch Pad writers, and we're doing so with our mentor program. This year Ian Shorr (Cristo, Capsule, Marble Hornets), LP Alum Eric Koenig (Matriarch) and LP Alum Santa Sierra (Chico Grande, In Search of Our Father, Sylvester Stallone) have come aboard to continue our mentor program with a focus on three key elements - getting you and your script ready, tips and strategies on pitching and choosing your next project, and insight on how to navigate a newly minted career in Hollywood.
Feature - Quarter-Finalists - 10/18/2015
Feature - Semi-Finalists - 11/02/2015
Feature - Top 10 - 11/23/2015