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WOMEN IN COMEDY FESTIVAL: FILM & SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: In comedy, timing is everything. And as much as laughing together can lift the spirits, we have to accept that the time is just not right to hold the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival this May. We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s screening and pitching events due to COVID-19. We will announce the 2020 official selections on May 22, 2020. We are working with industry creatives to award Best of Fest and Industry Choice cash prizes and mentoring opportunities for 2020. A date will be announced soon. For screenplay submissions, we will be awarding the top 5 scripts pitching opportunities for 2020. We are working with our industry creatives to come up with the best possible experience for our official selections to screen films and pitch screenplays in light of the current situation. We will keep you posted. *********************************************************** Women in Comedy Festival is thrilled to partner with HBO, Amy Aniobi (Insecure), NBC, FEIGCO Entertainment and Powderkeg , Jill and Faith Soloway (Transparent) and M. Dickson (Disenchantment) to work towards closing the gender gap in the film and television industry by featuring original comedic content created from all over the world. The 2020 CATEGORIES FOR YOUR SUBMISSION (Enter one or all four!): 1. THE HBO PITCH YOUR FIRST 5 PAGES COMPETITION with Amy Aniobi 2 .WICF COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer (2 TO 10 minute short film) 3. WICF TV COMEDY/DRAMEDY PILOT CONTEST with Jill and Faith Soloway (under 30 minute television pilot) 4. WICF ANIMATED COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with M. Dickson (5 minutes or less animated short) Feel free to enter all four categories. But remember, each submission requires an individual application and entry fee. You may submit no more than 5 entries in each category. WHAT YOU MUST KNOW: ALL GENDERS are welcome to submit. For the TV/FILM CATEGORIES: your submission must have a female-identifying protagonist, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer. For the SCREENPLAY CATEGORY: your script must have a female-identifying protagonist. For the ANIMATION CATEGORY: your animation must be written, directed and/or produced by a woman. HERE ARE THE DETAILS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY 1. THE HBO PITCH YOUR FIRST 5 PAGES COMPETITION Submit the first 5 Pages of your original 30-minute Comedy or Dramedy television pilot. The TOP 5 scripts will have the chance to Virtual Pitch and receive live feedback from an Industry Pitch Panel moderated by Kelly Edwards, Senior Vice President of Talent Development, HBO. The prize-winning script selected by the Industry Pitch Panel will have a mentoring call with Amy Aniobi, Executive Producer of Insecure, along with a $500 cash prize. Please only submit the opening 5 pages of your completed original script. The title page will not be considered as one of your 5 pages and should ONLY include your TITLE and LOGLINE. No identifying information should be on the title page. This is a comedy festival, so scripts should be in the genre of comedy or dramedy. We’re looking for material that will grab our attention fast, hook us in and build up the anticipation of what’s to come. All genders are encouraged and welcome to submit. Your script must have a female-identifying protagonist. 2. WICF COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer Women in Comedy Festival is accepting comedic short films or single episodes of web series that are between 2 to 10 minutes. This contest is a great opportunity for filmmakers to submit comedic content that they have already created with a chance to win $1000 and a one-on-one mentoring call with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer. Official selections will be screened at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020. 3. WICF TV COMEDY/DRAMEDY PILOT CONTEST with Jill and Faith Soloway Submit your produced, original, television comedy or dramedy pilot that is 30 minutes or less for for a chance to win $1000 and a mentoring call with Jill and Faith Soloway. We’re looking for unique television storytelling that will entertain us through a good laugh. One “Best of Fest” winner will be selected to be screened at the at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020. 4. WICF ANIMATED COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with M. Dickson Submit your animated short comedy film that is 5 minutes or less in length for a chance to win $1000 and a mentoring call with M. Dickson. We’re looking for fresh and funny animation. Official selections will be screened at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020. IMPORTANT DATES Early Deadline: January 24, 2020 Regular Deadline: February 21, 2020 Late Deadline: 11:59 PM (PST) March 15, 2020 Notification Date: April 6th, 2020 Event Date: May 9th, 2020 Best of luck! The WICF Film Team

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