Beijing International Screenwriting Competition Crowns Winners

If you were looking to capitalize on your creative writing skills and enter the China based screenwriting competition, I’m afraid you’re too late. The Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, held by the Beijing International Creative Industry Corporation, officially announced its 15 winning contestants. The winners will be flown to Beijing where they will receive their cash reward of $1000, along with a chance to participate in producing their films.

In case you missed it, the Chinese government announced in March that they would be holding a script-writing contest seeking entries from American writers looking for a chance to see there work have a shot at getting filmed. For those willing to submit, the contest would accept feature-length or short-film scripts. The only catch, however, was that each story would take place in (or otherwise involve) Beijing. The idea of a Chinese writing competition targeting American screenwriters came about after the limited release of Lost in Thailand in the U.S. box-office. While Lost became the highest grossing domestic film in Chinese history, it had a dismal opening in America, and was immediately pulled from theaters. The competition was initially announced on March 4, with the deadline for feature films in April 7 and short-films in April 20.

The Grand Prize winners who submitted short-film scripts, seven in all, will not only be jetting to Beijing for their cash reward, but will also have the opportunity to work directly with the Chinese filmmakers charged with bringing their work to life. The details for such a collaboration have not yet been finalized, though it is already determined that each film will have a budget of $10,000. Once they’ve achieved their final product, each short-film will be shown on LeTV, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube. Fortunately for all writers involved in the contest, they will retain ownership of their work after the final product is shown, meaning they can take their films to various festivals if they wish. As for those fortunate enough to submit a winning feature-length script, they will stay in Beijing to compete for the Grand Prize of $15,000.