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New $25,000 Screenplay Prize to Promote “Strong and Complex Female Lead Characters”

New $25,000 Screenplay Prize to Promote "Strong and Complex Female Lead Characters"

Got a great screenplay with a compelling female protagonist and happen to be an Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) member?

If so, good news: You’ve got a chance at a $25,000 unrestricted grant. 

IFP and Phosphate Productions have launched a new prize to reward “scripts highlighting strong and complex female lead
characters.” The  “Phosphate Prize at IFP” is designed to encourage a promising writer or director, male or female, to create compelling roles for women. 

“IFP has always
championed stories that encompass a wide array of perspectives,” said Joana
Vicente, Executive Director of IFP. “With this new prize and our partnership with
Phosphate, we are so proud to be supporting more stories of females in the
forefront, and we hope this new program will generate incredible new works
featuring and focused on women.”

“The need and
reception for films with strong female leads is increasing,” said Pamela Tan,
President of Phosphate Productions. “I hope our grant with IFP can help, in
some way, create a space that encourages more films like these.”

The grant is open to new
or current IFP members and IFP programmatic alumni. Anyone planning to apply
for the grant can become a member at American directors or screenwriters working in narrative feature
film are encouraged to apply. Feature-length, narrative scripts should be
budgeted below $2,000,000 USD and can be submitted by writers
and directors, regardless of gender.

requirements, application form and guidelines can be found here.  

The deadline for
submissions is July 15, 2015. The recipient will be announced during IFP Independent Film Week from September 20-25, 2015 in New York City. 

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