Amazon Studios Wants Your Movie or Screenplay

Amazon (yes – that Amazon) is getting into the movie biz. Amazon Studios was just launched as a place where budding filmmakers and screenwriters can submit their work for cash and prizes. A combined $2.7 million in monthly and annual awards will be doled out in this program’s inaugural year.

Amazon Studios will also partner up with a major Hollywood studio. Here’s the gist:

Amazon Studios has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures, which means we’ll be presenting our top projects to Hollywood’s biggest studio for consideration as theatrical feature films. And winners of the Amazon Studios Annual Awards won’t just get money—they’ll also get a meeting with Warner Bros. development executives. [from Amazon Studios home page]

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2011. Click here to get started. You should first read their FAQ’s – especially your rights. (fyi…you’ll be entering into an 18 month, exclusive development agreement with Amazon Studios – but you’ll get paid!)

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  • Carogriffin

    It’s been a bit since this blog was updated, but just in case:

    A good alternative to something like this is the Tromadance festival. Troma’s provided amazing opportunities to up-and-coming/DIY filmmakers over the years. Submission is free, entry to the festival is free…it’s certainly an event aware that its attendees are probably busy spending their money making movies.

    This year’s is April 22-23 at the Showroom Theater in New Jersey…check it out, it’s a great place for independent filmmakers.

  • I have been all over the web, tried out crowd fund raising sites like indie go go and kickstarter, but never heard of this amazon initiative. Holy crap, thanks I am checking it out right now.

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