Screenplay Contest

Celebrating the screenplay writer as the heart of the collaborative filmmaking process, The 29 Palms Screenplay Contest recognizes emerging military-themed screenplays. The international competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive industry recognition and possibly win an all expenses paid, month long residency in Twentynine Palms, Ca., which includes a festival sponsored reception honoring the winner of The 29 Palms Screenplay Contest with media coverage.

THE next contest will be held Sep 29th through October 1st.

For more information, please contact Marc BERRY on (323) 782 13 00.

Get to know our expert judges:

Michael Esser is a scriptwriter and producer in Los Angeles. He won numerous US script-writing contests, developed and wrote TV series and feature films with renowned German and US talent and companies. He was crucial in setting up a cooperation between UCLA and The German Film University in Berlin on a Joint Masters Program for TV scriptwriting. In Germany, Michael created and wrote six drama series, over sixty TV movies and feature films. As producer, he oversaw national and international productions, among many Oscar Roehler’s JEW SUSS: RISE AND FALL, and the adaptation of the Colombian Telenovela hit BETTY LA FEA. In 2005,Michael won the GERMAN TELEVISION AWARD (“German EMMY”) as head writer of VERLIEBT IN BERLIN.
Benni Korzen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mr. Korzen won the Best Foreign Film Oscar for Babette's Feast in 1988 as well as the BAFTA Best Foreign Film award for Babette's Feast, the same year. Since moving to the United States he has produced, line-produced or executive produced over 20 feature films on budgets ranging from under $1 million to over $15 million. Mr. Korzen, is also the co-owner of Panorama Film International, New York and has served as the General Partner in two limited partnerships that produced 6 feature films distributed by New Line Cinema. Currently, Benni is developing two Off-Broadway hits into films, Forever Plaid, the musical written by Stuart Ross, and Beau Jest, the stage play written by James A. Sherman.
Amotz Zakai, is Vice President of Echo Lake Productions. Mr. Zakai has worked on such projects as Tsotsi (Oscar winner, 2006), Water (Oscar nominated, 2007), Away from Her, and Thirteen Conversations about One Thing. He also represents writers and directors. Mr. Zakai received the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Instructor of the Year Award in 2013.
Kelly Qidong Zhang was a news reporter/editor for Xinhua News Agency in Beijing before she came to the U.S in 1987. A veteran and senior executive in corporate sales, business development and media, she was the deputy general manager for China Daily USA's San Francisco bureau prior of joining Hanhai Studio as COO, China's first incubator connecting Hollywood and Chinese movie industries. She holds B.A in English Literature from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, M.A in Political Science from Arkansas State University, and M.A in Broadcast Journalism of Annenberg School for Communications of USC.

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