PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PROJECT STARGAZER SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH WITHOUTABOX (WWW.WITHOUTABOX).WHAT ARE THE DATES OF HBFF 2013? The13th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival will be held October 2-6, 2013 at the Ricardo Montalban Theater and the W Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT TO PROJECT STARGAZER? Project Stargazer is open to all citizens of the United States who write or co-write the submission material. IS PROJECT STARGAZER JUST ACCEPTING IDEAS FOR FEATURE FILMS? No, we are also accepting ideas for television pilots/series and web series. CAN A NON-AFRICAN AMERICAN SCREENWRITER / FILMMAKER SUBMIT TO PROJECT STARGAZER? Yes! All US citizens can submit to Project Stargazer. Lead characters should reflect the multi-cultural panorama of the 21st century. Evaluation is based on the strength of the story idea and the background of your principal characters, not on your own personal heritage. WHAT ARE THE PROJECT STARGAZER SUBMISSION DATES FOR HBFF 2013? Submissions will be accepted April 1, 2013 through July 1, 2013. The Regular submission deadline is June 16, 2013. The Late submission deadline is July 1, 2013. The Withoutabox (WAB) Extended deadline is July 8, 2013. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SUBMIT TO PROJECT STARGAZER? $30/$25 with WAB discount for entries received between April 1 and June 16, 2013. $30/$25 with WAB discount for entries received between June 17 and July 1, 2013. $30/$25 with WAB discount for entries received between July 2 and July 8, 2013. IS THERE A STUDENT DISCOUNT? No. HOW DO I PAY MY FEES? Fees can be paid by credit or debit card (VISA, MC or AMEX) online with the submission materials. Entry fees are non-refundable. SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THE ENTRY FEE PAYMENT. DO NOT include the writer(s) name, WGA number, any kind of contact or other identifiable information on the submission materials. Noncompliance with this criteria is grounds for disqualification. As all reading is anonymous, the writer’s name should not appear anywhere on the submission materials. You may (optional) include a SEPARATE cover sheet with TITLE, WRITER’S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. CAN HBFF WAIVE MY SUBMISSION FEE? No. While we recognize the financial difficulties that many filmmakers face, submission fees are necessary to help defray the cost of operating the festival. HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ENTRY? All entries should be submitted online through www.withoutabox.com. Entries submitted outside Withoutabox will not be considered. If there are any problems with the online submission system, please contact Withoutabox technical support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Project Stargazer is accepting online submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) formats. Complete submission information can be found on withoutabox.com. DO NOT include the writer(s) name, WGA number, any kind of contact or other identifiable information on the submission materials. Noncompliance with this criteria is grounds for disqualification. As all reading is anonymous, the writer’s name should not appear anywhere on the submission materials. You may (optional) include a SEPARATE cover sheet with TITLE, WRITER’S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. WHAT TYPES OF ENTRIES DO YOU ACCEPT? Submission document must include a logline, synopsis, treatment and an artistic statement describing your creative vision for the project. Completed scripts are not required. Submissions must also clearly be science fiction or science fact which may include “NASA themed” subject matter. You can find out about NASA technology at: http://www.nasa.gov, http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAexplorer or http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/featured_tech.shtm. Lead characters should reflect the multi-cultural panorama of the 21st century. DO NOT include the writer(s) name, WGA number, any kind of contact or other identifiable information on the cover or anywhere within the submission. Any submission that does not at least meet the basic standards mentioned here will be disqualified and not read. As all reading is anonymous, the writer’s name should not appear anywhere on the submission materials. You may (optional) include a SEPARATE cover sheet with TITLE, WRITER’S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS. ARE THERE ANY FORMAT/CREATIVE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE LOGLINE, SYNOPSIS, TREATMENT OR ARTISTIC STATEMENT? In general, the logline should be one or two sentences, the synopsis should be no longer than a page, the treatment should not exceed 40 pages, and the Artistic Statement should be one to two pages. Please note that these are generalities. Rest assured that we are much more interested in your story ideas than page counts. ALONG WITH THE REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS, CAN APPLICANTS SUBMIT ADDITIONAL WRITTEN SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS, SUCH AS SHORT STORIES, GLOSSARIES AND/OR PROLOGUES MEANT TO COMPLIMENT AND ENHANCE THE STORY TREATMENT? No. The logline, synopsis and treatment are written tools that should be able to stand on their own and convey the salient points of your story to film producers or studio executives. These tools are used as a process to writing the screenplay, so the only additional material that would be accepted would be the competed screenplay itself. CAN I SUBMIT A ONE PAGE PDF ILLUSTRATION PORTRAYING MY STORY TREATMENT’S MAIN PROTAGONIST? Yes. Artwork, a few storyboards, etc. in PDF format can accompany your written submission materials. HOW DOES PROJECT STARGAZER WORK? A panel of judges from the entertainment industry and science community will score each submission based on originality, story idea, characters, tone, visual style, marketability, and use of space science ((i.e. astrophysics, aeronautics, planetary). At HBFF 2013, the semi-finalist Stargazers will participate in an intensive workshop that includes individual one-on-one meetings and master classes with top industry writers, directors, producers and science/technology consultants to assist in the further development of the Stargazer projects. Each Stargazer will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of judges who will select Stargazer finalists to participate in the 2014 Project Stargazer Lab. Finalists will be announced at the HBFF 2013 Closing Night Ceremony. WHAT IS THE 2014 PROJECT STARGAZER LAB? The Project Stargazer Lab provides the Stargazer finalists with the opportunity to work on creatively advancing their projects from script to screen. Each Stargazer will be paired with mentors from the entertainment industry and NASA scientists and engineers to advise them on scientific subject matters. The Lab is designed to nurture the Stargazer finalists with project-specific support in an environment that encourages innovation. WILL I RECEIVE A CRITIQUE OF MY SUBMISSION? Yes. Our readers provide feedback that may be helpful in script development. WHAT TYPES OF PRIZES ARE AWARDED? Lab participants will receive a financial grant to use towards the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their film project as well as a custom business plan, custom film budget and a software suite of producer production tools. WHEN ARE FINALISTS NOTIFIED? All Stargazers should be notified by August 5, 2013 of their status in the competition. WHAT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Send us an email at: email@example.com.
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