PROJECT STARGAZER, the first initiative developed from a partnership between the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, is seeking submissions of SCIENCE FICTION STORY IDEAS (you do not have to submit a script!) incorporating “NASA themed” science facts as plot elements that can be developed into screenplays.   Submissions will be accepted through June 16, 2013.  The regular submission fee is $25. The late deadline is July 8, 2013. Late submission fee is $25. HBFF 2013 runs Oct 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.

Project Stargazer is open to all citizens of the United States who write or co-write the submission material.  Writing partners are eligible to submit as a team. Applicants can be first time screenwriters, seasoned professionals or anywhere in between.

A panel of judges from the entertainment industry and scientific community will score submissions based on originality, story idea, diversity of main 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 semi-finalist will have the opportunity to pitch their project 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.

For detailed information and submission requirements visit:  http://www.hbff.org/hbff-2013-project-stargazer-faqs/  To submit to PROJECT STARGAZER visit: http://www.hbff.org/submit-to-hbff-2013-project-stargazer/.

For more info: http://www.hbff.org or email projectstargazer@hbff.org.

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About the Hollywood Black Film Festival

Founded in 1998, the Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established Black filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels.  Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.  For more information on the Hollywood Black Film Festival, visit:www.hbff.org <http://www.hbff.org/>, email: info@hbff.org