Equal Writes: Screenwriting challenge announces semi-finalists vying for $2,500

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Equal Writes, a screenwriting challenge founded by Duly Noted, Inc. and We Make Movies (and supported in part by MovieMaker) has closed the call for entries seeking, “intelligent, courageous stories forged on the intersections of race, religion and gender with voices that shape the new discussion on diversity.” The 22 semi-finalists have been announced at www.WeMakeMovies.org.

Of the semi-finalists, seven will be selected to stand on stage before a panel of three producers to present their script. The ultimate goal is that the producers will like the pitches enough to make all of the films on offering. But at least one writer will receive a $2,500 option—as well other perks to help get the film off the ground. RED has also joined MovieMaker Magazine (that’s us!) as an official sponsor of the event, which means finalists could potentially have access to SCARLET and EPIC cameras if their script is green-lighted.

Duly Noted, Inc. and We Make Movies have been seeking producer panelists who are hungry to produce new work by unknown writers. Sundance veteran Effie T. Brown (HBO’s Real Women Have Curves, Google/YouTube Channel WIGS) was the first to announce she would sit on the judges panel. This week, Sundance veteran and Producing Fellow Reuben Lim (Lane Street Pictures) joined as well. Lim’s previous films include Saving Lincoln, Half-Life, and Super Capers. The third producer will be announced in the coming weeks.

The seven finalists will be announced June 8, 2013. For more details on the vision behind this challenge, visit: www.EqualWritesFilm.com or send an email to info@equalwritesfilm.com.

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We Make Movies (www.wemakemovies.org) is a Los Angeles-based film collective of over 2,000 artists and technicians dedicated to empowering independent filmmakers and providing the resources and connections that will help them get their movies made. Since 2009, We Make Movies has helped develop, produce, or fund more than 40 shorts and 6 features. The group alternates free weekly writers workshops, improv nights, and industry guest interviews in an effort to help filmmakers get feedback on their work, try new ideas, and learn what’s really working for others artists in the community.

Duly Noted, Inc. (www.dulynotedinc.com) was launched in 2001 by award-winning independent film producer Effie T. Brown. Under Brown’s direction, the Los Angeles-based company has established itself as a visionary production entity committed to creating inspiring and enduring independent movies. No genre or subject matter is off limits. Be it period biopic, sci-fi, thriller, or daring character-driven drama, Duly Noted, Inc. will continue to bring challenging and entertaining films to audiences everywhere, and is poised to usher in a new wave of independent filmmakers.