HERE’S WHAT ANTHONY KEHINDE JOSEPH THINKS
So, over a hundred screenplays to read.
All short. 5 to 10 pages, nothing more.
Few characters too. And locations. At least, according to the rules.
Yeah. Like scrubbing a 30 thousand-liter petrol tanker … with a toothbrush.
They came in several genres. Psychological Thriller, Drama, Mystery, even Sci-Fi. And with just as many issues: using more words than necessary, incomprehensible writing, poor grammar, wrong formatting and going over the ten page limit.
The agenda was to win us over. God knows you tried. Sadly, that didn’t happen in most of them.
Why? Most of the entries didn’t send drafts that reflected the awareness that this is a contest. If I were submitting a script for a contest, I would do a spelling check, cut off unnecessary fluff from the action and description, do a character pass, tighten up my dialogue, ensure the story is clear, and most importantly, read and re-read to ensure that it makes the reader ‘feel something’. It’s a contest. Other guys are gunning for the same prize you are. Prepare to ‘not give them that chance’.
There were so many avoidable errors that a simple re-read would have taken care of.
And then, rules.
I know. As artists, we learn rules to break them. But only as artists. If you break traffic rules, or tax rules, or rules guiding conduct at an airport, you’ll pay. Unpleasantly too. Likewise, if you break contest rules guiding page count, number of characters to be used and locations to set your story in, you get disqualified.
That happened to about 20 scripts. They may have been better than the ones we liked but we’ll never know. Because, rules.
All said, three entries stood out. They weren’t perfect but they were a comforting departure from other submissions.
The writers of these three entries clearly ‘gave some thought’ to their submissions. Why do we watch a movie to the end? We want an answer to the ‘main question’ posed by the story’s premise.
The three top submissions did this. They each created a mystery that sucked us in, made us stick around long enough to see how it played out and rewarded our attention given with a decent resolution. But still, between Niyi Akinmolayan, myself and the friends we consulted with, we couldn’t agree on the best. Niyi preferred the comedy, I the thriller, others were torn between those two or the third.
We need help. And so we turn to you. We are posting the three screenplays we loved on here for you to download, read and vote.
Your best is our best. It’s down now to your vote. Thank you. Yaaaaay! Hit the comments and tell us the script you like out of the three and why you like it.
All twenty scripts will be shared for everyone to read. This is part of the the competition. Here they are, our top three submissions.
- PASTORPRENEUR- THE EXORCISM OF EROMOSELE by Phoenix Ifeoma Ezendu
- ROOM 315 first draft @AbosiOgba by Abosi Ogba
- The Salon by Okonkwo Johnson Stephen
Well done to all who entered, the time you put in and the seriousness to take your craft to the next level. Kindly take advantage of the materials posted on the site to up your game and get yourself to that sweet spot called Screen Credits.
To our three top contenders, congratulations.
To those who didn’t make the cut, remember we told you we’d have a workshop with our top twenty entries. All twenty of you will be contacted later today about when and where we’re meeting for that gig. Its happening this weekend. Saturday and Sunday precisely!
And here are the top twenty we had to pick our top three from. Download them, read and give your thoughts.
Who killed me by Joshua Olanrewaju
The Wedding Plan (SCRIPT) by Lola Opatayo
the good mamaritan Amaka Chidioka
THE DOORS OF INFINITE DESIRES Chiji Ononiwu
THE CIVIL SERVANT by Ayodeji Oluwaseyi Isaac
Re-Do v2 by Nkechi Nwabudike
RUN TINA RUN by Francisca Eleyele
monster by Chiji Ononiwu
LOVE AND A GOOD DAY TO DIE (SCRIPT) by JOE AITO & IFE OLUJUYIGBE
I DO by Charles Obi Emere
Everybody Plays The Fool by Susan Majekodunmi
Chicken Out Script 10pgs by Ejiro Stephen
cezeibieli_thewake (1) by Chidi Ezeibieli
All We Are_2 by Kuti Olumide
A THIN LINE by Abdul tijani Ahmed
A Fair Chance by Chiji Ononiwu
Thank you. This phase of the contest has been tremendous fun. The winner will also be sponsored by screenwriter Rita Onwurah to attend an upcoming script workshop as seen below.