Contests

Submissions open July 15th. Deadline is August 9th.
We’re looking for writers who have an underrepresented voice in mainstream media and have an idea for an ensemble feature film that captures the humor, the awkwardness, and the all consuming drama of the modern high school experience!

ColorCreative partnered with BET Networks to find new voices for a scripted television series. This inaugural ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest was launched in partnership with the American Black Film Festival. Writers were tasked with bringing an original comedy or drama pilot script to the table that, if chosen as the winner, would be fully developed and produced.

 

Finalists received a trip to the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami, where they attended roundtable sessions with industry veterans and a private luncheon with BET and ColorCreative executives. After the festival, finalists received script feedback before submitting a revised draft. One winner received a cash prize and the opportunity to have their pilot produced by ColorCreative for BET.

 

Mentors: Karen Gist, Writer (Star), Maurice “Mo” Marable, Producer/Director (Insecure, Wrecked), Ada Chiaghana, Director of HBO Programming, Korin D. Huggins, Emmy-Award Nominated Producer, Industry Executive (RootsBeing Mary Jane, Will Packer Productions)

Curves follows three Rubenesque, African American women struggling to navigate the world at

large and a particularly prickly dating scene as plus size women in Memphis, TN.

ColorCreative partnered with Talos Films and Sky Vision UK to find diverse and emerging writers, with the best series pitch, in the “Young Adult” genre space. Finalists were paired with industry veterans who provided notes and feedback on their pilot scripts. Winners had their pilots produced into a five-minute teaser with a $125,000 budget, along with an opportunity to pitch and sell their series to a network. Runner-ups received option agreements.

 

Mentors: Dayna Lynne North, Co-Exec Producer/Writer (Insecure), Justin Simien, Director/Writer (Dear White People), Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creator/Writer/Exec Producer (unREAL), Dan Powell, Exec Producer (Inside Amy Schumer, Ugly Americans), Jermaine Johnson, Manager (3Arts Entertainment), Sara Benincasa, Comedian/Actress/Young Adult Novelist (Great, DC Trip)

WINNER: AWOKEN

by Katelyn Howes

After being resurrected from cryogenic preservation in the year 2123, Alabine must fight for the basic rights of others

like her in this allegorical story about the risks of dehumanizing minorities.

In partnership with Project Greenlight Digital Studios (Adaptive Studios) ColorCreative sought to find the best anthology digital concept by diverse and emerging new writers. These writers partnered for a mini writers room with a showrunner/mentor. The concept was then produced into (6) ten-minute episodes. The finished series has been licensed by Bob Johnson’s Urban Movie Channel for SVOD Distribution.

 

Mentor: Cindy Fang, Writer/Director (Fresh Off The Boat, Rush Hour)

WINNER: MINIMUM WAGE

by Rebecca Hu,  Maya Houston, and Arpita Kumar

A workplace comedy that centers around a struggling Koreatown burger joint forced to make radical

changes to keep its doors open. Minimum Wage is from the original web series “Foodies”.