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“Your Script Produced!” Worldwide Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully fund, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Film script for $250,000.00 USD. Open to anyone 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.

No cap on income earned as a writer. Open to all non-union members.

Call for entries for the second edition opens October 2', see you at our partner: Austin film festival and AFM.


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The Judges of YOUR SCRIPT PRODUCED Competition get ready to read your scripts

 

Doval Bacall (Sponsor, Financier, Producer)

Doval Bacall grew up in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan. His ocean sized appetite for learning, and burning desire to succeed motivated him to educate himself and learn the foundation and skills necessary to become a successful writer/producer. He believes that you can never think of yourself as a master of any trade or skill, as it stands in the way of improving yourself. Always thinking like a beginner to be able to continue learning, improving, and make each day count.

In 2018, after a lengthy career in the Real Estate world working in a team referred to as “The Bacall Brothers” team, with over 120+ million in Real Estate acquisitions and developments in multiple categories. Dozen plus top hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Choice Hotels. Over half dozen restaurants, and big retailer brands and shopping centers encompassing over 1 million plus in square footage. Recently acquired, in December of 2018, a local burger franchise which the team plans to grow the chain and develop on a national level, and the list continues to grow!

After a successful run creating what is known today as the Bacall Capital, Doval Bacall has shifted his laser focus attitude to the Filmed Entertainment Industry. Always has been his passion, now he will turn into a reality. Doval Bacall Films is born.

Doval Bacall always believed that in order to be successful, you have to help others, along with your surrounding team to succeed in order to be labeled as a success, therefore, he agreed to sponsor “Your Script Produced !” Worldwide Screenwriting Competition. Mr. Bacall will finance the production of the Film category Grand Prize winner and fund the entire budget of $250,000.00 USD beginning in 2019. Mr. Bacall will finance production, and co-produce the film, along with other seasoned producers in the Filmed Entertainment World.

“Your Script Produced !” Worldwide Screenwriting Competition Is very unique, it helps give a creative writer/filmmaker their shot, and Mr. Bacall believes we all are unique in some sense, and he wants to help discover, launch, and provide a platform that is dedicated to giving a shot to those so creative, that Hollywood refused to give that one shot, one opportunity, for that individual to get discovered and launch his or her career.

If you have a script, and want to get produced, then submit your script to www.YourScriptProduced.com to get discovered, get noticed, GET PRODUCED!

 

 

Sheila Shah, (Judge, Ambassador)

An international actress and humanitarian. She landed her first role as an FBI Agent in the highly successful franchise “Saw V” (2008) directed by David Hackl.

She is also an Advocate for CARE to help fight poverty by empowering women and girls. She attended the National Conference to advocate for CARE in Washington, DC and the CAN summit in Atlanta in 2015. She has also helped other organization such as David Lynch Foundation and Go Campaign.

The sister of twin brothers, one with cerebral palsy, Sheila has become the Ambassador of March of Dimes of Canada and helped create awareness for the disease by attending and speaking at the celebrity golf classic tournaments and other events throughout the years. She is also an Advocate for CARE to help fight poverty by empowering women and girls. She attended the National Conference to advocate for CARE in Washington, DC and the CAN summit in Atlanta in 2015. She has also helped other organization such as David Lynch Foundation and Go Campaign.

Besides her acting career, Sheila earned a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, a Post Graduate Degree in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs, and subsequently worked in the pharmaceutical industry in both Toronto and Miami. While in Los Angeles, she fulfilled another passion of hers, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Merchandise Marketing from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

 

Damian Chapa

Born in and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Damian (Irish, Mexican, Italian and Native American descent) grew up as the second eldest of 5 children; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Damian served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years, traveling the world on 3 different ships.

After serving in the military, Damian decided to follow in the footsteps of his favorite actor, Montgomery Cliff, and began a career in acting.

Soon, he had his first acting job in New York as a stand-in for Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video. This was his first step, and soon shot 2 films. His first starring role was In Blood In, Blood Out (1993), as Miklo Velka (for which he achieved worldwide notice and legions of fans, particularly within the Latino community, As well as having gone on to become the highest-grossing Latin film in history), followed by Under siege (1992).

Damian attended the 18th Street Theater in New York for many years, and was coached by master director Robert Easton.

Damian has also worked behind the camera. In 1995, both he and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the running to do competing James Dean biopic. The James Dean Foundation, who held rights for the project, endorsed Chapa over DiCaprio.

In 2011, while filming a scene for his film, Brando Unauthorized, Damian was involved in a motorcycle accident, which nearly killed him. He suffered several injuries, including a broken hand and facial bruising. As a result, the production was temporarily delayed, however, after 8 hours he got back on his feet and resumed filming. A clip of the accident can be seen in the film, during the acid trip scene.

Damian wrote, directed, produced, also starred in the cult film “El Padrino,” starring Jennifer Tilly, Faye Dunaway, Brad Dourif and Stacy Beach. Damian subsequently won Best Director and Best Feature awards at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for his film BrandoUnauthorized (2011).

Damian's manager, Chuck Binder, whose long-time clients have included Sharon Stone and the late David Carradine.

Damian has had the privilege of directing talented actors such as: Stacy Keach and Rachel Hunter in 4 films, Robert Wagner and Joe Estevez in 3 films, and Faye Dunaway, David Carradine, Brad Dourif and Gary Busey in 2 films.

Damian's starred in a film he directed; Streets of East LA. The film features Paz De La Huerta, Angus Macfadyen, and Damian Chapa. Damian was nominated for Best actor/best director at the prestigious MIFF.

 

Bruno Chatelin

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French Business School HEC alumni, began his marketing career with the largest international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT.

He started in 1985 working for Sony then UGC FOX in France (Marketing Director and Managing Director) He has launched over 200 films and has worked closely with key creative talents.

To name just a few: Claude Lelouch, Costa Gavras, Terry Giliam (3 films: Baron Munchausen, 12 Monkeys, Fisher King), Stephen Frears, Keneth Branagh, James Ivory (2 films: Remains of the Day...), Francis Coppola (Dracula), Steven Spielberg (Hook), Woody Allen (3 films: Alice...), Sean Penn, Tom Hanks (3 films: Philadelphia...), Al Pacino, Scorsese, Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, Schwarzenegger (3 films: Total Recall, T2, Last Action Hero), Stallone (4 films : Rambo 2/3, Cliffhanger... ), Van Damme (2) and many more.

After Sony he merged 20th Century Fox with UGC in 1995 and quickly put the company in the N° 2 position on the market.

He co founded filmfestivals.com which regularly partners with the largest festivals and markets (Cannes, AFM, Toronto, Locarno, Venice...) and has served over 6.000 festivals worldwide and a community of 370 000 unique monthly visitors, and newsletter subscribers base of 193 000.

The company was one of VOD international pioneers (2001) and has opened a film and festival matchmaking community leading the way of many digital new developments in the industry.

International film marketing in Cannes (latest showcase was Bilal by Barajoun Ent premiered with red carpet and award in Cannes and Annecy 2016) Curator of Ones to Watch Film selection promoted for festival selections. Resulting in other 500 festival selections.

 

Shannon Makhanian

Shannon Makhanian is known as one of Hollywood’s best Casting Directors. With over 20 years of Casting, and more than 200 feature film credits under her, Shannon’s talents for thinking outside of the box and crafting and enhancing story has garnered her much success.

She possesses an incredible knowledge of the entire scope and process of Independent cinema.  This has made her a valuable asset to Production Companies around the globe. 

Her knowledge of story, film, talent and foreign sales makes her an ally to anyone working in a US and Foreign market in a collaborative way.   She possesses a rare talent for understanding story and characters at a deep intuitive level that makes her a favorite of writers, directors, and actors alike.

Her unique experience working with film makers from England, Ireland, Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus Canada, and France have solidified her reputation as someone who can compete in any marketplace.

Shannon began her Casting Career working as an Associate Casting Director under the legendary duo, Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirschenson.  While there, Shannon had the privilege of working and learning from the best, including iconic Directors Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Wolfgang Peterson and Christopher Columbus (to name a few).

Shannon’s breakout success came whilst making the Massive Indie hit - ‘BRICK’ (helmed by Star Wars director Ryan Johnson) which was a Sundance favorite; and put Shannon on the map as a force to contend with. The success of ‘Brick’ at Sundance launched a frenzy where she had 2 films per year at the festival for 4 years in a row; a truly outstanding and unique accomplishment.  Shannon has exhibited strength and success at all major festivals and markets.

Her unique and impressive vision helped to catapult several working actors, into a super-stardom they would maintain to this very day.

Although she is best known for her Film work, she has spent time working in Television, Web Series, Music Videos, as well as Animated Features & Commercials.  She recently cast the Second Season of “Real Rob’, a Netflix Originals fan favorite.

Shannon’s desire to craft interesting and unusual stories, while supporting emerging talents has helped to solidify her reputation as a favorite CD within the community itself.

Shannon is probably best known for her incredible eye of discovering, nurturing and cultivating talent. This reputation has been consistent for years.

Shannon has strong long-term relationships with all high level agencies including CAA, WME and UTA.

 

Tim Abell

Tim Abell is an actor, host and producer, living in Los Angeles, Ca. He starred as former Scout/Sniper Marine Benny Ray Riddle, in one of producer Jerry Bruckheimers' first TV series "Soldier of Fortune inc., and many other film and TV projects such as,"We Were Soldiers....", "Hatfield’s & McCoys: Bad Blood”, “Sniper: Special OPs”, “NCIS", "CSI:NY", "CSI:Miami","Sons of Anarchy", “Criminal Minds”, “Z Nation”..... he is currently Executive Producer along with Rob Van Dam, on Eric Beaches “Still Here” an important documentary about a soldier who survived being shot in the face and potential suicide by pursuing his dream of becoming a WWE wrestler. Tim, is proud to have served as a US Army Ranger w/ 2/75 Ranger Bn. and the 3rd US Inf., (The Old Guard) Caisson Plt. He was honored to be inducted in 2014 as a Distinguished Member of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment. (DMOR)Tim is a Lifetime member of the U.S. Army Ranger Association. Tim is also an avid outdoorsman who hosted and produced Red Arrow/ Dorsey Pictures' outstanding television series “Grateful Nation", honoring our returning wounded veterans on the Outdoor Channel for 10 seasons.

 

Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam, or RVD, is a world famous professional wrestler, actor, comedian and advocate for the legalization of cannabis.

He is best known for his championship career with the World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment, Extreme Championship Wrestling, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, as well as a number of motion pictures.

RVD utilizes his position in the spotlight to educate and share his insight with genuine approach. His positive outlook on life, impressive skills, and unique performances continue to inspire and entertain fans worldwide.

 

Angela Harvey

Angela is a television writer and producer whose credits include Teen Wolf (MTV), Salvation (CBS), and Station 19 (ABC). She's also as an independent film producer, most recently serving as executive producer on the award-winning feature Jinn and the recently wrapped feature film Max & Me.

Before launching her career in film and television, Angela worked for a non-profit agency where she traveled to disaster-stricken and war-torn areas, telling the stories of relief and triumph she found in the worst circumstances. Because of her experiences in global affairs and anti-poverty work, Angela strives to craft stories that open minds, enlighten spirits, and celebrate humanity.

 

Tim Lounibos

Much was expected of Lounibos when he first entered the biz in the 90's. He was branded as part of an "exciting new breed of Asian American actors with widespread mainstream appeal" and went to work immediately on such shows as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Suddenly Susan, and The Nanny, as well as recurring guest stars on Beverly Hills, 90210, The Practice, JAG and The West Wing. He also starred in the feature film Erotique, which was one of the first US films shot in Hong Kong.

Eventually, Lounibos entered what one network executive termed the "tweener stage" -- too old to play the young buck, too young to play the dad -- so Tim made the difficult decision to leave Hollywood to provide for his growing family.

As fate would have it, Tim's acting would be greatly enhanced as he learned real-life experience running a business and supervising hundreds of employees, all the while striving to be a good husband and father and gaining a newfound sense of groundedness and gravitas.

Then, as onscreen diversity began reflecting the face of society, Tim realized his mixed-race combination of German/Irish/Asian along with his seemingly unlimited acting range made the timing right to leap back in.

So far it has proved to be quite successful as Lounibos has quickly stacked up a new set of credits, booking such shows as A.P. Bio, Criminal Minds, Doubt, The Real O'Neals, and The Young and the Restless. In 2019, Tim is set to guest star on Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS and recur throughout the fifth season of Amazon Studios' Bosch.

 

Mike Beckingham

Mike Beckingham is an upcoming British actor who is known for his range, versatility and being as raw as possible. Mike is a third generation actor (Younger Brother to Simon Pegg) who grew up in the beautiful countryside of Gloucestershire, Mike now resides in London, England. Following on from his first lead role in the feature film Subconscious (2013) he now has feature film ‘Redwood’ on VOD & The Horror Channel (Feb 2019) for which he won ‘Best Actor’ at the British Horror Film Festival 2017 in London, and was nominated for ‘Best Actor’ at the National Film Awards 2018. (Redwood took home ‘Best Thriller’ at the National Film Awards 2018). With two more films currently in post production due for release is 2019 ‘Black Site’ & ‘AMS Secrets’, Beckingham is an exciting actor to look out for

 

Genevieve Wong

Genevieve Wong is a four-time Emmy-nominated producer and writer from Los Angeles. She currently produces the hit true crime series, "People Magazine Investigates," on the Investigation Discovery network. Genevieve is also a partner at Queen Kong Productions, a production company she started with radio personality Kerri Kasem.

 

Al Maddin

Al Maddin, exploded onto the scene as an urban promotions representative for major and indie record labels such as MCA, JMJ / Def Jam, Relativity, and Suave House Records. He has worked with such artists as New Edition, GUY, Mary J. Blige, 8 Ball & MJG, Fat Joe, RUN DMC and Jam Master Jay. Along with the late great Jam Master Jay, they began developing new artists such as 50 Cent.

Maddin has done urban marketing across the country for film giants Lions Gate, Foxatomic, Paramount, and Tyler Perry Films. After solidifying his mark in the music and entertainment industry, he started The Al Maddin Management Group an entertainment firm.

In 2004, Al Maddin produced and served as music supervisor on his first film entitled "Forbidden Fruits". The film was released to DVD in July of 2005. Since his first film he has continue to produce several indie films, presently.

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