Demystifying Contests w/ Bev Neufeld

Webinars ~ Marketing Series
Hosted By:
Beverly Neufeld - Adjunct Assistant Professor, USC

Contests can be a great way of getting recognized but they can also be extremely confusing to navigate. Which ones are legit and worth it? Why do you keep placing high but never winning? Beverly Neufeld (Contest Reader, Slamdance, PAGE) is here to help you with the contest labyrinth! She's going to lift the curtain and give writers a look at behind the scenes of a contest so you can better understand not just what they are and how they work but what those results actually mean. 

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:

  • Contests, with an emphasis on Slamdance
  • How readers are selected
  • The selection process for scripts 
  • How scoring works and what 'placing high' really means
  • Things to be aware of in your script before you submit
  • How to determine which contests are right for you

About Slamdance:


A staple in the industry for over 20 years, The Slamdance Film Festival is an annual film festival focused on emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films to introduce them to the entertainment industry. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. They welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world.


Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include:
  • Christopher Nolan (INTERSTELLAR)
  • Marc Forster (WORLD WAR Z)
  • Lena Dunham (GIRLS)
  • Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN)
  • Seth Gordon (HORRIBLE BOSSES)
  • Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY)
Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have earned over $11.5 billion at the Box Office to date!
More about
Beverly Neufeld
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Beverly Neufeld received her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA where she won first place in the Samuel Goldwyn competition for her feature, Brown Widow. She also won Slamdance’s TV pilot competition judged by Norman Lear’s Act III Productions for her original one-hour pilot, The Claytons. This script landed her both a manager and an agent. Other TV pilots and specs have won or placed in the Nicholls, the Warner Brother’s competition and more. Beverly has written for the children’s web show, The Gummy Bear Show, the series The Dating Chronicles, and has been hired to rewrite over six features, including the independent film,Wajdja, by the first Saudi Arabian female filmmaker, Haifaa al Mansour.

She has also just co-written a film in pre-production, Action! Action!

Beverly has also worked in development and as a reader and screenplay consultant for over 5,000 scripts. She was the Director of Development for Juntobox Films under Nina Yang and Forest Whittaker, and worked for such companies as Slamdance Films, CAA, FOX, Gersh, Coverage Ink, The Page Competition, and Roadmap Writers, etc. She also does private consultations and judges screenwriting competitions. Beverly has taught coverage workshops online, contributes to writing blogs and magazines, and has spoken on quite a few panels.

Her upcoming book: I Got You Covered: The Premiere and Fun Guide to Giving Script Coverage, Notes, and Story Analysis So Everybody Wins is set for publication in May, 2022.

Beverly loves writing and also helping others find, hone and express their vision and voice - all in an empowering and fun way.

How it Works


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