Faith, Media & Culture

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Three Finalists Will be Chosen to Compete for $5,000 Grand Pr

Three finalists to be chosen to compete for $5000 grand prize. The UP TV cable network and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) want you to know that this Friday (4/25) is the final deadline for entries in the fourth annual UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition.  The contest promotes the development of faith-friendly, family entertainment screenplays with a focus on the American Black experience, and is a component of UP’s Official sponsorship of Film Life’s 18th annual ABFF, the preeminent festival promoting cultural diversity within the film and television industry.  The 2014 ABFF will be held June 19-22 in New York City for the first time.

Through Friday, submissions for the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition are being solicited by the ABFF on the organization’s website and newsletter.  All eligible screenplays received will be sent to UP for review by a select panel, which will choose the top three screenplay finalists. At ABFF in June, a scene from each of the top three screenplays will be performed live by actors and directed by the screenwriter.  The Grand Prize winner of the Competition will be announced during the ABFF Honors awards presentation and will receive a check for $5,000.

“The UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition has grown every year and is now recognized as a prestigious opportunity for aspiring screenwriters,” says UP Vice Chairman.  “Each year, the competition draws a wide range of talent submitting work across various genres such as family adventure, comedy, romantic comedy sports and drama. The program is a great extension of our network’s commitment to showcasing uplifting, multicultural family-friendly stories.”

In past years, the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition has generated films that UP has produced and aired on the network, including Somebody’s Child written by Siddeeqah Powell and directed by Gary Wheeler.  Two of the films – In the Meantime, written by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, and Raising Izzie, written by David Martyn Conley – were produced and directed by Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, ABFF’s only two-time winner of the Best Film Award. Raising Izzie and Somebody’s Child are among the network’s most watched original movies.

Entries for UP’s Faith & Family Screenplay Competition should be formatted for a two-hour television movie, or approximately 88 minutes of content excluding commercials. The stories should center around faith-friendly, family-friendly topics with a focus on the American Black cultural experience with a wide audience appeal.  All submissions should be non-period pieces.  Please visit for complete details.

Submissions should be mailed to:
UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition 2014
c/o Film Life, Inc.
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Suite 303
New York, NY 10011

All submission materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 25.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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