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Writers don’t write scripts to sit on a shelf along with their dusty plastic trophies.  Writers write scripts to see their Movies on the silver screen. YouPix.org aims to facilitate the writer’s dream of seeing your Movie made in two ways:  

1)  We offer an exclusive script database that is searchable only by active Development Executives. (Your first script submission is free, BTW)

2)  We host the best indie screenplay competition out there:  Our Winners actually MAKE A MOVIE.  (Up to $500k budget, and the competition is limited!)

At YouPix.org you have a REAL shot at making YOUR MOVIE.


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Not Another Screenplay Competition!

 

The Internet is full of articles/posts/blogs written by Industry Professionals with endorsement for the top ten or top five screenplay competitions – and it doesn’t take long before you start seeing the same Contests repeated again and again…  That makes you feel good about those certain competitions, right?  So, you submit your screenplay to some (or all) of those competitions with your fingers crossed…  And you might place in the top 10% or better in some, if you’re lucky. 

The fact is, in those Blue Chip contests, you are competing with thousands of other screenplays.

But if you are like us, been following screenplay competitions and have submitted to most of them and have won some, you can’t help it but to ask yourself the most important question: WHAT DO WRITERS ACUTALLY GET OUT OF THESE CONTESTS? Some of them have been around for over 25 years; they must have a convincing track record to stay in business, right? Here is from the FAQ of one of the biggest ones out there:

Q: How many Academy Nicholl Fellowship-winning scripts have been produced?

A: Of the 126 scripts that have earned their writers fellowships from 1986 to 2012, 16 have been produced…

Get it? In reality, ALL of the so called TOP screenplay competitions offer the same exact deal: Winners end up with a trophy or a variation of prize money, that’s about it. Very small percentage get to see their work produced and worse if you are an indie/low budget writer, your chances are almost nonexistent.

So what do you do if you are a writer/indie filmmaker like us? The honest truth is unless you have a rich family/investor that is willing to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars so you can make your Film, there are no options, period. Oh yea, there are a bunch of websites that offer CROWD FUNDING, you can try that. Are you depressed yet?  

Don’t be, we are all in the same boat and that’s why we have be working for a long time now to try to come up with a business model that will provide talented indie filmmakers a viable option to make movies. Years ago, PROJECT GREEN LIGHT offered new talents a platform to compete but it was short lived for obvious reasons, the business model didn’t work. The movies lost money. Unlike all of these different platforms that had good intentions in helping discover new talent, at YOUPIX.ORG, we have eliminated many mistakes to dramatically increase the odds of success for this new indie platform. 

  • Budget: Up to $500k.
  • Less competition: You will never compete with more than 999 other contestants.
  • Submission Fee: Multiple coverage and feedback on your work – great value considering the submission fee. Standard coverage fees in Hollywood is up to double our Submission Fee.
  • Business model: Will allow us to continue to run the competition as long as contestants are willing to participate – True democratic filmmaking.
  • Best of all: The winners actually get to make a feature length movie. A real movie. The others can keep their trophies.

The purpose of this blog is not to attack or trash other contests, not at all. The majority of them are run by decent people and for legitimate reasons. The point of this blog is to offer writers/indie filmmakers a different option to help them get to their ultimate goal – make movies. That’s why OUR best screenplay competition for indie FILMMAKERS is: YouPix.org…that’s right. Where WINNERS ACTUALLY MAKE A REAL MOVIE! If you like the sound of that join our exciting new community at www.youpix.org.

 

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About YouPix.org

Safadi Talieh

 

Why YouPix? 

The idea of YouPix.org was born out of our frustrations with the current state of the Indie Film business model. Over the last decade there has been a decline  in Indie Films investment by major Hollywood production companies.  The decline is due to many reasons, but the most importantly, the old business model DOES NOT WORK!  The vast majority of the Indie Films do not make money – so why invest?  Too much risk.

If you are a passionate Indie Filmmaker – finding the money to make your film is almost impossible.  Unless your rich Aunt invented bubble gum, odds are you’re not going to make your movie.  YouPix is the answer.

The basic idea behind the YouPix competition:

Writers

  • Writers submit scripts with a SUBMISSION FEE.
  • Writers read & fairly critique 2 SCRIPTS and 2 SHORT FILMS.
  • Writers receive multiple critiques – from fellow Writers and from Directors.
  • TOP SCRIPTS are submitted to an ADVISORY BOARD of established Directors, Writers, Producers, and Industry Luminaries for final analysis and judging.
  • The CHOSEN SCRIPT is PRODUCED by teaming up with the CHOSEN DIRECTOR for Production.

 

Directors

  • Directors submit short films (no longer than 20 min.) with a SUBMISSION FEE.
  • DIRECTORS READ & FAIRLY CRITIQUE 2 SCRIPTS and 2 SHORT FILMS.
  • TOP SHORT FILMS are submitted to an ADVISORY BOARD of established Directors, Writers, Producers, Producers, and Industry Luminaries for analysis and judging.
  • TOP 10 DIRECTORS are interviewed by the ADVISORY BOARD for FINAL CUT.
  • CHOSEN DIRECTOR shoots the CHOSEN SCRIPT.

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A SCRIPT in HOLLYWOOD has about a ONE IN A MILLION chance of being produced.

That SUCKS.

At YouPix.org YOU have a REAL shot at making YOUR FILM.

That does NOT suck!

At YouPix.org here’s what can happen for you:

  • You get multiple SCRIPT COVERAGE and FEEDBACK by your PEERS…
  • If you’re in the Top 100 or Top 10 Scripts or Short Films - you’ll get noticed in Hollywood…
  • And if your SCRIPT or SHORT FILM is CHOSEN you become a PRODUCED SCREENWRITER or DIRECTOR.

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