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Recent Challenge Winner

An Act of Kindness

Out of the Blue

Polly B
Miss
Glasgow, UK

A young girl experiences her first glimpse of womanhood in the company of two male friends. Embarrassed and confused, she attempts to tackle this situation alone but is helped by someone experienced and empathetic of her situation.

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Past Challenges

Every Object Tells a Story

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Collectively, many of us have found ourselves spending most or all of our time in our homes, reacquainting ourselves with spaces and objects that have made us feel safe and nostalgic.

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An Act of Kindness

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During challenging times, there are always "helpers" to be found that remind us of the kindness of strangers. Write a scene/sequence about a character who experiences an "all is lost moment" who fortuitously receives the help of a stranger.

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Imagined Futures

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Create a short video or write a sequence with a main character who is facing either an internal or external conflict to overcome. Sponsored by Humanitas

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The Disruptor

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Craft a written scene/sequence where an unexpected guest arrives at a family dinner for Thanksgiving or another significant holiday in your cultural practices. Sponsored by Backstage

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The Revisionist - Write an Alternative Ending

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Crafting an ending that's both inevitable and surprising is very challenging. Select a feature film (well known, if possible) that ended in an unsatisfying way and rewrite the final scene. Sponsored by Final Draft

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Family Secrets

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Interview a family member about something (an event, a relationship, an experience) in their background or in your family history that had a profound impact on their life, something you were always curious about.

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Cultural Collision

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Create a scene in which two people from different backgrounds must negotiate a misunderstanding. Establish the characters and their points of view, provide a clear conflict, and show us what happens.

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An Unforgettable Entrance

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Create the moment when the audience is first introduced to the main character in a written scene or video.

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Mystery Sender

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Create a character and show us what happens when they receive a text message from an unknown sender that includes one of the following prompts: "I'm here" / "Remember me" / "Your time is up" / "Don't look back".

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Speak Your Truth

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Think of a local issue that's important to you and create a piece of work that uses the power of story to engage your audience.

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Free Skate

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Create a project in any genre that uses this image of roller skates as inspiration.

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First Impressions: Not All is Lost!

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You only get one chance for a first impression - tell the story of an important meeting that goes terribly wrong

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My So-Called Family

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Write the first 5-10 pages of the TV pilot about your family: can be in any genre!

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Three's a Crowd

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Create a piece in any format or genre in which a Valentine's Day dinner takes a twist

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Strangers on a Train, on a Plane, at a Bar!

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What happens when two strangers are forced together, if even for a moment? Create a scene to win the Challenge.

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