Read all entries HERE
As many of you will know, Covid-19 has been an extraordinary challenge for us at the London Screenwriters’ Festival. I am sure it has for you too.
Like so many businesses, we have suffered greatly and the team has had to be let go and the offices closed, in order that we survive.
On top we ended up running a month long online festival at the start of Summer. So yeah, it’s been real.
Premise: A civilisation-destroying meteor, heading towards Earth, is discovered by NASA. Its terrifying, devastating and inevitable impact is announced from the White House. With only two hours left for humankind, what would happen?
If you think you can, then get involved in the Filmmakers’ Phase of The Impact50.
If your film makes the final cut, you will share screen credit with Hollywood screenwriting legend Joe Eszterhas. Interested?
The best of the final films will be edited together to make an extraordinary feature film for cinema, TV and online.
Create50 is not just a competition, it's a creative community and self-taught film school.
This will be our second feature film produced through the Create50 process. The first, '50 Kisses', was premiered in February 2014, netting the second biggest box office of a UK film in the week of release. It's now online and you can watch at www.50Kisses.jimdo.com.
With 'The Impact' we are taking the game to a much higher level.
*So actually, the standard was SO high we ended up with 55 scripts and ALL scripts available under the wildcard option.
‘I admired all fifty five of the winning screenplays enormously and it is practically impossible to pick one favourite.’
Ted Tally, Impact50 screenplay judge and
Oscar Winner for ‘Silence Of The Lambs’
1. Read the scripts HERE and choose one.
2. Option the script from us HERE.
3. Make your film, edit it and make it the best you can.
4. Send us the link to your film on Vimeo.
5. We add it to the site and you get feedback from writers and filmmaker peers.
6. Re-edit, re-mix, even re-shoot bits of your film if you like and resubmit an improved version.
7. Offer feedback on other films submitted.
8. Once the process closes we will be in touch about the films we will feature in the final feature length film.
9. Come to the premiere!
This process will take place over a year or so. We keep dates and deadlines flexible as this is a creative process and our goal first and foremost is to make a cracking feature film that will secure distribution and reach audiences.
'My favourite was actually perhaps the simplest one: MORE. i like the simplicity and clean emotionality of the storytelling, and how we all turn to children in moments of fear. It felt real
and honest and like it packed a lot of emotion into so little time.’
Simon Kinberg, Impact50 Judge and Screenwriter / Producer ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
We wanted to create a storyworld that would challenge screenwriters and filmmakers to dig deep into a human narrative that transcends politics, religion and petty
We want to explore the idea, ‘As we look into the face of death with certainty, who would we choose to be in those last few hours?'
We also want to tie the fifty stories together with a single global incident.
‘The Impact’ is not country specific and we encourage diversity.
The final film will begin with a short but powerful announcement to the planet by the President of the United States. This script has been written by Hollywood legend and highest paid screenwriter of all time Joe Eszterhas. We are filming it in the coming weeks with a top secret cast and crew.
The Impact has a VERY strict time construct, to which you must adhere.
‘He Who Is Without Sin had a great twist as well as a mini-redemption arc, masterfully-fit into such a short amount of screen time.’
Nicole Perlman, Impact 50 judge and
Screenwriter ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
At the premiere and awards, we will announce the winners as selected by our panel of industry judges. The categories include...
Picture from the dashcam of a driver in Russia who saw the Chelyabinsk meteor
You should read the 50 scripts* (the scripts are HERE), select one and then option it using the red MAKE FILM button at the top of this page.
Once you have the script you can make your film and submit it for peer review and final judging. You can submit re-edits based on feedback.
Remember if you want to make a Wild Card film you must first produce a script from the 50 winners...
‘50 Kisses’ opened the doors for my first time exhibiting a film in a festival, the first time going through an entire creative process, the first time people looking at me like I could
really be a filmmaker. But more than this, showed me what we can achieve if we join forces and work toward our goals.
Carolina Rodrigues, Filmmaker (Brazil)
‘50 Kisses’ has shown that collaboration on a global scale is possible and it can yield beautiful and cohesive results. It pushed us all to deliver to a very high standard and then to give
ourselves up to unpredictable, exciting and possibly brilliant interpretations of our work. Witnessing so many different interpretations of my script, being part of such a large project and
collaborating with people from all over the world was extraordinarily rewarding.
Nigel KariKari, Screenwriter (Australia)
'It has been amazing to be part of something so global. As a result of ‘50 Kisses’ I have met and collaborated with filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and agents from around the
Jo Buckman, Screenwriter (America)
'After being selected I was contacted by producers, agents, directors and became friends with plenty of my fellow 50 kisses writers/directors. One of those producers was ‘50 Kisses’ director
Stare Yildirim who I ended up writing a TV Pilot for, for Turkish TV. This was my first ever paid writing gig and it came out of the exposure my 50 Kisses script got. Between the paid writing gig
and the huge 50 Kisses world premiere I got to take a peek at my future.'
Stephen Cooper, Screenwriter (UK)
'After I put my film entry up on the ‘50 Kisses’ website I got all this wonderful and constructive feedback from other ‘50 Kisses’ filmmakers and I could then re-edit and improve the film
before the deadlines closed. Over the 2 years of the project I have met so many other filmmakers, actors and writers in the 50K community and it’s spun off into so many other
Phil Peel, Filmmaker (UK)
'The breadth of opportunities available are vast if you’re willing to accept the challenge. I was part of a team distributing '50 Kisses' commercially which, as a writer, was invaluable in
understanding audience, the importance of concept and how a film is marketed. It will certainly effect how I view my own writing projects going forward.'
Tracey Flynn, Screenwriter, ‘50 Kisses’ (UK)
‘I take my hat off to Chris, Judy and their hardworking team. What they achieved on a shoestring is incredible - give them a little bit of funding, help and support and they'd blow our
Mark Pallis, Screenwriter, ’50 Kisses’
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