Thursday, June 13, 2013

Call for Screenplay Submissions; Deadline July 31st

by ranielle

JUNE 13, 2013

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Casting and Development Company Announces Call for Screenplay Submissions

PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios announced today that is seeking feature-length screenplays under 120 minutes that are set in Oregon for development consideration. All genres, excluding horror and sci-fi, are welcome.

This is the first call for screenplays by the Portland, Oregon-based casting company since adding its development division in late 2011. “Things have been simmering behind the scenes at Cast Iron,” says owner and principal Lana Veenker, “and now we’re excited to discover what kind of talent is out there.”

To submit your screenplay, first send a logline, short description, introduction letter and the first 10 pages of your script (UPDATED 6/14/13) to talent[at] If there is further interest, you will be sent a release form and a full script will be requested. Unsolicited submissions without signed releases will be discarded. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2013.


UPDATE 6/19/13

We’ve been getting a lot of great questions and wanted to answer them while also keeping them in a centralized location, so here they are!


Are you running a screenplay contest?

No. Our call for submissions is not a contest. We are searching for scripts that have development potential.

Why exclude sci-fi or horror scripts?

There may come a time when we are able to include these genres in our call for scripts, but at this time, sci-fi and horror scripts do not fit our business model.

I have a script that is not an Oregon story per se, but it can definitely be set and/or shot in Oregon. Can I still submit?

Our ultimate goal is to find Oregon stories or stories that have an intrinsic relationship to Oregon, but if you’ve got a great story that can be set here, we won’t rule it out right off the bat.

I have a short film script that could be lengthened to feature-length. Do you accept short film scripts?

Please only submit feature-length scripts. We look forward to seeing your short film idea writ large!

Is there a certain budget range that you’re looking for in screenplay submissions?

No, we are not limiting ourselves as to budget at this time.

When do you expect to start production?

We are seeking screenplays with development potential. If and when we select a submission for optioning, further discussion will happen with the writer regarding production.

Will the writer of a project chosen for development be paid for their script?

For any project that is under serious development consideration, appropriate compensation will be negotiated when necessary.

UPDATE 7/10/13

If I submit my screenplay to Cast Iron Studios, am I obligated to work with you?

By no means. If your screenplay is of interest, we will meet to discuss and agree on terms of engagement.