The Bridge Award for Screenwriting



 BEND IN THE RIVER by John Ciarlo (Army)

2021 Bridge Award Winner

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HISTORY OF THE BRIDGE AWARD FOR SCREENWRITING

The Bridge Award for Screenwriting is open to all persons who are currently serving or have served in the United States military, regardless of age, experience, or background. This Award seeks to identify and encourage talented screenwriters/filmmakers from the military community. First time screenwriters are encouraged to apply, and the Award is particularly interested in elevating and celebrating underrepresented voices and stories. The Award gives aspiring filmmakers with a military background the resources and mentorship to advance their visions and refine their work. It encourages members of the military community to conceive of themselves as artists and to tell their important and powerful stories.

This Award was created as a cinematic corollary to AITAF’s successful Bridge Award for Playwriting, a prize launched in 2018 in honor of AITAF’s 10th anniversary.

 

SUBMISSION ANNOUNCEMENT

Submissions for the 2023 Bridge Award for screenwriting will be open from November 8th, 2022 until January 12th, 2023.

 

  • A cash prize of $10,000.
  • An awards ceremony celebrating the winning screenplay and its author(s), with invited guests, followed by a Q&A with the screenwriter(s).
  • Access to mentorship and/or professional development opportunities.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submissions for the 2023 Bridge Award for screenwriting will be open from November 8th, 2022 until January 12th, 2023.
  • Overview of Submission Requirements:
    • One feature-length, completed screenplay meeting all of the requirements set forth in the Official Rules (below). Entrants must submit the screenplay as a single PDF file with the title in the following format: "Title of Film.PDF." 
    • A brief statement (not exceeding 250 words per entrant/screenwriter) describing each entrant's prior and current military service, including dates of service, military branch, and foreign countries served in, if applicable. 
  • To submit your application, visit here.
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Meet Steven Soderbergh, the Head Judge


STEVEN SODERBERGH (writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor)  most recently directed the film KIMI (2022), which debuted on HBO Max earlier this year.

His feature film directorial debut sex, lies and videotape won the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival as well as giving him his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Original Screenplay. Soderbergh earned the Academy Award in 2000 for directing Traffic, the same year he was nominated for Erin Brockovich. In 2013, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for his television film Behind the Candelabra.

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Honorary Selection Committee

The Honorary Selection Committee is a panel of notable figures in the entertainment industry, with a diverse set of backgrounds and areas of expertise, who will determine the 5-10 finalist screenplays.

Clay McLeod Chapman

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Marcia DeBonis

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Scott Z. Burns

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Gina Duncan

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Kenneth A. Friedman

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Jack Greenbaum

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Jamal Joseph

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Christina Lazaridi

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Brian Mertes

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Mimi O'Donnell

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Chris Terrio

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