The Industry Next Diversity Contests

SCREENPLAY, FILM, & MUSIC MENTORSHIP CONTESTS

 

Inaugural The Industry Next film and music contest focused on finding the next generation of filmmakers, screenwriters, and musicians in the name of inclusiveness. Open to creatives of underrepresented communities in entertainment, submit your film, screenplay, or music for a chance at being a featured speaker at Ermantourage’s summer 2019 Hollywood Chills entertainment summit in Los Angeles. Winners in each category also win mentor meetings with a variety of film and music names.

*Portion of fees from submissions will support the endeavors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention LA.

 

Awards & Prizes

Submissions open to screenplays, films, and music.

Be Featured

Winner to be featured for a Q&A at Ermantourage’s summer 2019 entertainment summit, an event celebrating creatives of diverse backgrounds in media, film, music, and more

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Get Interviewed

Winner to have a featured interview in digital magazine Vents Magazine and other outlets to be announced.

Get Connected

Win mentorship meetings with leading names in the entertainment industry.

Rules & Terms

-Open to all ages. If grand prize winner is under 18, he or she must be accompanied by legal guardian at meeting. 
-Applicants can be located anywhere in the world. Must have a passport and travel should you want to attend the summit. International entries are allowed but the material must be written in English. 
– If a screenplay is submitted, it must be in PDF format. 
– Re-submissions are allowed but entry fee must be paid again. 
– Your title page should include the correct contact information. 
– At the time of your submission, the script must not have been produced. 
– Please no adaptations of material based on another’s intellectual property. 
– If the script is written by a writing duo, both writers are eligible for meeting.
– Any music submitted must be the original work of the artist. 
– Music submitted may not have used samples by other artists. 
– Submissions must be the original work of the submitting applicant.

Why we are different

Our contests are more than just winning prize money. We get you in front actively working professionals in entertainment for career advice, feedback, and more. Additionally, you get a chance to speak about your own blossoming career alongside our frequently amazing lineup of special guest speakers at our events.

Meet the mentors!

Film Mentors for The Industry Next 1: 

1. Benji Samit, co-executive producer, “One Day at a Time;” writer, “Pokemon Detective Pikachu”
2. Sev Ohanian, producer, “Searching,” co-producer, “Fruitvale Station” 
3. Rodney Barnes, writer/executive producer, “American Gods,” Marvel’s “Runaways” 
4. Chiara Seward, producer, Comedy Central 
5. Alex Kalymnios, director, “S.W.A.T.,” “Titans,” “Timeless,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Quantico” 
6. Hanelle M. Culpepper, director, “Mayans M.C.,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “Castle,” “Supergirl,” “The Originals”

Screenplay Mentors for the industry next 1: 

1. Nicolas Celis, producer, “Roma” 
2. Nina Fiore, executive story editor, “The Handmaid’s Tale” 
3. Nadria Tucker, writer, “Underground,” “Krypton” 
4. Peter Welter Soler, line producer, “Game of Thrones”

Music Mentors:

1. Joshua Heart, casting, Fox’s “The Four,” (has worked with Ciara, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Fran Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Keith Sweat)

2. Taylor Gosling, Assistant A&R to Head A&R, G.O.O.D. Music 
3. Shirin Nuri, music agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Film Mentors for The Industry Next 2: 

1. Candice Campos, Vice President of Physical Production, Lucasfilm 
2. Germain McMicking, cinematographer, “True Detective” season 3 
3. Andrew Peng Correia, cinematographer, “GLOW” season 2, A24’s “Ramy” 
4. Lily Kaplan, Development, Imagine Documentaries (division of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment)

Screenplay Mentors for the industry next 2: 

1. Ryan Cunningham, producer, “Broad City,” “The Last O.G.,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Search Party” 
2. Damien Ober, writer, “The OA” 
3. Liz Sczudlo, writer/producer, “Jane the Virgin,” “Reign,” “Awkward,” “The Following”

Music Mentors:

1. Joshua Heart, casting, Fox’s “The Four,” (has worked with Ciara, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Fran Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Keith Sweat)

2. Taylor Gosling, Assistant A&R to Head A&R, G.O.O.D. Music 
3. Shirin Nuri, music agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Time to submit!

You may submit to The Industry Next 1 via Coverfly (screenplay contest) or FilmFreeway (film and music), and to The Industry Next 2 via FilmFreeway (screenplay, film, and music).

 Screenplay Contest:

Regular Deadline – $15 (March 1, 2019)

Late Deadline – $22 (May 18, 2019)

Extended Deadline – $35 (June 8, 2019)

Notification Deadline – June 30, 2019

 

 Music Contest:

Regular Deadline – $10 (March 1, 2019)

Late Deadline – $15 (May 18, 2019)

Extended Deadline – $20 (June 8, 2019)

Notification Deadline – June 30, 2019

 Music Contest:

Regular Deadline – $10 (March 1, 2019)

Late Deadline – $15 (May 18, 2019)

Extended Deadline – $20 (June 8, 2019)

Notification Deadline – June 30, 2019