Amazon offering $2.7 million for film and script submissions via Amazon Studios

Launching itself into the movie business in a big way, announced Amazon Studios today, a new online venture offering $2.7 million in award money for feature film and screenplay submissions to the site. According to an introductory video on the site’s home page, the awards will go to the films “that tell the best story, not to the films with the most visual polish.” Starting in January, each month, $100,000 will be awarded to the top film, and $20,000 to the top two scripts; at the end of the year, $1 million will go to the best film, and $100,000 to the best script, submitted in the 2011 calendar year.

While anyone is invited to comment and critique the submissions, the films and scripts will be judged by industry insiders — in January, Mark Gill (a former Miramax exec who produced Law Abiding Citizen and currently heads up his own production company, The Film Department), and Michael Taylor (chair of University of Southern California’s film and TV production program), will judge the “test” film submissions.

Through a first-look deal with Warner Bros., Amazon hopes at least some of the winning “test” films will be produced as commercial feature films, with another $200,000 going to any filmmakers who get their films a greenlight. If the film grosses over $60 million, the filmmakers will win a $400,000 bonus.

The site is accepting submissions today.

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  • mary q contrary

    I expect this means Brian Griffin will finally make a name for himself. About time.

    • Larry David

      Worst joke in the history of mankind.
      I mean honestly, serious question here. Did you honestly think that people would laugh at that joke? Did your process what you were writing? Did you take the time to read what you wrote? Did you ask yourself if people would find this funny? Did you not realize that it was a stupid, ridiculous and easy joke? Did any part of you, ANY PART OF YOU, question the funniness of the joke? I find it hard to believe, hard to understand, unfathomable, how a person can write such a lame and utterly stupid joke! How? HOW!!!???? My mind cannot process how a human being with a brain can write such a BAD, BAD, HORRENDOUS joke! Impossible!

      • Grubi

        Ur mind can’t process a lot of things Larry.

      • Jerri

        Wow, Larry. A piece of advice for you – the next time you put on your maxi-pad the sticky side goes down.

      • Gage

        Hey Jerry. Thank you for the laugh. I did it out loud. For reals.

      • mary q contrary

        I hear you, Larry. And your little dog, too.

  • steve

    that’s pretty cool. i’ll be interested to see how this pans out.

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