KAYfilms Productions is producing 3-5 spec commercial spots this fall to create a commercial reel, and we need scripts! We’re looking for scripts advertising national bands, visually driven (no dialogue), that tell a story in 30 seconds and connect an emotion to the brand. We want scripts that tie into the brand’s existing campaign or image, especially if they can do so in a fresh way. What we’re going for are spots that the marketing department for the brand would want to use if they saw them.
Brands to avoid (they’ve been overdone):
Feel free to choose widely-recognized brands that do not appear on either list. Brands that involve small, inexpensive items (such as Cheetos) are preferable, as the spots will be low budget and we want to maximize our production value.
Send scripts to KAYfilms Productions at email@example.com by August 1st, 2013 to be considered. Writers will be notified on August 5, 2013.
You may send a single script, up to 5 scripts from different brands, or a cohesive multiple-spot campaign. A campaign is your best shot to have multiple scripts chosen, giving you credit, more potential deferred pay, and more completed spot copies to work with.
DO NOT copy existing spots from the brand you choose. That is plagiarism, and if you are caught you will not be chosen.
Compensation: All writers whose work is used will receive copies of the finished spots to use in whatever manner they see fit*. In addition, they will receive deferred pay as negotiated in their individual contracts in the event that the spots generate revenue for KAYfilms Productions. This, however, is unlikely. Writers should understand that the copy is their only guaranteed method of compensation.
*As the spots will not be officially licensed or approved by the brands, we strongly recommend that writers do not intentionally deceive anyone by claiming that they are real ads for the brands involved. KAYfilms Productions will take no responsibility for legal consequences faced by writers who do so.
Occasionally, KAYfilms Productions will hold screenplay contests to find our next project. Below, you'll find our current and past contests, including deadlines, submission information, and results.
What makes a good submission? Click here to find out.
We've found our next story! After reading dozens of compelling screenplays, we found many that we wish we had the budget to produce, many that made us wish we could produce three at the same time, and one that we knew was the right one for KAYfilms to tackle next.
The first category, "If Only We Had the Budget", features screenplays that we loved, but we don't have the resources to do make them shine like they deserve.
Penelope Pan Syndrome
Harry Goodman Goes Outside
Not By Choice
House Hunters for the Homeless
Next we have our Finalists, the screenplays that we loved and which fell within our budget.
You're No Genius
Angel of Destruction
The Greek Who Wasn't
Woman in the Park
Of course, KAYfilms can currently only produce one film at a time. So we had to make our choice.
We chose Zombie Prank by Gretchen Elhassani!
In 2012 we held the first ever KAYfilms Summer Screenplay Contest, looking for the feature that KAYfilms would produce that summer. We found our film, Sacrifice by Annette Sanchez!
Initially, we intended for the KfSSC to be an annual event, where KAYfilms would have a new feature to shoot every summer. However, in the process of filming Sacrifice, things changed. We now have a project for next summer, meaning that we unfortunately cannot hold the second KfSSC in 2013. Whether we will hold another KfSSC in the future is still to be decided.
2012 First Place:
Sacrifice by Annette Sanchez
"Sacrifice is about rising up from depression. The story is about sacrificing all that you love in order to protect it. Sacrifice is about redemption, forgiveness, and healing."
- Annette Sanchez
Sacrifice wrapped on August 11th, and is in post-production.
When KAYfilms hosts a screenplay contest, we get a lot of submissions. How do we sift through all of them, and which ones rise to the top? Here's a few tips for making your submission stand out.
We hope these suggestions help you put together a submission we'll be excited to see in the KAYfilms inbox! We wish all our contestants the best of luck.
In an effort to avoid hypocrisy, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you see any spelling or grammar errors on the KAYfilms website.