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If you're an aspiring screenwriter here in Missouri, we probably don't need to tell you you're at a disadvantage.

The film and TV industry, like many from the east and west coasts, dismiss us as a flyover state.

So the Missouri Film Office is looking to help you out, while giving a boost to Missouri's relatively small piece of the TV/film industry pie.

We recently reported from Nov. 1-15, the Missouri Film Office's annual "Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship" will accept film screenplays or TV scripts with storylines set in Missouri.

The three winning writers who are selected for the fellowship get to go on a four-day, all-expense paid experience in Missouri, where they will work with professional writers from the film industry serving as mentors.

The program started to encourage more content from the Show-Me State, while seeking writers inspired by Missouri and its people.

Over the past five years, 240 scripts have been submitted to the contest for writers seeking admission into the fellowship. Submissions have come from 12 states, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Of the 16 scripts that previously won, three have been filmed and another three have been optioned.

While Missouri isn't a hotbed for the TV/film industry, our state has had several prominent films made here, including "Gone Girl," "Winter's Bone," "You're Next," and part of "Escape from New York."

So if you're an aspiring scriptwriter, this could be your big break. We encourage you to give it a shot.

You can find the submission form at mofilm.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Yr6-Missouri-Stories-application.pdf.

News Tribune

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