Big Vision Empty Wallet Announces the Winners of the 2011 BVEW Screenwriting Competition

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 15, 2011 – Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW), the networking organization dedicated to bringing both emerging and established artists and innovators together and helping them collaborate, create and showcase their work, has announced the winners of the 2011 BVEW Screenwriting Competition. The winners were chosen by a judging panel comprised of Margin Call writer/director JC Chandor, New York Times Bestselling author Luanne Rice, and Emmy, Peabody, and Academy Award-winning writer and filmmaker Robert Levi. The winners are: 1st place - Death in Gujarat by Christopher J. Baier 2nd place - The King of 46th Street by Elia Cholakis and James Rejent 3rd place - Black Diamond by Karen Marie Howland All three winners receive meetings with top agents and production companies, including Carrie Alexander of Paradigm, Jody Hotchkiss, owner of Hotchkiss and Associates, Inc., which has represented the distinguished screenwriters of such films as Secretariat, American Gangster, Live Free or Die Hard, and The Kite Runner and the Senior VP of Production and Development from a major LA-based production company (name only revealed to winner). In addition, the 1st place winner will receive a reading of their screenplay for invited industry guests and friends in NYC or LA (winner’s choice). Big Vision Empty Wallet recently teamed up with Canon to launch its first National Film Pitch Competition, which is accepting submissions through January 30, 2012. The purpose of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s National Film Pitch Competition is to find the next great feature film and get it made. Canon will be awarding the Grand Prize Winner with a 30-consecutive-day HDSLR Camera and Canon EOS EF “L” Series Lens Package Rental, plus a 1-week re-shoot. The winner will also receive other free rental packages and services to help them get their film made from additional sponsors, including a Producer’s Package from Media Services/Show Biz Software, Redrock Micro, Quick Film Budget, konsonant/, Ataboy, Rotting Television and Daryl Eisenberg Casting. The Grand Prize is valued at over $100,000. An additional prize furnished by Media Services will be awarded to the Viewer’s Choice Winner for Best Pitch Video, selected through online voting. When contestants submit to the competition they receive a free one-year membership to Big Vision Empty Wallet. Contestants must be residents of the United States. To submit, visit:

Participants must submit the following by January 30, 2012: · A treatment for their dream feature film that they would make using the valuable prizes provided by the competition sponsors. · A promotional video, trailer or scene that pitches their film. · Bios of the creative team. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced on on February 10, 2012, at which time, online voting will open to decide the online winner. The esteemed judges will give each finalist a score based on originality, style, professionalism, marketability, quality of work and so on. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced on March 1, 2012. The Top 3 Finalists will have from March 1, 2012 – April 1, 2012 to complete the first draft of their screenplay and submit it for judging in the final round. Online voting for the best pitch video will continue throughout this time. The judging panel will select the Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on and on May 1, 2012. The judging panel includes: · Russell Carpenter - Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer, Titanic · Maureen Ryan - Producer, Academy Award-Winning Documentary Man on Wire, Project Nim · Heather Matarazzo - Actress, Welcome to the Dollhouse (Independent Spirit Award) · Rik Cordero - Award Winning Commercial, Film and Music Video Director · Alexander Buono - Academy Award Nominated Cinematographer, 10-year veteran Saturday Night Live · June Diane Raphael - Writer and star of upcoming feature Ass Backwards, Writer of Bride Wars ABOUT BVEW: Big Vision Empty Wallet is an international networking organization dedicated to bringing together artists and innovators and helping them create, collaborate, and showcase their work. We inspire the creative class to create great change by creating great work. Members Can: FIND ARTISTS TO COLLABORATE WITH: - Attend our ongoing events in cities around the world. - Post casting and crewing notices on our projects board and in our member bulletin. - Create a profile on our site where you can share your work and information about yourself as an artist and the art you create. - Interact with other members who you want to work with by sending them a private message on the site. CREATE WITH EASE: - Take advantage of our exclusive member deals and discounts. - Use our resource guide, including over 125 production forms, NY and LA vendor directories, as well as our listings of film commissions and unions. SHOWCASE YOUR WORK: - Screen your films or exhibit your work at our events. - Gain free online entry to all of our online competitions. - Upload your work onto your member profile. AFFECT CHANGE: Give back to your community at our local Chapter events in NY, LA, Philly and DC. We host events in other cities around the world too and will be expanding our events to Chicago, Boston, Toronto, London and Madrid! Each Chapter is associated with local charities and non-profits. Our members? work is always showcased through screenings, exhibits and performances as members network and give back. ABOUT BVEW’S FOUNDERS: ALEX CIRILLO is a filmmaker born and raised in New York. In May 2010, she and Dani Faith Leonard launched Big Vision Empty Wallet after having produced film screenings and competitions through their sister company, Industry Power Play. Cirillo is also a Producer at Washington Square Films where she works on feature films, documentaries and commercials, and specializes in TV & New Media development. She recently worked on Margin Call, a feature film starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci, which premiered at Sundance 2011 & opened in theatres this October, and Francine, an independent experimental drama starring Melissa Leo slated for release in 2012. Cirillo also serves as Grant Manager for Emmy-winning Director Robert Levi’s and Bowery Arts & Science’s National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for a documentary about legendary jazz musician Hank Jones. Additionally, Cirillo is the chairwoman of New York Women in Film & Television’s Gift Bag Committee. This summer she had the honor of serving as a judge for the Boston Comedy Festival’s New York Showcase and she is currently in pre-production on a documentary about children in inner city Baltimore gaining confidence and life skills with the help of The Tender Bridge. DANI FAITH LEONARD is a writer and actress based in New York City. She has acted in independent films and theatre in the US and overseas. She can be seen writing and performing with the sketch comedy troupe Really Sketchy. In June 2008, she founded Preen Productions under which she and business partner Alex Cirillo ran Industry Power Play, a series of monthly film screenings and events for the independent film and performing arts community of NYC. In May 2010, they launched, a networking organization dedicated to bringing artists together from all over the world. She currently has two films in pre-production and is looking forward to what this exciting year will hold personally, and for Big Vision Empty Wallet. For more information and to become a member of Big Vision Empty Wallet, visit




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