By Jeremy Kahn
As some may remember, last year I posted an article about Marza. It’s a new animation division started up by SEGA for the main purpose of creating feature length animated films. One of their first works was the special “Sonic: Night of the Werehog.” Recently they’ve worked on a film alongside Toei Animation based on “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” (due sometime in 2013). Marza has shown interest in creating family driven films.
Last year they held a worldwide contest where anyone could submit story ideas in the hopes that you’d win and Marza would turn your idea into an full length feature. 400 entries were received, two of which were chosen and are now in development.
An email detailing the second contest was sent out to last year’s contestants. It contained a general list of requirements, including:
1. A synopsis of a complete story for a Marza animated feature film. The synopsis should be no more than 1,000 Words. Incomplete stories will not be considered.
2. A cover page that includes a logline (brief synopsis) of the film in less than 100 words and a writer’s statement about the hook and the universal theme of the film (less than 200 words each).
3. Writers must agree to the terms on the release form on the website.
The deadline for this year’s contest is Nov. 15th. It’s coming up soon, so if you want a chance to turn your screenplay into a feature length film, and a chance to win a cool one million Japanese Yen, visit the official English language site.
Good luck and have fun writing.