2019.11.25 3-2-1-Action! SCREENWRITING - VANCOUVER - Raindance

2019.11.25 3-2-1-Action! SCREENWRITING – VANCOUVER

***Raindance members get to register for free!!!
Date: November 25, 2019 – March 10, 2020

Location: Vancouver & Worldwide

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🏆🏆🏆3-2-1-Action! WINNING TEAM!

We are proud to announce the WINNERS of our 1st Screenwriting Competition:
🥇The winning screenplay is “Bleed” by Riley Rheyan

🥇The winning director is Bernardo Covarrubias Villarreal

🎉Congratulations to both of them and we are looking forward to working with you on bringing this story to the big screen.

We want to send a warm THANK YOU to our judges for the screenwriting competition:

Elliot Grove
Julia Verdin
Michelle Muldoon

A huge thank you to our sponsors: Directors Guild of Canada – BC, William F. White International Inc. & Panavision

Thank you to our Producer @James Mattagne who’s work is just starting.

And last but not least thank you to our Raindance Vancouver core team member Raresh DiMofte for the hard work and dedication.

The journey is just starting for our winning script “Bleed”


3 – 2 – 1 – ACTION!


Send us your screenplays and we will choose the best one and turn it into a movie.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3… just backwards.


3 – 2 – 1 – ACTION!


3 pages – 2 actors – 1 location – Action!


You write the screenplay(s), we choose the best one and produce it for you.

What’s the Twist? There is a DIRECTING competition attached to the SCREENWRITING competition.

The winning screenplay will be directed by the winner of the directing competition.

Two in one: a screenplay competition and a directing competition from Raindance Vancouver.


  • Best Screenplay will be produced.

  • Winning Director will receive a cash prize – TBC.

  • Final film will screen at Raindance Film Festival 2020.

  • Writer & Director will receive VIP Passes to the Raindance Film Festival 2020.

It all starts with the story. And storytelling is an art. Are you a talented storyteller?

We would like to read your screenplay(s) and we will reward the best one by having it produced in Vancouver by the Raindance Vancouver Team with the support of an award-winning Producer.



  1. The screenwriting competition launches Tuesday, November 25, 2019 – November Booze ‘N’ Schmooze;
  2. The screenwriting competition closes March 10, 2020.
  • Registration: free to Raindance members, and $20.00 to non-members.
  1. The directing competition launches Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – January Booze ‘N’ Schmooze;
  2. The directing competition closes March 10, 2020.
  • Registration: free to Raindance members, and $20.00 to non-members.
  1. Directing finalists informed April 14, 2020.
  2. Directing finalists’ treatments due April 28, 2020;
  3. Winning team announced May 26, 2020 – May Booze ‘N’ Schmooze;
  4. Production between June 1 – Jul 31, with final cut due August 15, 2020.

*The screenwriter and director CANNOT be the same person.

Screenwriting competition:

  • Screenwriters register on the website and submit their screenplay(s) to 321actionvan@raindance.org
  • All screenplays must be in English.
  • All screenplays must be written in an industry accepted screenplay format
  • Screenplays can be any genre.
  • Screenwriters can register from anywhere in the world, they don’t need to be locals.
  • All screenplays submitted MUST NOT include screenwriter’s name on the title page – blind judging.
  • Screenwriters will work closely with the director and producer to make a great film.
  • There is no limit to how many screenplays one screenwriter could submit.
  • Screenwriters can also register for the directing competition if they have a minimum of 2 short films credits as director.
  • Winning screenwriter CAN NOT direct their own film.
  • Winner will be selected by an international jury.

Directing competition:

  • Directors register on the website and submit their Resumé/CV and director’s reel to 321actionvan@raindance.org
  • All Directors must be fluent in English.
  • Directors must be locals to Vancouver or willing to travel to Vancouver at their own expense (including travel, accommodations, meals, perdiem etc. at no cost for Raindance Vancouver.
  • Depending on the genre of the winning screenplay we will select the top three people qualified to direct it – finalists.
  • Finalist directors will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement in order to see the winning screenplay
  • Finalist directors will create a one sheet Director’s Treatment and submit it to Raindance Vancouver
  • Winner will be selected by an international jury

* A different event will be created for the directors’ competition on the website when registrations open (January 25, 2020).

Who should register for our screenwriting competition?

The 3 – 2 – 1 – Action! screenwriting competition is created to give independent screenwriters the opportunity to “try their pens” and compete with fellow indie screenwriters in writing the best very short story which will become a movie to screen at Raindance Film Festival 2020. 

If you are a new and emerging screenwriter, seasoned writer from other disciplines, a professional working in other departments of filmmaking (directors, actors, crew etc.) who have a story to tell and can do it in a short sweet 3 pages with 2 actors in 1 location this competition is for you.

Who should register for our directing competition?

The 3 – 2 – 1 – Action! directing competition is created to facilitate a professional working environment where the winning screenwriter and the winning director work together to create a great little movie that will be screened at Raindance Film Festival 2020.

If you are a new and emerging director with minimum 2 short film credits in your portfolio and want to work with other peoples to bring their stories to the big screen this competition is for you.

* A different event will be created for the directors’ competition on the website when registrations open (January 25, 2020).

International Professionals Jury

Thank you to all 3 extraordinary film professionals who have gracefully accepted to be our first Jury for the 3-2-1-Action! Competition.

1. Elliot Grove


2. Julia Verdin




Julia is one of the top indie film producers and indie film consultant in Hollywood. She has produced 33 indie feature films including theatrical releases including Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice , directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; the Newmarket release Stander , starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara directed by Bronwen Hughes; and Riding The Bullet  based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey. Her recent faith based film, Lionsgate release, The Least Among You, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.

Julia’s latest film 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane, was released theatrically in 2013. Julia also recently Executive Produced Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, and starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia.  Having worked in the film business for 27 years and hands on produced many films working on them from idea inception all the way to release. She has an excellent overall knowledge of all aspects of film making from story development, casting and packaging, budgeting, putting together financing, on set production skills, festival strategy getting films sold and out into the marketplace. Julia is also a top indie film consultant and speaks regularly on industry panels on film including BAFTA, American Film Market Seminar, Women in Film, WGA, and many film festival panels. She also regularly teaches a How to Produce a Low Budget Movie workshop for Raindance and various other workshops on filmmaking.


3. Michelle Muldoon


Michelle Muldoon is an award-winning screenwriter who believes the primary foundation of great visual content is rooted in the bravest of acts; placing pencil to paper. Michelle has won screenwriting awards at The Las Vegas International Screenplay Competition, the SOCAL Film Festival, and the NOVA Film Festival, among others.  She is currently in pre-production on Last Stand to Nowhere, a concept short film designed to promote a larger all-female Western project. Michelle successfully raised close to $20,000 through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo in order to make the project happen.

Michelle Muldoon is a former Board Member of Women in Film and Television Vancouver, has contributed articles to Hollywood Scriptwriter, and is the creator and producer of two screenplay competitions; the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and the Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival alumni writers’ event, The Writers Room.


Did you know?

  • Raindance members register for free and can submit as many screenplays as they want. You can join online >HERE< and start saving immediately.

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