Category: Contests

Contests, Screenplays

Five Great Screenplays in Gay Film Weekend, 2015

Chicago, IL – Five finalists will be named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a love triangle set in France, a mystical teenage romance laced with racial tension, a set of non-actors facing possible Hollywood stardom, a sweet coming-of-age tale, and an older man’s revelation of painful secrets. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre November 13 to 15, 2015. Tickets for Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted are Pay-What-You-Can ($10 suggeted) and can be purchased at the door 3o minutes prior to the performance.  For more information on contests or productions, visit  

Company News, Contests, Staged Reading

Gay Play Weekend Features 5 Enhanced Staged Readings

GAY PLAY WEEKEND features four new plays and one new musical! Performances will be held May 15 to 17 at Hoover-Leppen Theater of Center on Halsted.   Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest. And the finalists for 2015 once again represent the best and brightest in ‘What’s New And What’s Next’ in LGBT Theater. Enhanced staged readings of the four new plays and one new musical will be held May 15 to 17 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The five finalists for the weekend are: At A Certain Age by Steve Shade below by Samantha Charlip Family Holiday by DC Cathro Pen, a musical by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro Safe by Donna Hoke (Please note that “below” is not capitalized.) The schedule for the weekend is: Friday, May 15 at 7:00 At A Certain Age, directed by Charles Berglund Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 Safe, directed by Dan Foss Saturday, May 16 at 7:00 Pen, directed by David Zak Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 below, directed by Derek Bertelsen Sunday, May 17 at 5:00 Family Holiday, directed by Cody Schmidt Tickets forMore…

Contests, Students

Enter our Writing Contest For Students

Pride Films and Plays, a leader in LGBT play and screenplay development, is launching Generation Next: A Student Writing Contest. Generation Next is the Pride Films and Plays program which encourages young and emerging student writers working on stage plays and screenplays with LGBT characters or themes. We are now accepting submissions from writers in three divisions: high school, undergrad or graduate school. Writers may submit either works for stage or screen, and both full length and short work will be accepted in each division. Three writers from each division – high school, undergrad, and grad school – will be named semifinalists in this program, and they will work to develop their scripts in person or via Skype with PFP’s artistic team. After a round of workshops and readings, the top script in each of the three divisions will be performed as an enhanced staged reading in a new works fest in summer 2015. Cash prizes of $100 to $400 go to the finalists. This contest is free for high school students and Dramatists Guild Members. There is a fee of $5 or $10 for undergrad and graduate students. The contest is open for entries through January 31, 2015. FindMore…

Company News, Contests

Women’s Words Weekend

 Women’s Words Week Features One Contemporary Classic, One Evening of Short Films, and Four Thrilling New Works at Center on Halsted   September 19 to 21, 2014 Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our Women’s Words contest. Pat Montley, Laura Jones, Jan O’Connor and Heidi FitzGerald have been named as the four finalists. In a change from previous years, Women’s Words will include a week of entertainment with lesbian characters or themes. We will begin with a Women’s Words Film Festival of lesbian shorts written and/or directed by women on Monday, September 15. (See separate press release for the Film Fest complete schedule.) This will be held at Chicago’s Public House Theater. On Friday, September 19 we move to Center on Halsted for a staged reading of a contemporary lesbian classic – Patricia Kane’s Pulp, a gritty and witty play about the shady lavender menace known as lesbianism. On Saturday and Sunday, the new works by the finalists will be performed, and you will meet women of mystery and women with history; women with tools and women who don’t suffer fools; women who dance and women who take the “man” out of romance. Tickets forMore…


Enter the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest now

Today we start accepting entries into the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest for 2014. The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest seeks to develop the highest quality work with LGBT characters or themes. We seek material that is innovative and groundbreaking, and that deals with LGBT history, or issues of importance to the community. While we do appreciate the traditional well made play with LGBT themes, we like hearing fresh stories told in new ways. and we hope to begin relationships with writers looking to engage in that work. As you explore our website, you will see on our production history that we have already produced world premieres of material that has been developed in the contest. And we have produced Chicago premieres of work done elsewhere, along with historical LGBT pieces. And while there is an entry fee to apply, Dramatists Guild Members are exempted from that fee. Apply using the link to FilmFreeway above.

Awards, Contests

Enter the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

We are gearing up for the 2014 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. This year for the first time we are using FilmFreeway as the entry portal. And you can enter the contest here between September 1 and October 31. Also new for the first time this year, only one play per writer will be accepted, so make it your best one!  Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from the entry fee by using the code 2014DG when applying.