Our award is for new writers who have not yet had a script produced as a feature film.
Any genre of story may be entered, but bear in mind that we are seeking character driven stories that can be produced on a very
small budget, stories that rely more on emotional interactions than on special effects, grand scale pageantry, or elaborate
costumes or set construction. Bring us a story from the heart and for the heart, something that illuminates the struggles
and passions of the human spirit, something that can be captured in a contemporary setting with small cast and crew, and
something that can result in a film of lasting beauty. We look forward to reading your stories!
December, 2018: We are pleased to announce that Dane Bowling is the winner of the 2018 Kleer Bros.
Story to Screen Award for the screenplay Punk Noir" written by Dane and his writing partner
Ethan Stanislawski. These writers worked very hard during the mentoring phase of the award to
complete their screenplay at a high level of
excellence. It's not easy to take a story from synopsis to completed script in only three months,
but Dane and Ethan took on the task with enthusiasm, and guided by mentor Kirk Ryde they have produced
a script that Kirk believes will lead to a film of lasting beauty. Dane and Ethan are great writers," says
Kirk, "collaborative, creative and open minded, and they showed consistency of effort throughout the
writing phase of the award. I'm excited to be producing "Punk Noir" and look forward to premiering
this film at AOF Megafest 2019. See you all in Vegas!" "Punk Noir" is the story of a detective
investigating a grisly murder in the punk world of 1980's Los Angeles, winding his way down a mohawked
path of anarchists, mobsters, junkies and lawmen, all the while chasing the one thing he could never
have: the girl. Pre-production is currently underway!
Why the "Story To Screen Awards?"
Kirk Ryde and awarded exclusively at the
Action On Film Festival, the Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Awards are given to ambitious new storytellers
who are guided through the screenwriting process to the completion of a feature length screenplay, with an eye toward producing
the writer's script as a micro-budget feature film: a film of lasting beauty.
We believe that the most important element of a great film is a great script, and we believe that if a writer, any writer, pursues the goal of great writing with dedication,
enthusiasm, and singularity of purpose, then that writer will create a screenplay that provides the blueprint for a film of lasting beauty.
Are you that writer? We hope so!
The Submission & Selection Process
1. Storytellers interested in applying for the Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Awards should prepare
a single PDF file consisting of a one sentence logline of their story, a synopsis of 2000 words or less,
an artistic statement of 750 words or less, and a brief personal bio. Submissions must be
written in English. Descriptions of all items in the submission package can be found
Description of items needed for your submission to the
Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Awards
Please submit a one sentence logline of your story. A logline is a summary of your story in just a few words.
Examples of loglines can be found HERE.
Please submit a synopsis of 2000 words or less. A synopsis is a description of your story from beginning to end, told in third person.
Be sure to include major characters and relationships, primary actions, and storyline.
Don't write that the ending is "a surprise."
Tell the whole story.
Instructions for writing a synopsis can be found HERE.
Please submit an artistic statement of 750 words or less. This is an opportunity for you to experss your artistic vision as a writer, and how it relates to your story.
Think about answering the following questions:
What do you see as the genre, tone and visual style of your story?
What is your personal connection to the story? Why are you passionate about this story?
Who is the audience you would like to reach, and why is your story important for this audience?
What do you want an audience to take away from your story?
(We are not providing examples or instructions for the Artistic Statement
because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Simply write from the heart.)
Please submit a brief personal bio. A personal bio of about 250 words or less should be sufficient, but please feel free to
write as much as you'd like to give us a sense of your background, education, experience,
(We are not providing instructions for writing a bio, because there are many ways to do it.
Please use your own style, and give us a sense of who you are.)
Pay careful attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation in your submission.
Remember: You are a writer!
We look forward to reading your submission!
2. Entries will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Each story should be submitted by one writer. If your story is
written by more than one writer, then one writer must be designated as the "principal writer" and this person is cosidered
to be the the applicant for the award. The final deadline for entry is May 31, 2018. No entries will
be accepted after May 31, 2018!
3. Each entry will be
reviewed by Kleer Bros. Entertainment. During the selection process, you may be
contacted to arrange for a phone call or Skype session with Kirk Ryde (please make sure your email is current!).
This presents the opportunity for you to
tell us more about yourself and your dreams as a writer, talk about the importance of your
story to yourself and to the world, and to ask any questions you may have about the Story to Screen Awards.
4. At the conclusion of the selection process, we will annouce a group of semi-finalists, followed by
the selection of three Finalists. The Finalists will be announced no later than July 31, 2018. These
three Finalists will be the official Nominees for the Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Awards.
5. The winner of the Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Awards will be announced at
AOF MEGAFest 2018. The other
two Nominees will be announced as Runners Up.
The Writing Process
Immediatly following AOFMegafest 2018, you will enter into Phase One of the Story to Screen Awards which is the writing of a feature length
screenplay. Kirk Ryde will guide you through the screenwriting process, with the goal
of helping you write a world class screenplay that can be produced on a very small budget. Kirk will mentor you using the same principles taught to him
by his professors at UCLA where Kirk earned his MFA in Film and Television and won the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting.
You will be expected to complete your screenplay no later than December 1, 2018.
If you write with passion and persistence, you can achieve the goal!
The Filmmaking Process
After you have completed your feature length screenplay, Kleer Bros. Entertainment will evaluate the script with an eye toward proceeding to
Phase Two of the Story to Screen Awards, which is to produce
a micro-budget feature film based on the script. At that time, Kleer Bros. will have the opportunity to make an offer to purchase the rights to
produce your screenplay for $1,000 US (you will still retain other rights to your story).
You may accept or decline this offer. If you accept the offer, then Phase Two begins and we're on our way toward creating a film of lasting beauty!
Terms and Conditions
You must read and agree to these Terms and Conditions before submitting!
1. I hereby warrant that the written work I am submitting to the Kleer Bros. Story to Screen Awards is
wholly original and written only by me, the rights to which are owned entirely and exclusively by me.
I further warrant that this work is not encumbered by any other party,
nor does it infringe on the rights of any other party.
2. I hereby warrant that I have read and understand the Submission & Selection Process, Writing Process, and
Filmmaking Process described above, and I agree to all of the stipulations of those processes as stated above.
3. I hereby warrant that I am at least 18 years of age, and that I am legally empowered to enter the Story to Screen
Awards, and to participate in the Processes described above if selected. I also warrant that I have received a Password
from Action On Film which allows me to enter.
4. I hereby indemmify and hold harmless Kleer Bros. Entertainment from any claim or action regarding any written
work submitted by me; further, I indemnify and hold harmless Kleer Bros. Entertainment from any claim or action regarding the Submission
& Selection Process, Writing Process, or Filmmaking Process.
5. I understand that if I am selected as the Winner and complete Phase One of the Awards (The Writing Process),
then Kleer Bros. Entertainment shall have the first
right of refusal to make an offer of $1,000 USD to purchase the rights to produce my completed screenplay. If this offer is made, I may
decline it or accept it; if I decline the offer then Phase Two of the Awards will not occur; if I accept the offer then
Phase Two begins and Kleer Bros. Entertainment will produce a micro-budget feature film based on my script.
6. I understand and acklowledge that any agreement between myself and Kleer Bros. Entertainment related to the
Story to Screen Awards shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, USA.
7. By clicking on the "I AGREE" link below, I warrant that I have read and agree to all of the Terms and Conditions
After you have read and agree to all of the above, and after you have received your Password from Action On Film,
please click the "I AGREE" link below and you will be taken to Film
Freeway where you may submit your PDF file for the Story to Screen Awards. We look forward to reading your story!
Kirk Ryde is an award-winning filmmaker and actor based in Los Angeles, CA. His films have
screened in over 40 festivals and won 12 awards. Kirk has produced digital content for the
internet, and has appeared as an actor on NBC Television and in many independent feature
films. Kirk grew up with a passion for music and writing. He learned photography in high school
and made prints in his own darkroom, played guitar in rock bands all through college, and received an MFA
in Film and Television from UCLA where he won the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting.
Following film school, Kirk pursued a career in music, performing in Los Angeles nightclubs while
writing and producing music at various studios around town until he made enough money to purchase his
own Trident console and 24-track analog tape machine which he still owns today. As Kirkman Ridd, he wrote and produced
songs and scores for television and film, produced albums ranging from jazz to rock to country, and
produced a number of pop albums for Chinese artists on the Dieng Jung/EMI Records label whose albums
sold millions of copies, including the now classic album "La California"
Now, after jumping into the world of acting and filmmaking, opening a video post production studio and
founding Kleer Bros. Entertainment, Kirk has embraced film production with the same enthusiasm and
dedication which brought him success as a music producer. Always independent, Kirk loves a good story,
loves a long shot, and loves taking the road less traveled. If it seems he's in deep thought, he's really
just daydreaming about which breed of dog is the coolest. Visit