Enter Intel/Roman Coppola's 'Four Stories' Short Writing Competition

August 9, 2012
Source: Variety

Intel Four Stories

Time for another screenwriting/filmmaking competition to take an interest in if you're still looking for your big break in this industry. Intel and W Hotels, alongside writer Roman Coppola (Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom), are launching a short film series and competition entitled Four Stories. The comp involves writing a script for a 10 min. short set in a W Hotel, featuring an Ultrabook as a character. "Hotels and travel have been the inspiration for some of cinema's most enduring films. From Fellini to Truffaut, from Grand Hotel to Lost in Translation, the impulse to create in foreign lands has excited filmmakers for decades. Now it's your chance to create a story at some of the most beautiful W Hotels in the world." Cool!

The contest is open until August 30th for anyone interested in writing, and will result in three winners. "Roman and a panel of judges will chose three screenplays that will be produced by Roman's filmmaking company, The Directors Bureau, at one of four W Hotels destinations worldwide (Maldives, Doha, Mexico City, or Washington D.C.). The films will premiere at red carpet events in select W Hotels destinations worldwide and be distributed online." Sounds like a fun time. The winners will be announced on September 17th, so this will be a quick contest. To submit/for more rules, visit the official site

Four Stories Competition

It's happened to you before—a wave of inspiration hits while you're traveling. Sensory experiences pile up, and the sounds and textures of an unfamiliar place unleash a flood of creativity. You sit down to write that first word, and you've already done it: a new story, a new idea, a new film. These flurries of imagination are what can spark a new generation of filmmakers, so Intel and W Hotels, alongside Roman Coppola, are launching a short film series and competition entitled Four Stories. Here's their opening invitation video:

We're always happy to support up-and-coming filmmakers/screenwriters and happy to support contests like this, even if they are just a corporate promotion. Here's a few more details on the contest guidelines from the site: Your script will be filmed at one of four extraordinary W Hotels destinations: Doha, The Maldives, Mexico City, or Washington D.C., so make sure that the story you tell takes advantage of the chic interiors and stunning designs of these specific W Hotels. Your script might be filmed at any of those four locations, so familiarize yourself with all of them! Your script must feature an Intel-inspired Ultrabook as a central component to the story. How you incorporate the Ultrabook into your script is up to you, but remember that at the heart of Four Stories is the power of human relationships, and the ability to connect and create.

Good luck to anyone entering this contest, we hope you win! Especially because the prize package on this is awesome, who wouldn't want a red carpet premiere at a W Hotel? Time to bust out a typewriter Ultrabook.

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Very cool!

Davide Coppola on Aug 10, 2012


I'd love to see Jeremy take a shot at this due to all the bashing he does of nearly every film he sees. Plus I saw on Kickstarter that he's a writer too so this sounds right up his alley.

Matt Peloquin on Aug 10, 2012


I really had fun as I wrote my script for this awesome contest. Why I am not surprised to learn about those amazing submissions - they inspired my imagination to soar to new heights. Doug (Shaken, Not Stirred).

DOUG ELECTRA on Sep 20, 2012


Is there a contact e-mail, so that we can find out if our films were chosen?

Katya Kan on Sep 21, 2012


Were winners ever announced?

Ron s on Oct 23, 2012

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