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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA CO-SPONSORS 1992 FLORIDA SCREENWRITERS COMPETITION WITH FLORIDA FILM BUREAU

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1992 FLORIDA SCREENWRITERS COMPETITION WITH FLORIDA FILM BUREAU
 ORLANDO, Fla., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles officially kicked-off the 1992 Florida Screenwriters Competition with a recent announcement at Universal Studios Florida. Co-sponsored by the Florida Film Bureau and Universal Studios Florida, the competition provides an opportunity for Florida screenwriters to demonstrate their talents for a chance at a review by senior film industry executives.
 Originally conceived in 1984 by Universal executives and former Gov. Bob Graham, the Florida Screenwriters Competition now enters its seventh consecutive year and is open to all Florida residents. The contests encourages Floridians to produce original screenplays set in the state thereby attracting further film production to Florida.
 "The Florida Screenwriter's Competition is a great opportunity for talented Florida writers to make their mark and, at the same time, support the burgeoning film industry in the state," said Tom Williams, president and chief operating officer for Universal Studios Florida. "Universal is thrilled to both nourish and strengthen the film industry by sponsoring activities such as the screenwriting competition."
 "Florida is a rising star in the film industry. This competition gives state writers a chance to be in the spotlight," said Secretary of Commerce Greg Farmer. "We'd like nothing better than to see one of this year's contestants win an Oscar for best screenplay."
 "The film industry is exactly the type of industry we're looking for in Florida," Gov. Lawton Chiles said in his announcement. "It's clean, employs skilled workers and pumps millions of dollars into the state's economy."
 The competition is being administered by Dr. James Welke, Motion Picture Division, School of Communications, University of Central Florida. A panel of Florida writers and critics will conduct preliminary judging of entries. Professionals in the motion picture and television industry in New York and Los Angeles will conduct final judging.
 Competitors must be Florida residents and set at least 75 percent of their screenplay in Florida. Adaptations of existing screenplays are ineligible. Five winning scripts will be selected and each will receive a $500 cash prize and plaque. Gov. Lawton Chiles will announce the winners at Universal Studios Florida in August. All entries must be postmarked by June 30, 1992.
 To obtain an entry form write to the Florida Screenwriters Competition, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 26000, Orlando, Fla. 32816. For additional information contact, Laura Kitzmiller of the Florida Film Bureau, 904-487-1100, or Matt Palmer of Universal Studios Florida, 407-363-8220.
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