Award honors the legacy of the playwright / screen-writer who spearheaded the "Ultra" series
With the motto of "Ultra wo Coero." ("To Go Beyond Ultra"), Tsuburaya productions has introduced a new creative award named in honor Tetsuo Kinjo, the playwright / screenwriter primarily responsible for writing Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultra Seven. Kinjo passed away at the age of 37 in 1976 due to a freak accident, but his legacy continues to inspire other writers to this date.
The Tsuburaya Productions Tetsuo Kinjo Creative Award hopes to foster a new generation of screenwriters with talent and vision similar to Kinjo's. The contest offers a grand prize of 1 million yen (about $9925 US), with honorable mention prizes of 100,000 yen (about $993 US), as well as the possibility of the winners seeing their work adapted into TV programs by Tsuburaya Productions.
Contestants must submit a treatment and a first episode script for an original TV series. There are no restrictions on genre. The judges of the contest include director Keishi Otomo, playwright / director Hiroshi Takahashi, novelist Yoshiki Tanaka, playwright / screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima, and president of Tsuburaya Productions Shin'ichi Ôoka.
Submissions are open until November 30, 2016. The awards will be presented on February 26, 2017, the anniversary of Tetsuo Kinjo's death.
Official Tetsuo Kinjo Award home page
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