SlamdanceFilm Festival has announced the year-round sponsorship of fox21, 20thCentury FoxC;s boutique production, kicking off at the upcoming festival inJanuary with the Blind Script Deal award for the winner of the TeleplayCompetition Grand Prize.

Slamdanceset up the original teleplay competition to discover new voices in televisionwriting. The recipient of the Blind Script Deal will receive a prize of $30,000to $45,000 depending on the length of the script.

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Teleplay Competition,' fox21 senior vice president Jane Leisner saidin a statement. @;Like us, they're dedicated to identifying untapped talentand discovering fresh and exciting voices. It's the perfect fit.A;

'The market for exciting, evocative television writing has grown andour competition writers are supplying the edgy material needed for the next bigthing in television,' competition director John Stoddard added.

Semi-finalists will be announced on Jan 1 2005 and the Grand Prize winnerwill collect his or her award at the Slamdance awards ceremony on Jan 28. Thefestival is due to run from Jan 21-28 2005.