- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is hosting a competition for authors of screenplays and TV pilot scripts that use Missouri as their setting.

Three winning scripts will be selected. The authors will receive a free trip to Missouri for a February fellowship with professional script writers as their mentors.

The competition is part of an effort to promote Missouri as a place to shoot movies and TV shows. It’s being sponsored by the Missouri Film Office within the state tourism division and the Missouri Motion Media Association.

Parts of the new hit movie “Gone Girl” were filmed in Cape Girardeau, where the cast and crew spent about two months. The state Department of Economic Development has said more than $7.8 million was spent on the Missouri portion of the production.

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