Fast Track Your Screenwriting Career!

Fast Track Your Screenwriting Career!

Who are the mentors and what can I ask them?

All mentors are listed on the home description page as they are announced and you can ask them anything you like. The time is yours, what you make of it is up to you, so plan ahead. You'll spend about 30 minutes - 1 hour with each executive over a 5 day period while in Los Angeles. 

 

Can I pitch my project in the meetings?

These are not pitch meetings. Unless they request you to pitch them it is your time to ask question about the industry rather than sell your work. It is a chance for you to build relationships, which in the end is much more powerful. You will know after the meeting (or maybe even during) if the mentor is interested in working with you further. 

 

What are the announcement dates?
TOP 50 Considered: March 22, 2017

2 Fast Track Fellows Announced: April 19, 2017

 

Is it one Feature writer and one TV Pilot writer that is chosen?

No, TV Pilots and Features run together. We are looking for the best writers overall, so feel free to submit both types of scripts as one writer.  

 

Who pays for the flight and hotel while in Los Angeles?
The ISA will cover your flight from anywhere in the world (up to $1,000 Domestically and $2,000 Internationally), plus hotel accommodations for 5 days in Los Angeles. 

 

What if I live in Los Angeles, can I receive cash for the flight?

Yes, you can choose to receive a $250 cash stipend to cover transportation costs, parking and other instead. 


What about the cost of the hotel?
You can choose to stay in the hotel or receive another $500 cash stipend, not to exceed $750 total for both flight and hotel. 

 

Do you accept submissions via snail mail?
No. In an attempt to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online submissions and online payments via the ISA website. This includes all major credit cards.

Do I have to submit my script as a PDF?
Yes, and if you aren't sure how to create a PDF our staff is happy to help. 

 

Should I include my title page with my screenplay?
Yes, you should include your title, your name, telephone number and email address.

Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Yes.

Does my script have to be registered?
No, but we DO recommend registering your work with the WGA and/or the Library of Congress Copyright office.

Does the writer maintain rights to the screenplay?
Yes, always!

 

Do I receive feedback with my submission?

You can order feedback for an additional fee. Choose your FEE TYPE to make your feedback selection at the bottom of the submission form.
- 1st 20 pages for an additional $35
- Full script with 3 pages of notes: $55

- Full script with 5 pages of notes: $120  

 

When will I receive my feedback?
Your feedback will be emailed to you within 90 days of submitting your script, usually much sooner.

 

Can I re-submit a rewrite or corrected versions of my script if I haven't ordered feedback?
No, you must submit your screenplay as a new submission for the price of the current deadline fee. 

 

What if I make a mistake and send the wrong script?
If you make a legitimate mistake entering and recognize this within 24 hours, email us here, and we'll send you instructions on replacing your screenplay: FastTrack@NetworkISA.org

 

How do I re-enter my rewrite?
Email us at FastTrack@NetworkISA.org for instructions.

 

Do I need to submit a logline? Synopsis?
Logline: YES / Synopsis: NO

Do you accept short screenplays?
No, not at this time.

Will my screenplay be accepted if it’s not in the traditional format?
Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format, set in 12-point Courier font. Scripts should be standard length. 


What's the minimum/maximum required page length?
Features: 70 - 120 pages.  TV Pilots/Web Series: Up to 70 pages.

My screenplay is longer than 120 pages. Will it be disqualified?
No, but we urge you to stay within the guidelines. It’s rare that a good screenplay requires more than the standard number of pages. 


If I'm over 120 pages and receiving feedback, will my full script be read?
We are forgiving with a 5-page grace, however if you are at 6 or more pages over the maximum, you will be charged $1 for each page over 120 pages. You will be emailed to discuss and billed separately, or you are welcome to just have your feedback done on the first 120 pages of your screenplay at the normal prices.

What genres do you accept, and can I submit with more than one?
We accept all genres. We understand scripts can be categorized in many genres. You are welcome to submit in more than one genre, but another submission fee is required. These are the more common genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, and Horror

Do you accept novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries or spec scripts for existing TV series?
No, we’re sorry; we do not. We accept ORIGINAL narrative feature length screenplays and TV pilots only.

Can I submit an adaptation of a book or play?
Absolutely, as long as you have full rights to the material and either are the author or have a written agreement with the author allowing this script to be written and marketed.

Can I submit more than one screenplay?
You sure can and there's a discount if you enter them all at once:

1 Screenplay = Standard Fee
2 Screenplays = Standard Fee for 1st screenplay plus $15 for 2nd.
3 Screenplays = Standard Fee for 1st screenplay, $15 for 2nd, plus $15 for 3rd.  

 

Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of being a finalist?
Entering early will neither increase or decrease your chance of winning, but it will save you money!

How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your submission immediately upon completing form and payment. If you do not, please email us here: FastTrack@NetworkISA.org

 

What if my script is optioned or sold after I submit to Fast Track?
As long as your script was not optioned or sold prior to the date you submitted, you are still eligible.

I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter?
You sure can, and we look forward to reading your work. Please just make sure it’s in English. No other languages are accepted at this time.

Any other questions feel free to email us here: FastTrack@NetworkISA.org 

 

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