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Program Description

A contest with useful prizes and legit connections. Winning scripts read by Four genre specific Circle of Confusion agents and a TV agent at Innovative!  Reality Show pitch to our contacts at Brian Graden Media, Joke Productions and Indigo Films. 

Premiere sponsor ISA. https://www.networkisa.org

Before submitting to a contest and competition be sure to check out their track record and the success rate of the their claims. Years of work with, running and being a part of film festivals as well as script competitions has taught us that bold claims of getting meetings with "someone from HBO" or having an "exec who has worked for Netflix" are often extremely embellished claims- click bait to get you to submit. Do the research, read the fine print and "subtext". It's your money, spend it on real opportunity!

Our staff and guaranteed readers have decades of experiences, along with a measurable track record. The connects those of us at Great American Script Contest have made work in film, TV and video in Los Angeles and Chicago as well as running two major film festivals, help us bring the connections and legit opportunists for entrants. 

Deadlines and Fees

Early
Sept. 01, 2022
Final
Oct. 01, 2022
Extended
Nov. 19, 2022
Regular
Dec. 17, 2022
Isa Extended
Jan. 14, 2023
Isa Special
Feb. 04, 2023
Special Extended
Feb. 25, 2023
Feature
Standard Fee
$30
$40
$45
$50
$51
$56
$61
$25
$35
$40
$45
$46
$51
$56
TV Pilot
Standard Fee
$20
$25
$30
$50
$55
$70
$75
$15
$20
$25
$45
$50
$65
$70
Short
Standard Fee
$25
$25
$30
$55
$55
$55
$65
$20
$20
$25
$50
$50
$50
$60
Spec Pilot
Standard Fee
$35
$40
$55
$60
$65
$70
$75
$30
$35
$50
$55
$60
$65
$70
TV Half Hour
Standard Fee
$40
$51
$55
$50
$60
$60
$60
$35
$46
$50
$45
$55
$55
$55
TV Pilot - 1 Hour
Standard Fee
$40
$51
$55
$50
$60
$60
$60
$35
$46
$50
$45
$55
$55
$55
Treatment
Standard Fee
$10
$20
$25
$35
$40
$45
$50
$10
$15
$20
$30
$35
$40
$45

Program Benefits

Winners receive:

Guaranteed script reads, notes and/or consultations from Circle of Confusion, Innovative, and more. 

ISA Connect memberships. Access to the tools to launch you career or put it in high-gear! 

GREAT AMERICAN SCRIPT CONTEST will be bringing not only legit and first-rate chances for you to connect with industry decision makers, agents and producers in Los Angeles. GASC is not only one of the best opportunities for you to get your writing seen and discovered, finalists will all be part of the physical film when safe again. Teaming with Chicago Comedy, LA Comedy Film Festival and others, The Great American Script Contest is set to give you unbelievable access and connections to the industry.

Announcement Dates

Announcement

Apr. 19, 2023

Sponsors and Associations

International Screenwriters' Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Review and read all rules. By submitting you agree to the terms and rules.

Rules

Deadlines: Read as listed

All writers from all countries are welcome to submit to the GASC; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and application fees must be paid.

Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party.

Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.

Original full-length feature screenplays, TV Pilots, short films and treatments only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to web series, novels, stage plays, musicals, documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.

Script submissions must be an original work.  Screenplays adapted from the submitting writer's own self-published books, plays, or other source materials are eligible if the writer retains all rights to the work.  Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission by the owner to adapt the material.

Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible. Screenplay submissions must be written by one writer only.

Co-written material will not be accepted. Multiple submissions are accepted by one writer, however if one or more screenplays of the same writer tie only one screenplay (the decided “best”) will be selected to determine winner.


Applicants must submit materials and payment online only.

Once a script has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts or corrections may only be accepted within 24 hours of the original application. A revised draft of a script may be accepted after 24 hours if it is entered as a new application with the appropriate fee.

Promotional discounts or waivers offered may only be utilized at the time of submission.Promotional discounts or waivers offered may not apply on all submission platforms (i.e. FilmFreeway)

If a writer receives a Free or Discounted Resubmission as part of a Promotion or otherwise, the Resubmission is valid during the same or the following season. Free Resubmissions will not be honored in subsequent seasons.

Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.

Fellowship applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.

The writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material to be submitted with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.

Applicants awarded a place understand and accept that the GASC, CCFF or et al., will be free to use his/her name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.Writers retain the rights to their screenplay.

Applicants are non-exclusive to GASC and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.

GASC will not be held responsible for feedback meeting cancellations or rescheduling. If you miss or are late to a mentor meeting, the GASC makes no guarantees to reschedule.

Length requirements: Read each category

Standard title pages should be included: listing the script title, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. Applicants will not be disqualified if it is not included.

Under no circumstances should the writer include name or contact information within the body of the script.

GASC is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials.Synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes and photos will not be considered. TV Pilot submissions may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.

You accept without reservation that the submitted logline and screenplay will be reviewed by GASC staff and/or panel of Industry Judges for evaluation and that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to the submitted material, and the applicant hereby waives any claim that the GASC and ISA, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay.

There are no refunds for any reason after 24 hours from submission. The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Fast Track Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.

To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.

Contact Information

admin@chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com

7190 Sunset Blvd.

90046

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