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Program Description

TEST

Deadlines and Fees

Final
Oct. 21, 2021
Category 1
Standard Fee
$0
$0
Category 2
Standard Fee
$0
$0

Program Benefits

Announcement Dates

Grand Prize Winners

Nov. 02, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the announcement dates?
Winners Announced: November 2, 2021

When is the ISA Virtual Pitch Panel?
The ISA Virtual Pitch Panel will take place on November 18, 2021. 

Are the pitches in person?
During Covid and/or until further notice, all pitches will be virtual. Believe it or not, this has been very successful. The world has gone virtual.

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 via the ISA website.

Do I have to submit a pitch for an already completed script?
Yes, we would like you to be able to field questions regarding your story and send it if requested by an executive.

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. 

Can I submit with a co-writer?
Yes. Prizes will be issued per project, not based on the number of writers.

Must my co-writer be present for the pitch?
This is a personal decision between you and your writing partner, however pitching duos have had great success in the past and we always encourage a well-thought out, cooperative pitch by both writers.

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

Do you accept short screenplay pitches?
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 genres do you accept?
We accept all genres. We understand projects can be categorized in many genres. 

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 narrative sitcom or hour-long 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 pitch proposal?
You sure can. Just remember that the script for each must be complete upon entry.

Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of being a finalist?
Entering early will neither increase or decrease your chance of being chosen.

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

What if my script is optioned or sold after I submit to the ISA Pitch Challenge?
That's ok! If you are selected, you may still participate in the pitch panel event for some valuable practice and feedback, as long as doing so does not conflict with your agreements.

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

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

Rules

  • Final Deadline: October 21, 2021 - ISA Virtual Pitch Panel: November 18, 2021
  • All writers from all countries are welcome to submit, but all scripts and pitches must be submitted in English.
  • Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party.
  • Original full-length feature screenplays and TV Pilots only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to short scripts or web series, novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Script submissions must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
  • 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.
  • Each writer may submit no more than 2 entries.
  • Applicants must submit materials online only.
  • Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
  • 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.
  • ISA Pitch Challenge Winners and Finalists understand and accept that the ISA will be free to use his/her name, likeness, and voice for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
  • Writers retain the rights to their screenplay.
  • Applicants are non-exclusive to ISA and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
  • We do not accept erotic genre submissions.
  • No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed.
  • Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
  • ISA is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials.
  • You accept without reservation that the submitted logline, screenplay and pitch video will be reviewed by ISA 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. The applicant hereby waives any claim that the ISA, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay.
  • By submitting to the ISA Pitch Challenge, your email address will be added to the contest database as well as the International Screenwriters' Association newsletter for weekly updates, contest promotions and other notifications. You may unsubscribe at any time. 
  • It is our full intention to fulfill all prizes as posted. However, due to an unlikely event, act of God or other, we reserve the right to update or edit prizes.
  • To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the rules.

Contact Information

Contests@NetworkISA.org

8581 Santa Monica Blvd

CA, WEST HOLLYWOOD

90069

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