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Accepting Features & TV Pilots

It's Free to Submit! - Final Deadline: May 4th


Are you ready to pitch your script to a panel of industry professionals?


Here's your opportunity! Submit your 90 second videos to be considered to pitch live during the ISA Virtual Pitch Panel on May 20, 2021. Past industry panelists have included execs from MGM, CSP Management, 1993, SAGindie, Lit Entertainment Group and more. Several ISA Pitch Challenge winners have gained representation, had meetings with execs and had script materials requested after pitching at the event. 

It's free to submit, and all are welcome to attend the Pitch Panel, even if you're not chosen to pitch. Our mission, as always, is to shine a light on talented writers who are typically underrepresented in the industry. In order to find those unique and diverse voices, we need to read them. To that end, we highly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and all diverse voices to submit. We have our eye on the future of this industry and are genuinely looking to amplify your story. 
 
How to Submit:
Record and upload your 90 second pitch to Youtube or Vimeo, and submit the video link and your script via this entry form. Please note that video pitches must not be password protected.
 
Accepting Features & TV Pilots in:
Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Young Adult         
 

PRIZES

Winner Benefits Include:

3 WINNERS SELECTED

3 Grand Prize Winners

Pitching Live to Industry Pros

Finalists

Industry Exposure


    • As a finalist, you will be promoted and your pitch will be SEEN! We will showcase the top finalists in the ISA newsletter, website and social platforms in an effort to promote you and your work.

Past Executive Pitch Panelists Have Included:

This Season's Panelists to Be Announced

Sandino Moya-Smith - Director of Development at MGM
Sandino Moya-Smith was previously VP of Production at Limelight Entertainment where he put together PALM SPRINGS and was a production exec at June Pictures, where he worked on films including THE FLORIDA PROJECT, BOOK CLUB, WILDLIFE and DUDE. Prior, he worked for Gary Ross on such films as THE HUNGER GAMES, FREE STATE OF JONES, and OCEAN'S EIGHT.


Matt Dy - Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group

Matt Dy joined Adam Kolbrenner's Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager in 2019. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF) since 2008 where he served as the Director of Script Competitions and facilitated the evaluation of thousands of annual script submissions reaching a then record of 10,580 submissions in 2018. Through AFF, he helped shepherd the careers of countless writers and is thrilled to continue championing writers as a literary manager.


Darrien Michele Gipson - SAGindie Executive Director

As Executive Director of SAGindie, Darrien leads a team that is responsible for independent filmmaker outreach and specializes in teaching low budget production focusing on the process for hiring professional actors via SAG-AFTRA’s low budget contracts. 


Matt Prater - CSP Management

Matt Prater is a talent manager and development producer representing a roster of award-winning actors, directors, writers, and producers. Under the CSP Management / Citizen Skull Productions banner, clients on both the talent and literary rosters are actively collaborating on the development of projects with a portfolio of scripted and non-scripted properties.


Alex Rudolph - 1993

With the success of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, 1993 has been able to focus on stories that really ring true to our core mission. We develop, create, and aim to discover unique and meaningful stories with new and diverse filmmakers. 


Jethro Rothe-Kushel - Executive and Producer

A former executive and genre film producer and youngest Vice President and member of the National Board of Directors, elected by the Producers Guild of America


Carolina 
Groppa - Producer
Carolina Gropps is an Emmy-nominated producer for the Netflix Originals GIRLFRIEND'S DAY and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.


Quinn Haberman-Development Executive at Selfish Mermaid / Liz Heldens Productions

As the Development Executive to showrunner Liz Heldens, Quinn focuses on finding and championing female-facing content and diverse voices. She has developed a number of series in her short time with Liz, including upcoming series The Big Leap at Fox and LA Ultra at Freeform. Before joining Liz, Quinn shepherded two features through production at Welle Entertainment – FIVE FEET APART (Associate Producer) and OTHERHOOD (Co-Producer) – alongside an extensive development slate. 

DEVELOPMENT SLATE

Over 80 scripts have been produced or optioned + 60 writers have been repped.

The three Grand Prize Winners will be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate for a full year of support. The ISA Development team works tirelessly to promote writers and their scripts, and as a result, many have signed with top agents, managers and/or had their scripts optioned or purchased. There is no faster path to breaking in.



HIGHLY RATED FEEDBACK AVAILABLE

When You Enter This Competition

1ST 20 PAGES

NOTES

$29

Normally $39

    • A 1-2 page examination of your script's 1st 20 pages.
    • Perfect for writers looking to enrich their character introductions, tighten their first act, and hook readers with a clear style.
    • Provides a snapshot of how your work would be received at the studio level.

GENERAL

NOTES

$59

Normally $69

    • Up to 3 pages of notes covering your entire screenplay.
    • Receive actionable criticism to expand upon your narrative's existing strengths and identify any potential concerns.
    • Refine your work's characters, dialogue, plot, structure and formatting.

DEVELOPMENT EVALUATION

$99

Normally $199

    • Up to 5 pages of notes covering your entire screenplay.
    • A Full Review plus a "pass" or "consider".
    • If "consider" then you'll receive a 2nd review by the ISA VP of Development.
    • Then you'll receive an "accept" or "pass" for the ISA Development Slate.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Grand Prize Winners

May 11, 2021

FAQ

What are the announcement dates?
Winners Announced: May 11th, 2021

When is the ISA Virtual Pitch Panel?
The ISA Virtual Pitch Panel will take place on May 20, 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: May 4, 2021 - ISA Virtual Pitch Panel: May 20, 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 and likeness 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.