China has the world’s largest population and the demand for high-quality films is growing dramatically. “Hollywood” is the heart of the world’s entertainment industry and has been creating and exporting American cinema to the entire world for almost a century. This contest seeks to bridge cultures and identify worthy screenplays (in English or Chinese) that are uniquely appealing to both Chinese audiences and English-speaking audiences worldwide.
- Option Fee for Winning Scripts will depend on the WGA Scale of Minimums
- The grand prize winner will receive a WGA minimum screenplay option fee for their script, and up to $133,739 WGA scale script purchase contingent on commencement of production!
- Circulation and personal recommendation of our top 2 winners’ screenplays to our network of producers and studio development executives at Hollywood and Chinese companies.
- Lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro ScreenCraft Edition ($199 value), also available in Chinese!
Top 30 Finalists
- 18-Month Option Fee Offer from Orb Media Group
- The runner-up will be offered an option deal with Orb Media Group. This option agreement offer will be against a to-be-negotiated six-figure purchase price if the project goes into production.
- Introductions to Chinese financiers, producers and development executives.
- Lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro, courtesy of ScreenCraft ($199 value) – versions available in English and Chinese.
The semifinalists will receive a 50% discount code to WriterDuet Pro, the most advanced screenwriting software with real-time collaboration and automatic revision tracking, compatible with Celtx, Final Draft and PDF formats ($99 value). WriterDuet is also available in Chinese. Fun fact: Did you know the screenwriter of all three KUNG FU PANDA movies uses WriterDuet?
Founder and CEO of Orb Media Group with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing. Mr. Shiao also produced RESTLESS, the first ever Hollywood-Chinese film co-production.
Producer of global blockbuster RUSH HOUR franchise (1, 2 & 3) starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. In April the Hollywood Reporter announced that Mr. Sarkissian and Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu are teaming up to launch Peak Time Entertainment, a new movie production venture.
ScreenCraft co-founder, development executive and professional screenplay reader for such companies as Lionsgate, Open Road Films, Sundance Institute, Paradigm Talent Agency and more.
Wen-Chia Chang, development executive on Skiptrace and My Lucky Star
Head of the China Task Force for the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
Manager-Producer at Convergence Entertainment. Tim’s credits include THE MEDALLION (starring Jackie Chan), and THE KING OF FIGHTERS (starring Maggie Q).
David. U. Lee
David Lee is a Chinese-American Hollywood film producer and entrepreneur best known for co-producing the films The Forbidden Kingdom, Shanghai, and Inseparable. He is the President of the film entertainment company, Leeding Media, which he founded in 2008.
Former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, producer of SOURCE CODE, FRACTURE, PRIMAL FEAR and WAYNE’S WORLD.
Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western
- Winners AnnouncedApr 18, 2017
- QuarterfinalistsFeb 19, 2018
- SemifinalistsMar 15, 2018
- FinalistsApr 18, 2018
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between November 13, 2017 and January 18, 2018
- Entry fee for each feature film screenplay is $39 until the early deadline on December 14, 2017, then $59 until the final deadline on January 18, 2018.
- Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will be available only for a limited time.
- Screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages.
- Entries may be submitted either in English or Mandarin Chinese.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit for consideration.
- Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
- Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
- If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
- It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or the US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registrations.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
- All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
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