*** $10,000 in Cash & Prizes + Guaranteed Option + Industry Judges ***
Script Studio® professional screenwriting software has partnered with Hollywood Script Express and experienced industry professionals to offer emerging screenwriters with unique voices and original ideas an opportunity to get their script in front of agents, managers, producers and development execs.
Our annual feature contest aims to highlight the best international writing talent, circulate and promote the winning scripts and raise the profile of their writers.
This year's total prize fund of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be distributed among the top 5 scripts in 7 genres, with genre category winners receiving $500 cash and the Grand Prize Winner walking away with $2,500 cash in total.
We will also be offering a Guaranteed Option prize to one or more scripts.
7 GENRE CATEGORIES
Jackie Sheppard (Producer) — Footprint Films
Jackie produced features ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA (starring Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber and Ian Hart) and AFRICA UNITED, and the multi-award winning short film I AM SAMI. With experience of filming in overseas locations (South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Kurdistan (N Iraq), Ireland, Australia) as well as in the UK, she has produced films that have won over 70 awards around the world. Many of the shorts she has produced, including the BAFTA Cymru nominated ONLY CHILD, have been part of Footprint Film's consultancy to short film fund "The Pitch" which works with emerging filmmakers.
Gavin Poolman (Producer/Financier) — Apollo Media
Gavin has produced / executive produced / financed 27 films with an aggregate production value of over $500M. He moved to the UK to attend the London Film School and spent 10 years working as a finance and acquisitions executive for companies including Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas' Glinwood Films/Film Trustees, and Mayfair Entertainment International. In 1996, together with investment banker Mark Beilby, Gavin founded Apollo Media, where he has been involved in the production and/or finance of over 15 films including THE ZOOKEEPER, Abel Ferrara's CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS, and HOPE GAP.
Charlie Osowik (Literary Manager) — Osowik Management
Charlie began his career interning at top international sales companies including FilmNation, Sierra/Affinity and Voltage. After two years working as an assistant to the CEO of MGM he worked for a partner in the feature literary department at Gersh for another two years where he realized his passion for guiding writers and directors could be turned into a career. In 2018 he established his own management company where he is currently staffing writers and building his client list. He is a firm believer in quality over quantity, loves ideas and surrounds himself with people who deeply connect with what they do.
Halle Mariner (Literary Agent) — APA
Hailing from the Midwest, Halle graduated from Columbia College Chicago in film business and worked in film sales for Shoreline Entertainment and Preferred Content. She is now an agent in the Scripted Literary Department of APA, one of the largest diversified talent agencies in entertainment industry. As a honoree of Colour Associates 2019 Next Up List, Halle is also a part of Women Wednesday’s BIPOC Mentorship Program Committee and #Startwith8 Mentorship program. Her goal is to advocate for writers and directors who are underrepresented in the film world.
Sean Dubravac (Literary Manager) — Entertainment Lab
Sean is the Co-founder of Entertainment Lab, a bicoastal Talent Management and Production company in Beverly Hills and Manhattan, that guides and develops careers of established actors, writers and directors in film, TV, theatre, commercial, print and voice overwork. Sean graduated from UCLA in International Development Studies, has been UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program Judge since 2018 and has judged in many high profile screenplay contests. He works with film, theater and TV writers and is looking for exciting, original, edgy stories with unique, diverse voices.
Dan Bronzite (Writer/Director/Producer) — Buckle Up Entertainment
Dan is a produced screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker with 25 years industry experience and credits that include LONG TIME DEAD (Working Title Films) and Brit-Listed DO OR DIE for Michael Kuhn's Qwerty Films. He has adapted several novels and optioned his original screenplays both in the UK and US. He's also the creator of Script Studio screenwriting software and long-time contributor to Script Magazine. Dan is currently developing a slate of film and television projects for his production company Buckle Up Entertainment and is setting up his feature debut as director.
First Friday Entertainment
Buckle Up Entertainment
International Screenwriters' Association
Virtual Pitch Fest
Hollywood Script Express
1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Will receive all genre winner and finalist prizes plus...
• $2,500 Cash — (includes genre cash prize)
• $600 Development Package from Dan Bronzite — produced screenwriter, award-winning director, Buckle Up Entertainment CEO and creator of Script Studio.
• “Story Notes” replaced by:
- Detailed Development Notes
- One-hour Zoom Consultation
- Pitch and Logline Development
- Query Letter Edit
- Career “Game Plan” Advice
• 6 Extra Script Studio Plugins — Breakdowns and analyses from popular Hollywood movies
• 10 Free Pitches — (in total) from Virtual Pitch Fest
• ISAConnect Membership — 1 year (in total) community membership for resources, writing gigs, webinars, discounts and more
GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE
A minimum of one entry will be selected by one or more of our industry partners (which include Buckle Up Entertainment) to receive an option offer for their script. This option offer will be time-limited but completely optional without any obligation upon the writer(s) to accept. The option offer will be made with the intention to develop and/or produce the script, or to market the script and raise the profile of the writer(s) in order to secure development or production. To qualify for the “Guaranteed Option” it is normally an additional fee to the standard cost of entry, but for ISA members we are including this in your entry fee. This prize is not contingent upon placement in the contest and projects selected for this prize may or may not have been a winner or finalist in previous rounds.
7 GENRE WINNERS
All genre winners will receive finalist prizes plus...
• $500 Cash
• Script Circulation — Project and writer exposure to industry partners
• Script Studio® Pro Screenwriting Software — Free License
• Story Notes — Development notes from Hollywood Script Express
• 3 Free Pitches (in total) from Virtual Pitch Fest
• ISAConnect Membership — 6 month community membership for resources, writing gigs, webinars, discounts and more
5 Winners in Each Genre will receive:
• Copyright Registration from Hollywood Script Express
• Hollywood Deconstructed Ebook — Breakdowns and analyses of 12 popular Hollywood movies
• Hollywood Screenwriting Directory 10th Digital Edition — a specialized resource for discovering where and how to sell your screenplay
• 1 Free Pitch from Virtual Pitch Fest
• Script Studio® Pro Screenwriting Software — 50% Discount
• Promotion — Raising your profile on our affiliated newsletters and social media channels
• Official Laurel — Promote your accolade
SEMI-FINALISTS & QUARTER-FINALISTS
Placed entries will be listed on our site and receive our official laurel to promote the accolade.
3-4 Pages Script Evaluation & Development Notes
(If you have posted a Writing Gig, please click the red GIG REQUESTS button to view your submissions. If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)