The Feature/Pilot Grand Prize Winner will be flown to London in the U.K. during BFI London Film Festival to have their screenplay read by professional actors. We cover Hotel & Airfare expenses during the festival. Plus, you’ll get to network with the people who can change your career! Parties, Movies, Celebs & more!
Q: Why should I enter this contest?
A: Because your incredible talent will win you a trip to the LONDON Film Festival, one of the best places an up-and-coming screenwriter like yourself can network in the U.K.! It starts with a Table Read of your screenplay with professional actors. Then, what you do at the festival from there is up to you. If you want to meet people to pitch your screenplay, this is the opportunity of a lifetime!
Q: How do I enter?
A: Complete the form on the SUBMIT ENTRY page.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Paypal and all major credit cards.
Q: Can I mail a copy of my Screenplay, Submission Form and Payment?
A: No, we're sorry. We only accept online submissions and payments at this time.
Q: Should I include my contact information on my title page?
A: Yes, but it does not affect judging either way if you forget to include it.
Q: Who will be reading my screenplay/judging the contest?
A: The final panel of judges will be comprised of members of the Los Angeles and Chicago Film Communities, including numerous producers and established writers.
Q: Will you fly me to London, UK during the London Film Festival if I win?
A: The respective GRAND PRIZE winner(s) will receive coach airfare and hotel accommodations resulting in a three-night stay.
Q: When will my Table Read be scheduled?
A: It will be during the 2016 London Film Festival in October. We will work with the winner to determine an ideal date to the best of our ability. If the final date as selected by TRMS does not work for the winner, TRMS will not provide any cash value matching for the non-accepted airfare and hotel expenses turned down by the winner. We will be as flexible as possible, but the ultimate decision resides solely with TRMS.
Q: How will I participate in the Table Read?
A: You sit back and relax, watch and listen as Professional actors perform your characters.
Q: Is this contest associated with the London Film Festival?
A: No, this is just an exciting place for any writer/filmmaker to attend. If you've never been to the Festival we can't urge you enough to go. It's an experience you'll never forget!
Q: Who will I meet at the festival?
A: That is totally up to you. We can't guarantee you'll meet the people who will change your career. If you're at the festival, we can, however, guarantee at some point in time you may be standing right next to a person who could change your career. You've just got to mix and mingle, and there's no better place to meet A-list producers than this festival!
Q: Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay?
A: Absolutely YES, you retain all the rights to your screenplay!
Q: Do I need to submit a Synopsis?
Q: Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Q: Does my screenplay have to be registered?
A: No, but we do recommend registering your work with the WGA West , the Library of Congress Copyright office or other similar organization in your country. It's really easy and a VERY smart thing to do.
Q: Do you accept TV Pilots, Web Series or Short screenplays?
Q: Can Shorts win the GRAND PRIZE?
A: Yes, there is a Shorts Grand Prize but shorts do not qualify for the Grand Prize Trip to London. The winning Short will be Table Read during the festival. The writer can attend at their own expense.
Q: Can TV Pilots win the GRAND PRIZE?
A. Yes, TV Pilots run alongside Features and therefore are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE Trip.
Q: What's the minimum/maximum required page length?
A: Feature - (70 -140 pages), Shorts – (1 - 40 pages) , TV Pilots – (10-60 pages)
Q: Does genre matter in my submission?
A: Yes, after the two Grand Prize winners, the other top 8 are judged based on the best in its genre, as well as the best short and best pilot.
Q: What genres do you accept?
A: All genres are welcome, but not all have their own category to enter. When submitting, please choose the genre category that BEST suits your screenplay!
Q: Can I submit my screenplay in multiple categories?
A: Yes, you can. Each time you submit in each category, you will have to pay the entry fee.
Q: If I make the TOP 100 what elements of the screenplay are taken into consideration during the judging?
A: We are looking for excellent Originality, Story, Dialogue, Description and strength of Characters, scripts with their own true voice.
Q: I don't live in the United States; am I still eligible?
A: Yes, but all submissions MUST BE IN ENGLISH!
Q: What happens if I don't live in the United Kingdom but win the GRAND PRIZE? Will you still pay for my flight?
A: You will be given a cash payment not to exceed $1000 to apply towards your international flight.
Q: Is an adaptation of a published novel (by somebody else) eligible?
A: You must have the legal rights to adapt the book to enter your screenplay.
Q: Can I make a change to a submission?
A: You may make a change to submission within 24 hours of the original submission ONLY.
Q: What stops you from taking my idea and developing it yourself?
A: Our panel of judges is comprised of respected industry professionals, and they have no intention of stealing your material. They're actually hoping to find new talent to work with. If you make it to the TOP 100, your work will be seen by these professionals, which in turn gets you one step closer to getting your screenplay produced. You can sit at home and protect your ideas all day long hoping for that one right person to come along. Or you can get your work out there and show us what you've got!