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Best short film competition EVER! The winning short filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot one of the top 10 scripts. Winning short writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script! Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts. The winning filmmaker selects one of the top 10 scripts to shoot and we fund the production.

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Winning Short script writer receives up to $10,000 for their short and the winning filmmaker shoots it with up to a $25,000 budget!

 

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Writers Rules

 

1. Writers will adhere to contest instructions, FAQ’S, rules, guidelines and regulations.

2. Writers will evaluate all assigned films based on five (5) categories: (1) Directing, (2) Cinematography, (3) Editing, (4) Audio and (5) Production Design.

3. Writers will not evaluate films based on script, plot, dialogue or story structure.

4. Writers will judge all films assigned to them within the time frame provided. Failure to judge all films assigned to them may result in their disqualification.

5. Writers will create (4) four multiple-choice questions with answers about their script for filmmakers to answer. Filmmakers will answer these (4) four multiple-choice questions upon completion of reading said assigned script.

6. Writers must demonstrate they have watched all the content assigned to them by correctly answering multiple-choice questions written by the filmmaker(s).

7. Failure to correctly answer all multiple-choice questions of all assigned work may result in disqualification.

8. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older. Effective as of the date of submission. Or have parental consent and must fill out a waiver. Please e-mail us at info@writersandfilmmakers.com.

9. Writers may reside in any country.

10. All scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees and applicable taxes (if needed) must be paid online in U.S. or Canadian dollars if they reside in Canada.

11. Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party. Scripts that have been sold, produced, or are currently under option are not eligible.

12. Entries must be original screenplays. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.

13. Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible unless the work is in the public domain.

14. Scripts adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all ownership and rights to your work.

15. Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee and applicable taxes (if needed).

16. Writers who advance to the Final Round (top 10 scripts) of competition will have the opportunity to submit a revised draft of their script for the Final Round of judging by the winning filmmaker.

17. All script submissions must be electronically uploaded in PDF in the appropriate screenwriting format. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are damaged or not properly uploaded or formatted.

18. Decisions of the winning filmmaker are final and may not be disputed.

19. The contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Writer(s) or Filmmaker(s).

20. If your script is chosen by the winning filmmaker, the writer forgoes the right to refuse the selling of their script to the winning filmmaker for the agreed upon amount. (see section 11 in the  Filmmakers Regulations below)

21. The contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of Filmmaker or Writer.

22. Any promises, debts, obligations, agreements or encumbrances sustained or acquired by the winning writer or any writer, are no way the emotional or finanical responsibility of writersandfilmmakers.com.

23. All scripts submitted must be registered.

 

Script Guidelines - Before you submit your script, please make sure you review the following guidelines.

 

1.All scripts must be submitted in English. Filmmakers cannot evaluate screenplays written in foreign languages.

2.Scripts should be written in standard screenplay format. PDF documents only. Pages should be numbered. 12-point Courier font.

3.Scripts should be standard length. While your entry will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than these specified page counts, for your own benefit we recommend that you adhere to the following guidelines:

• Full-Length Features: 80-120 pages

• Short Film Scripts: under 20 pages

4.The judging filmmakers will identify your screenplay solely by its title and possibly other identifiers, such as a script number (given by Writersandfilmmakers.com). All scripts must have a title.

5.Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.  

 

Filmmaker Rules 


1. Filmmakers will adhere to contest instructions, FAQ’S, rules, guidelines and regulations.
2. Filmmakers will evaluate scripts based on three (3) criteria: (1) Originality/creativity, (2) cost to shoot and (3) ease of shooting.
3. Filmmakers will read and judge all scripts assigned. Failure to read and judge all scripts assigned may result in disqualification.

5. Filmmakers will create four (4) multiple-choice questions with answers for writers to answer upon completion of watching their assigned films.

6. Filmmakers must demonstrate they have read all the content assigned to them by correctly answering multiple-choice questions written by the writer(s) of their work.

7. Failure to correctly answer all multiple-choice questions of all assigned work may result in disqualification.

8. All filmmakers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older; effective as of the date of submission. Or have parental consent and must fill out a waiver. Please e-mail us at info@writersandfilmmakers.com..

9. Filmmakers may reside in any country.

10. Films not recorded in English, must be submitted with English subtitles.

Filmmakers must pay the appropriate entry fees and applicable taxes (if needed) must be paid online in U.S. or Canadian dollars if they reside in Canada.

11. Films submitted must be the work of the filmmaker. A “filmmaker” may be one of the following film crew: Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Assistant Director, Audio Recordist, and Production Designer.

12. Once a film(s) has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions or newer versions.

13. All film submissions must be accessible online. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are not properly uploaded, or the link is improperly provided, or the website the film is hosted on fails.

14. The filmmaker will upload a private or unlisted link to their film(s) for writers to judge.

15. Decisions by the Writers are final and may not be disputed.

16. The contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Writer(s) or Filmmaker(s).

17. The winning filmmaker must choose one script to purchase and pay the writer for. The amount is not disputable and may only be altered by Writersandfilmmakers.com.

18. The winning filmmaker agrees to receive the Filmmaker’s prize in three instalments/steps:

Feature Film Example:

  • Step 1: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the feature filmmaker upon winning the feature filmmakers prize.
  • Step 2: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the feature writer by the winning feature filmmaker for the script.
  • Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $30,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning feature writer (chosen by the winning feature filmmaker from the top 10 feature scripts) has agreed and entered in to a contract with the winning feature filmmaker in the amount of $20,000  (or 20% of funds raised).
  • The feature filmmaker now has $30,000  (or 30% of funds raised) to shoot principle photography.
  • Step 4: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed.
  • Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment.
  • The winning feature filmmaker, if they complete principle photography upon satisfactory terms set by writersandfilmmakers.com, should have received $70,000 (or 70% of funds raised) in total, $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) for the feature writer and $50,000 (or 50% of funds raised) for the feature filmmaker.

 Short Film Example: 

  • Step 1: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the short filmmaker upon winning the short filmmakers prize.
  • Step 2: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the short writer by the winning short filmmaker for the script.
  • Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $15,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning short writer (chosen by the winning short filmmaker from the top 10 short scripts) has agreed to a contract with the winning short filmmaker in the amount of $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised).
  • The short filmmaker now has $15,000 (or 30%of funds raised) to shoot principle photography.
  • Step 4: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed.
  • Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment. 

19. Any promises, debts, obligations, agreements or encumbrances sustained or acquired by the winning filmmaker or any filmmaker, are no way the emotional or finanical responsibility of the writer or writersandfilmmakers.com.

20. Short film filmmaker competition entrants require a minimum of 5 minutes of video.

  • If you want to submit only one video, it must be a minimum of 5 minutes.
  • If you want to submit more than one video, they must total over 5 minutes.
  • You cannot submit more than 3 videos or clips.
  • Do not submit more than 20 minutes of footage, unless you are submitting only one clip and it’s longer than 20 minutes.
  • If you submit more than one video, each video will be judged, but your score will be aggregated/averaged.
  • Feature filmmaker competition entrants require a minimum of 20 minutes of video.
  • If you want to submit only one video, it must be a minimum of 20 minutes.
  • If you want to submit more than one video, they must total over 20 minutes.
  • You cannot submit more than six videos or clips.
  • Do not submit more than two hours of footage, unless you are submitting only one film and it’s longer than 2 hours.
  • If you submit more than one video, each video will be judged, but your score will be aggregated/averaged.

21. The filmmaker agrees and acknowledges that the scripts they are assigned are fully protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America, Canada, England and all countries with which the United States and Canada has reciprocal copyright relations, whether through bilateral or multilateral treaties or otherwise, and including the not limited to, all countries covered by the Pan-American copyright convention, the Universal copyright convention, and the Berne convention.

22. All rights to the script are strictly reserved, including, without limitation, professional and amateur performance rights, stage rights, motion picture, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio broadcasting, television, video, and sound recording rights; rights to all other forms of mechanical or electronic reproduction now known or yet to be invented, such as CD, DVD, Blu-ray, screen capture, email, scanning, photocopying and information storage and retrieval systems; and the rights of translation and non-English languages.

23. Any individual or group receiving permission to produce a script is required to give credit to the author as the sole and exclusive author. This obligation applies to the title page of every program distributed in connection with performance or screening of the script, and in any instance that the title of the script/film appears for purposes of advertising, publicizing, or otherwise exploiting the script or a production thereof. The name of the author must appear in all credits on a separate line, in which no other name appears. The name of the author may not be abbreviated or otherwise altered.

FAQs

QUESTION: WHERE DOES THE FUNDING COME FROM?

Funding comes from the entry fees.

QUESTION: DO I GET FEEDBACK?

Yes, everyone who judges and ranks you provides feedback on your work.

QUESTION: AS A FILMMAKER, WILL ENTERING INTO THIS COMPETITION HINDER ME WITH OTHER COMPETITIONS/FESTIVALS?

No, it will not impact you in anyway. The film links you provide can be either: public, private or password protected. In addition, your work is only being reviewed by writers who have been assigned to judge your work.

QUESTION: AS A WRITER, WILL ENTERING INTO THIS COMPETITION HINDER ME WITH OTHER COMPETITIONS?

Only if you win the competition are you obligated to ‘sell’ your work for the agreed-upon prize money percentage. If you do not win the competition you are released from any obligation.

QUESTION: HOW MUCH FOOTAGE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER AS A FILMMAKER IN THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION?

Short Film Competition = Five minutes of footage required.

Feature Film Competition = 20 Minutes of footage required.

QUESTION: IS HAVING A COMPLETED FEATURE FILM A REQUIREMENT TO ENTERING THE FEATURE FILM COMPETITION?

No. You need a total of 20 minutes of footage to submit. Your footage can be between one and six short films or a single feature film, which you can choose to cut down to 20 minutes. But it must be a continuous 20 minutes.

QUESTION: WHAT IF SOMEONE TRIES TO CHEAT?

In order to complete your assignment, you must answer multiple-choice questions on the material you are assigned to demonstrate you watched/read the work in its entirety.

QUESTION: WHO CAN ENTER AS A 'FILMMAKER'? WHAT IS A 'FILMMAKER'?

A 'Filmmaker' can be a Director, producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Art Director/Set Designer or Audio Recordist.

QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING?

Only 1,000 applicants can enter per competition. The minimum threshold for any one side is 300. For example, you could have 300 writers and 700 filmmakers or vice versa. Of course, you could have anywhere in between, such as 450 writers and 550 filmmakers. But there are only 1000.

QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M THE 1001ST APPLICANT, OR SAY THE 701ST WRITER?

Only 1000 applicants can enter per competition. The 1001st entry is the first entrant in the next competition. If you are the 701st writer or filmmaker, then you are the first writer or filmmaker in the next competition, because we cannot have more than 700 of one group in a competition.

QUESTION: CAN I SUBMIT MY DEMO REEL?

Unfortunately, No. We know they are great, but writers need to see your work in its entirety.

QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF A FILMMAKER STEALS MY SCRIPT? 

Register and copyright your script. The reason she/he is here is because they don’t have the money to shoot something on the scale they dream about. We all know script is king, but filmmakers have scripts too, albeit maybe not as good as yours. If we or you or anybody finds a filmmaker stole your script we will have record of your submission. We encourage you to register and copyright your script before submitting and read the Rules and Legal page both writers and filmmakers must agree to.

QUESTION: HOW DO I COPYRIGHT AND REGISTER A SCRIPT?

Copyright: copyright.gov 
WG: wgawregistry.org/webrss 
WGC: wgc.ca/script_reg

QUESTION: WHO WILL OWN THE FINAL FILM?

Most likely it will be the filmmaker. We say most likely because they may negotiate with others as they please. WritersandFilmmakers.com is funding the agreed upon prize percentage and will not receive any ownership.

QUESTION: HOW DOES THE PRIZE MONEY ACTUALLY GET DISTRIBUTED?

Short Film Example:

Step 1: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the short filmmaker upon winning the short filmmakers prize.

Step 2: The winning filmmaker reads the top 10 short scripts and selects one. $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the short writer by the winning short filmmaker for the script.

Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $15,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning short writer (chosen by the winning short filmmaker from the top 10 short scripts) has agreed to a contract with the winning short filmmaker in the amount of $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised).

The short filmmaker now has $15,000 (or 30%of funds raised) to shoot principal photography.

Step 4: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed.

Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment.

The winning short filmmaker, if they complete principal photography upon satisfactory terms set by writersandfilmmakers.com, should have received $35,000 (or 70% of funds raised) in total. $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) for the short writer contract and $25,000 (50% of funds raised) for the short filmmaker.

Feature Film Example:

Step 1: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the feature filmmaker upon winning the feature filmmakers prize.

Step 2: The winning filmmaker reads the top 10 feature scripts and selects one. $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the feature writer by the winning feature filmmaker for the script.

Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $30,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning feature writer (chosen by the winning feature filmmaker from the top 10 feature scripts) has agreed and entered in to a contract with the winning feature filmmaker in the amount of $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised).

The feature filmmaker now has $30,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to shoot principal photography.

Step 4: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed or commenced.

Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment.

The winning feature filmmaker, if they complete principal photography upon satisfactory terms set by writersandfilmmakers.com, should have received $70,000 (or 70% of funds raised) in total, $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) for the feature writer and $50,000 (or 50% of funds raised) for the feature filmmaker.

QUESTION: WHAT IF THE FILMMAKER DOES NOT FINISH PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY?

We don’t want this. The writer doesn't want this. The filmmaker doesn't want this. But if the filmmaker is unable to complete the film, they will not get the remaining amount (step 4 above in example). If they need just a few more dollars to finish principal photography, then we may consider advancing the final portion. But there are no guarantees. In the feature competition, we may advance the remaining amount upon initiation of principal photography.

QUESTION: CAN THE WRITER CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO THE MAKING OF THE FILM?

This is entirely up to the filmmaker and the writer to negotiate. But have you ever met a filmmaker who refuses funding?

QUESTION: I AM A FILMMAKER, WHAT IF I MADE A FILM BUT I DON’T OWN IT?

Just because you don’t own the rights to your film, does not mean it’s not your skilled work. We want your skills, not ownership of your previous work. We don’t show your work publicly without consent.

QUESTION: I AM A WRITER, WHAT IF I WROTE A SCRIPT BUT I DON'T OWN IT?

You must own the rights to your script in its entirety. The script must be unencumbered and clear. The writer recognizes that if they win, they must sell their film for the amount set out in the rules of the particular (short/feature) competition. They cannot renegotiate a price.

QUESTION: WHAT IF THE WRITER/FILMMAKER PRESENTS WORK THAT IS NOT THEIRS?

The winning filmmaker and winning scriptwriter will sign a Promisory Note to ensure authenticity. A PROMISORY NOTE is a criminal offence, rather than a contractual offence.

QUESTION: FILMS ARE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. HOW CAN ONE FILMMAKER SAY THE FILM IS "HIS" OR "HER" WORK?

If you were a Director, Producer, DP/Cinematography, Set Designer, or Audio Recordist you can claim the film as yours.

QUESTION: I'M A DOP/CINEMATOGRAPHER, CAN I SUBMIT MY DEMO REEL?

Unfortunately No.

QUESTION: CAN I SUBMIT ANY TYPE OF FILM? A PUPPET PLAY? A THEATER PLAY?

It can't be a play unless there was camera movement. Like, Dogville.

QUESTION: WHY DOES THE WRITER HAVE TO PAY THE SAME ENTRY FEE AS THE FILMMAKER? THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE SAME PRIZE $.

Sorry, this is the way it is…besides, the Filmmaker is most likely going to spend all of the money on production and advertising, They may pocket much less than the writer.

QUESTION: I AM A WRITER OR FILMMAKER; CAN I READ SOMEONE ELSE’S SCRIPT OR FILM SUBMISSION WHO GOT A HIGHER RANK?

Yes and no. The person must have consented to this when they signed up.

QUESTION: I AM A FILMMAKER, CAN I JUDGE ANOTHER SCRIPT DURING THE COMPETITION?

Yes. Contact us.

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF 'ASSIGNMENTS' I WILL NEED TO JUDGE?

This depends on the ratio of filmmakers to writers. The minimum/maximum amount of assignments, with a 700/300 split is 8/36. Except for the winning filmmaker, who will also have to read the top 10 scripts.

QUESTION: HOW MANY WRITERS/FILMMAKERS ARE IN THE COMPETITION RIGHT NOW?

Unfortunately, we cannot divulge this information - It would be unfair! The odds are already amazing! Stop strategizing and enter! Let your work speak for you!

QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF LESS THAN 1000 PEOPLE ENTER?

The percentage of monetary distribution remains the same as the original competition: 50% of the funds raised to the winning filmmaker as chosen by the writers and 20% of funds raised to the winning writer as chosen by the winning filmmaker.

QUESTION: BY SUBMITTING MY MATERIAL, AM I GIVING WRITERSANDFILMMAKERS.COM THE USE OF MY MATERIAL?

Well, yes. We need to show it to the other ‘side’ of the competition. We are not going to use your material for any other purpose without contacting you and obtaining your consent. Ever.

QUESTION: WHAT IF THE FILMMAKER DOESN'T LIKE THE TOP 10 SCRIPTS?

The filmmakers must choose one of the top 10 scripts and award the writers prize.

QUESTION: DOES WRITERSANDFILMMAKERS.COM GUARANTEE THE FILM WILL BE MADE?

No. We guarantee the writer will receive the writer prize. Writersandfilmmakers.com does not guarantee the filmmaker will finish the film. If the filmmaker does not finish the film they do not receive the final portion of the filmmaker's prize. In effect the filmmaker is financially motivated to complete the film.

QUESTION: WHAT IF A FILMMAKER DOESN’T READ ALL THE SCRIPTS THEY ARE ASSIGNED?

Filmmakers are given ample time to read their assignments. If a filmmaker does not read his or her assignments by the deadline, they are disqualified and lose their entry fee. Other filmmakers will then be given their assignments. Everyone in his or her cohort is judged a relatively equal number of times.

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Rules

Writers Rules

 

1. Writers will adhere to contest instructions, FAQ’S, rules, guidelines and regulations.

2. Writers will evaluate all assigned films based on five (5) categories: (1) Directing, (2) Cinematography, (3) Editing, (4) Audio and (5) Production Design.

3. Writers will not evaluate films based on script, plot, dialogue or story structure.

4. Writers will judge all films assigned to them within the time frame provided. Failure to judge all films assigned to them may result in their disqualification.

5. Writers will create (4) four multiple-choice questions with answers about their script for filmmakers to answer. Filmmakers will answer these (4) four multiple-choice questions upon completion of reading said assigned script.

6. Writers must demonstrate they have watched all the content assigned to them by correctly answering multiple-choice questions written by the filmmaker(s).

7. Failure to correctly answer all multiple-choice questions of all assigned work may result in disqualification.

8. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older. Effective as of the date of submission. Or have parental consent and must fill out a waiver. Please e-mail us at info@writersandfilmmakers.com.

9. Writers may reside in any country.

10. All scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees and applicable taxes (if needed) must be paid online in U.S. or Canadian dollars if they reside in Canada.

11. Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party. Scripts that have been sold, produced, or are currently under option are not eligible.

12. Entries must be original screenplays. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.

13. Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible unless the work is in the public domain.

14. Scripts adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all ownership and rights to your work.

15. Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee and applicable taxes (if needed).

16. Writers who advance to the Final Round (top 10 scripts) of competition will have the opportunity to submit a revised draft of their script for the Final Round of judging by the winning filmmaker.

17. All script submissions must be electronically uploaded in PDF in the appropriate screenwriting format. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are damaged or not properly uploaded or formatted.

18. Decisions of the winning filmmaker are final and may not be disputed.

19. The contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Writer(s) or Filmmaker(s).

20. If your script is chosen by the winning filmmaker, the writer forgoes the right to refuse the selling of their script to the winning filmmaker for the agreed upon amount. (see section 11 in the  Filmmakers Regulations below)

21. The contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of Filmmaker or Writer.

22. Any promises, debts, obligations, agreements or encumbrances sustained or acquired by the winning writer or any writer, are no way the emotional or finanical responsibility of writersandfilmmakers.com.

23. All scripts submitted must be registered.

 

Script Guidelines - Before you submit your script, please make sure you review the following guidelines.

 

1.All scripts must be submitted in English. Filmmakers cannot evaluate screenplays written in foreign languages.

2.Scripts should be written in standard screenplay format. PDF documents only. Pages should be numbered. 12-point Courier font.

3.Scripts should be standard length. While your entry will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than these specified page counts, for your own benefit we recommend that you adhere to the following guidelines:

• Full-Length Features: 80-120 pages

• Short Film Scripts: under 20 pages

4.The judging filmmakers will identify your screenplay solely by its title and possibly other identifiers, such as a script number (given by Writersandfilmmakers.com). All scripts must have a title.

5.Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.  

 

Filmmaker Rules 


1. Filmmakers will adhere to contest instructions, FAQ’S, rules, guidelines and regulations.
2. Filmmakers will evaluate scripts based on three (3) criteria: (1) Originality/creativity, (2) cost to shoot and (3) ease of shooting.
3. Filmmakers will read and judge all scripts assigned. Failure to read and judge all scripts assigned may result in disqualification.

5. Filmmakers will create four (4) multiple-choice questions with answers for writers to answer upon completion of watching their assigned films.

6. Filmmakers must demonstrate they have read all the content assigned to them by correctly answering multiple-choice questions written by the writer(s) of their work.

7. Failure to correctly answer all multiple-choice questions of all assigned work may result in disqualification.

8. All filmmakers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older; effective as of the date of submission. Or have parental consent and must fill out a waiver. Please e-mail us at info@writersandfilmmakers.com..

9. Filmmakers may reside in any country.

10. Films not recorded in English, must be submitted with English subtitles.

Filmmakers must pay the appropriate entry fees and applicable taxes (if needed) must be paid online in U.S. or Canadian dollars if they reside in Canada.

11. Films submitted must be the work of the filmmaker. A “filmmaker” may be one of the following film crew: Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Assistant Director, Audio Recordist, and Production Designer.

12. Once a film(s) has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions or newer versions.

13. All film submissions must be accessible online. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are not properly uploaded, or the link is improperly provided, or the website the film is hosted on fails.

14. The filmmaker will upload a private or unlisted link to their film(s) for writers to judge.

15. Decisions by the Writers are final and may not be disputed.

16. The contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Writer(s) or Filmmaker(s).

17. The winning filmmaker must choose one script to purchase and pay the writer for. The amount is not disputable and may only be altered by Writersandfilmmakers.com.

18. The winning filmmaker agrees to receive the Filmmaker’s prize in three instalments/steps:

Feature Film Example:

  • Step 1: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the feature filmmaker upon winning the feature filmmakers prize.
  • Step 2: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the feature writer by the winning feature filmmaker for the script.
  • Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $30,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning feature writer (chosen by the winning feature filmmaker from the top 10 feature scripts) has agreed and entered in to a contract with the winning feature filmmaker in the amount of $20,000  (or 20% of funds raised).
  • The feature filmmaker now has $30,000  (or 30% of funds raised) to shoot principle photography.
  • Step 4: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed.
  • Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment.
  • The winning feature filmmaker, if they complete principle photography upon satisfactory terms set by writersandfilmmakers.com, should have received $70,000 (or 70% of funds raised) in total, $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) for the feature writer and $50,000 (or 50% of funds raised) for the feature filmmaker.

 Short Film Example: 

  • Step 1: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the short filmmaker upon winning the short filmmakers prize.
  • Step 2: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the short writer by the winning short filmmaker for the script.
  • Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $15,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning short writer (chosen by the winning short filmmaker from the top 10 short scripts) has agreed to a contract with the winning short filmmaker in the amount of $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised).
  • The short filmmaker now has $15,000 (or 30%of funds raised) to shoot principle photography.
  • Step 4: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed.
  • Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment. 

19. Any promises, debts, obligations, agreements or encumbrances sustained or acquired by the winning filmmaker or any filmmaker, are no way the emotional or finanical responsibility of the writer or writersandfilmmakers.com.

20. Short film filmmaker competition entrants require a minimum of 5 minutes of video.

  • If you want to submit only one video, it must be a minimum of 5 minutes.
  • If you want to submit more than one video, they must total over 5 minutes.
  • You cannot submit more than 3 videos or clips.
  • Do not submit more than 20 minutes of footage, unless you are submitting only one clip and it’s longer than 20 minutes.
  • If you submit more than one video, each video will be judged, but your score will be aggregated/averaged.
  • Feature filmmaker competition entrants require a minimum of 20 minutes of video.
  • If you want to submit only one video, it must be a minimum of 20 minutes.
  • If you want to submit more than one video, they must total over 20 minutes.
  • You cannot submit more than six videos or clips.
  • Do not submit more than two hours of footage, unless you are submitting only one film and it’s longer than 2 hours.
  • If you submit more than one video, each video will be judged, but your score will be aggregated/averaged.

21. The filmmaker agrees and acknowledges that the scripts they are assigned are fully protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America, Canada, England and all countries with which the United States and Canada has reciprocal copyright relations, whether through bilateral or multilateral treaties or otherwise, and including the not limited to, all countries covered by the Pan-American copyright convention, the Universal copyright convention, and the Berne convention.

22. All rights to the script are strictly reserved, including, without limitation, professional and amateur performance rights, stage rights, motion picture, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio broadcasting, television, video, and sound recording rights; rights to all other forms of mechanical or electronic reproduction now known or yet to be invented, such as CD, DVD, Blu-ray, screen capture, email, scanning, photocopying and information storage and retrieval systems; and the rights of translation and non-English languages.

23. Any individual or group receiving permission to produce a script is required to give credit to the author as the sole and exclusive author. This obligation applies to the title page of every program distributed in connection with performance or screening of the script, and in any instance that the title of the script/film appears for purposes of advertising, publicizing, or otherwise exploiting the script or a production thereof. The name of the author must appear in all credits on a separate line, in which no other name appears. The name of the author may not be abbreviated or otherwise altered.

FAQs

QUESTION: WHERE DOES THE FUNDING COME FROM?

Funding comes from the entry fees.

QUESTION: DO I GET FEEDBACK?

Yes, everyone who judges and ranks you provides feedback on your work.

QUESTION: AS A FILMMAKER, WILL ENTERING INTO THIS COMPETITION HINDER ME WITH OTHER COMPETITIONS/FESTIVALS?

No, it will not impact you in anyway. The film links you provide can be either: public, private or password protected. In addition, your work is only being reviewed by writers who have been assigned to judge your work.

QUESTION: AS A WRITER, WILL ENTERING INTO THIS COMPETITION HINDER ME WITH OTHER COMPETITIONS?

Only if you win the competition are you obligated to ‘sell’ your work for the agreed-upon prize money percentage. If you do not win the competition you are released from any obligation.

QUESTION: HOW MUCH FOOTAGE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER AS A FILMMAKER IN THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION?

Short Film Competition = Five minutes of footage required.

Feature Film Competition = 20 Minutes of footage required.

QUESTION: IS HAVING A COMPLETED FEATURE FILM A REQUIREMENT TO ENTERING THE FEATURE FILM COMPETITION?

No. You need a total of 20 minutes of footage to submit. Your footage can be between one and six short films or a single feature film, which you can choose to cut down to 20 minutes. But it must be a continuous 20 minutes.

QUESTION: WHAT IF SOMEONE TRIES TO CHEAT?

In order to complete your assignment, you must answer multiple-choice questions on the material you are assigned to demonstrate you watched/read the work in its entirety.

QUESTION: WHO CAN ENTER AS A 'FILMMAKER'? WHAT IS A 'FILMMAKER'?

A 'Filmmaker' can be a Director, producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Art Director/Set Designer or Audio Recordist.

QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING?

Only 1,000 applicants can enter per competition. The minimum threshold for any one side is 300. For example, you could have 300 writers and 700 filmmakers or vice versa. Of course, you could have anywhere in between, such as 450 writers and 550 filmmakers. But there are only 1000.

QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M THE 1001ST APPLICANT, OR SAY THE 701ST WRITER?

Only 1000 applicants can enter per competition. The 1001st entry is the first entrant in the next competition. If you are the 701st writer or filmmaker, then you are the first writer or filmmaker in the next competition, because we cannot have more than 700 of one group in a competition.

QUESTION: CAN I SUBMIT MY DEMO REEL?

Unfortunately, No. We know they are great, but writers need to see your work in its entirety.

QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF A FILMMAKER STEALS MY SCRIPT? 

Register and copyright your script. The reason she/he is here is because they don’t have the money to shoot something on the scale they dream about. We all know script is king, but filmmakers have scripts too, albeit maybe not as good as yours. If we or you or anybody finds a filmmaker stole your script we will have record of your submission. We encourage you to register and copyright your script before submitting and read the Rules and Legal page both writers and filmmakers must agree to.

QUESTION: HOW DO I COPYRIGHT AND REGISTER A SCRIPT?

Copyright: copyright.gov 
WG: wgawregistry.org/webrss 
WGC: wgc.ca/script_reg

QUESTION: WHO WILL OWN THE FINAL FILM?

Most likely it will be the filmmaker. We say most likely because they may negotiate with others as they please. WritersandFilmmakers.com is funding the agreed upon prize percentage and will not receive any ownership.

QUESTION: HOW DOES THE PRIZE MONEY ACTUALLY GET DISTRIBUTED?

Short Film Example:

Step 1: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the short filmmaker upon winning the short filmmakers prize.

Step 2: The winning filmmaker reads the top 10 short scripts and selects one. $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the short writer by the winning short filmmaker for the script.

Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $15,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning short writer (chosen by the winning short filmmaker from the top 10 short scripts) has agreed to a contract with the winning short filmmaker in the amount of $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised).

The short filmmaker now has $15,000 (or 30%of funds raised) to shoot principal photography.

Step 4: $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning short filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed.

Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment.

The winning short filmmaker, if they complete principal photography upon satisfactory terms set by writersandfilmmakers.com, should have received $35,000 (or 70% of funds raised) in total. $10,000 (or 20% of funds raised) for the short writer contract and $25,000 (50% of funds raised) for the short filmmaker.

Feature Film Example:

Step 1: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the feature filmmaker upon winning the feature filmmakers prize.

Step 2: The winning filmmaker reads the top 10 feature scripts and selects one. $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is then paid to the feature writer by the winning feature filmmaker for the script.

Step 3: Writersandfilmmakers.com will award $30,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification that the winning feature writer (chosen by the winning feature filmmaker from the top 10 feature scripts) has agreed and entered in to a contract with the winning feature filmmaker in the amount of $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised).

The feature filmmaker now has $30,000 (or 30% of funds raised) to shoot principal photography.

Step 4: $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) is awarded to the winning feature filmmaker upon demonstration and verification by writersandfilmmakers.com that principal photography has been completed or commenced.

Failure to demonstrate and obtain verification by writersandfilmmakers.com will result in foregoing of the final payment.

The winning feature filmmaker, if they complete principal photography upon satisfactory terms set by writersandfilmmakers.com, should have received $70,000 (or 70% of funds raised) in total, $20,000 (or 20% of funds raised) for the feature writer and $50,000 (or 50% of funds raised) for the feature filmmaker.

QUESTION: WHAT IF THE FILMMAKER DOES NOT FINISH PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY?

We don’t want this. The writer doesn't want this. The filmmaker doesn't want this. But if the filmmaker is unable to complete the film, they will not get the remaining amount (step 4 above in example). If they need just a few more dollars to finish principal photography, then we may consider advancing the final portion. But there are no guarantees. In the feature competition, we may advance the remaining amount upon initiation of principal photography.

QUESTION: CAN THE WRITER CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO THE MAKING OF THE FILM?

This is entirely up to the filmmaker and the writer to negotiate. But have you ever met a filmmaker who refuses funding?

QUESTION: I AM A FILMMAKER, WHAT IF I MADE A FILM BUT I DON’T OWN IT?

Just because you don’t own the rights to your film, does not mean it’s not your skilled work. We want your skills, not ownership of your previous work. We don’t show your work publicly without consent.

QUESTION: I AM A WRITER, WHAT IF I WROTE A SCRIPT BUT I DON'T OWN IT?

You must own the rights to your script in its entirety. The script must be unencumbered and clear. The writer recognizes that if they win, they must sell their film for the amount set out in the rules of the particular (short/feature) competition. They cannot renegotiate a price.

QUESTION: WHAT IF THE WRITER/FILMMAKER PRESENTS WORK THAT IS NOT THEIRS?

The winning filmmaker and winning scriptwriter will sign a Promisory Note to ensure authenticity. A PROMISORY NOTE is a criminal offence, rather than a contractual offence.

QUESTION: FILMS ARE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. HOW CAN ONE FILMMAKER SAY THE FILM IS "HIS" OR "HER" WORK?

If you were a Director, Producer, DP/Cinematography, Set Designer, or Audio Recordist you can claim the film as yours.

QUESTION: I'M A DOP/CINEMATOGRAPHER, CAN I SUBMIT MY DEMO REEL?

Unfortunately No.

QUESTION: CAN I SUBMIT ANY TYPE OF FILM? A PUPPET PLAY? A THEATER PLAY?

It can't be a play unless there was camera movement. Like, Dogville.

QUESTION: WHY DOES THE WRITER HAVE TO PAY THE SAME ENTRY FEE AS THE FILMMAKER? THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE SAME PRIZE $.

Sorry, this is the way it is…besides, the Filmmaker is most likely going to spend all of the money on production and advertising, They may pocket much less than the writer.

QUESTION: I AM A WRITER OR FILMMAKER; CAN I READ SOMEONE ELSE’S SCRIPT OR FILM SUBMISSION WHO GOT A HIGHER RANK?

Yes and no. The person must have consented to this when they signed up.

QUESTION: I AM A FILMMAKER, CAN I JUDGE ANOTHER SCRIPT DURING THE COMPETITION?

Yes. Contact us.

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF 'ASSIGNMENTS' I WILL NEED TO JUDGE?

This depends on the ratio of filmmakers to writers. The minimum/maximum amount of assignments, with a 700/300 split is 8/36. Except for the winning filmmaker, who will also have to read the top 10 scripts.

QUESTION: HOW MANY WRITERS/FILMMAKERS ARE IN THE COMPETITION RIGHT NOW?

Unfortunately, we cannot divulge this information - It would be unfair! The odds are already amazing! Stop strategizing and enter! Let your work speak for you!

QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF LESS THAN 1000 PEOPLE ENTER?

The percentage of monetary distribution remains the same as the original competition: 50% of the funds raised to the winning filmmaker as chosen by the writers and 20% of funds raised to the winning writer as chosen by the winning filmmaker.

QUESTION: BY SUBMITTING MY MATERIAL, AM I GIVING WRITERSANDFILMMAKERS.COM THE USE OF MY MATERIAL?

Well, yes. We need to show it to the other ‘side’ of the competition. We are not going to use your material for any other purpose without contacting you and obtaining your consent. Ever.

QUESTION: WHAT IF THE FILMMAKER DOESN'T LIKE THE TOP 10 SCRIPTS?

The filmmakers must choose one of the top 10 scripts and award the writers prize.

QUESTION: DOES WRITERSANDFILMMAKERS.COM GUARANTEE THE FILM WILL BE MADE?

No. We guarantee the writer will receive the writer prize. Writersandfilmmakers.com does not guarantee the filmmaker will finish the film. If the filmmaker does not finish the film they do not receive the final portion of the filmmaker's prize. In effect the filmmaker is financially motivated to complete the film.

QUESTION: WHAT IF A FILMMAKER DOESN’T READ ALL THE SCRIPTS THEY ARE ASSIGNED?

Filmmakers are given ample time to read their assignments. If a filmmaker does not read his or her assignments by the deadline, they are disqualified and lose their entry fee. Other filmmakers will then be given their assignments. Everyone in his or her cohort is judged a relatively equal number of times.

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