Guides & Resources

This year’s Launch Pad Feature Competition is not only the latest competition to launch, but it is the largest competition we’ve ever done. With our inaugural manuscript competition already featuring exclusive partnerships with Ridley Scott, Energy Entertainment and Inkshares, we knew we wanted to be sure we were providing that same level of exclusive opportunity those entrusting their work with the Launch Pad brand have come to expect with this competition. And, we’re happy to say we believe we’ve done just that by finalizing an exclusive partnership with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment, Jeremy Garelick’s Twin Padres Entertainment, Bellevue Productions and ESA Agency. With this new round of partners we’ve not only provided multiple guaranteed buying outlets from some of the biggest producers in town, but we’ve also secured guaranteed signings from one of the fastest growing representation homes in Hollywood.

With the producing/creative teams behind projects such as The Lego Movie, The Hangover, The Departed, The Wedding Ringer, The Grudge, and the upcoming Baywatch film onboard to each pick up a minimum of one project apiece, we’ve immediately added two career jumpstarting opportunities. But, by adding the agents who represent the writers behind projects such as Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Black Sails, we’ve added two more exclusive opportunities to not only kickoff your career, but to find a team that is there to help you guide it into the future.

But, we didn’t stop there. This year we’re also offering every single entrant a free two-week long seminar with the Roadmap Writers Program. Teaming up with the Launch Pad team, Roadmap Writers has curated an exclusive experience for writers of all levels to interact with producers, executives, agents, and managers to help you build a better pitch, learn how to be good in a room, and how to be sure you’re putting your best work into the world.


As we’ve said since the beginning, we’re not interested in simply being a screenwriting competition; we’re interested in being the first step in starting your writing career.

Registration ended: 09/10/17
The 2014 Family-friendly Screenplay Contest is open for entries!

Calling all faith-friendly and family-friendly feature film screenplays! Families are the most influential movie-going audience, yet there's a surprising lack of high-quality family films that appeal to the WHOLE family. This contest avoids the genre-bias of some other contests by seeking exclusively screenplays that are life-affirming stories of faith, courage, hope and love. Whether you have a family drama, comedy, animation, or action-adventure film, WE WANT TO READ YOUR SCRIPT. We have producers who are hungry for high-quality "four-quadrant" projects to package and produce. Will your script win?



1st Place
$1,500 Cash
Phone or in-person consultation with a top literary manager!
Phone call with a top family-friendly film producer!
Professional notes from one of our studio judges!


2nd Place
$500 Cash
A phone consultation with a top literary manager!


Top 5 Finalists
A page of professional development notes from one of our studio judges! Additionally the Top 5 finalists will receive a full one-year's subscription to WriterDuet Pro, real-time collaborative screenwriting software that's chock full of great features you won't find anywhere else!


The 2014 jury features these family-friendly Hollywood executives:


Josh Nadler
VP of Development at Affirm Films, the company behind such faith-friendly hits as: Fireproof, Soul Surfer, Facing the Giants, Mom's Night Out!


Alden Dalia
development executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company behind such family-friendly blockbusters as Goosebumps, Smurfs, Annie, The Karate Kid, Stuart Little, Grown Ups, Zookeeper, Pink Panther, Paul Blart and more!


Dan Finley
development executive at Chernin Entertainment, with such credits as Parental Guidance, Planet of the Apes and several big studio family films in development!

Registration ended: 12/30/17
The 2017 Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship is open for applications!Win $13,000 + travel to China for cross-cultural mentorship!
This is the first cross-cultural screenwriting mentorship program to develop writers in both English and Chinese languages. Screenwriters worldwide are encouraged to submit original feature film screenplays in English or Chinese promptly for consideration by the final application deadline on February 10th, 2017. Orb Media Group will select four (4) winners who will each be offered an option fee of at least WGA minimum (up to $13,374) against a six-figure purchase price at WGA scale contingent on production (up to $133,739 each, depending on the final budget of each film). Orb Media Group and its partners will financially back and develop the projects for production and distribution with partners in China and the United States. Orb Media will also provide the winners with round-trip travel to the Beijing Film Festival in April 2017 to participate in special training and mentorship programs in partnership with the Beijing Film Academy.
Registration ended: 01/31/18
2016's contest will be open for submissions from the 1st March 2016.


This year, alongside our Feature and Short Script Contests, we are introducing a new TV Pilot Contest and our Short Film Fund; financing at least one of the winning Short scripts with a minimum budget of £5000. We have over £15,000 worth of cash and prizes that we are giving away to our winners.


Some of our judges include:
Jeremy Irons - Oscar Winning Actor (The French Lieutenant's Wide, The Mission, Dead Ringers)

Tony Grisoni -  Writer (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Red Riding Trilogy, Tideland)

Phyllida Lloyd - BAFTA Winning Director  (Mamma Mia!, The Iron Lady)

Stephen Woolley - Oscar Nom Producer (The Company of Wolves, Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game)

Jeffrey Caine - Oscar Nom Writer (The Constant Gardener, GoldenEye, Rory O'Shea Was Here)

Liza Marshall - Head of Film & TV at Scott Free (Welcome to the Punch, Life in a Day, Boy A)

Paul Webster - Oscar Nom Producer (Eastern Promises, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Atonement)


Check out all of our Oscar & BAFTA winning Judges


Our roster of Production Companies


Shore Scripts Success Stories


Take a look at our website for our Rules, FAQ and everything else


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Registration ended: 08/31/18

The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives. This is not merely a script contest; it is a chance to enter an intensive program meant to foster relationships between emerging screenwriters and industry professionals.  With this fourth-annual fellowship, we aim to cultivate a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry mentors.


Up to four winners (TV and/or Film) will receive a year of consultation and development plus: 

  • $1,000 stipend and round-trip travel to Los Angeles* to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals:
  • Meeting with a literary agent with at least one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm)
  • Meetings with hand-picked development executives and industry representatives at such companies as: Warner Bros, Fox, Universal Studios, MGM, Lionsgate, Focus Features, Mosaic Media, Kaplan/Perone, Walden, and many more.
  • A full scholarship to Robert McKee's world renown story seminar ($865 value)
  • Mentorship with Academy Wward winning mentors including:
  • Geoffrey Fletcher: ACADEMY AWARD®-winning screenwriter of PRECIOUS and VIOLET & DAISY
  • Diana Ossana: ACADEMY AWARD®-winning screenwriter of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
  • Robert Moresco:ACADEMY AWARD®-winning screenwriter of CRASH and producer of MILLION DOLLAR BABY
  • Kristina Reed: ACADEMY AWARD®-winning Producer of Disney’s FEAST as well as BIG HERO 6, KUNG FU PANDA and studio executive on worldwide blockbuster FROZEN.
  • James V. Hart: Iconic screenwriter of such beloved films as HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg, CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis and BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and many others
Registration ended: 01/15/17

We offer a $1,000 cash prize for best feature and $500 for best short. 


The contest is in its FIFTH year and we are thrilled to announce that three of the winning short film scripts have gone into production in addition to winning cash prizes!


YEAR ONE WINNER, Carly Street's "Fragile Storm" was produced starring legendary Hollywood actor Lance Henriksen!


YEAR TWO WINNER, John Whetstone's "The Interrogation" was produced and went on to premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and screen at Dances With Films.


YEAR THREE WINNER, Fred Perry’s "Five Days in Calcutta" is going into production this summer! 


Yours could be next!

Registration ended: 05/27/15

We are really excited to bring back the 72 Script Fest with a brand new structure. One lucky winner will write a script in June and watch the finished movie in October!



Participating Writers will have 72 hours (June 19th-22nd) to write a 8-10 page short script based on randomly generated criteria given out to each writer. The winning writer will choose from a pool of teams to adapt their screenplay into a short film that will premiere at 72 Film Fest in October. Anyone in the world can participate providing the script is in English, and you're able to use PayPal.



Winning Writer will choose 3 teams from a volunteer pool of past 72 Film Fest Finalists. If circumstances prevent the first choice from adapting the screenplay, the screenplay will be given to the second choice and so on.


Chosen Team will have over a month to develop, shoot and edit the short film. Chosen Team can use up to 4 shooting days with Archai Media's a Red Epic Camera providing an Archai Media tech is on set as Assistant Camera or Director of Photography. Team is not required to use the Red Epic camera in part or full, and is not required to limit their entire shooting schedule to only those 4 days.



Add any logline to submit and you’ll be registered. Your content will not be used, it’s just to verify that you are a real person.


72 Script Fest is produced by the team behind 72 Film Fest, an annual time based film competition now in its 9th year.  

Registration ended: 06/19/14

Enter before the Regular Deadline (Sept. 8th) & Receive Your Scorecard and Judge's Notes for FREE!!


Now in our 7th year, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as one of Hollywood's leading screenplay competitions. We offer every screenwriter FREE PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT FEEDBACK plus winning writers receive CASH & PRIZE PACKAGES worth over $20,000 and GUARANTEED SCRIPT CONSIDERATION from top Hollywood Production Companies.


What Makes Fresh Voices Unique?
  • The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition is administered by knowledgeable, well connected insiders able to offer the tools, guidance and opportunities to succeed and judged by a panel of well known Industry Judges.

  • We support your progression as a screenwriter by offering constructive feedback on your  script for free. 

  • Beyond judging traditional criteria such as story, structure, tone, characters, dialogue and commerciality, we judge the originality and personality of your writing style; your voice.

  • We offer 11 genre categories and 10 unique awards to give every entrant the best chance of winning.

  • We use our direct relationships to put winning material directly into the hands of the people that matter, creating an effective and targeted approach to promote our winners. 

  • Fresh Voices donates a portion of competition proceeds directly to charity and lets you vote for the cause.


    "If I only enter one competition next year, it will be Fresh Voices"

    Alexi             Albequerque, New Mexico

    Read more testimonials here..!


    Registration ended: 11/07/17

    The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition awards up to $2,000 to a winning script, and guaranteed acceptance into the 2016 DC Shorts Film Festival.


    • We consider screenplays in every genre and subject matter. However, because the finalists are read in front of a live audience, the judging committee looks for material that can be successfully conveyed to a general audience in a table reading.


    • Scripts must be under 15 pages (not including a cover page).


    • Scripts must not be in production. The purpose of the competition and award money is to foster the creation and successful completion of an independent short film. All film/video shooting must take place after the award presentation.


    • DC Shorts has been named by MovieMaker Magazine year after year as one of 25 festivals worth the entry fee for our unique feedback system in which EVERY writer is able to review their scores and receive readers’ comments.


    • The 2014 script winner, BREAKIN(G) by David Feehan, is currently in production, and will premiere at the 2015 DC Shorts Film Festival. We are very proud to be one of the project’s producers.

    Registration ended: 05/30/15