The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition is where your scripts are read directly by investors who buy projects and fund films at the studio level - domestically and abroad.
Investors or Funds may elect to option or purchase your script at any time regardless of whether or not your script places in the contest. All current and previous years winners and The Hot 100 Lists are showcased at investor meetings at the major film markets worldwide. Your summary and logline will get exposure year after year. Our entrants have been optioned and sold at AFM, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Shanghai film markets.
My thanks for creating the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition and giving us writers a way to get our work directly into the hands of those who love movies and also have the means to fund them. I feel this is one of the best run and most significant of any of the newer screenwriting competitions that have come along in recent years. Lee Tidball
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-The only screenplay contest that connects writers to Industry financiers.
-Your script can get an offer anytime after you enter even if you don’t win a placement prize.
-First screenplay contest? That’s okay, our film financiers are looking for new, fresh voices
-Earn Film Industry Recognition or Repeat Recognition on the “Hot 100” List
-Win an in-person table read on a major studio lot
-Gain visibility beyond the reach of your agents
-Directly access studio-level film fund and private equity managers
The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition, now in its fifth year, where your scripts are read direct by investors that buy projects and fund films at the studio level domestically and abroad.
*Ranked in the Top 20 screenplay contests next to Page International, Script Pipeline, Scriptapalooza, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, we are proud to be bringing this one of a kind opportunity to writers found in no other competition. We think of it less of a screenplay contest and instead as a direct look at your material by active finance groups you simply cannot reach on your own.
Screenwriters: Have you wondered…
Due to popular demand we are now adding internal CVR’s direct to writers.
CVR's - We are adding something new, you have been asking so often we will now allow direct access to CVR’s (Commercial Viability Ratings). Internally many investor groups, studios, film funds and private equity groups use their own “in-house” system to gauge how they think a project will do in the marketplace and ultimately what likelihood of profit/loss the firm/studio will encounter.
There is no standard format besides being confidential as these reports are similar to documents any business creates when hedging a bet on a new product, stock investment, buying out another business, etc.
With many entries we are asked by the writers: Is my script commercial?
Is it worth it for me to submit to your contest and be seen by investors? And since we began this project as a way for writers to get in front of multiple investors regardless of contest placement, we again thought how to help get writers what they were asking for.
The answer is that at any time before or after entering the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition you may now submit your script for a private CVR. It is not mandatory you submit to the competition.
Just some of the things you can do with CVR in hand:
Rework the script to make it more commercial.
Make better decisions of when and what contests to enter.
Use it as leverage as you try to get talent, funds, crew attached to your project.
Include it in your package with project one-sheet at markets and festivals.
And more, be creative, it is yours to do with as you please.
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On behalf of myself and my co-writers, we want to thank you for the great opportunity to submit our script Trucker Chix to the contest and be read. To win in the Top Ten Finalists was beyond our hopes and then given the opportunity to speak with a Financial Professional was invaluable. He gave us such great enthusiastic feedback on our comedic story and told us how to present the script to get talent attached to it. His advice is invaluable and very generous. Your contest has been a life changing experience and look forward to submitting more material this year.
Thank you for giving Writers a great forum to present their work. Susan Anlage
Every entrant is read by a qualified buyer, who may elect to option or purchase your script regardless of whether or not your script places in the contest.
Ten Finalists : receive one-on-one phone consultations with a working film financier working with funds in excess of USD $150 million.
One Table Read Winner : Table read on the lot at Warner, Universal, Paramount, Sony, Fox, or Disney with Film Fund Manager and Private Equity Investors (date and location determined by cast availability, a feature Director and Producer will attend to give notes)
Three Gold Circle Winners : Project will be fully developed and packaged internally, including requests for talent attachments with writer input, full line item budget, CVR and business plan. Project and materials will then be showcased to buyers at film markets during that season domestically and abroad.
Two Silver Lining Winners : $500 each and a personal phone consultation with financier.
One Bronze Ball Winner : $250 and personal phone consultation with financier.
Lucky 7 Genre Category Winners : Personal phone consultation with financier. One winner per category.(Action Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense Thriller/Horror)
Television Pilot Winner (1) : $1000 and personal phone consultation with network television Producer. (30 or 60 min Drama Pilot only)
The Hot 100, compiled from this competition, a list for buyers and financiers around the world of the one-hundred most interesting scripts and their corresponding loglines. All current and previous years winners and The Hot 100 Lists are showcased at investor meetings at the major film markets worldwide. Your summary and logline will get exposure year after year. Our entrants have been optioned and sold at AFM, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Shanghai film markets.
*A synopsis must be included for each entry.
"Capital Fund Screenplay Competition Script Entry Sold"
- read the news and other writers' Coverage Reviews here - http://www.capitalfundscreenplaycompetition.com/coverage/
Script coverage is available at time of entry for an additional fee of $90.
If you would like coverage before you enter the competition, simply visit link below to order and see sample coverage - http://www.capitalfundscreenplaycompetition.com/coverage/
*Coverage does not include script writer info and does not reflect contest or investor opinion.
Potential buyers and judges do not see this coverage.
First, I want to thank you and everyone involved with the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition. It's turning into a wonderful opportunity and I hope something comes out of this that'll make your people feel like I was a good choice. I would also ask you to pass my thanks on to the financier with whom I had a terrific telephone exchange today. Not only a sharp guy, but supportive, constructive, and immensely understanding.
Again, my thanks to all.
Bill Mesce, Jr.
The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition only accepts online fees and entries. Scripts must be in PDF format. PDF converter on website if needed. Please follow Hollywood industry format, examples here.
Each script submission must include a logline and a minimum 1 page, maximum 3 page synopsis. Please follow samples here.
TV Pilot entries also require a synopsis. Short Films under 25 pages do not require a synopsis.
Each submission should consist of either:
*A full-length screenplay (approximately 80 to 120 pages, 150 maximum) or,
*A standard 30 or 60 minute TV Pilot.
*Short Films may be 1 to 49 pages.
Scripts do not need to be registered WGA but we recommend it.
Title Page- to be fair to all writers, Title and any WGA/copyright info only on title page, NO writer(s) name or contact info. This is captured on entry form.
Do NOT include personally identifying information (name, etc.) on ANY page of your script.
Do not include resumes, casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission.
Script file name must contain Title only e.g., "Terminator.pdf"
Script synopsis file name format e.g., "TerminatorSynopsis.pdf"
Entrants may submit multiple entries of same script to different genre categories. Each submission must include its own entry and must include a separate file and separate entry fee. Entries will be considered for the genre prize in each category entered, as well as for the other prizes.
The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition is international and open to any individual who is 18 years of age or older at the date of entry and has access to the Internet.
Employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents and their immediate families of the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition and its respective divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents are not eligible to enter.
Scripts are not eligible if the source material has been sold, produced, or is currently under option to any third party. Adaptations are not eligible unless the source material was written by the screenwriter of the entry in question.
Gold Circle Prize winners are not eligible to re-enter the winning script in future Capital Fund Screenplay Competitions. They are, however, eligible to enter different scripts for consideration.
Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers' names should be listed on the online entry, no pen names may be used. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. By clicking Submit, you attest all writers authorize the submission.
All cash awards will be split equally between all writers. If there are multiple writers, only those writers listed on entry form may join the single conference phone call consultation prize awarded to each winning script.
If the script is rewritten during the entry submission period, the writer(s) may resubmit a script as a new entry for consideration in the contest. A resubmitted script is treated as a new entry and requires an entry fee.
Revisions or missing pages will not be accepted under any circumstances once an entry has been received. No material received will be returned.
Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed no refunds will be issued. Be SURE you submit the correct file, no refunds will be issued and no scripts accepted via email if you contact us to inform us that you submitted the incorrect file. You will need to re-submit as a new entry if you choose to do so.
Capital Fund Screenplay Competition entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.
By entering, you represent and affirm that your entry is an original creative work, and does not infringe, misappropriate or violate the copyright, trademark or other intellectual rights of any third party.
By entering, you acknowledge and agree that the Competition, its Judges, affiliates, organizers receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts, and that your entry, and the ideas and stories embodied in it, may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the Judges, organizers and/or affiliates. You also agree that you are not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by Capital Fund Screenplay Competition, Judges, organizers and/or affiliates of any such other material.
By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules and that you have the authorization to submit this screenplay. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).
VOID where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition and/or judges' decisions are final and disqualification can occur. Prize substitution may occur and is at the sole discretion of the competition and/or judges.
Gold Circle Winners- Option terms and fee amount is determined at the sole discretion of the offering financier. Winner may elect to enter into the option agreement or decline the option offer. If declined, all other prizes in category are still due to such winner.
Potential Winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential Winners will be required to sign and return to Sponsor, within five (5) days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited by law) in order to claim their respective Prizes. If a potential Winner of any Prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period or if the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the potential Winner forfeits the Prize. In the event that a potential Winner of a Prize is disqualified for any reason, Competition may award the applicable prize to an alternate Winner from among all remaining eligible Entries.
Except where prohibited by law, participation in the competition constitutes each Winner's consent to Competition, organizers and its agents' use of Winners' names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Capital Fund Screenplay Competition its employees, contractors, organizers, affiliates, agents and Judges from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim including but not limited to those involving copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity of the writing material entered.
Capital Fund Screenwriting Competition provides tremendous opportunities for developing screenwriters and their fulfillment as professionals. By placing our work in the hands of investors and financiers around the world, CFSC leaps over the usual barriers to script marketing and sends promising scripts directly to the decision makers. What a concept!
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Of Wolves and Men- Robert O'neill (removed due to script sale)
Only A Brave Man- Jane Therese
London's Heart- David Spratt
Buenos Aires- Olga Rojer
Professor Midnight- Lynn Santer
8 Prayers For Redemption- Aden Cardy Brown
Rock 'n' Roll Mother Teresa- Stefano Jay Bozzo
Trucker Chix- Susan Anlage
Isolate- ‘vid Buttaro
Jingletown- Dale Trujillo
Table Read Winner :
Abe Lincoln, Public Enemy No. 1
Bill Walker & Brian Anthony
Gold Circle Winners :
Two Rivers- Sanjay Pintah
Merit Men- Lance Reynolds Jr.
Time Release- Adrianna Ott
Silver Lining Winners :
You and Only You (Voc e somente voc)- Paulo Ortiz
Georgia Running- Lee Chun
Bronze Ball Winner :
The Night of Taverna- Patricia Curlings
Lucky 7 Genre Category Winners :
Comedy- Conflicted- David DeCicco
Action Adventure- The Last Pharaoh- Laurie Ashbourne
Family- My Fairy Godmother, The Q-bit Conspiracy- Lee Tidball
Historical- Death of a Mortal Woman- Persephone Vandegrift
Suspense Thriller/Horror- Carjack- Bill Mesce Jr
Sci-Fi/Fantasy- Antarctica- Marin Mandir
Drama- Cooper's Promise- Timothy Jay Smith
Television Pilot Winner :
The Real Paul Hoffman- Anita North
The Hot 100 Winners
Compiled from this competition, a list sent to buyers and financiers around the world of the one-hundred most interesting scripts and their corresponding loglines, writer names and direct email contact.
1 The Importance of Being Randy Edwin Heaven
2 Saigon Millions Peter J Baldwin
3 The Grey Wolf Michelle Daniel
4 Meet Cute Matt McNevin
5 Quest for Light - Adventure of the Magi Byron Anderson
6 Still in the Game George R Flowers
7 Finding Jane Virginia Shaffer
8 The Free Danny Hadi Hajizadeh
9 The Cossack Ronald McQueen
10 The Passerby TG Minh Thanh
11 Mill Town Brett Higginson
12 The Lowrie Gang Andy Froemke
13 Moon With an R Barbara Morris
14 Purgatory Craig Charter
15 Fifth Columnist Richard Duryea
16 Yellow Touch Red Lauren Hoekstra
17 WERTZ David DeCicco
18 SAMSON Shawn Hoffman
19 Grace Lynda Lemberg Jeffrey Allen Russel
20 Dreamwalkers: Awakening Michelle Daniel
21 Lost Fare Rachel Reaugh
22 The Do Over Marina Loos
23 HALINA: RISE OF THE BLACK ROOT WITCH John Farrell Jr
24 Broken Molars Siddharth Pandey
25 Sophie & Valentina Lucy Luna
26 The Departure Eric Fisher
27 (UN)LOCKED Emma Mussoll
28 Lightning and Fire Serita Stevens
29 The Great One: The Legend of Roberto Clemente Carlos Joseph
30 Hidden Shiva Ramanathan
31 The Big Idea David J Schroeder
32 The 5 Gregg McBride
33 The Wingmen of Roque Bluff Joshua Provonchee
34 SPACE John Stobaugh
35 The Prince of North Beach Tom Giuliano
36 Cornelius and Willow Melissa L White
37 Reflection Sam Khinn
38 The Lion's Storyteller Kate Dent
39 Spooner-for-Hire Ourdia Hodge
40 School Number One Jordan Dale
41 Lethal Level Darren Yeboah
42 Bewitched Eva Nelson
43 Throne: The Resurrection of Osiris Jeffrey Marks
44 The Tribute Mike Reid
45 Fair Play Michael Pica
46 Shadow of the Mountain Lauren Byrnes
47 Lake Of Fire Mike Smith
48 VICTORIA THE FIRST Bill Osinski
49 Medal of Honor Duke Mulligan
50 The Flight of Souls Guy Quigley
51 Loose Change Alex Brooks
52 Sparrow on the Roof Craig Lynn CLyde
53 BOTTOM TIME Paul Murdock
54 THE WILDERNESS TREATMENT Tom Cavanaugh
55 RED HATS Michael Toay
56 Mr. The Fastest Anton du Preez
57 Father Rennie Bonnie Eaton
58 The Waking Hours Sidney Clay
59 The Carolina Storyteller Marcia Chandler Rhea, Margaret Ford Rogers
60 Rage n' Redemption Phil Faicco
61 Crazed Diversion Federico Vicino
62 Kingdom of Men T Olsen
63 GOLDEN STATE Erik Moxcey
64 Beginnings and Bobby Sean Coe
65 Moon Walkers Elizabeth Appell
66 A DOGGONE CHRISTMAS Michael Toay
67 7th SON William Maurer
68 rob-the whino Kevin Henderson
69 Chase The Roses Jim Duncanson
70 Dream Vacay Edward Leech
71 Stem of Evil Neva Sanders-Dewey, Ph.D.
72 Break Even Calvin Smith
73 JPEG Greg OBraonain
74 Decked Brent Hartinger
75 Heidi Bill Hanan
76 The Interrogation of Ike Tully Philip C Sedgwick
77 The 49th Day Craig Peters
78 The Last Indian War Michael Graf
79 Infinity Chris Bonneau
80 Wink for Me Nattalia Lea
81 The LAST DYNASTY Tamuel A Dorsey Jr
82 Beyond The Great Wall Landy Patricia Aguilar
83 The Fundraiser Russell Nelson
84 Julie 2.0 Dwayne Conyers
85 I Want A Man Sylvia W Allen
86 Parental Betrayal Shirley V Morgan
87 The Departure Eric Fisher
88 The Green Light Graeme Black
89 The C.O. Bob Messinger
90 The Cult Joseph A Weiss
91 Red Crucible Ira Altman
92 BEYOND THE ASHEN MOON Victor Grippi
93 MAJOR PLAYERS A Demetrius Glenn
94 A CLOUD Roger Delmont
95 Fin Chaser Maria Cozzi
96 Corrupcin Clark D Schaefer
97 North 40 Timothy Jay Smith
98 Mean of Life Bruce Golde
99 Bad Guys Wear White Gena Barnett
100 A Vision of Angels Timothy Jay Smith
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)