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Registration Fee $35

Timeline

Early Deadline:

Mar 13, 2018

Regular Deadline:

May 30, 2018

Final Deadline:

Sep 05, 2018

CATEGORIES & FEES

Early Deadline
  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30
Early Deadline
  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30

Announcements

Quarter-Finalists

Sep 18, 2018

Semi-Finalists

Oct 11, 2018

Finalists/WINNERS

Nov 08, 2018

Finish Line Script Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

The Finish Line Script Competition redefines the screenwriting competition, embracing the rewrite as an essential component in any successful screenplay. Our script consultant will help any writer who submits a screenplay and pilot WIN the competition by giving extensive notes to improve your draft. If your script is ready to submit as is, please send it! Were looking for the best script we can find.

There are no maximum page counts for scripts, but if you are requesting notes on a script that is more than 140 pages, please contact the contest directly as there will be an additional charge.

PRIZES

For the Grand Prize Winner:

  • $1,750 as a cash prize.
  • Their script will be sent to any actor, director, producer or studio of their choice. Anyone at all. We guarantee that person will receive your script for consideration but we cannot guarantee they will pursue it further. We want to help you get access and we will back the winner to that degree.
  • Speak in person, Skype or phone to our industry professionals ranging from literary managers, agents, development execs and producers. Please click on our mentors tab for full list.
  • Free consultation from our script consultants for a year.
  • $125.00 to spend through Writer's Digest online. www.writersdigest.com
  • Prizes from Stage 32, which links them to networking opportunities, industry pitches and executive meetings. stage32.com
  • Free and complete access to our knowledge, advice, support and help as they get their script out into the maze that is the entertainment industry.
And…..as a cherry on top, as we’re all living in a world that needs as much love as possible, 5% of the earnings from the competition will be donated to the winner’s favorite charity!

The First Runner Up
  • $500 cash prize.
  • Their script will be submitted to two of our industry mentors.
  • Free consultation from our script consultants for a year.
  • $100.00 to spend through Writer's Digest online. www.writersdigest.com
  • Prizes from Stage 32, which links them to networking opportunities, industry pitches and executive meetings. stage32.com
The Second Runner Up
  • $250 as a cash prize.
  • Can have their script submitted to one of our industry mentors.
  • Free consultation from our script consultants for a year.
  • $75.00 to spend through Writer's Digest online. www.writersdigest.com
  • Prizes from Stage 32, which links them to networking opportunities, industry pitches and executive meetings. stage32.com
Can you really guarantee that you can get a script to anyone in Hollywood? 

Yes! We have a massive amount of experience and contacts throughout the entertainment industry and will make sure that whomever the writer chooses to receive the screenplay or pilot will receive it. This is guaranteed. Winners will receive confirmation of receipt through email.

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Additional Fee Added to Entry

  • 6 Pages of Notes: $65
  • 2nd Rounds of notes: $155

Feedback Type Description

If you submit with notes, you will be permitted to re-submit your script after getting notes at NO ADDITIONAL COST.

Our screenplay consultants will provide comprehensive development notes (5-6 pages) on your screenplay or pilot, for as many drafts as you choose, focusing on the fact that the STORY and WRITER are KING. Just as with development execs at studios, production companies or networks, we will go through draft after draft with you to get your script into TIPTOP shape. With the Finish Line, winning is always within reach, perhaps only a draft away.

2nd Round of notes option: This includes both, the initial 6 pages of notes AND a subsequent, follow-up set.

Rules

Eligibility, Adaptations and Collaborations
Who can enter the competition?
Anyone writing in English can enter this competition.  You can come from any country in the world, as long as you can submit your material in English as written by yourself. You can come from Tibet or Tennessee; we want to see your writing!

Are adaptations eligible for entry?
Adaptations are not eligible unless you are adapting your own book or play to screenplay or pilot form. We are interested in who YOU are as a writer, YOUR ideas and characters and we want to help you find YOUR voice, not someone else’s. Historical screenplays or pilots are eligible.

Can a member of the Writers Guild of America enter a script into the Finish Line Script Competition?
Yes, if the WGA member has not presently sold this material they are free to enter. 

Format and Presentation
What is the script format standard to the United States motion picture industry?
While there is no precise format common to all screenplays written by professional screenwriters there are certainly general standards.

If you follow the format described in any number of screenwriting or television writing guides and textbooks, you should be in good shape.

Should I include my name or any other information on the script?
No. Please submit your script with only the title on the front page. Please do not include names, representatives, addresses or emails/phone numbers. If you want to include your WGA registration number, that is fine. We will have your information when you submit your entry but we keep the names anonymous from the readers, script consultants and judges.

FAQs

What is special about the Finish Line Script Competition?
The most special aspect of this competition is that the writer can re-enter their script after having completed any number of rewrites. They can receive comprehensive (5-6) page notes provided by a top-notch, experienced script consultant.. We have set up the competition to follow the development process where a script is submitted, receives extensive story notes, is then rewritten and resubmitted until it is in it’s best form.

We want the writer to have the best script possible by the time the winner is chosen. We want to HELP you win this competition and entrants can work closely with a script consultant to get them through to the finish line!

Can you explain the consultation and re-submission process more clearly?
Yes! Firstly, this process is the main reason we created this competition. We want you to have the chance to use our script consultants expert feedback to help you rework your script and resubmit it so it has the best chance possible to win The Finish Line Script Competition.

You can get a comprehensive set of consultation notes (from the same script consultant throughout the process, just as though you were getting notes from a producer) as many times as you like until the submission period ends. Every time you acquire new notes it will take your script consultant up to one week to deliver them to you.

After semi-finalists are announced, those still in the competition can continue to acquire consultations as many times as they like until the semi-final period ends on September 14th and the final scripts are chosen to go on to the judges to determine the Grand Prize Winner, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up.

Do I have a better chance of winning if I work with one of your script consultants?
The best chance of winning is by submitting the best script possible. There is no guarantee that a winner will be chosen from those who use our script consultant’s but we believe their experience can only help improve your script and your chances to win should you take advantage of their expertise. Ultimately, the writing is up to you but we will help you get your script ready to be shown to managers, agents, producers and executives. Your script will leave this competition in better shape than when it came in.

Do I have to use your script consultants to enter the competition?
No. You can enter by paying the basic entry fee, which doesn’t include consultation or resubmission. However we do offer special rates for script consulting services and resubmission so it may be worth your while to see if we can help you! However, no notes or resubmission are required, just available, and you can choose to take advantage of this service at any time you wish.

Readers, Judges and Judging Criteria
What genres will you accept?
We accept ALL genres except erotica. We are looking for the best writer out there with the best written script.

What happens to the entries? How does the competition unfold?
If you enter the competition without choosing script consultation, notes and resubmission, your script will be read by our top readers when it is received and will then be given a score based on overall story/character/writing factors. Two readers will read each script and the average of the scores will be logged into our database.

If you have purchased consultation notes, those notes will be written within a week of your submission and sent back to you. You can then resubmit your new draft as soon as its ready and then either receive more notes or make that resubmission your final entry. This must be done by August 22nd. You may use your script consultant for notes, new drafts and resubmissions as many times as you like before the deadline.

After the semi-finalists are announced, they may receive script consultation notes until they must enter their final script submission on September 14th.

Can I receive a discount if I use my script consultant more than once?
Yes. If you purchase more than one script consultation (i.e. you work on more than one draft with us) you will receive a 10% discount beyond the first draft.

Who reads my script if I make it into the final round?
Three industry judges (TBA) will break down the final three scripts to find the Finish Line Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner. This choice is made without input from anyone who is involved in the administration or the earlier reading of the script. The final judges are producers, writers, agents and managers whose job it is to know good writing and we trust they will find the best of the bunch! In addition to the Grand Prize Winner, the judges will also choose the First and Second Runners Up.

Entry
What do I need to do to enter the competition?
You need to submit an original feature film screenplay or television pilot in PDF format, a completed online application form and an entry fee (amount varies depending on when you enter and what services you choose, see prices on our pricing page).

Can I enter more than one script into the Finish Line Script Competition?
Yes. You can enter as many screenplays or pilots as you wish. Each entry requires a separate online application form and entry fee.
Note: If you write as a team, only one application is needed, listing the two of you as writers of the script.

Where does the entry fee money go?
The entry fees go towards reading costs, administration costs and a portion of one of the prizes, a charitable donation that is made up of a percentage of money made through submissions.

How do I know my script has been received?
You will receive an email receipt once your script and application have been submitted and paid for. This is a guarantee that your script has been received.

Do you have any tips regarding the online process?
Read the rules before filling out the form. Please don’t misspell anything that prevents us from getting in touch with you.  Add info@finishlinescriptcomp.com to your e-mail address book.

How large a PDF can I send?
The PDF file can be no larger than 1.0 MB.

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Location

Michael Andreen - Producer, "Master & Commander", "The Day After Tomorrow". Former Sr. VP, Fox Int'l Pictures, Warner Independent Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. - London, UK

Frances Arnold – Literary Agent/Company Director, Rochelle Stevens & Co. - London, UK

Jennifer Au - Literary Manager, Untitled Entertainment. Previously worked in representation at CAA, Caliber Media & The Firm.

Nicholas Bogner - Literary Manager/Producer, Affirmative Entertainment. Previously, VP Original Programming, TNT & Director of Development, C/W Prods. Bogner also produced the movie "Soccer Mom" and has two produced credits as a screenwriter.

Bradley Bredeweg - Co-creator, producer and show runner of Freeform's award winning television series,"The Fosters" and ABC's upcoming musical series "Harmony". Bredeweg also co-wrote the miniseries "Tut" starring Ben Kingsley, produced London's West End presentation of "American Idiot" and "Dear Evan Hansen" on Broadway. He is currently developing a new musical called "Headless" in collaboration with Google and "Four Eyes", a animated series for Dreamworks.

Jon Brown - Co-Founder/Literary Manager/Producer, Ensemble Entertainment. Ensemble has a first look deal at Fox Television Studios and has films and TV shows set up at Universal Cable Television, The SyFy Channel & Mandalay Entertainment.

Joey Chavez - Sr. VP, Original Programming at TNT ("Animal Kingdom", "The Alienist", "Claws"). Previously, VP, Drama at NBC ("The Blacklist", "Parenthood", "Heroes", "Law & Order", "Southland".)

Andy Cohen - Founder/Literary Manager/Producer, Grade A Entertainment. Andy represents book authors as well as Film & TV writers. 

Christine Conley – Director of Development, Working Title Television. Produced “Gypsy"at Netflix & “About a Boy”at NBC. Conley is currently developing "Tales of the City" at Netflix, Chelsea Handler's show, "Unspeakable" at Hulu, a documentary at HBO, a pilot at TV Land & two pilots at ABC.

Matthew Dench, Literary Agent, Dench/Arnold - London, UK

Tracy Falco – Producer, Defender Entertainment. Formerly, EVP Production, Universal Pictures, where she oversaw “Little Fockers”, “It’s Complicated”, “Savages” & “Tower Heist”. Produced “Lions For Lambs”, “Blow”, “Rounders”, “Stretch” & “Endless Love”. She is in pre-production on the thriller, "Sympathy for the Devil", which will shoot in 2018 with Gerard Johnstone directing.

Eric Feig - Founder, Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law, Inc., representing production companies, writers, directors, producers & actors. Feig is a frequent lecturer on general entertainment law, business topics, talent deal negotiations & independent film issues.

Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas - President, Nuyorican Productions & Goldsmith-Thomas Productions. Currently producing "The Fosters" for Freeform, "Bye Bye Birdie" for NBC, "Second Act" for STX, and "World of Dance" & "Shades of Blue" for NBC. Previously produced "Extant" for CBS, "13 Going On 30" starring Jennifer Garner, "Maid in Manhattan" starring Jennifer Lopez, "Mona Lisa Smile" starring Julia Roberts, "Perfect Stranger" starring Halle Berry, "Little Black Book" starring Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter & "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" starring Abigail Breslin and Stanley Tucci.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein - Founder and CEO of The Gotham Group, the only major management/production company owned solely by a woman. She has produced the film franchise "The Maze Runner" and "Kodachrome" with Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen & Ed Harris as well as "Stephanie", directed by Akiva Goldsman & "Train Man" to be directed by Michael Showalter. On the television side, she is producing "Biopunk", which Zachary Quinto will star in & executive produce and is developing Randi Zuckerberg’s bestselling book "Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives." Most recently, The Gotham Group optioned the film rights to three of the biggest books of the summer: "The Party" by Robyn Harding; "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware & Janelle Brown’s "Watch Me Disappear".

W. Peter Iliff - Screenwriter of "Point Break", "Patriot Games", "Varsity Blues" & "Under Suspicion". Iliff recently wrote a new version of "Varsity Blues" for Paramount and the CMT Network & sold his crime drama "O-Town" to Netflix. His novel "Bang Time" and short film, "Trump's America", which Iliff wrote and directed will both debut in 2018.

Marek Losey - Film/TV writer & director who recently finished directing "Stan Lee's Lucky Man"for NBC Universal. Previously, Losey directed the fantasy/action drama, "Beowulf" starring William Hurt and the dark comedy, "Brief Encounters" for ITV. He also directed the multi-award winning film "The Hide" for Poisson Rouge and FilmFour. - London, UK

Karen Lunder - Senior Film Exec at Imagine Entertainment, Lunder recently oversaw production on the upcoming "The Spy Who Dumped Me" starring Kate McKinnon. She also produced the award-winning "Arrival", starring Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner, "Gifted" starring Chris Evans, "The Founder" starring Michael Keaton, "Eye in the Sky" starring Helen Mirren and much more. 

Cathryn Michon - Screenwriter, author & director. Michon recently co-wrote "A Dog's Way Home"for Columbia Pictures starring Ashley Judd and "A Dog's Purpose" for Dreamworks starring Josh Gad & Dennis Quaid. She also independently produced, co-wrote, starred in & directed the current film "Cook-Off" with Melissa McCarthy & Wendi McLendon-Covey (available On-Demand) & "Muffin Top: A Love Story" starring Melissa Jaret Winouker. 

Mark Morgan - Founder of Mount Diablo Entertainment, Morgan is a film and television producer whose most recent pilot, the "Peter Horton/Karen Lynch Project" was just sold to NBC/Universal Television. Morgan also produced "The Riches" starring Eddie Izzard & Minnie Driver for FX as well as the "Twilight" and "Percy Jackson" franchises for Summit Entertainment & Twentieth Century Fox, respectively.

Abdi Nazemian - A producer of the award winning "Call Me By Your Name". Nazemian has also produced the upcoming film, "Little Woods", "It Happened in LA", "The Price", "The House of Tomorrow" and the documentary, "Scotty: The Secret History of Hollywood". He is an author & screenwriter whose debut young adult novel, "The Authentics", was released by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in 2017 and wrote "Menendez: Blood Brothers" for Lifetime, "The Quiet" for Sony Pictures Classics, and both "Celeste in the City" and "Beautiful Girl" for ABC Family/Freeform. 

Lou Pitt – Founder/Literary Manager/Producer, The Pitt Group & Alton Road Productions. 

Kenchy Ragsdale - Independent producer who most recently ran Sofia Vergara's production company at 20th Century Fox Television. Ragsdale previously developed projects at NBC, Fox Television Studios, FBC & CBS Television Studios after having started as a Writer's/Show Runner's assistant on "The West Wing" and "CSI". 

Alex Rincon - Literary Agent, UTA. Previously worked at CAA & Green Hat Films.

Steven Rogers - Writer/Producer of the award-winning film "I, Tonya" starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Rogers previously wrote and produced "Love the Coopers" starring Steve Martin & Diane Keaton, "P.S. I Love You" starring Hilary Swank, "Stepmom" starring Julia Roberts & Susan Sarandon & "Hope Floats" starring Sandra Bullock. 

Chris Rossi - Screenwriter of the film, "Meadowland" starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson & Elizabeth Moss and directed by Reed Morano (Hulu’s A Handmaid's Tale). He recently wrote the film “Adolescence,” directed by Ashley Avis, and starring India Eisley, as well as a film for musician Eric Bent to be produced by Primary Wave Entertainment. His latest film, “The Lights", starts filming in spring 2018, and will be produced by Matt Tauber ("Meadowland, "Preacher"). 

Nina Sadowsky - Screenwriter/Producer who has produced films such "House of Sand and Fog"starring Ben Kingsley, "The Wedding Planner", starring Jennifer Lopez, "Lost Souls", starring Winona Ryder, "Desert Saints" starring Kiefer Sutherland & "Northern Lights" starring Diane Keaton. Her second novel,"The Burial Society" will be released in January 2018 By Ballantine/Random House.

Sidney Sherman - Founder/Literary Manager/Producer at Rosa Entertainment.

Ben Silverman – Co-Founder/Head of Literary, Integral Artists. Recently became an Executive at renowned film distribution & sales company LevelFilm. - Vancouver, CAN.

Barbara Stepansky - Both a Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director, Stepansky most recently wrote "Flint", about the Flint Water Crisis starring Queen Latifah for Lifetime TV. She has also directed the feature thrillers "Hurt", "Fugue" & "Taken for Ransom", web series including "Ex-Best" & several short films. She is currently in development on several feature film projects.

Scott Stoops - Literary Manager, Good Fear Film & Management.

Keith Sweitzer - Owner of Paper Road Literary, Packaging & Production. Sweitzer’s last Australian feature, "John Doe", was released both in Australia and in the US by Monster Pictures & Main Street Films. In addition to features, Sweitzer is developing, packaging and producing television and online series. - Sydney, AUS

Colin Vaines - Co-producer of "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" starring Annette Bening. Previously produced "The Gangs of New York" directed by Martin Scorsese, "My Week with Marilyn" starring Michelle Williams, "Coriolanus" directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes & Vanessa Redgrave and many other films. Vaines is currently developing the film "The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies", continues to develop through Broadstairs Films and has launched a television company, Dreamscape Media. - London, UK

Please do not email or send unsolicited scripts to our mentors. They are busy and have been gracious enough to devote time out of their schedule to our speak with our winners.

Mentors subject to change.