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Screenplay Festival

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Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate the chicken and egg problem where, you need recognition to get noticed by producers, but you need to be noticed by producers to get any recognition. By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

Live event!  Screenplay Festival has partnered with the film festival Film Invasion Los Angeles to hold a live ceremony for our winners.

PRIZES

  • Cash. In each of the five categories, a $500.00 Grand Prize will awarded. Honorable Mention winners do not receive a cash prize.
  • Recognition. Every Grand Prize winning contestant will receive the following prizes from sponsor InkTip.com.
    • An e-mail announcement about their winning screenplay to approximately 6,500 industry professionals.
    • Placement of at least the scripts logline and synopsis on InkTip.com’s password protected web site. Grand Prize winners may also place their treatment and/or script.
    • InkTip.com will include a logline (pitch) for Grand Prize winning screenplays in their printed publication, which is snail-mailed to approximately 5,000 Industry Professionals.
  • Even More recognition. Every Grand Prize Winner and every Honorable mention winner in each category will be put in contact with the production companies, agents, and managers who reach out to Screenplay Festival on a regular basis. These contacts happen for years after a script becomes a Screenplay Festival Winner.
  • Award Certificate & Laurels: Every Grand Prize Winner and every Honorable Mention winner in each category will receive digital copies of a personalized 8.5″ x 11″ Screenplay Festival certificate and laurels to promote their win.

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Rules

Screenplay Festival has established the following rules for the competition:

  1. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years or older, including co-authored material.
  2. Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for Screenplay Festival. Any award won by a co-authored script will be divided evenly among the writers listed on the entry form.
  3. Screenplays that are currently optioned or have been sold and produced are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival.
  4. Screenplays must be the original work of the author.
    • Screenplays adapted from other sources that were written by other authors (such as but not limited to books or plays) are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival, regardless of the source author’s permission.
    • Screenplays adapted from other sources by the author of that source are not eligible to compete in Screenplay Festival if the source material is currently optioned, or has been produced.
    • Screenplays adapted from source material that is in the public domain are eligible.
  5. Submissions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.
  6. Screenplays must be submitted in English.
  7. A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each script submitted.

FAQs

Do I have to customize the Title Page of my entry?

Please submit your script with a standard cover page. It can include your name and contact information. We do not need it to be anonymous, as we will assign it our own cover page after the script is entered, but is helpful to us that the script you upload or mail has the standard title page.

Can I use a pen name?

Yes, you may use your pen name. Simply enter the contest under the pen name, and we will treat that name as the author of your script.

If I’m sending my script electronically, what should the file name be?
We recommend that you name your script’s computer file with simply the script title (shortened if necessary).  And please note, if your title starts with “The” it helps us that you include “The” in the name of the pdf.  In other words, if your script is “The Amazing Script” please name the pdf “The Amazing Script.pdf”.

Who are the judges for Screenplay Festival?
This is the second most frequently asked question. The readers who will be judging the scripts for Screenplay Festival are all industry professionals from the festival’s sponsors. This includes literary agents, literary managers, and development executives from production companies. Additionally, one feature-film Music Supervisor is reading scripts for Screenplay Festival because she loves to read scripts and we know she has good taste. Look at our sponsors for a better idea of who the judges will be.

What exactly is the judging process?
During the first round, each judge grades the scripts on a scale from 1 to 10 and then the grades are tallied to see which scripts continue to the next round.  Judges are not assigned to specific categories or genres to prevent one judge’s bias from affecting the results in a particular category. In the second round, the top scripts in each category are read by all the judges who missed them in the first round, again being given a 1 to 10 grade. At the end of the second round, the grades are calculated and the judges have shouting matches until the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention Winners are decided.

How do I enter Screenplay Festival?
Screenplay Festival is easy to enter. You may also enter Screenplay Festival entirely online. If you want to receive an application in the mail, you can print one right now. The brochure provides you with all the information that you need.

Can I submit more than one screenplay?
Yes, you can. Each screenplay submitted must be accompanied by its own entry form and payment. For everyone’s convenience, multiple screenplays may be submitted in the same envelope or attached to the same email.

What are the Prizes?
In each category, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500.00 cash prize. Additionally, every Grand Prize Winner and every Honorable Mention in each category will be announced and openly available to agents, producers, directors and investors. In all cases, the writer will be contacted either by Screenplay Festival or the inquiring party when interest is expressed in their material. Only Feature Length Screenplays are eligible for prizes. There are additional prizes given to writers by our sponsors.

Can writers who live outside the USA enter Screenplay Festival?
Yes. If you live outside the USA, you are welcome to enter Screenplay Festival. All Entree Fees must be paid in United States Dollars.

What happened to the “Family” category?
This was a bummer.  We LOVED having this category. But over the years, the number of entries to this category was continually dwindling.  We accepted that Family no longer justified being it’s own category, as all Family scripts can also be considered Action/Adventure, Comedy, or Drama.  In 2017, the Family  category was dropped.

What happened to the “Arthouse/Experimental” category?
The Arthouse/Experimental category was once included to ensure that non-traditional scripts could still receive recognition. However, due to the excessive confusion about what constituted an “Arthouse/Experimental” script, as well as the fact that not many writers seem to be writing terribly experimental material, the category has been dropped.

What happened to the “Romance” category?
The Romance category was intended to give a fair opportunity to those scripts that are intended to be love stories, often called date movies. These stories generally appeal more to women and rarely receive the attention they deserve. However, the vast majority of writers did not consider their work “Romance” and therefore our attempt to recognize an often ignored genre failed.

What is the Screenplay Festival mailing address?
Submissions are only accepted at the mailing address. Walk-ins to the Screenplay Festival office are not permitted. The Screenplay Festival mailing address is:
Screenplay Festival
15021 Ventura Blvd. #523
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

If I am submitting for Script Analysis as well as the competition, do I send two scripts?

If you want written feedback on your script by submitting your script for Script Analysis and you want the script entered into the competition as well, you only need to send one copy of your script. The person who reads your script and provides the written feedback will be instructed to make certain that your script goes directly into the competition after they are done with it.

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