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Table Read My Screenplay - Screenplay Contest - AUSTIN!

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

You will be flown to Austin to have scenes from your screenplay workshopped by an acclaimed director then showcased by professional actors. You'll also attend the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters' Festival with a full-access pass! Plus, you receive a $1,000 CASH prize. And once you're a winner, the TRMS Staff will champion your scripts to top industry players! We've already helped numerous writers open new doors. Now, it's your turn!

PRIZES

  • $1000 CASH PRIZE
  • We FLY YOU to AUSTIN, Texas during the Austin Film Festival & Conference, where you'll have a full-access pass!
  • A Director will workshop scenes from your screenplay with professional actors.
  • Professional actors will Table Read scenes from YOUR Screenplay.
  • We record the Table Read for you!
  • Airfare and Accommodations are covered.

 

Plus:

  • You'll receive a Script OR Career Consultation with Jacob Krueger (WRITE YOUR SCREENPLAY) ($1000 value)
  • You'll be announced on The Tracking Board with a dedicated write-up and submitted to over 1,700 Industry Professionals for review. 
  • Listed on the ISA website and The Tracking Board as Official ISA Spotlight Selection!
  • All prizes in the Top 10 Category and Semi-Finalist Categories!

 

PRIZES

  • $1000 CASH PRIZE
  • We FLY YOU to AUSTIN, Texas during the Austin Film Festival & Conference, where you'll have a full-access pass!
  • A Director will workshop scenes from your screenplay with professional actors.
  • Professional actors will Table Read scenes from YOUR Screenplay.
  • We record the Table Read for you!
  • Airfare and Accommodations are covered.

Plus:

  • You'll receive a Script OR Career Consultation with Jacob Krueger (WRITE YOUR SCREENPLAY) ($1000 value)
  • You'll be announced on The Tracking Board with a dedicated write-up and submitted to over 1,700 Industry Professionals for review. 
  • Listed on the ISA website and The Tracking Board as Official ISA Spotlight Selection!
  • All prizes in the Top 10 Category and Semi-Finalist Categories!

 

PRIZES

  • $500 CASH PRIZE
  • You'll receive a Table Read recording of your Winning Screenplay by Professional Actors!

    Plus:

  • You'll be announced on The Tracking Board with a dedicated write-up and submitted to over 1,700 Industry Professionals for review. 
  • Listed on the ISA website and The Tracking Board in the Official ISA Spotlight Selection
  • All prizes in the Top 10 Category and Semi-Finalist Categories!

PRIZES

  • 1 Year ISA CONNECT Membership ($100 Value)
  • SELL YOUR SCRIPT! (Without Selling Your Soul) Video Seminar with Jacob Krueger. ($150 Value)
  • 20 Min. Pitch Consult w/ a Professional Writing Coach from Write Your Screenplay Pro - Trak. ($85 Value)

PRIZES

  • RAISING ARIZONA: Seven Act Structure ($150 value)
    w/ Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger Comedy through Structure

Writing a great comedy is about more than just funny jokes, it's about the structure underneath those jokes that allows them to land for the audience. Using Raising Arizona as a model, you'll learn how to find the underlying structure in your own writing, and organically bring it to the surface in a way that drives your character's journey, and makes your audience laugh, and sometimes even cry for your characters.

PRIZES

Free Access to the teleconference "How to Win Contests & Influence Producers" with Award-Winning Screenwriter, Jacob Krueger.

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Rules

  • This contest is open to anyone except all employees, directors, associates, and immediate families of the TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY - Screenplay Contest.
  • TRMS is not affiliated directly with the Austin Film Festival. Grand Prize Winner passes and access to the festival does not imply an association or additional access.
  • Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.
  • Once material has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrections will be considered past 24 hours from original submission time and date. You may submit a revised logline or screenplay as a new submission as many times as you like, but you must fill in an entry form and pay the appropriate entry fee.
  • Those that receive free feedback are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which comes as an option with purchased feedback, unless otherwise noted in the promotion.
  • Table Read My Screenplay cannot guarantee feedback will be received within enough time to resubmit.
  • The writer understands that feedback can take up to 90 days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
  • TRMS Feature/Pilot Grand Prize winners from previous seasons are ineligible to submit in any future contest season. Short winners exempt provided they enter a feature next.
  • TRMS participants who have placed as a category winner 3 times are ineligible to submit in any future contest season.
  • Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer's written permission to adapt the work.
  • Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible, however you are responsible for the legalities of this.
  • Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize(s).
  • Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
  • The work or submitted material must not have been previously sold, optioned or produced for profit.
  • Writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that the contest administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
  • Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writers Guild of America West or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
  • You must retain at least one copy of the submitted material, and you understand that all material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • Recommended length of your work:
    Feature - (70 - 120 pages), Shorts – (1 - 40 pages), TV Pilots – (10 - 60 pages)
  • If a screenplay is submitted for feedback and is over 120 pages, an additional fee of $1 per page will apply and the contestant will be contacted and billed separately for the extra, or only the first 120 pages will be read.
  • All entries must be received by Final Deadline. TRMS reserves the right to extend the contest deadline up to 90 days.
  • TRMS is not responsible for late, lost, unacceptably formatted, corrupt, or incorrect submissions.
  • Contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
  • Contestants retain all rights to their screenplay, subject to the terms and agreements contained herein.
  • TRMS will only accept your submission if you assure us that to the best of your knowledge you are the sole originator of the idea and that you have the legal right to submit it for judging to TRMS.
  • You understand that your logline and / or screenplay will be reviewed by our employees and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of these employees or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours and you hereby waive any claim that TRMS, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or script.
  • No agreement for compensation, other than the TRMS prizes listed, has been implied.
  • TRMS agrees that your work is protected, and we have no intention of distributing it for our own benefit. We do, however intend to submit the TOP 100 to respected producers with your permission, which will be granted upon clicking the 'I have Read and Understand the Contest Rules' button. You can withdraw from this process at any time.
  • When your screenplay, application, and payment have all been received, you will be notified by E-mail only. Please provide an appropriate email address. If your email address changes, it is your responsibility to let us know.
  • By entering this contest and in the event you are declared a TOP 100 finalist (also known as Semi-Finalist), you understand and accept that TRMS will be free to use your name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
  • If you are a GRAND PRIZE Winner, 2nd or 3rd Place overall winner (if applicable), you agree to give TRMS permission to post your video or audio Table Read clips on its web site.
  • All contest participants understand and agree with the following:
  • TRMS reserves the right to award a cash prize, at its discretion. A Grand Prize Winner is under no obligation to accept the associated prizes but will not be awarded or owed a cash replacement upon electing not to move forward with prizes offered.
  • International or Domestic flight not to exceed $1500. There is no cash reimbursement for flights that cost more than the limit nor will there be a disbursement of the difference for flights that are less than the $1500 limit.
  • The SHORTS winning writer does not qualify for the Grand Prize trip. They do qualify to have their script read at the applicable venue, time permitting, and the winner can attend at their own expense.
  • TRMS may develop a series or documentary style program based on the inner workings of the contest and the production resulting there from. TRMS reserves the right to contact contestants with offers to participate in any such production. Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.
  • Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
  • TRMS has the right to change the prizes at any time, without notice, and/or substitute prizes of equal or lesser value.
  • There are NO REFUNDS on any entries or feedback for any reason after 24 hours from submission.

FAQs

Q: How do I enter?
A: Complete the form on the SUBMIT ENTRY page.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Paypal and all major credit cards.

Q: Can I mail a copy of my Screenplay, Submission Form and Payment?
A: No, we're sorry. We only accept online submissions and payments at this time.

Q: Should I include my contact information on my title page?
A: Yes, but it does not affect judging either way if you forget to include it.

Q: Who will be reading my screenplay/judging the contest?
A: The final panel of judges will be comprised of members of the Los Angeles Film Community, including but not limited to producers, managers and established writers.

Q: Will you fly me to Austin, Texas if I win?
A: The respective Pilot and Feature GRAND PRIZE winner(s) will receive coach airfare and hotel accommodations resulting in a four-night stay.

Q: When will my Table Read be scheduled?
A: It will be during Austin Film Festival in late October of 2015. We will work with the winner to determine an ideal date to the best of our ability. If the final date as selected by TRMS does not work for the winner, TRMS will not provide any cash value matching for the non-accepted airfare and hotel expenses turned down by the winner. We will be as flexible as possible, but the ultimate decision resides solely with TRMS.


Q: Is this contest affiliated with the Austin Film Festival?
A: No, TRMS has no direct affiliation to the AFF or Screewriters Conference. We are simply providing you another opportunity to attend since the experience is one of the best you can find as a screenwriter in the United States.

Q: How will I participate in the Table Read?
A: You sit back and relax, watch and listen as a director works with the actors prior to them and a cast of others perform scenes from your work.

Q: Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay?
A: Absolutely YES, you retain all the rights to your screenplay!

Q: Do I need to submit a Synopsis?
A: No.

Q: Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
A: Yes.

Q: Does my screenplay have to be registered?
A: No, but we do recommend registering your work with the WGA West , the Library of Congress Copyright office or other similar organization in your country. It's really easy and a VERY smart thing to do.

Q: Do you accept TV Pilots, Web Series and Short screenplays?
A: Yes.

Q: Can Shorts win the GRAND PRIZE?
A: Yes, there is a Shorts Grand Prize but shorts do not qualify for the Grand Prize Trip. The writer can attend at their own expense.

Q: Can TV Pilots win the GRAND PRIZE?
A. Yes, there are 2 GRAND PRIZE Trips, 1 for a Feature Winner and 1 for a TV Pilot Winner.

Q: What's the minimum/maximum required page length?
A: Feature - (70 - 120 pages), Shorts – (1 - 40 pages) , TV Pilots – (10 - 60 pages)

Q: Does genre matter in my submission?
A: Yes, after the two Grand Prize winners, the other top 8 are judged based on the best in its genre, as well as the best short and best pilot.

Q: What genres do you accept?
A: All genres are welcome, but not all have their own category to enter. When submitting, please choose the genre category that BEST suits your screenplay!

Q: Can I submit my screenplay in multiple categories?
A: Yes, you can. Each time you submit in each category, you will have to pay the entry fee.

Q: If I make the TOP 100 what elements of the screenplay are taken into consideration during the judging?
A: We are looking for excellent Originality, Story, Dialogue, Description and strength of Characters, scripts with their own true voice.

Q: I don't live in the United States; am I still eligible?
A: Yes, but all submissions MUST BE IN ENGLISH!

Q: What if I live outside the United States? Will you still pay for my flight?
A: Yes, we will purchase an international flight for up to $1,500. 

Q: If I choose not to fly or stay in your hotel, is there a cash equivalent?
A: No. If you decide not to utilize the flight or hotel, they are simply forfeited. 

Q: Is an adaptation of a published novel (by somebody else) eligible?
A: You must have the legal rights to adapt the book to enter your screenplay.

Q: Can I make a change to a submission?
A: You may make a change to submission within 24 hours of the original submission ONLY.

Q: What stops you from taking my idea and developing it yourself?
A: Our panel of judges is comprised of respected industry professionals, and they have no intention of stealing your material. They're actually hoping to find new talent to work with. If you make it to the TOP 100, your work will be seen by these professionals, which in turn, gets you one step closer to getting your screenplay produced. You can sit at home and protect your ideas all day long hoping for that one right person to come along, or you can get your work out there and show us what you've got!

 

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