The Southern California Screenplay Competition is based in San Diego, California. It was founded by writer/director/producer Theo Davies (theo-davies.com), to discover fresh, new writing talent. There are many undiscovered storytellers who have a voice, but that voice is never heard. We want to create a platform where the screenwriters of tomorrow have a place to showcase their talent, today.
To us, this is not just a screenplay competition. Our main objective is to create some exposure for screenwriters. We want to get your stories into the hands of the people who option, buy and produce scripts and actually introduce you to top hollywood writers and producers.
Every North American writer who submits to us receives a phone call. We love meeting screenwriters, so this gives us an opportunity to talk about your background as a screenwriter and the script we're about to read.
As the winner of the feature length competition, you will not only receive $1,000, but your script will be read by Jeffrey Reddick (Writer/Creator, 'Final Destination' franchise). You'll also have a one hour video call with Jeffrey to talk about your script.
The winner of our TV Pilot competition will receive $750 and the winning script will be read by Arturo Guzman (Producer, 'Orange is the New Black'). You will also have a 1 hour video call with Arturo to talk about your pilot.
In both the feature screenplay and TV Pilot categories, the winning scripts will sent to our ever growing list of Hollywood Producers & Execs who have a first look option to buy or produce the scripts. We will also set up pitch meetings between you and any Producers interested in acquiring your screenplay.
We are squarely focused on supporting emerging screenwriters in their professional growth by providing nearly every tool and resource available in the industry. It's our express goal to support writers of any level or background, who are proactive in developing their careers and are willing to learn from the insights and expertise of our community members. Screenwriting takes perseverance. The harder you work, the better this site will work for you.
In this industry, the first twenty pages can mean the difference between a "go picture" and a "go home and try again." Give your writers the advantage with a page (or two) introduction to their script from an outside perspective. We'll map out the direction of the screenplay thus far, and give advice to gently nudge them on the proper course.
Our most popular analysis. The writer will receive a personalized critique based on a thorough read-through of the entire script, up to 120 pages. Whether half-hour pilot or feature film, we'll note our thoughts on everything from the characters and dialogue to pacing, structure, and formatting, and even where the work fits in the marketplace.
Give your writers the in-depth insight of the ISA's working industry professionals. Our Readers will provide 5-6 pages of advanced notes, breaking down every moment and character arc, noting the subtleties that a writer may not have contemplated, and providing a next-level perspective that will empower screenwriters and help script achieve their full potential.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)