MISSION: To provide talented writers and filmmakers the financial means ($10,000 cash) to turn their amazing short scripts into short films.
$10,000 cash prize for the Grand Prize winner.
The prize money will be determined by the budget proposed by the filmmakers up to $10,000. The money will be paid in 4 installments: 30% upon winning, 30% upon casting and completed pre-production, 30% upon the completion of the final film, and 10% upon the film’s acceptance into any film festival or a alternate success metric as determined by the filmmakers and WeScreenplay.
All finalists will be asked to answer what budget they need to turn the script into film of their vision. The budget proposed by the finalist who wins will be granted to the winning script up to $10,000 dollars. All finalists will also be asked to discuss their vision for the project, any cast they have in place, and anything else that may paint a better picture of the final film.***
1. Screenplays entered should be in short form, but that may include Shorts, TV-Pilots to be shot for proof of concept, or Scenes or Acts from a Feature to be shot as proof of concept.
2. Screenplays entered must:
a. Not include the writer’s or writing team’s name or contact information on any page of the script including the title page. If the name is on the title page only, the script will not be disqualified.
b. Be submitted in PDF form and must fit all standard screenplay format guidelines. Personal formatting conventions will be accepted but must not intentionally or accidentally alter the page count of the project as determined by the judges. A rule of thumb, if your script is formatted properly and under 45 pages, it will likely not be more than 9,000 words.
c. Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or reimagining of true events or fictional stories. It may also be fan-fiction so long as the final film is not used to make a profit.
d. Be written in English. However, scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.
3. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, finalists must provide their proposed budget for the short film and explain their vision for the project.
4. Screenplays entered may be in any genre or combination of genres. All will be treated equally and read by an unbiased panel of judges.
5. Entrant’s may have monetary earnings from film writing, directing, acting, or anything else in the film industry.
6. Screenplays submitted must not have been previously produced. The prize money is to be used to film a new film, not to re-coup costs.
7. For a submission to be valid it must be accompanied with the appropriate payment based on the submission deadlines. Any scripts over 45 pages will be charged an extra $1 per page at any deadline and scripts over 45 pages will be penalized on their score cards.
8. Purchasing Judge’s Feedback, Basic Coverage, or Full Coverage will in no way impact the scoring of the screenplay or its chances of winning or placing in the competition.
9. All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid for a refund of any kind.
10. Alterations can be re-uploaded on the WeScreenplay use dashboard. Find it at wescreenplay.com
11. There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously submitted scripts. Coupons deemed for WeScreenplay coverage may not be used for submission to the contest or addition of coverage to any submission unless explicitly stated.
12. There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
13. The prize money will be determined by the budget proposed by the filmmakers up to $10,000. The money will be paid in 4 installments: 30% upon winning, 30% upon casting and completed pre-production, 30% upon the completion of the final film, and 10% upon the film’s acceptance into any film festival or a alternate success metric as determined by the filmmakers and WeScreenplay.
14. Films must be complete within 12 months of the winners announcement
15. WeScreenplay will take no credit for the final film or for the script, but the end credits must include 1 mention of WeScreenplay in either a “thank you” or “producer” roll.
16. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all score in the competition.
17. Scorecards will be distributed to each script within a week of elimination from the competition, but early distribution does not necessarily indicate placement in the contest. Feedback and Coverage will ideally be distributed between 2 and 3 weeks following submission, but this is not guaranteed. We only guarantee that coverage will be provided before the Quarter-Finalist Announcement.
18. WeScreenplay reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. Delay may last up to but never more than 60 days. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will qualify no script for a refund under any circumstance.
19. By entering the WeScreenplay contest every entrant is agreeing to all WeScreenplay Terms and Conditions listed and available before checkout. If you disagree with any terms you may not submit to the contest.
20. By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script to WeScreenplay and holding harmless WeScreenplay or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement, etc.
21. Any prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit validating their entry into the contest.
22. Any cash prize winners of over $599 will be required to file a W-9 before the cash prize is distributed.
23. Any winners may have their name, script title, and picture used for any WeScreenplay promotions or promotions of our sponsors or affiliates.
24. Former Grand Prize Winners of any WeScreenplay contest may enter so long as it is NOT the same script that won in a previous year. Any other placement in former years does not disqualify the script from being entered this year.
25. The submitter must be 18 years of age or older.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)