2014 ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest Quarter-Finalists Announced!

By August 21, 2014Blog, Featured

Listed below are the quarter-finalists of the 2014 ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest!  These scripts were selected by our readers and judges from over 1,300 entries.  Congratulations to those who have made it this far and thanks to all for submitting.  Stay tuned for the semi-finalists announcement here and on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

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8 Days A Week by Ian Southwood

A Christmas Survival Guide for the Modern Vampire by Craig Berger

A Helluva Thing by Kristin Kirby

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Robert N. Skir

Air Guitar Gods by Stephen Hoover

All About Calvin by Kevin Nugent

Amoe: Embodiment by Steve Sherman

Andy and Chaz Destroy America by Richard Keith

A Pinch Of Diamonds by Margaret Riseley

Art of Shaving by Ivo Raza

At Least He’s Jewish by Jeremy Padow

Baby On Board by Steven Laflamme

Band Together by Joel Michael Ugolini

Bearsville: The Green Herring by Samuel Chudler

Beat Jeff Gordon! by Thomas L. Carmody

Berlin So Good by Rachel Upshaw

Better Half by A.J. Marchisello & Marc Birch

Big Baby by Mike Davidson

Big Dick 6 by William Walkerley

Big Feet by King Lippi & Jason Taylor

Big Footage by Jennifer Zhang

Bite Me by Michael Tahvildari & Monte Bramer

Blondes On A Plane by Mark Lunsford

Blood From A Stone by Bill Palmer

BollyWed by Jennifer Harris

Bonding In Brooklyn by George Rubino

Born 4 Porn By Joe Gonzales

Bros V. Hoes by Joe McClean and David F.M. Vaughn

Burgertime by James C. Harberson, III and Frazer C. Rice

Camp Cold War by Derek Asaff & Aviv Rubinstien

Chaperoned by P.W. Gavan

Chasing Don Juan by Ted Gurich

Cherry Bombers by Amy Rose Lipsky

Citizen Chug by Robert Bradley

Coffins & Chrysanthemums by Michael E. Bierman

Comedy School by W.J. Parolini

Corpse Tub by Christopher Hewitson & Justin Jones

Count Hollywood by Mark Wooster

Dakota by J.A. Romo and Jessica Nolan

Dead Peasants by Matt Barron

Dex & Leon by Justin Green

Dirt Road by Kevin Jackson & Dana Brumley

Dirty Tricks by Daniel Caporetto

Double Take by Scott Robert Waldvogel

Dough Boys by Chris Quigley and Brandon Trenz

Dummy Round by Hannah Leskosky

Elis Applies To Middle School by Scott L. Semer

Ellis Academy by Cassandra Marie

Fasting by Mahmoud El-Azzeh

Fat Envelopes by Mason Hsieh

Fight To Win by Mike and Tim Petrie

First Day by Tony Nichols

Flip Flop by Andrew Schrader & Jordan Harris

Floyd The Ninja by Jason Skorski

Frying Bacon With Aaron Cohen by Nadia Anatolia Selvaggi

Fudgepackers by Holly Jordan

Funny Business by Edd Howarth

GDCI (General Despair Among The Categorically Irrelevant) by Alan Horsnail

Geek & Destroy by Darren Curtis and Matt Silver

Getting A Head by Anthony D. Rivers

Ghost Writer by Stephen Hoover

Given by Nick Schober

Giving Up The Ghost by Kelsey McConnell

Glory Days by Joshua Caldwell & Travis Oberlander

Goat by Jordan Rane

Golden And Gone by Patrick Curran

Grape Expectations by Bob Slu

Grave Matters by Karen Frank

Green Card by Erick Kristian

Grim Gets A Life by Peter D. Fraser

Growing Sideways by Clark Shepard

GSOH by Keith Farnan & Paul Mendelson

Handle With Care by Michael Sidney Johnson

Hangover Man by Nick Roth

Happy Medium by Ashley Good

Harley Davidson by Julian Hynes

He Always Ate His Peas On Thursdays by Curtis Lofgren

Heaven Sent by G.K. Noyer

He’s A Bastard by John Moody

High Falls by Amanda Cole

Hogjackers by Marcus Herzberg

Hope Runs Deep by Tiyan Newman

Housesitters by Kevin McDevitt

How I Learned To Stop Masturbating And Love Again by Kyle W. Bergersen

How To Propose To Your Best Friend’s Girlfriend by Mike Stern

How We Married Gypsy Princesses by Curt Burdick & Jeff Burdick

I, Hoarder by Christy Stratton

Idiots by Robbie Rosman

I’m Not Kevin by Christopher Lombard

In Your Dreams by Jackie L. Young

It’s Always Something by Rich Song

It’s In His Kiss by Stephen Sloot

It’s Not Always Sunny by Kimberly Hwang

It Started With A Cat by Christine Bonner

Jake & Anna by Anthony Giambusso

Jay Walking In Vegas by Stephen Montagne

Jemma Gold: Teenage Has-Been by Justine Barron

Jenny Green’s Killer Freshman Year by Jason Director & Ayla Harrison

Jerky by Ed Pell

Jimmy Ganootz by Michael Lipoma

Joe’s Thumb by Denis Mortenson

Just By Chance by Michael Musumeci

K-9 Academy by Derek Asaff

Karma Police by William D. Corkum

Killing All Coburns by Kevin Ngo

Klondike Jack by Sitara Falcon

Kokakispopodopolous: Greek Detective by Alexander Futuric

Ladies In Black by Erica Warnock

Lies To Get Laid By by T.A. Strømme

Life After Death by Derek Asaff

Life’s A Beach! by Justin Zipprich

Lilac Man by Edward W. Dorgan

Little Mafia by Aare Tilk

Loophole by Nathen Nyle Fullmer

Lord Ockley & The Alien by Stanley Evans

Lost Souls by Paul Mendelson and Alan Moskowitz

Love Heat: Passion Of The Fists by Jeremy Cordy

Love Makes A Family by Marty Wolff

Love +1 by Andy Barnes

Make The Cut by Richard Goodwin

Man Date by Mark Dubreuil

Man Down by Bob Castrone, Brian Levin, Jason Zumwalt and Joey Kern

Man Or Bork by Marjory Kaptanoglu

Man To Man by Kranti Pally

Maturity by Tom White & Miles Hubley

Matzo Ball Mob by Nadia Selvaggi

Maximum Protection: The Delicate Balance Between Strength And Sensitivity by Joseph Neibich

Mazel Tov by David Friedman

Meet Cute by Susie Ruckle

Meeting Mila by Zachary Strauss

Megaball$ by Marc Baron

Method by Andy Campbell

Missing Peeler! by Jeff Schellenberg

Monkey by Richard Barito

Mother Judgers by Heather Kennedy

Mother Nature’s Son by J.B. Berg

Murder Me by David H. Luz

My Posse’s In The Zone by Jesaka Long

My Wedding At Auschwitz by Evelyne Tollman-Werzowa

My Zombie Parents by Paul Seetachitt and Barrington Smith-Seetachitt

Neighborhood Assassins by Aaron Senser

New In Box by Lindsay Golder

New Solutions by John Moody

Next Register, Please by Dan O’Sullivan

Nice People And Other Perverts by A.M. Zweiback

No Straight Thing by James C. Harberson, III & Frazer C. Rice

Oath of Office by Evan Dickson

O.C. Remedy by Bradyn Sloan

Of Kings And Concubines by Ronald L. Ecker

Once Upon His Shoe by Pamela Kay

One Crazy Winter by Melissa Emery

One Night Stan by Tony Boland

On Hold by Kenlon Clark

On The 12th Date of Christmas… by Paul F. Longo

Our Band Is Called Mike And Colleen by Ramsey Ess

Overnight by Kelsy O’Neill

Paintball The Movie by Mark Joenks, Chris Moberg & Rebecca Acker

Paper Pusher by Marlene Rhein

Paternity Leave by Diana Love

Penalty Box by Mark Riley and Jon Seamans

Picture Ready by Shauntae R. Allen

Picture Taker by Shauna L. Hagan

Plague Of The Sex Zombies by John Kestner

Play Dirty by Jeff York

Playing Hero by Nate Lane

Please Kill Me by Jamie Uyeshiro

Powercut by Paul Alexander & Paul Mendelson

Preggers by Katiedid Langrock

Prehab by Lawrence S. Richardson, Jr.

Puzzled by John A. Hudetz

Quitter by Corey Azevedo

Rasta Ho-Tep: Rise of the Mummies by Peter D. Fraser

Reality Check by Adi Blotman

Really Evil Board Game by Gerrard Hartland

Reaper Madness by Stephen Hoover

Redbeard by Nick Justicz and Harrison Mann

Redcoats by Liz Kerr

Reel Amerika by Keith Bearden & Joel Haskard

Related by L. Elizabeth Powers

Reprogramming Flacker by Christopher John Fetherolf

Results Not Typical by Barbara McCormick-Thomas

Return To Sender by Nathan Zoebl

Rideshare by Jacob Isser

Ring Bearers by P.W. Gavan

Rubber Ducky by Nicole L. Hill

Safe Word by Lou Iacoviello and Gabe Grier

Scheme Of Things by Jim Ritterhoff & Brian Forrest

Seeking Will Ferrell by Rob Ingalls

Sex Dreams Of Jon Stewart by Denise Papas Meechan

Simon Says by Lisa Hepner

Sink Or Swim by Keith Justin Strausbaugh

Slitzkrieg by Jason Petrovitch

Soft Targets In A Hot Zone by Ricki Holmes

Solar Fraction by Evan Fonseca

Someone To Love by Jill Jaress

Soul Takers by Dave Belisle

Spiral by Marc Rosenberg

Stealing Lincoln by Nick Adams

Steel Shaft by Marcus Matyas

Stoning The Romance by Josh James

Storyland by Henry Fleet

Stupid B**** by Anthony Filangeri

Stupid Money by Scott Antonucci & Mike Corey

Suit Up by Michael Whitton & Matt Kawczynski

Sunny Days Weight Loss by Kathryne Isabelle Easton

SWAParrazi by John Woodard

Teacher’s Pet by Scott Pittock

The Accidental Sacrifice Of Anton Smitherson by Saria Steyl

The Adventures Of Colorado Albertson by Jon Hueber

The Adventures Of The Velvet Cat by Bob Canning

The Alternatives by Madeline Holler & Jamie Odeneal

The Apotcalypse by Matthew Zaal

The Astronaut by Zach Dunn

The Boob Job by Debra Vance

The Break-Up Season by Cristina Sword

The Ballad Of The Crash Wolf by Coli B. Sylla

The Bride Hesitates by Michael Latshaw

The Care And Feeding Of Professor Vampire by James C. Harberson, III and Frazer C. Rice

The Chronic-les of Derringer by Cam Wood

The Commune by Tim Schildberger

The Copout by Eric Deal

The Devil And The Fat Girl by Tamworth Grice

The Fantasy Man by Jonathan D. Jones & Francisco Magdaraog

The Fuck-It List by Lisa Super

The Groomsman by Derek Bevil

The Gumshoes by Lisa Garvey

The Gurgitator by David Klein

The King And Rick Harris by John Moody

The Lost Treasure Of The Mayans by Julius Galacki

The Maharaja by Antony Zaki

The Marianated Nottingham by Charley Pearson

The Marriage Myth by Julia Butler & Daniel Mentz

The McKenzie Friend by Paul Mendelson

The Melting Pot by Scott Ruane

The Navigator by Carey Mark Watkins

The Nice Guy by Joseph O’Driscoll

The Package Deal by Austin Flack & Jonathan Kuhn

The Pimp Of Park Avenue by D.B. Toth

The Placebo Effect by Anne G. Scott & Devlin Kane

The Red Velvet Coat by Precious Chong

The Replacement by Mark Simborg

The Resurrectionists by Duncan B Putney

The Shift Manager by John Ott & Matt Tassone

The Slacker by J. Cameron Keenum

The Strange And Shocking Secret Life Of Mrs. Santa Claus by Kathryn Ward

The Umpire by Howard Grieves

The Vacuum Dealer by David Berrade

The Walk-Ons by Aaron Kennedy

The Want Ads by Michael Rhodes

The Wheelman by Derek Asaff

The Wilder Family by Chris Binning

The Woman Of His Dreams by Jeffrey Rubin

The Worst Hostage Ever by Melissa Emery

Three Months by Jared Frieder

Ticket To Ride! by Richard M. Dumont

Time Assassin by David D. Jones

To Hell With Love by Joey Aucoin

Treading Water by Stefanie Kahn

Tree Hugger by Michael Raymond

Tremain’s Story by Andy Wasif

Trial Separation by Christine Tamer Bassham & Kevin Tamer

Try Again? by Bruce Bennett

Tuesdays With Satan by Chris Modoono & Gil Zabarsky

Turkey Day Audible by Jodi Jacobs

Unintentional Sex by Michael Musumeci

Unmatched by Arthur Tiersky

Unpredictable by Allison Beda & Eileen Cook

Untitled Secret Service Buddy Comedy by Colin McCormack

Vandals by Adam Franklin

Voice Over Body by Dwayne Perkins & Joe Abel

When Wyatt Caught The Midget by Arnie Zelkovitz

Where’s Bruno? by Shane Perez

Who The Fuck Is Eli Davis? by Derek Asaff & Aviv Rubinstien

Yard  Of Bricks by John Arvai

Yogaguy by Amir Ohebsion & Omid Arabian

YOLO (You Only Live Once) by Frank Pasquine & Jack Picone

Your Best Bits by Hayden Black

You’re A Really Good Friend by Jason Mazzotta

You’re Dead To Me by Paul McLalin

Zombie Vigilantes! by Adam Nadler

 

SHORTS

@Senior Lovin by Joe Tyler Gold

#Share #This #With #Your #Friends by Ritesh Jeswani

20 Minutes Or Less by Scott Antonucci & Mike Corey

Adam’s Grand Slam by Nathan C. Perry, Jeff Kubach and Evan Bolick

A Lucky Man by John Otteni

An Evening Of Wine Appreciation by Andy Lear

Anne Goes To Camp by Phil Clarke Jr.

Another Cupid Christmas by Rebecca Golby

Answers by Edgar Martinez Schulz

A Penny And A Wish by Miranda Calamity

A Simple Transfer by Mike Corey

A Sketchy Life (Brought To You By Soda Cola) by Clay Fusco

Baby Davey by Erick Pausz

Baby Talk by Steven D’Arcangelo

Baby Wars by Jeff Thomas

Bad Pussy by Lester Mingo

Bad Trip by Ali MacLean and Michael Harthen

Baked Ziti by Kaenan Oliver & Dominic Oliver

Best Friends Of Cinema by Andrew Berger

Blurred Lines by Christopher Hycner and Chantelle Landais

BreakIn(g) by David Feehan

Brothers by Christopher D. Perham

Bucharest By Bus by Jonathan Poland

Burning Wishes by Cian McGarrigle

By Appointment Only by Barbara McCormick Thomas

Cafe Ria by Marlene Melchior

California Kidds by Corey Mitchel

Career Change by Karl Svacic

Car Trouble by J.R. Cox

Cheryl Kernoodle, Notary Public by Ed Pell

Chick Flick – Guy Flick by Daniel Knight

Child X by M. Miller Davis

Confidence Men by Matthew J. Worley

Connection by Michael Raymond

Cooties by Beanie Barnes

Corporate by Kris Pathirana

Crims by Scott James

Dating A PT by Samantha Napier

Death Cat by James C. Harberson, III and Frazer C. Rice

Domesticated by Claire Berger

Dr. Dick by Carrie Wachob

Driving With Dad by Jeredon O’Conner

Dying To Get Even by Curtis Burdick

Eco Sex by Brandon Rosin

Egg by Carl Pickard

Elaine’s Open Marriage by Ali Kemal Guven

Evergreen by John Paul Carlton

Everybody Has A Thing by Allan George

Everything by Matt Bennett Erickson

Evil Like Sunday Morning by Trae Crowder

Face The Truth by Mark Scrimshaw

F*ck, Fight, F*ck by Corey Wilcosky

First Date by Gene Cartwright

First Snow by Rebecca Farina

Five Days In Calcutta by Fred Perry

Fractured by Eli Buck

Frozen by Betsy Morgan

Fu Fu Ali by Nick Olivera

Fucktoys by Brandon Paul Eells

Gerry Carwax: Single by Marqus Bobesich

Get The Hell Off by Robert Gately

Going Down by Arika F. Cullen

Golden Acres by Jason Fox

Halftime by Michael Moncavage

Haunted Toy House by Mark Simborg

Hawaii by Erin Okamoto

Healing by Shane Perez

Hero Story by Piers Rae

Home Row by Tim Snook

Hope And A Wish by Doug Nelson

House Of Crayons by Kendry Pill

House Of The Rising Son by Jithu Aravamudhan

How To Rape Friends And Alienate People by Kenny Langer

How Zombies Act When Humans Aren’t Around by Edward W. Dorgan

If You Go There by Stacy Alynn

I Like You A Latte by Sara Amini

I’minadinnerjacket by Dallas Bancroft

Imaginary Jerry by Alex Kelelrman

Innuendo by Arika F. Cullen

Inside The Magician’s Studio by Kris Pathirana

I Want To Beat Up Clark Peters by Joseph Picozzi

Jack’s Dress by J. Wergin

Jerk/Off by Scott James

Jesus Christ: Life Savior by Evan Bolick and Nathan Perry

Jesus Christ: Savior, Sun Of God, Scumbag by Derek Wollner

Just Be by Ciarán Mc Namara

Keep On Sucking by John Taylor

Kunta’s Korner by Caullen Hudson

Last Words by Anton King

Liberal Cookies by Laurie Ashbourne

Life Is Just A Playground by J.R. Cox

Little Stevie Cool by Marco Sinigaglia

Locked Up by Hidde de Vries

Love Is War by Michael Aaron Brown

Love.Story by Renana Hancock

Lucky Devil by Marjory Kaptanoglu

Luke And Eric – Turns Out The Devil Is A Pretty Good Roommate by Charlie Purdom and Wayland Bell

MacGuffin by Cian McGarrigle

Man, Hitman, Henchman by James Lyons

Man With A Jinx by J.D. Corinis

Man’s Best Friend by Brent Beebe

Mete Pete by Jeana Grady

Meet The Twittersons by Michelle Muldoon

Mime Sublime by T.C. De Witt

Miss Old Freshman by Ashley Ann Spears

Mitigated by Michael Flores

Mortal Kareer by Foad H.P. and Joe Vu

Mother Knows Best by Shane Perez

My Best Friend, Ben by Christina Jun

Nanny State by John Kestner

Nerds Rule, Jocks Drool by Scott Seiss & Angelo Skarlatos

Night Of The Liberals by George Graham

No Place Like Home by Andrew Riley

One Call by Noah Lang

Only Ugly On The Inside by Theresa Drew

On Pants by Jon Mennella

Petey Goes To The Fair by Irene Barnett

Pigeons by Robert Christian Frostholm

Presence Unknown by Ellie Schmidt

Price Check On Film Noir by Phil Clarke Jr.

Protection by J.J. McDowell

Psi-man & Cy-Man “The Dame” by Sarah Joynt Borger

Public Service Announcement by Amy Wiedmaier

Recovery by Jeremy Craven

Reel Sex by Alexander Naud

Relativity by Barrett Bowman

Remember Brighton by Michael Gibney

Rental Cars by Curtis Ray

Retained by Dana Whitney

Returning The Camera To Amanda Watts. by Andrew Stout & Dennis Budde

Second Chances by Mike Fardy

Second Coming by Zachary Polhemus

Secret Santa by Michael Raymond

Senior Town by Jim Bernfield

Sex And Violins by David M. Troop

Siren Song by Steve Marovitch

Sitcom Hell by Ciarán Mc Namara

Sobering Up: Learn The Signs by Madeline Olsen

Social Network Housing by Tanner Gillman

Soundtrack by Don Sano

Southern Justice by Amber Rapp

Standing Up by Erick Pausz

Superior Cable by Keith Carney

Tell My Story by Anne Marie DiNardo

The Adventures Of Jericho And Suede by Steven Sanders

The Alcoholist by Bradley Tangonan

The Big Game by Jim Williams

The Big Wad by Scott Pittock

The Bike Thief by John Heath

The Champ by Jason Noxon

The Code by Bill Wellborn

The Crazies by John Rae

The Exorcists by Brandon Kirby and Jessie Katz

The Fake by Jared Hillman & Matt Helfgott

The Fall Dude by Daniel Bridges

The Family by Kezia Brett

The Finkle Effect by Susan Whitting

The Frontier by Shannon Marinko

The Importance Of Sex Education by L. Elizabeth Powers

The Last Cubicle On The Left by Christopher O’Rourke

The Life by King Lippi

The Locker Room by Erik Gernand

The Making Of Prisoner’s Dilemma by Jonathan Poland

The Mascot Fetish Ranch by Jeffery Stevenson

The Oblate by Gar Hoover & Beth Hoover

The Oxford Chronicles: Little Green Man by Collin Fowler

The Phallus Continuum by Mark Dubreuil

The Photo Op by Dan Leo Durkin

The Possessed Waiter by Marcus Kiehl

The Proposal by Diana Lee Woody

The Real Girlfriend Experience by Mike Corey

The Rough Patch or Happy Anniversary, Honey by Devjani Raha

The Second Coming Meets The Millenials by Brandon Rosin

The Talk by Tim Wen

The Teller by Dennis Hurley

The Will by Amelia Solomon

The Word by Brian MacEvilly

The Yearbook Detectives by Rafael Friedan

Tic by Linda Rumney

Tiffy And The Tortilla by Anita Azenet

Too Fat To Kill Myself by J. Hunt

Vladimir Putin: Hero Patrol! by Samuel M. Johnson

Wash Me by Gavin Hawk

We Banged Your Girlfriend by Kris Kuhn

Wet Shapes Telethon by Kati Skelton

What Ever Happened To Putrid Stink? by Michael Berkowitz

When I’m Gone Will Anyone Notice? by Lisa Hagen

When Santa Met Saul by Caitlin Fein

Where’s My Dog? by Hester Schell

Whorefax: Sexual History Reports by Kevin Dembinsky

Writer’s Retreat by Sabina Sattar

Young. Proud. Hopeful. by Stephanie Bousley

Z-Boy And The Revenants by Kevin Walsh

 

 

 

39 Comments

  • Well that was a lot of money well wasted. Hope the problem with my script was that it was too old fashioned with video stores and payphones, and not that it just wasn’t funny. I prefer comedies from the 1980’s, and I try to emulate them. 🙁

    • Sonjah says:

      I can’t say I blame you. Well, I guess I’ll have to go back to be being a lesbian pill pusher. I work in a pharmacy and yes, I eat Chinese food. I think they should offer face to face feed back so we all can ask questions and learn. But next time I think about entering a contest, I might just take the money and go gambling out at the casino. I think the odds of hitting the jackpot there may be better . Then I am hitting up that buffet so I can break even there. Or you could akin entering a contest to a disfunctional relationship on the internet. No matter what I always feverishly yearn for another dissapointing result. Like not having an orgasm during sex.

      • Hi Sonjah,

        Thanks for the suggestion re face-to-face feedback. That’s actually something we’re actively working to implement and agree that it could potentially be a great option. Our friends at WriterDuet have come up with a great video chat platform.

        In the meantime, feel free to always ask us questions via phone or email. Wishing you all the best with your projects.

    • I’m sorry to hear that you feel like you wasted your money. We try to keep our submission fees low and deliver strong value to writers in the form of diligent, considered reads from top-level story analysts.

      Please feel free to email me at cameron@screencraft.org if you’d like to discuss your concerns more specifically. Thank you again for submitting and entrusting us with your script.

    • Suzanne Gill says:

      I’m with you! Bring back the likes of Carol Burnett and Tim Conway. P.S. My script wouldn’t have made it anyway, it didn’t have the word F*** and B***** in it!

    • Phlegmbot says:

      Dude, you’ll just never know. The screenplay I submitted to THIS contest did NOT make their semi-finals…but it made the Nicholl Fellowship semi-finals. A script of mine which, two years ago, made the semi-finals in BlueCat and was THIS close to being optioned by Disney, I was told by a major agency “got very negative coverage…problems with formatting, plot, characters” — things of which I’ve actually taught classes about. My point: Yes, sometimes it’s the writing, sometimes it’s simply the formatting (if you’ve bad formatting on your first line, it’s unlikely your script will even be read beyond that, thus you’re out of the running)…but sometimes? Sometimes it’s just someone’s own personal s–t that has nothing to do w/the work. All you can do is be sure you’re doing your best and following the formatting guidelines.

    • Scott says:

      Gotta follow the money!

      Almost all of the people who spend money in theaters nowadays don’t know what a video store or cell phone or vinyl record even IS, because they were almost all born after 1990 and went to school in the Internet age.

      Maybe you should shop your scripts to the live stage theaters, whose audiences consist largely of people who were almost retired when cellphones and google were invented? (Because those folks are the only ones who have the money for live theater seats anymore.) For example, if your script is quirky enough, try Woolly Mammoth in DC…

      Just a thought–good luck!

  • Jose Lopez says:

    Hi, I’m sad that muy script, “dave me”, didn’t make it into quarter-finalists. Sometime will be. Good luck to all in the next round.

    • Hi José,

      Thanks for the well wishes to your fellow writers, and for submitting to our competition. Sincerely hope that you don’t remain sad–we’re firm believers that all scripts have potential, and that opportunities to find success in the market are always there for those that stay positive and keep honing their craft.

  • Mark Casadei says:

    Folks,
    Don’t blame the competition because you didn’t get selected or thought it was a waste of money. One, it’s unprofessional but most of all welcome to the hardest genre to write for! In all reality comedy is extremely difficult in this industry. Let’s face it not everyone has the same sense of humor. What might not do good in this one may do well in another. There is a lot more that goes into judging as well. Not just concept, but grammer, format, dialog, tempo all kinds of things. Each reader has a different view of the script as well. Don’t give up, just get better! Good luck to all!

    • Mark,

      Thank you so much for joining the conversation. Your outlook and comments are spot on. I agree that comedy is the most difficult genre to execute and that’s more true in features and teleplays than in any other medium. So much does go into judging, but at the end of the day readers are just people. Some may not “get” the script or its sensibilities, but others will. The best thing you can do is to take everything in stride and to continually try to get as many targeted reads and implement as much feedback on your script as you can while staying true to the vision and qualities that matter to you.

      No one contest, read, option or even sale is going to make or break you as a screenwriter. All you can do is keep the belief in yourself and in your projects and to keep writing and hustling as prolifically as possible. Writers write, and we’re firm believers that great scripts and talented, persistent writers find their way.

  • As writers/authors, a thick-skin, and willingness to always strive to improve one’s craft, are essential. Judging is not an easy task, and is—by definition—subjective.
    While I am pleased to have made the quarterfinals with my comedy short, I was hoping my feature script would wow the judges. However, my first reaction to the latter result, is to fully review my feature script, and determine how I can make sure it is the best it can be. Finally, keep writing and be your own harshest critic.

    • Gene,

      Thank you as well for jumping in and speaking the truth. I know how hard it can be to stay positive in an industry as cutthroat as this one where the script you’ve toiled on for countless hours and poured your heart into can be seemingly stopped in its tracks by a reader who comes in and makes a swift determination.

      You are exactly right–all you can do is keep a thick skin, recognize the inherent subjectivity involved in the process and continue to keep channeling your energy into what counts: the craft. Congratulations on making the grade with FIRST DATE and we wish you all the best with your projects and writing aspirations. Keep in touch!

  • Sam says:

    Hey guys,
    Good job to everyone that made the quarters. Is there an opportunity to still get feedback if you didn’t get through?

  • Becca Acker says:

    Thank you, Screen Craft for offering this contest! After entering and not progressing last year, and then writing, rewriting, rewriting, and rewriting more, we are very thrilled to have made it to the quarterfinals this year!

  • Nathan Perry says:

    I’m quite proud that we got two scripts up there 🙂

    One suggestion I did have though. I thought it might be cool if you could have a two phase contest. I got your feedback on our two scripts and I immediately went back to one of them and started editing it based not the suggestions because they were quite good. It’s a stronger script now but my old script is the one that’s in the competition. What if you could do a contest where you gave your feedback, and then the writers had a chance to work with the suggestions, revise the script, and submit the revised script?

    Just an idea.

    Thanks for the feedback by the way! It was really valuable 🙂

    • Hi Nathan,

      Congratulations on making the grade and thanks for the suggestion. It’s an intriguing idea and one we have thought about in various incarnations. If we can ever crack how to administer such a contest, we’ll likely do it.

  • Tiyan Newman says:

    I like what Nathan said. Its something I was actually thinking about asking. My script made it but I feel like it JUST made it by a few points. I feel like if I went back and applied the changes I would have a better chance advancing to the next stage. Does placement all depend on the amount of points you have or are there other facets that you guys look at?

    • Hi Tiyan,

      Our process isn’t a mathematical one, though we do use scorecards to do initial diagnostics. Our determinations our made via close conversations with all of our readers and judges to make determinations.

  • Zak Polhemus says:

    First off, thank you for this opportunity, and to your readers and judges for advancing my script to the next stage (at least someone, besides me, thinks my writing is decent).

    I’m noticing some people thanking you for the feedback on their scripts; if I’m a quarter finalist, should I have received something? My email has been finicky as of late and I very well could have missed it. Either way, thanks again!

    Good luck to everyone who has advanced, and to those who haven’t, keep on writing, there’s nothing sadder than a great story left untold.

    Cheers!

  • Evan says:

    Of course, I am elated to have two shorts make it. It is quite the validation. As Nathan’s co-writer, we had discussed that suggestion. It would be great to allow us to tweak scripts based on feedback, and it would allow you judges to review our strongest possible products. To that end, can we re-submit scripts already submitted in future years (assuming we don’t make it to the Finals this year)?

    Congrats to all fellow quarterfinalists. And of course, to all who submitted an entry, keep writing! We worked on our scripts submitted here for years (and they are only shorts!). More writing makes you stronger. Keep reaching for your dreams.

  • Don’t despair folks, one of my scripts, Hybrids, never made any list, but it’s now in final post production. Stars Paul Sorvino & Carolyn Hennesy and there are 4 distribution companies wanting it. I still enter competition to see what is going on, just don’t slash your wrists when you don’t place.

  • Mark Tower says:

    The script my writing partner and I submitted was not selected, which was unfortunate. However, we selected the submission option of having a one page script review which was very helpful and managed our expectations.

    We had some formatting issues and need to build out the characters. If was obvious that the style of comedy was not the readers cup of tea yet aspects really made them laugh. The critiques were valid and we need to continue to upgrade the product.

    Thanks for the opportunity and consideration.

    Mark

  • jh says:

    congrats to everyone that made the cut

    and to everyone that wasnt selected, I was in the exact same boat the last comedy contest they held.
    keep writing keep working

    keep telling your story

  • Craig Berger says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to Cameron for tirelessly knocking out all these replies, and to Screencraft for putting you on the task. If there’s one thing we writers love, it’s getting responses and the comfort of knowing we’re not alone out here. Very nice of you guys to provide it here in a timely fashion!

    • Thanks Craig! I agree with you. Writing is so often such a solitary pursuit, it’s great to be able to have a dialogue with fellow writers in the same boat; there IS strength in numbers. Glad to be a part of the conversation and thanks to everyone for chiming in and getting your projects out there.

  • Josh says:

    I also appreciate the opportunity in this and the action/thriller side, too. I’m so honored to have made the quarters.

    And to those who did not make it, Tony and Cam are right. You could place in another contest – or have your script produced as did Tony. Congrats on that, btw!

    Stick to your guns and keep working! Funny story but I sent my comedy to a writer friend who’s opinion I very much value. He said the humor was too “obvious” and that I should make it more subtle. I was this close to doing so – but when I spoke the dialogue out, I didn’t want to change a thing. I stuck to my guns and entered STR as-is. Moral of the story: if you love it, others may very well love it too.

    And Cam, thank you very-much for dealing with my nerves. As you can see since I haven’t emailed you in quite the while, I’m a tad calmer now. =)~

    • Hey Josh, absolutely! I know it can be tough to know when to draw the line between listening to other voices and sticking to your own. There’s no magic formula; in my experience you just have to take a step back and then do what feels right.

      Congratulations again on making the grade!

  • Louis Iacoviello says:

    Thank you Screen Craft for taking our script into the quarter finals! Pumped!

  • Jeremy says:

    I have a quick question about those of us who pick the one page feedback. There’s a rating system on the screenplay. I assume that determines the likelihood of the script being picked for the semi-finalist.

    Thank you for choosing “Love Heat: Passion of the Fists” as part of the quarter finalists.

    • Hey Jeremy,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us and congratulations on making the Quarter Finals! There is no magic number to get ahead, we use it as a basic tool to help us and you track what’s working in the script. As a general rule we try to pick scores above 115 to advance.

      Thanks again for applying and good luck!

      Jason

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