Dec 1

Open

Jan 3

Early Deadline

Feb 29

Final Deadline

June 2020

Winners Announced!

Judges include executives from DreamWorks, Pixar, Spirited Away, The Simpsons and Nickelodeon!

Perhaps no other medium of entertainment liberates the writer’s imagination more than animation. From wildly experimental 2D animation, to photo-realistic 3D animation, and everything in between, the medium of animation can allow for many kinds of inventive, visual storytelling. Whether you’re writing an animated family feature, a serious animated series for adults, or a kids TV show, we’re honoring three categories in this annual competition! The 3 categories are:

  • Animated Feature Screenplay

  • Animated Adult TV Pilot

  • Animated Kids TV Pilot

This contest avoids the format bias of some other competitions by seeking screenplays that are especially suitable for animation, in all genres.

Will your script win?

Past ScreenCraft winners have signed with literary managers and agents at such companies as 3 Arts Entertainment, Anonymous Content, CAA, WME, UTA, Paradigm, ICM and Bellevue Entertainment, and have sold projects to studios and networks.

Animated Feature

GRAND PRIZE

$1,000

Cash Prize

  • Circulation of winning screenplay synopsis to our network of over 60 entertainment industry professionals, including targeted introductions to relevant literary managers, agents, film producers and development executives. Many writers have met their literary managers via ScreenCraft’s writing competitions.
  • Six months of dedicated portfolio evaluation and development with the ScreenCraft team.

Adult Animated TV Pilot

GRAND PRIZE

$1,000

Cash Prize

  • Circulation of winning screenplay synopsis to our network of over 60 entertainment industry professionals, including targeted introductions to relevant literary managers, agents, film producers and development executives. Many writers have met their literary managers via ScreenCraft’s writing competitions.
  • Six months of dedicated portfolio evaluation and development with the ScreenCraft team.

Kids Animated Pilot

GRAND PRIZE

$1,000

Cash Prize

  • Circulation of winning screenplay synopsis to our network of over 60 entertainment industry professionals, including targeted introductions to relevant literary managers, agents, film producers and development executives. Many writers have met their literary managers via ScreenCraft’s writing competitions.
  • Six months of dedicated portfolio evaluation and development with the ScreenCraft team.

TOP 100

SEMI-FINALISTS

  • All top 100 semi-finalists will receive an invitation to the exclusive ScreenCraft Writers Room private Facebook group where you can connect with other top-level screenwriters who write animation, and get exclusive ScreenCraft guidance and development on your writing and career in this group.

Judges

The 2020 jury includes these Hollywood executives:

Elizabeth Glass, DreamWorks

Elizabeth works in feature film development at DreamWorks Animation, the production company behind such iconic animated franchises as SHREK, KUNG FU PANDA, SHARK TALE, and MADAGASCAR.

Sherley Ibarra, Nickelodeon

Writing Program Director for Nickelodeon Television, the cable channel behind such animated series as SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, RUGRATS, HEY ARNOLD!, and ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE.

Donald H. Hewitt, SPIRITED AWAY

English language screenwriter of Hayao Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed anime films SPIRITED AWAY and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.

Matthew Luhn, Pixar

A writer, story consultant, and speaker, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios, the iconic company behind such projects as TOY STORY, FINDING NEMO, CARS, MONSTERS INC., and THE INCREDIBLES.

Taylor Allen, THE SIMPSONS

Award winning writer of CHAPPAQUIDDICK and producer of THE SIMPSONS, the longest running primetime series on network television and winner of 34 Emmys.

Official Sponsor

RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between December 1st, 2019 and Feb 29th, 2020.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until January 3rd early deadline and then $69 until final deadline on February 29th, 2020.
  • Written feedback from a professional reader can be added to your entry for an additional $69.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before 11:59pm Pacific Time on the deadline dates and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are allowed. Writers must upload new drafts via the link provided in their original submission confirmation email.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however registration is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • All writers 18 years of age or older are eligible, however, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in its proper format, font, spacing and margins.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. You are welcome to include contact info, but not required. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Recommended length for TV pilots is approximately 22-35 pages for a half-hour pilot, and 46-65 pages for a one-hour pilot.
  • Feature Screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
  • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages will be accepted, but there is a small page overage charge to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
  • All material must be submitted as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, may include screenplay development professionals from major studios, production companies, or their subsidiaries, however these studios and production companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. The top finalists and winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) visual inventiveness; (iii) story; and (iv) overall impression. The finalists will be notified by email and may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. Finalists may be required to sign and return within five (5) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP

ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.

PUBLICITY

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

REFUND POLICY

All entries are non-refundable.

ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s). All copyright and ownership of submitted screenplays remain with the original author or rights holder until and unless other written agreements are made.