Our Grand Prize Winner will be selected by our jury which includes Grand Juror's Richard Appel and Alec Sulkin, the Emmy-nominated writers and producers, and current FAMILY GUY showrunners.
Signed an option agreement
"The biggest obstacle ScreenCraft helped us overcome was getting eyes on our story. Many scripts as good and even better than ours take a similar journey from the printer to the shelf... where they go to die. ScreenCraft provided a platform for our script to be read. To be enjoyed. And to compete! After winning our competition, we were contacted within weeks by Story Warrior producers and development executives. A humbling experience we're beyond grateful for, and curious to see where this momentum goes! ScreenCraft's growing authority among the best screenplay competitions in the country is what really excited my partner Anthony and I to submit our animated script. The organization has done so much for writers, and its platform garners a ton of respect online and among the film industry. When you win a competition with ScreenCraft, you're vaulted into the upper echelon of the Nicholl, Save the Cat! and Austin competitions of the world. "
Signed an option agreement
"Like many other screenwriters, my first introduction to the craft was in the classroom setting. However, once I left that safe productive haven of writing and peer discussion, the real world of screenwriting felt like the wild west. The difficulty of finding the right people to read your script and give you feedback can’t be understated, but the genre-based competitions at Screencraft were the best chance I could find to get my material in the right hands and they did not disappoint. Thankfully, once I placed in Screencraft’s animation contest, they were able to send my scripts to production companies both big and small that were specifically interested in the niche that represented my script. With constant support from their staff, Screencraft helped me craft successful cover letters and forge relationships with some of their judges to create further networking opportunities in the industry as well as job opportunities."
Signed with a Literary Manager
"When I first entered the industry, I thought I wanted to work in scripted development. It was a stable, creative job that allowed me to express my passion for film and television, but was free from the constant rejections that often accompany a writing career. I worked as a development assistant for a couple of years, ultimately landing at DreamWorks, and I was happy enough. But when the studio merged with Comcast, I was laid off. The "stable" job I'd chosen ended up being the one that flipped my whole world upside down. I struggled for months to land another development job, at which point I questioned if I was meant to work in entertainment at all. But it was at that low point that I rediscovered my love of writing. Remembered why I chose to work in this field. I don't think I would have had the courage to pursue writing if it wasn't for that shake-up. Screencraft is one of the only script competitions that have Animation and Kids & Family categories, which don't get nearly enough love and respect from the greater industry. Having that "finalist" stamp of approval helped me feel like my script was in a good enough place to distribute for staffing and representation purposes. With that confidence, I was able to get it in front of a showrunner I know, and he in turn tweeted about how much he loved it. My manager reached out on Twitter, after having seen that post, and the rest is history. So in a way, one thing led to another and it started with this competition. "
Signed an option agreement
"The main reason we picked ScreenCraft over various other competitions is because of the name recognition and the ability to submit your work to a specific genre. We wrote a really fun animated family-comedy and being able to find both a Family and Animation focused competition was important to us. It was also helpful to have the judges work for companies that make those types of movies. Working with Screencraft helped open numerous doors for us including getting our script optioned by Story Warrior. We would have never had the opportunity to meet with them and then eventually sign an option without the help of Screencraft."
Signed with a Literary Manager at Five Successes
"I had a hard time standing out in general script competitions (even ones that were specific to LGBTQ+ stories!) with an animated family feature so I was drawn to the genre competitions. I wasn't expecting the script to go as far as it did, but was so happy that the folks at Screencraft saw the potential in my queer animated story. The folks at Screencraft have been fantastic to work with and incredibly supportive during what was a difficult process with lots of rejection along the way. My advice to emerging writers is perseverance! I wouldn't be where I am today if I wasn't stubborn enough and believed in myself enough to just keep on going despite the huge pile of rejections in my wake. As a queer and trans nonbinary Jewish person trying to break into the kid's and family space, the search for representation seemed to have very little to do with whether my writing and ideas were good, and everything to do with whether a rep was convinced that I could make them money, if they bought into my overall mission, and understood how they could fit into the ecosystem of my work. It was a real needle in a haystack situation and it took a lot of patience and perseverance and constantly reminding myself that it honestly had very little to do with my capabilities as a writer. I needed to find someone to work with who can dream as big as I can and knows how to make those dreams a reality, and I think I found that with Kate and Andrew at Five Successes!"
Signed with Manager at Epicenter Management
"When I submitted to Screencraft, I was really hoping to get my work in front of people who would actually respond positively to it. My style and taste are quite specific, so I like that Screencraft separates their contests by genre instead of just one big free-for-all. It’s hard for an animated script to stand out against live-action stuff when animation generally has this weird stigma attached to it. After being a finalist in the ScreenCraft Animation competition, I connected with Allard and the Epicenter team and they loved my script."
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