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Announcing the 2014 Comedy Script Contest!

by John on April 1, 2014

We're excited about this one!  Let's just get right to it - we've lined up some fantastic judges for this year's comedy screenplay contest.  Most of the industry's top comedy production companies are represented.  The finalists of this contest are in for a huge opportunity!

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Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script.  Also, we've teamed up with the Director of Development at Funny Or Die to bring you a SHORT category as well!

Big or small, we want to read smart movies with strong command of the screenwriting craft.  Winner receives $1,500 cash and exposure to some of the top comedy production companies in Hollywood!  We’re looking for fresh comedic voices – in feature length and short screenplays.

The 2014 jury includes Hollywood’s hottest comedy producers:  

  • Mark O’Connor, producer at Green Hat Films (THE HANGOVER, PROJECT X, DUE DATE)
  • Alex Plapinger, executive at Montecito Picture Company (I LOVE YOU MAN, UP IN THE AIR, OLD SCHOOL, NO STRINGS ATTACHED)
  • Billy Wee, executive at Happy Madison (Adam Sandler’s company with such hits as DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGALO, PAUL BLART: MALL COP, ANGER MANAGEMENT, FUNNY PEOPLE, GROWN UPS, THE GOLDBERGS)
  • Dave Rath, manager at Generate (clients: Patton Oswalt, Kyle Kinane)
  • Joe Farrell, executive at Funny or Die (owned by Yahoo and Will Ferrell)
  • Sean Covel, producer (Napoleon Dynamite, Beneath, Broken Hill)
  • Taylor Benzie, manager at Kaplan/Perrone
  • Ben Mekler, staff writer at Nerdist Industries
  • Manager at Mosaic Media Group which represents the industry’s hottest comedy writers and talent, including such comedy giants as: Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Olivia Munn, Will Forte, Nick Kroll and many more!

Prizes:  

  • First place feature screenplay winner will receive $1,500 cash prize + introduction to agents, managers and producers!

    •  Winner will also receive a phone consultation with comedy writer David Mandel (EuroTrip, The Dictator, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm)!
  • First place comedy SHORT screenplay winner will receive $1,000 + a phone call to discuss your project with Joe Farrell, development exec at Funny Or Die!

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  • Top 5 finalists will receive a page of expert feedback from one of our industry judges.
  • All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader.
  • Early entry fee is only $29.
  • Short screenplay entry fee is only $15. Limit 20 pages. Multiple entries are welcome.
  • All semi-finalists in both the feature and short categories will receive a 1-year subscription to WriterDuet Pro real-time collaborative screenwriting software, courtesy of our sponsor.   
    • WriterDuet Pro offers everything in the free version, plus offline writing, analytics, customizations, Google Drive backups, production tools, and much more!  Easily import/export many formats including PDF, Final Draft, Fountain, and Celtx. WriterDuet is a proud sponsor of the 2nd annual ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest.

       

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