The 2018 Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship is open for applications!
Win $13,000 + travel to China for cross-cultural mentorship!
This is the first cross-cultural screenwriting mentorship program to develop writers in both English and Chinese languages. Screenwriters worldwide are encouraged to submit original feature film screenplays in English or Chinese promptly for consideration by the final application deadline on January 31st, 2018.
Orb Media Group will select two (2) winners who will each be offered an option fee, one of which will be at least WGA minimum (up to $13,374) against a six-figure purchase price at WGA scale contingent on production (up to $133,739 each, depending on the final budget of each film). Orb Media Group and its partners will financially back and develop the projects for production and distribution with partners in China and the United States.
Orb Media will also provide the winners with round-trip travel to the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2018 to participate in special training and mentorship programs in partnership with the Shanghai Film School.
China has the world’s largest population and the demand for high-quality films is growing dramatically. Hollywood is the heart of the world’s entertainment industry and has been creating and exporting American cinema to the entire world for almost a century. This contest seeks to bridge cultures and identify worthy screenplays (in English or Chinese) that are uniquely appealing to both Chinese audiences and English-speaking audiences worldwide.
Submission Guidelines and Acceptable Genres
While a very wide variety of screenplays will be considered eligible for this program, we recommend that writers research cultural and political sensitivities in China. And please read this blog post carefully for a quick primer on the film industry in China: Writing Movies for the Biggest Box Office in the World: China
Any genre will be considered for this program. Historically, the following genres have performed well in China: action, action-comedy, animated family-friendly, adventure, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, romantic drama and romantic comedy. Please read more info here about suitable genres for the Chinese market.
Grand PrizeGrand Prize
$ 13,374Option Fee for Winning Scripts will depend on the WGA Scale of Minimums
- The grand prize winner will receive a WGA minimum screenplay option fee for their script, and up to $133,739 WGA scale script purchase contingent on commencement of production!
- Circulation and personal recommendation of our top 2 winners’ screenplays to our network of producers and studio development executives at Hollywood and Chinese companies.
- Lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro ScreenCraft Edition ($199 value), also available in Chinese!
$ 1,000*18-Month Option Fee Offer from Orb Media Group
- *The runner-up will be offered an option deal with Orb Media Group. This option agreement offer will be against a to-be-negotiated six-figure purchase price if the project goes into production.
- Introductions to Chinese financiers, producers and development executives.
- Lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro, courtesy of ScreenCraft ($199 value) – versions available in English and Chinese.
Top 30 Semi-finalists
- The top 30 semifinalists will receive a 50% discount code to WriterDuet Pro, the most advanced screenwriting software with real-time collaboration and automatic revision tracking, compatible with Celtx, Final Draft and PDF formats ($99 value). WriterDuet is also available in Chinese. Fun fact: Did you know the screenwriter of all three KUNG FU PANDA movies uses WriterDuet?
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between November 13, 2017 and January 31, 2018
- Entry fee for each feature film screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on December 14, 2017, then $69 until the regular deadline on January 18, 2018, then $79 until the extended deadline on January 31, 2018.
- Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will be available only for a limited time.
- Screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages.
- Writers may also submit a logline or synopsis with their script submission.
- Entries may be submitted either in English or Mandarin Chinese.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit for consideration.
- Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, 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). All writers must be credited on title page.
- 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.
- It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or the US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registrations.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
- All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
- All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.
- All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English or Mandarin Chinese (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
- All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
- There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
- Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
- Orb Media’s obligation to provide project option(s) shall not apply in the event that the winner’s script has already been optioned or purchased prior to being negotiated by Orb Media.
- Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
- We have no preferences regarding title page content. 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 (such as a mythology or publications before 1923).
- Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
- All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) plot/story structure; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; (v) overall impression; and (vi) co-production viability. The winners and top finalists 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 seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and proof of valid passport 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.
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.