Feb 1

Open

Feb 28

Early Deadline

April 30

Final Deadline

August 14

Finalists and Winners Announced

This deadline has passed. Opens for entries in 2020.

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Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script. Big or small, our jury is looking for smart feature film screenplays with strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique comedic voices. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader.

1st Place FeatureGrand Prize

$ 1,000

Cash
  • phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers and agents
  • personal introduction to studio executives and producers

2nd Place

$ 500

Cash
  • will receive a in-depth development and career strategy with the ScreenCraft team
  • personal introductions to managers, agents, producers or development executives

Concept Category

$ 500

Cash
  • Develop your idea with consultations from Joseph Garner, a development executive at Joint Effort (with a production deal at Warner Bros)
  • Complimentary access to all screenwriting courses from ScreenCraft
  • Complimentary annual membership to TSL 360 screenwriting education library, courtesy of our friends at The Script Lab!

Top 3 Finalists

$ 100

Cash
  • written feedback from one of our professional Hollywood readers
  • Free license to Final Draft 11 professional screenwriting software
  • One-year complimentary membership to TSL 360‘s library of screenwriting education!

Judges

Get your screenplay to our 2019 jury, featuring some of Hollywood’s best comedy executives, producers and managers:

Joseph Garner

film producer of HANGOVER PART II & III, DUE DATE, WAR DOGS and XOXO, development executive for Bradley Cooper and Todd Philip‘s company Joint Effort with a 3-year production deal at Warner Bros.

Haroon Saleem

Executive at Red Hour Films, Ben Stiller‘s production company behind classic comedy titles such as Tropic Thunder, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Zoolander, and Blades of Glory.

Judit Maull

Development Executive at Happy Madison Productions, Adam Sandler‘s company behind titles such as Joe Dirt, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, and The Ridiculous Six.

Cara Alpert

Coordinator at Artists First, the management company such comedy talents as Jordan Peele, Kate McKinnon, Judy Greer, and Awkwafina.

Our jury’s credits include some of Hollywood’s biggest comedy films:

Concept Category Prize

Have a great comedy movie idea and don’t have a completed screenplay yet? Submit a description of your idea to the Concept Category!

Winner will receive:

  • Develop your idea with consultations from Joseph Garner, a development executive at Joint Effort/Warner Bros
  • $500 cash prize
  • Complimentary access to all screenwriting courses from ScreenCraft, including our eBook Develop Your Comedy Movie Idea in 15 Days.
  • Complimentary annual membership to TSL 360 screenwriting education library, courtesy of our friends at The Script Lab
  • Fee to enter: $19 early (before February 28) / $29 final (before April 30)

Enter Comedy Concept Pitch

You may enter a 1-5 page PDF describing your movie concept. Accepted entries include: a written pitch, a logline, a synopsis, an outline or beat sheet. ScreenCraft will provide ongoing assistance to develop the pitch and/or help the winning writer to polish a draft of the screenplay. Warner Bros / Joint Effort development executive Joseph Garner will help develop the project via a phone call and/or in-person meeting. Writers are welcome to submit their finished screenplay in the script category, as well as a log line or synopsis in the Concept Category.

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RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between February 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on February 28th, and then $69 until final deadline on April 30th.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the submitted material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee via Coverfly (instructions will be provided in your submission confirmation email).
  • 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.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • All writers at least 18 years of age 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 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 underlying work is freely available in the public domain.
  • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages are fine and will be accepted, however please note that there is a small page overage charge of $1 per every page over 120 pages to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
  • 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 judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, will include one screenplay development professional from each of these studios and production companies listed on this year’s jury, however these studios and companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. The top finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The top 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. Quarter-finalist, semifinalist, and winner announcements will begin approximately 6 weeks after the final deadline. 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 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).