If you have a funny screenplay that can make an audience laugh and our Hollywood judges chuckle, we’d love to read your feature or TV pilot!

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Regular Deadline in 24 days

Deadlines

Feb 28

Early

Mar 31

Regular

Apr 30

Final

Announcements

Jun 9

Quarterfinalist

Jul 7

Semifinalist

Aug 4

Finalist

Sep 1

Winner

Comedy entertains an audience with a shared vision of the absurdity and levity of human nature and culture, confronting us with our greatest flaws and our hypocrisies. Whether your comedy is romantic, dark, slapstick, broad or dry, we want to read your film or TV script!

Judges

Get in front of Hollywood judges who love great comedies.

Kristin Konig

Talent & Literary Manager, MGMT Entertainment

Kristin Konig is a Talent and Literary Manager at MGMT Entertainment, representing actors, writers, producers and multi-hyphenates. Clients include Dan Levy (Emmy-winning writer/actor/producer SCHITT’S CREEK), Janet McTeer, June Diane Raphael, Samantha Mathis, Sean Hatosy and more.

Seth Gordon

Director and Producer, Exhibit A Film Company

Seth Gordon started in documentary film and went on to direct several studio feature films: FOUR CHRISTMASES, HORRIBLE BOSSES, and IDENTITY THIEF, all of which grossed over $100M domestically. Gordon has directed eleven pilots for Sony Television and all of them have gone to series. They include: THE GOLDBERGS, THE GOOD DOCTOR, SNEAKY PETE, LINCOLN, and ATYPICAL. Most recently he directed the AppleTV pilot of FOR ALL MANKIND. With his production company Exhibit A, he premiered a new ABC comedy UNITED WE FALL in July 2020.

Lang Fisher

TV Writer and Showrunner

Lang is Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the acclaimed Netflix series NEVER HAVE I EVER. She was a writer and producer on three seasons of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, five seasons of THE MINDY PROJECT, and staff writer on the Emmy-nominated final season of 30 ROCK, where an episode she co-wrote was named to Variety’s “25 Best TV Episodes of the Decade." Lang got her start writing for The Onion and won a Peabody for The Onion News Network.

Caroline Rechsteiner

Director, Comedy Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Caroline Rechsteiner is Director of Comedy Development at Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind broadcast hits such as MOM, YOUNG SHELDON and GOD FRIENDED ME, and streaming and cable shows SHRILL, THE KOMINSKY METHOD and TED LASSO, among many others

Phil Augusta Jackson

TV Writer and Co-Producer

Writer, Television Producer and Performer Phil Augusta Jackson is Co-Executive Producer of HBO's INSECURE, was a writer on BROOKLYN 99, and his new show GRAND CREW premieres on NBC in the Fall of 2021. He got his start in Comedy at New York's renowned Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Brandon Loureiro

Manager of Development, Strong Baby Productions

Brandon is helping to build a slate of projects in both film and television at Jonah Hill’s Strong Baby Productions. Brandon was previously a Development Coordinator at Paramount Pictures and also worked in production and development at Lionsgate, DreamWorks Animation, and Fox.

Robert Gati

Comedy Orginal Programming Executive, Hulu

Rob Gati is a Comedy executive in Hulu’s Originals department, where he has overseen series such as PEN15, RAMY, CATCH-22, DOLLFACE, FUTURE MAN, CASUAL, and DIFFICULT PEOPLE, amongst others. Gati also launched Hulu’s new animation initiative, with recent shows including SOLAR OPPOSITES, CROSSING SWORDS, ANIMANIACS, and an upcoming slate of Marvel animated series.

Prizes

Jump start your career.

Grand Prize Winner

The overall grand prize winner in either feature or TV category will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.

All winners’ project info and log lines will be circulated and recommended to our network of over 60 Hollywood managers, agents, producers, and development executives.

ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.

  • Personal Introduction to top literary managers

  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program

  • $1,000 Cash

  • Complimentary Badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Runner-Up Prizes

Feature Winner

$500 cash award

Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Pilot Winner

$500 cash award

Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

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Rules & Info

  • Rules
  • Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • Additional Legal
  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between February 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021.
  2. Entry fees and deadlines:
    1. $49.50 until the early deadline on February 28, 2021
    2. $69.50 until the regular deadline on March 31, 2021
    3. $79.50 until the final deadline on April 30, 2021
  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
  4. Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. TV pilots must be between 25 and 75 pages. Any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.
  5. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  6. 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.
  7. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  8. 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 the title page.
  9. 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.
  10. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  11. 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.
  12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
  13. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

We want to set you up for success. Here are a few basic screenplay etiquettes that will help your screenplay.

  1. 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.)
  2. All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however, the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable if subtitle translation is provided).
  3. All material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible for this contest.
  4. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  5. Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
  6. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing, and margins.
  7. We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  8. Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly.
  9. Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  10. Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
  11. 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: 

  • Voice
  • Concept
  • Story
  • Structure
  • Characters
  • Dialogues
  • Genre Conventions

 

Criteria for Winners and Finalists:

  1. The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. 
  2. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. 
  3. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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, 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).

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