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Whether it's a blockbuster that thrills, an indie that inspires, or a comedy that delights an audience, our Hollywood judges are excited to connect with your voice as a writer! ScreenCraft has helped feature script writers of all different voices find representation, earn paid writing assignments, land high profile options, and even sell their work. We're looking for the best feature voices to elevate.

$10,000 Guaranteed Option

ScreenCraft Feature Screenplay Competition is excited to bring you the opportunity to win a $10,000 Guaranteed Option presented by Flying Rhino Productions in addition to an invaluable mentorship with John Hilary Shepherd.

John Hilary Shepherd is the founder of Flying Rhino Productions, the Co-Executive Producer of Academy Award-winner 1917, and an experienced film executive for over 10 years with development oversight of major theatrical releases grossing over $2 billion worldwide, including Oscar winners and nominees BLACK SWAN, HACKSAW RIDGE, THE IDES OF MARCH, and ROCKETMAN.

In addition to ScreenCraft’s intensive reading and review process for all submissions, Flying Rhino Production will also be supporting their selection by:

Top 25 Finalists

Read and considered for options and development

Top 25 Finalists

Virtual masterclass on script development and the studio process

10 Meetings

Ten writers will be selected for individual meetings to discuss their script and offer advice

Previous Season Judges

Get in front of Hollywood judges who love great films!

Zahra Phillips

Director of Production, Searchlight Pictures

Zahra Phillips is Director of Production for Searchlight Pictures, the studio behind Academy Award and Golden Globe films such as NOMADLAND, BIRDMAN, WILD, BLACK SWAN, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE FULL MONTY and many more.

Will Berson

Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter and Playwright

Will Berson got his start writing comedy for shows like SCRUBS before transitioning to drama, working with David Milch and Edward James Olmos to produce Amazon dramedy pilot SEA OAK, starring Glenn Close. In 2014, Berson was a WGAW Writers Access Project Honoree and in 2020 was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch. He was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH.

Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning Screenwriter

Krysty Wilson-Cairns was nominated for an Academy Award and won a BAFTA for 1917, which she co-wrote with director Sam Mendes. LAST NIGHT IN SOHO which she co-wrote with director Edgar Wright, will release October 2021. She is currently in production on thriller THE GOOD NURSE produced by Netflix, FilmNation and Darren Aronofsky.

David Branson Smith

Independent Spirit and Waldo Salt Award-winning Screenwriter

David Branson Smith wrote the popular independent film INGRID GOES WEST, a subversive dark comedy, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. He also co-wrote ADRIFT, starring Shailene Woodley.

Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek

Screenwriting Team

Writing team and long-term friends Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin co-wrote Disney’s live-action MULAN and are currently working on a biopic on computer pioneer Grace Hopper, as well as SPELLBOUND for Skydance Animation. Currently, Lauren co-chairs the Committee of Women Writers at the WGAW.

Mark Perez


A first-generation Cuban-American screenwriter, Mark Perez’s films include New Line hit GAME NIGHT, and cult classic ACCEPTED. Upcoming projects include MOVIE NIGHT for Netflix with John Cena and Jason Bateman, the Warner Bros. feature SUPERWORLD, and adapting upcoming graphic novel STRAY DOGS for Paramount Animation.

Adam Kolbrenner

Literary Manager; Producer and Founder, Lit Entertainment

Adam Kolbrenner is a producer of Disney/Fox’s upcoming FREE GUY starring Ryan Reynolds and Amazon/Skydance’s upcoming THE TOMORROW WAR, starring Chris Pratt and is an Executive Producer on the HBO Max series RAISED BY WOLVES with Ridley Scott, an original series from Lit client Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS, etc) As a Manager he represents the writers of SAFE HOUSE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, MORTAL KOMBAT and more.


Jump start your career.

Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a guaranteed option with Flying Rhino Productions. This includes 

- $10,000 option 
- Mentorship with John Hilary Shepherd 
- Development Notes 
- Working towards taking your script out.

The Grand Prize Winner will also be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Development Program for personalized mentorship and introductions to literary managers and more.

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Option with Flying Rhino Productions

  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program

  • Complimentary Badge for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Runner-Up Prizes

First Runner Up

General Meeting with Flying Rhino Productions

Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Second Runner Up

General Meeting with Flying Rhino Productions

Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Top 25 Finalists

Will be read and considered by Flying Rhino Productions

Will be shared with Top Literary Managers

An exclusive virtual Masterclass with John Hilary Shepherd

Undeniable Industry Opportunities

The top 25 finalist scripts have already been requested by agents and managers from:

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Rules & Info

  • Rules
  • Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • Additional Legal
  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between May 31, 2021 and August 31, 2021.
  2. Entry fees and deadlines:
    1. $49.50 until the early deadline on June 30, 2021
    2. $69.50 until the regular deadline on July 31, 2021
    3. $79.50 until the final deadline on August 31, 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. Only Feature screenplays are eligible for submission. Any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120. Maximum page limit is 150 pages.
  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 remain with the original rights holders. 


  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 are eligible for this contest.
  4. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  5. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  6. Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly.
  7. 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
  • Dialogue
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
  4. 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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