Features are phenomenal, and our industry jury is looking for screenplays with unique stories and voices to celebrate and elevate. No matter if it's a summer blockbuster, an impactful indie, or anything in between - the power of a feature is undeniable.

REMIND ME

More info coming soon

Current Season Announcements

Jul 12

Quarterfinalist

Aug 10

Semifinalist

Sep 14

Finalist

Oct 12

Winner

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. 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!

We’re taking this year’s Feature competition to the next level! We’ve expanded both our Grand Prize and Finalists opportunities to help writers transform their careers.

All 10 Finalists will receive written feedback from one of the following industry jurors: Parker Davis (Agent at Verve), Halle Mariner (Agent at APA), or Kate Sharp (Manager at Bellevue Productions). Finalists will also have a virtual meeting with that jury member.

Grand Prize Mentors

2 Grand Prize Winners will be selected for this year's competition. One by Oscar-winning writer Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain) and the other by Matthew Lieberman (Free Guy). Each Grand Prize winner will receive from their respective mentor: a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.

Notes

Receive feedback notes to strengthen your script

Meeting

Virtual meeting to discuss feedback and ask questions

Insight

Learn and gain perspective on next steps to take with your project

Previous Season Judges

Get in front of Hollywood judges who love great films!

Matthew Lieberman

Screenwriter, FREE GUY

In a span of two years, Matt Lieberman has had seven screenplays produced by major studios. These include his Black List script, Free Guy (starring Ryan Reynolds), Rumble (starring Will Arnett), Scoob! (starring Will Forte, Zac Efron and Mark Wahlberg), Playing with Fire (starring John Cena), and The Addams Family.

Parker Davis

Agent, Verve

Parker Davis is a Motion Picture literary agent at Verve Talent & Literary Agency, a major agency representing the producers, writers, and directors of recent projects Mortal Kombat, The Christmas Chronicles, and the Sherlock Holmes franchise.

Halle Mariner

Agent, APA

Halle Mariner is an agent for APA, one of the largest diversified talent agencies in entertainment industry, representing the writers and directors of major features such as The John Wick franchise and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Diana Ossana

Screenwriter, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Diana Ossana is the Oscar winning co-writer and producer of Brokeback Mountain who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with author Larry McMurtry.

Kate Sharp

Manager, Bellevue

Kate is a Literary Manager & Producer for Bellevue Productions. Bellevue clients have written and/or directed such films as Heavy Trip, Body Cam, Summer of '84, Splinter, Eli, Office Uprising, Better Watch Out, Cobweb, Infinite, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022), and The Novice.

Prizes

Jump start your career.

Grand Prize Winner

2 Grand Prize Winners will be selected for this year's competition. One by Oscar-winning writer Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain) and the other by Matthew Lieberman (Free Guy). Each Grand Prize winner will receive from their respective mentor: a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.

The Grand Prize Winners will also be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Development Program and receive personal introductions and calls with one or more top Hollywood literary manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging writers.

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

  • An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

Runner-Up Prizes

Top 10 Finalists

Written Feedback from a jury member

Virtual meeting with a jury member

Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

Previous Successes

Placing in a ScreenCraft competition can launch your career. See More Successes

As Featured in

New Add-on Prize Opportunity

Option Prize with Traction Pictures

ScreenCraft is excited to present this optional add-on prize category that will grant one eligible writer/writing team the opportunity to receive an option from Traction Pictures. This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn, develop, and strengthen your project with guidance from industry Producers. This unique add-on benefit is separate from the ScreenCraft Feature Competition prizes and placements.

Traction Pictures

Traction is an entertainment brand, development, and production company based in Los Angeles with a focus on elevated content for film, television, and beyond. Traction is currently in post-production on Mo McRae's A LOT OF NOTHING which they produced alongside Anonymous Content. Their Producer's portfolio includes EL CHAPO for Netflix, DEADTECTIVES for Shudder, and more.

Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Feature Competition AND that select this add-on are eligible for consideration in this category. Additionally, all projects that place in the Top 10 of the competition will automatically be considered.

Feature Articles

36336
  • 9 Screenwriting Lessons From ScreenCraft's Virtual Summit Apr 28 by ScreenCraft - Every successful screenwriter has their own unique journey, but many share the same milestones on their way to the top. When writers begin their career, their futures can seem like dark uncharted maps. The only… ...
READ MORE ARTICLES

Rules & Info

  • Rules
  • Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • Additional Legal
  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
  2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly.
  4. Only Feature screenplays are eligible for submission. Any script submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 120 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.
  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 owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
  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).
  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 any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).
  10. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $6 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. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.
  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.
  14. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
  15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
  16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  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 12 months or $500,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional film or TV in the proceeding 10 years is not eligible. (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. The material may have been written at any time.
  5. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  6. We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  7. All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF. Broken files or non-PDF files may be accepted, but if the file cannot be read ScreenCraft will not judge the submission.
  8. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  9. Prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and proper tax documentation before prizes are released.
  10. By entering the competition, user acknowledges their eligibility for the competition. ScreenCraft will verify all eligibility requirements at the finalist stage of the competition and before distributing any prizes.
  11. Scripts or projects based on underlying material not owned by the writer are accepted as samples, so long as the script itself is indisputably written by the writer and that the script does not contain any plagiarism.

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: 

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

In addition to the scoring criteria for the script, ScreenCraft may conduct interviews and send questionnaires to learn more about the entrant, their voice, perspective, and goals to help identify the winning projects. Selected Finalist scripts are read by the industry jury who votes for their favorite scripts at their sole discretion.

ScreenCraft Add-on Prize Selection:

  1. Only writers who submit to the competition and include this add-on at the time of entry are eligible to be considered for this prize opportunity. Additionally, all projects that place in the Top 10 of the competition will automatically be considered for this prize, regardless if they included the add-on at time of entry. The Top 10 writers will be notified by a member of the ScreenCraft Writer Development Team.
  2. The winner of this prize will be selected solely by the specified industry partner/entity.
  3. Any option offered to the writer will be directly from the specified industry partner. Being chosen for this prize offers the writer the right to accept this option, but not the requirement. At the time the option is offered, writers may decline if they so choose.  Any conversations in regards to option terms is solely between the writer and industry partner.
  4. The approach and manner in which the industry partner/entity and winner interact is at their discretion. ScreenCraft's obligation will be considered fulfilled after facilitating the introduction.

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. All recognition, placements, and winners are chosen at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 entrants' information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  3. REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
  4. SITE TERMS OF SERVICE. All ScreenCraft Terms of Service apply in addition to these rules and eligibility criteria.
  5. DATA MANAGEMENT AND PRIVACY. Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly, and ScreenCraft (a d/b/a of Red Ampersand, Inc) uses other data management tools, including but not limited to, Google Services and Amazon Web Services, to securely manage your data. ScreenCraft is not accountable for any data hacks (internal or external) or user errors that may release scripts or writer data unintentionally.
  6. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release, indemnify 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). The governing law is California.

Fantastic Features

These are a few professional scripts we love. Download for free and get inspired.

Other Open Competitions