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“Aspiring screenwriters, take note.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“This is a damn good opportunity.” – No Film School

“Jumpstart your writing career!” – IndieWire

Early Deadline: Nov. 11th | Regular Deadline: Jan. 31st | Final Deadline: March 1st 

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Now accepting applications.

The chosen recipients will receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings and introductions to key entertainment executives, producers and representatives. To apply, simply submit your feature film script or original television script, along with an optional cover letter here on this application page.

Apply now and join a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to Hollywood mentors.

Past ScreenCraft Fellowship winners have optioned their projects and signed with top representatives at 3 Arts Entertainment, United Talent Agency, Creative Artists Agency, Anonymous Content, Paradigm Talent Agency, ICM, Bellevue Productions, Plattform and more.

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Winners will meet at 5 major studios!

This year’s mentors include:

Cate Adams

Development Executive at WARNER BROTHERS, the studio behind such films as INCEPTION, HER, INTERSTELLAR, CREED, THE LEGO MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN, THE DARK KNIGHT, HARRY POTTER, AMERICAN SNIPER, and such television shows as RIVERDALE, THE BIG BANG THEORY, SUPERNATURAL and WESTWORLD for HBO.

Jonathan Wu

Development Executive at FOX, the studio behind such acclaimed films as AVATAR, DEADPOOL, INDEPENDENCE DAY, X-MEN, LOGAN, THE MARTIAN and such celebrated television shows as EMPIRE, THE SIMPSONS, NEW GIRL, PRISON BREAK, LUCIFER and LETHAL WEAPON.

Mika Pryce

Development Executive at NBC UNIVERSAL, the studio behind such films as JURASSIC WORLD, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS,  FAST & FURIOUS, KING KONG, GET OUT and such beloved TV shows as THIS IS US, WILL & GRACE, LAW & ORDER, EUREKA, IN PLAIN SIGHT and many more.

Steven Douglas-Craig

Development Executive at SONY, the studio behind such celebrated films as SKYFALL, SPIDER-MAN, HANCOCK, MEN IN BLACK, GROWN UPS and such television shows as BREAKING BAD, THE GOLDBERGS, STRONG, ATYPICAL, THE PREACHER, and BLOODLINE for Netflix.

Kyle Benn

Development Executive at LIONSGATE, the studio behind such films as THE HUNGER GAMES, LA LA LAND, DIVERGENT, NOW YOU SEE ME, SAW and such television shows as NASHVILLE, MAD MEN, TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE and many more.

Lawrence Grey

Film and television producer of LAST VEGAS (starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman), horror blockbuster LIGHTS OUT and HOPE SPRINGS (starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell), and with many more exciting projects in development. Lawrence Grey has engineered two spec screenplay sales for $1M each to major studios. Prior to his career as a producer, Mr. Grey served as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Production for Mandate Pictures from 2009-2011 and Senior Vice President of Production at Universal Pictures from 2006‑2009.

Past ScreenCraft mentors have included award-winning screenwriters and producers whose accolades include Oscars, BAFTAS, WGA Awards, Golden Globes and more!

Up to four (4) winners will receive:

LA Airfare and Lodging

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  • All-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles for industry introductions, meetings and mentorship
  • Accommodations at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, host to the very first Academy Awards and to Hollywood legends such as Billy Wilder, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland Frank Sinatra!

Hollywood Meetings

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  • Meetings with literary agents and managers
  • Meetings with award-winning screenwriters
  • Mentor meetings with studio executives from 5 studios: Universal, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros
  • Mentorship with film and TV producer Lawrence Grey

1-on-1 Consultation

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  • Three months of one-on-one consultation and creative development with the ScreenCraft team and network of entertainment industry mentors.

Sponsor Prizes

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  • Complimentary passes to Robert McKee’s legendary STORY seminar in either Los Angeles, New York City or London ($865 value)
  • Complimentary professional screenwriting software courtesy of WriterDuet Pro ($199 value)

Stay in the heart of Hollywood!

Winners will stay at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, which was founded by a consortium of early Hollywood legends including Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman. Films shot on location at the hotel include Internal Affairs (starring Richard Gere), Beverly Hills Cop II (starring Eddie Murphy) and Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg). Television shows shot at the hotel include Knots Landing, Moonlighting and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

ScreenCraft Fellows are accepted into the program to develop the specific feature or TV script with which they apply, but the Fellowship is designed to allow for development of additional projects as well.

Applications will be evaluated based on overall craft, including story, voice, originality, characterization, structure and dialogue. The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft, will include studio executives and award-winning screenwriters and producers.

In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, some of the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype. The trip will be in early October 2018, accommodating the selected winners’ schedules.

Robert McKee is sponsoring the ScreenCraft Fellowship experience with his acclaimed story seminar!

Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world. The best-selling author of STORY and the recently published DIALOGUE: THE ART OF VERBAL ACTION FOR PAGE, STAGE, AND SCREEN, McKee occupies a unique crossroads in modern media storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen and stage to influence all story forms. Writers, producers, directors, media professionals, and business leaders from the world over read McKee and attend his sold-out international seminars for an exclusive deep dive into the narrative potential of their material.
McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Emmy Award Winners, 1,000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award Nominees, 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, and 100 DGA Award Nominees.
McKee continues to be a project consultant to major film and television production companies such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, & MTV. In addition, Pixar, ABC, BBC, Disney, Miramax, PBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount, GLOBOSAT, MNET and other international TV and Film companies regularly send their entire creative and writing staffs to his lectures.
Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken McKee’s courses in various cities around the world.

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RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between October 10th, 2017 and March 1st, 2018.
  • The application fee for each TV or feature film screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on November 11th, and then $69 until regular deadline on January 31st 2018, and then $79 until the final deadline on March 1st, 2018.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • If you advance to the semi-final round of consideration, you’ll be asked to submit a cover letter in which you can include a bit more information about yourself and your project(s).
  • Quarter-finalists will be announced on or before April 18th, 2018. Semifinalists will be announced on or before May 5th, 2018. Finalists and winners will be announced on or before June 8th, 2018.
  • 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
  • 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, both writers will participate equally in the program.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
  • 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 primarily 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.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages will be accepted, but there is a small page overage charge to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
  • Feature screenplays must be between 75 and 140 pages.
  • Comedy TV pilot scripts should be between 25 and 40 pages. Drama TV pilot scripts should be between 45 and 65 pages.
  • 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 10 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 8 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 Red Ampersand Inc, 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.