Closed for Entries.

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

December 30: Regular Deadline
January 15: Late Deadline

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 pilot script 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 3Arts, Anonymous Content, Paradigm Talent Agency, ICM, Bellevue Productions and more.

As seen in:

Mentors

Geoffrey Fletcher

Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Precious and Violet & Daisy

Diana Ossana

Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Brokeback Mountain

Robert Moresco

Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby

Lawrence Grey

film producer with two recent seven-figure spec script sales to his credit!

Ari Lubet

literary manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the company behind such TV shows as Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, Louie, The Mindy Project, Silicon Valley — and many more!

Our award-winning jury’s accolades include Oscars, BAFTAS, WGA Awards, Golden Globes and more!

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

Robert McKee occupies a unique position in modern storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen to influence all media. Marketing professionals and business leaders from all over the world read McKee’s works and attend his packed international seminars for an exclusive deep dive into the narrative potential of their company’s content.

Director Peter Jackson calls McKee the “guru of gurus.” A Fulbright Scholar, McKee has won the BAFTA Award for his television series, the Cine Eagle for his filmmaking, as well as the International Moving Image Book Award for his international bestseller, STORY. He has coached over 60 Academy Award winners and 170 Emmy Award winners. At Pixar, McKee’s teachings are “The Law of the Land.” Over 100,000 writers have attended his seminars.

Up to four (4) winners will receive:

StipendGrand Prize

$ 1,000

Cash
  • A $1000 Writing Grant

LA Airfare and Lodging

$ 0

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  • Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles*
  • Two-night stay in the historic Culver Hotel, host to Hollywood legends from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra!

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.

Hollywood Meetings

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  • Meetings with literary agents from top agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm).
  • Mentor dinner with our jury including Academy Award-winning screenwriters.
  • Lunch meeting with Michael Colleary, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer of such blockbusters as Face/Off and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Sponsor Prizes

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  • Complimentary passes to Robert McKee’s legendary STORY seminar in either LA, NYC or London
  • Complimentary screenwriting software courtesy of Final Draft

*Round trip flight is covered up to $700. In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype. The trip will be sometime in early to mid June 2016. All travel details will be coordinated with the fellowship recipients’ schedules, as much as is reasonably possible.

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 consultants and development executives from Warner Bros, Lionsgate and Paramount.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor:

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RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between January 28th, 2015 and April 11th, 2015.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $29 until the early deadline on February 14th, and then $49 until final deadline on April 11th.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 140 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 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. The selected winner(s) will be notified by e-mail on or about May 15th, 2016. 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.