Current Season Announcements
This unique grant program is designed to help fund your vision. We consider a range of projects, from treatments to standalone screenplays, to fully-packaged projects seeking finishing funds and will choose 1 - 4 projects to fund. Grant amounts will vary up to $30,000 depending on the scale and merit of each project.
Grand Prize Mentor
For this year's competition we're thrilled to welcome acclaimed filmmaker, producer, writer, and actor Mark Duplass (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, THE ONE I LOVE, ROOM 104) who will select one winner to receive mentorship guidance. This will include a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.
Receive feedback notes to strengthen your script
Virtual meeting to discuss feedback and ask questions
Learn and gain perspective on next steps to take with your project
Previous Season Jury
Mark Duplass is a filmmaker, actor, writer, producer, and musician. He and his brother Jay Duplass have written and directed films that include The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and many more. He co-wrote and co-produced the HBO anthology series Room 104. He has executive produced films that include, The One I Love, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Skeleton Twins, Tangerine, the Netflix docu series, Wild Wild Country, and many more.
ICM Independent + International Film
ICM is one of world’s leading talent agencies, dedicated to the representation of artists, content creators, broadcasters, authors, journalists and artisans. ICM is a market leader in structuring and arranging financing, packaging, and securing distribution for Independent and International motion pictures. They believe that creative talent knows no borders. With established relationships worldwide, they help bring clients creative visions to the screen.
BondIt Media Capital is a world renowned film, television and media financier founded in 2014. Based in Santa Monica, BondIt has completed over 250+ film and television financing transactions resulting in $60M+ of invested capital and over $200M+ of aggregate production spending. Credits include the Oscar nominated Loving Vincent, the Arnold Schwarzenegger starring Aftermath from Lionsgate, the Netflix original film To The Bone starring Lily Collins, and the cult hit horror film The Invitation.
Seed&Spark is an industry leading crowdfunding platform where creators and audiences work together to tell stories that celebrate diverse voices and foster vibrant conversation. Seed&Spark boasts the lowest fees, the highest campaign success rate in the world (88%), and a track record of setting filmmakers on a path to success. The Seed&Spark platform and specialists empower the creative community to harness the power of crowdfunding as a tool in your professional arsenal to help you take control of your career.
Emergent Pictures is a boutique production company focused on developing, packaging, and producing independent films with creatively compelling stories that have appeal in both the domestic and international markets. They are particularly dedicated to ensuring their films address the imminent need for diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
Grand Prize Winner
One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by acclaimed filmmaker, producer, writer, and actor Mark Duplass (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, THE ONE I LOVE, ROOM 104) and will receive mentorship guidance that includes a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.
Additionally, between 1 and 4 projects will be selected, depending on the quality of applicants as determined by our judges, for grants up to $30,000 in finishing funds.
Winners will also have the opportunity to work with the ScreenCraft Writer Development Team for creative development and personalized guidance for the projects needs.
ScreenCraft has a proven track record for helping writers generate career changing success.
Grants up to $30,000 in finishing funds.
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
Seed&Spark will review and host a consultation for all of this year's finalists
Finalists material will be reviewed by ICM Independent, Emergent Pictures, and Bondit Media Capital.
An exclusive invitation to a ScreenCraft Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry.
All semifinalists will be invited to join a special workshop hosted by Seed&Spark.
Kiara C. Jones
Film world premiered at 2022 SXSW Festival
2021 ScreenCraft Film Fund Recipient Kiara C. Jones' film A WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE premiered at the 2022 SXSW.
"Screenwriting can be a long dark journey, ScreenCraft has been a source of light providing inspiration, helping me to set new goals and providing much-needed monetary support through their grant program. ScreenCraft promoted my project and helped me to share my work with agencies, technicians, and film supporters to broaden my network of collaborators. "
Signed with a literary manager at Bauman Management
2021 ScreenCraft Film Fund Finalist Tommy Wright signed with a literary manager at Bauman Management after the ScreenCraft team introduced them.
"As writers it’s always challenging to distinguish yourself from others. I think ScreenCraft does an excellent job of encouraging and identifying unique talent and can put them in very advantageous situations which in turn breeds success."
Film produced by Buffalo 8 after they discovered it through the ScreenCraft Film Fund.
Buffalo 8 produced Joanne Rose's feature film LIFE OF GROUPIES after they discovered it through the ScreenCraft Film Fund.
"I had been offered two option agreements at one time from a well known production company in Canada but I was not going to be guaranteed a writer's credit for scripts I wrote. I turned down the offer and never regretted it. It just meant, the journey was going to be a little longer. The money didn't matter to me, receiving a writer's credit for a script I wrote was more valuable to me. I was never at a place that I was going to actually give up, it was more like a sign that I needed to take a break from the business so that I was coming from a place of feeling inspired again. Writing comedy is a lot of fun so as long as I was having fun that was all I needed to keep me going. I also like to set creative challenges which came in handy for writing a horror/thriller . What also motivated me was when a Screen Craft competition is coming up for a particular genre I write for. This super charges my energy. And of course, the breakthrough moment is the ultimate motivation. I am very excited to announce that I am currently in development with my very first comedy feature, Life of Groupies which is being produced by Buffalo 8. "
Project picked up for distribution by UrbanflixTV.
Congratulations to 2021 ScreenCraft Film Fund Spring Finalist, Fredrick Leach, who's project 'Caged Birds' was just picked up for distribution by UrbanflixTV.
"The biggest obstacle to reaching my screenwriting goals was getting to/through the gatekeepers. As writers, we’re great at practicing the craft, but getting your work out there can often prove to be the harder part. Learning to advocate for yourself and persevere through the “no’s” is really hard. I was interested in the ScreenCraft Film Fund to earn finishing funds, and though we didn’t win, making it to be a finalist was a nice talking point to help legitimize what we had. My first feature film is currently playing in festivals and is set to debut exclusively on UrbanflixTV this fall. I’ve got another feature in development that I’m looking forward to getting started on in the next year. "
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Rules and More
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Legal
- Please submit with:
- A Script or Treatment — this doesn’t have to be a completed screenplay if you’re applying for a documentary or if your film is already in production. It can be a treatment, a PDF with links to footage, or any other pitch document that shows the project’s potential.
- A Cover Letter — A letter that expresses your vision for your project. Help the judges get a sense of your creative vision and professional experience. Let us know if you’ve begun production and what you’d be able to use the funding for. We recommend 1-2 pages in length.
- Accepted formats for Film Fund include Narrative (Features, Series, Shorts), Documentaries (Features, Series, Shorts), and Unscripted (Features, Series)
- For Narrative format submissions, screenplays must be submitted in industry-standard formatting as a PDF file, along with a Cover Letter. Because different formats are accepted, scripts and submissions may be any page count. However, any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.
- For Documentaries, instead of a screenplay, a treatment about the project will be accepted, which can include links to video footage (YouTube, Vimeo, etc), along with the Cover Letter.
- For Unscripted format submissions, please submit a treatment about the project and highlight any exclusive access to intellectual property or a public figure. Links to video footage can be included, along with the Cover Letter.
- Optionally, you can include a PDF document that includes any other information. This can be anything from a full series bible to a line-item budget, to links to footage or a sizzle reel. We recommend only including information that gives a better sense of the specific project, but please include anything that will help our judges understand the creators and the project.
- When reviewing your submission we will consider your primary document (which varies depending on your project format) and your cover letter. Additional optional materials, will be reviewed as needed.
- Grants will range in size up to a maximum of $30,000 per project. Grant amount will be determined by the jury consisting of executives from ScreenCraft.
- Recipients will be announced within 12 weeks of the final deadline of each cycle. Please refer to the top of the page for announcement dates.
- Applications are accepted via electronic submission only.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
- Applications must be received on or before the deadlines and application fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission.
- All application 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 author or owner of the material. 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.
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
- Grant funding is conditional upon selected recipient going into production on selected project within twelve (12) months of when the grant was awarded.
- We welcome international applicants. All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
- If an applicant is younger than 18 years old, a verifiable parental consent form must also be submitted with application.
- All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this production grant program.
- There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
- Screenplay must be owned and submitted by the writer or owner.
- Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
- We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
- Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or director or the work is in the public domain.
- Screenplays must be in generally accepted industry-standard formatting as a PDF file. Any popular software may be used for formatting, such as Final Draft, WriterDuet, Celtx or Fade In.
- 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
- Overall Impression
- Professional Presentation
Criteria for Winners and Finalists:
- The winners and top finalists 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 as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
- 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.
- We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
- COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: ScreenCraft may ask for (but not require) executive producer credit depending on the project, its needs, and ScreenCraft’s participation. Writer credit and director and producer credit will remain with the original filmmaking team. All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this grant program remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made. Should your project be awarded funding, you are not obligated to accept it until and unless other agreements are made.
- REFUND POLICY: All application fees are non-refundable.
- ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: By applying for this production grant, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft, Red Ampersand LLC, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, contributors, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting this ScreenCraft Film Fund and Grant Program and Promotion, 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 Promotion 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 all related parties including ScreenCraft, 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 Program and/or entrant’s use or misuse of awarded grant. Employees of ScreenCraft, and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. This grant program is void where restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. 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).