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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure Competition

Joe Robert Cole, co-writer of BLACK PANTHER and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, joins as our VIP Mentor alongside jurors from Zero Gravity, Thunder Road, Buchwald and more...

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Final Deadline - June 30

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Film Fund

Film Fund Competition

$30,000 in grant funding available! Open to a wide range of projects and formats. Winners have screened at Cannes, Sundance, & SXSW.

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Final Deadline - June 30

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Animation & Family

Animation & Family Competition

Whether it's a heartwarming tale that brings families together or an innovative animation that pushes the boundaries of creativity, we're looking for original stories with new voices.

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Regular Deadline - June 30

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Drama

Drama Competition

Writers from this competition have signed with CAA, Brillstein, Circle of Confusion, and have gone on to be nominated for Emmys and staff on TV shows. The results speak for themselves: this is Hollywood’s best Drama Screenwriting Competition.

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Early Deadline - June 30

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 Virtual Pitch

Virtual Pitch Competition

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to pitch directly to an A-list jury of industry insiders online and open to writers worldwide!

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Early Deadline - June 30

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Who you know matters

Mentorship Matters is an intensive, year-long mentorship program that pairs diverse emerging  writers with working TV showrunners.
We are a group of committed television showrunners with series on air and/or in development at major networks and studios. Our goal is to leverage our connections to advocate for and help create real opportunities for undiscovered diverse writers.
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ScreenCraft’s Writer Success Stories

Meet the writers who used ScreenCraft competitions to break into the film and TV industry.
  • Alex Boyd

    Hired on CW’s “The Flash”
    "People really do make it in this industry,” says screenwriter Alex Boyd. “When I moved to LA to start my writing career, I knew zero people in the industry. So when I took the traditional mailroom route, I felt like I was the only person around without any connections. Even when I wrote something I was proud of, I often felt like it was wasting away on my hard drive with nobody to read.”

    In 2021, Alex entered ScreenCraft’s TV Pilot competition. He won. “I had been submitting to competitions for years now with some success, but I was particularly excited to enter ScreenCraft because of the genre-specific categories," he says. Since winning, Alex was hired to write an episode of CW’s “The Flash.”
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  • Tommy Wright

    Signed with Bauman Management
    "As writers it’s always challenging to distinguish yourself from others,” says screenwriter Tommy Wright, who was awarded a 2021 ScreenCraft Film Fund grant. He has since signed with a literary manager at Bauman Management. “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."
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  • Nabil Chowdhary

    Signed with Writ Large Management
    After winning the grand prize in the 2019 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Competition for his project POD, Nabil Chowdhary was introduced to manager Bash Naran at Writ Large and subsequently signed with him. “Within hours of winning, I was put in touch with Bash," says Nabil. "Three weeks later, we were officially working together. ” 

    In December of 2019, Nabil’s work was named to both The Hit List and The Black List as one of the best screenplays of the year. "I was in constant communication with the ScreenCraft team, seeking advice and looking for guidance on how to navigate this very new situation for me. They couldn’t have been more helpful."
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  • Nicole Ramberg

    Signed with Bellevue Productions
    “Winning a ScreenCraft competition — and ScreenCraft’s immediate assistance putting me in touch with managers afterward — was the foot in the door that I needed to jumpstart my Hollywood writing career,” says Nicole Ramberg, who signed with Bellevue Productions after success in the ScreenCraft 2020 Action Adventure screenplay competition. 
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TV Pilot

TV Pilot Competition

Featuring Emmy-nominated writer and showrunner Kirk Ward (THE CONTINENTAL) as our Grand Prize Mentor! Winners have been staffed on ALL RISE, GOOD TROUBLE, and more.

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Feature

Feature Competition

Jury includes literary reps from Bellevue, Buchwald, and others. This year's Grand Prize Mentors include Oscar-winner David Rabinowitz (BLACKKKLANSMAN), Hugh Welchman (LOVING VINCENT), Rose Gilroy (PROJECT ARTEMIS) and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (MULAN).

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Short Story

Short Story Competition

Our jury features professionals from across the entertainment and publishing industries. Past winners have signed with top agents and had their worked optioned.

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Fellowship

Fellowship Competition

7 days of intensive professional meetings. 3 months of career consultation. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Comedy

Comedy Competition

Open to pilots and features, opportunities for our comedy competition include mentorship with Funny or Die, a Q&A with Tze Chun, project development with established screenwriters, and a jury behind great comedies like PEN15 and NO HARD FEELINGS.

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Horror

Horror Competition

Our jury is scary good, featuring agent Daniel Perry (Buchwald), screenwriter Guy Busick (SCREAM 5, READY OR NOT), and more. “The industry’s #1 horror screenplay contest.” – IndieWire

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True Story

True Story Competition

The demand for films and television series based on existing IP has never been higher, and our prestigious industry jury is ready to read the next hit true stories, biographies and public domain adaptations. Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman joins as this year's VIP Mentor!

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Stage Play

Stage Play Competition

Grand Prize Winner will be mentored by Tony Award-winning & Academy Award-nominated playwright Jeffrey Whitty (Avenue Q). Past winners have signed with CAA, WME, A3 Artists, and more!

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Cinematic Book

Cinematic Book Competition

Author/producer Sara Shepard (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) joins as our VIP mentor! Jury includes Showrunner Charlie Craig, and industry professionals from Verve, & Howland Agency.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Competition

Our prestigious jury includes execs from Zero Gravity Management, ACE Content, and industry pros behind great franchises like STAR WARS and X-MEN. SEVERANCE writer Kari Stringham-Drake joins as Grand Prize Mentor!

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Short Film

Short Film Competition

What do George Lucas, Neill Blomkamp, and Lynne Ramsay all have in common? They started their careers off of a short script. We want to help build new great careers for amazing short script writers.

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2024 Competitions Calendar

Fellowships

Fellowship
Oct - Feb

Formats

Feature
Mar - May
Short Film
Nov - Jan
Stage Play
Aug - Oct
TV Pilot
July - Sep

Genres

Comedy
Feb - Apr
Drama
June - Aug
Horror
Aug - Oct
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