The ScreenCraft Summit Virtual Pitch Competition gives writers the chance to pitch to industry professionals, a network of writers and a live audience! Here’s how it works:
Submit your best elevator pitch – a written, typed pitch of no more than 350 words.
Semi-finalists will be asked to submit a 2-minute video pitch.
The finalists will pitch live and online, to a panel of A-list industry professionals.
Previous Season Judges
Writer of iconic and mind-bending films such as BIRD BOX, LIGHTS OUT and ARRIVAL, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Eric Heisserer is now Exec. Producer and Showrunner for upcoming Netflix fantasy series SHADOW & BONE.
Peabody-award winning TV Writer, Exec Producer and Showrunner Wendy Calhoun’s work includes Fox’s PRODIGAL SON, EMPIRE, ABC’s STATION 19, NASHVILLE, REVENGE, and FX’s JUSTIFIED, as well as over forty hours of unscripted television including MONSTER HOUSE and HELL'S KITCHEN.
Ben Cory Jones
Writer, Producer and Actor Ben Cory Jones produced the Netflix film STEP SISTERS, for HBO's INSECURE, and was showrunner/co-creator of the BET series, BOOMERANG with Lena Waithe. Previously he wrote on shows including ABC Family’s CHASING LIFE, Amazon’s HAND OF GOD, and the critically-acclaimed UNDERGROUND. In 2020 he launched a TV Writing Workshop for underrepresented writers of color and LGBTQ+ storytellers, receiving over 1,300 applications.
Tovah Silbermann is a talent & literary manager at Mosaic Media Group with a focus on comedy. Tovah started at the Gersh agency and then moved to Mosaic to become their first-ever NY based manager. Clients have written for include SNL, BIG MOUTH, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, THE TONIGHT SHOW, and more.
Grand Prize Winner
The finalists of the ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch live, over Zoom, to a panel of entertainment industry leaders (Agents, Managers, TV Showrunners, etc).
The overall Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 prize, and will be welcomed into the ScreenCraft Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers who are looking for talented emerging TV screenwriters.
The top 3 winners’ project info and log lines will be circulated and recommended to our network of over 60 Hollywood managers, agents, producers, and development executives.
ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with representation, and staffed in writing rooms. Past ScreenCraft winners have signed with reps at CAA, WME, 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and United Talent Agency.
Personal Introduction to top literary managers
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
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RULES AND MORE
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Legal
- 350-word pitch submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between December 16, 2020 and February 12 2021.
- Entry fee for each submission (whether TV pilot or feature film) is $29.50 until the regular deadline on January 15, 2021,and then $39.50 until the final deadline on February 12, 2021.
- There is no optional feedback option from a professional reader applicable to this competition.
- All participants must first submit a written, typed pitch of no more than 350 words. Your written pitch can include a brief description of characters, plot, themes, tone, writer background, comparable projects, etc. Any submission of more than 350 words will be disqualified from the competition.
- Pitches should be for feature films and episodic series. Please do not pitch a short film.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
- All semi-finalists will be required to submit a filmed video pitch of themselves, via a private link.
- Instructions for submission of video pitch will be sent only to Semifinalists. Only submissions with a filmed video pitch will be eligible to advance to the finals.
- Only 100 Semifinalists will be selected from the written submissions.
- Video submission guidelines:
- Video can be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or any public-access video hosting platform.
- Video must be 3 minutes or less in total, including stop/start time and a brief introduction. We ask that the pitch itself be no more than 2 minutes, but if you go over by a few seconds you will not be automatically disqualified.
- There is no judging criteria based on video quality other than the clear ability to see/hear the writer(s). Self-filmed pitches via your smartphone are fine.
- No additional props, guests or support materials may be in the video, only the writer(s).
- Writers should – and the judges will – consider this video pitch a rehearsal for pitching live.
- The finalists will be invited to pitch live to the Panel of Judges, over Zoom.
- Finalists must be available for the Pitch Finals online event. Finalists who are not available for the event will be disqualified.
- Winners will be selected and announced at the Finals Event .
- 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.
- 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 written document.
- If a writing team is chosen as a winner, both members of the writing team must be available to live-pitch at the Finals event.
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for free within the first 12 hours, and for a $5 re-entry fee through our submission management platform Coverfly at any time until the finalists are announced. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
- It is recommended (but not required) that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however, it is not required.
- ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
- 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 (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
- Material submitted to other competitions or contests may be submitted to this contest as well.
- There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
- Writers can submit a written pitch for a film or television project even if the script is not completed.
- Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
- Written material should be submitted in clear typed text with standardized font, spacing and margin.
- Title page not required.
- Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly.
- Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain. You may not pitch a script that is based on a copyrighted work that is owned by someone else.
- Written material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
- The Semifinalists will be invited to submit a simple video pitch. The video file cannot be uploaded and must be hosted on a free website such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, and easy to view with a single link.
The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality, (ii) uniqueness and personality in voice in storytelling, (iii) characterization, (iv) dialogue, (v) visual storytelling, and (vi)overall professional presentation. 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 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 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.
- 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, 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).