Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts Competition

Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web:
http://www.scriptapalooza.com
Email:
info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

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Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
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Objective

Scriptapalooza was founded in 1998 with the goal of helping as many writers as possible through the competition. We have over 90 production companies, agents and managers reading all the entered scripts. (A complete list of participants is on Scriptapalooza's website.)

We actively push the Semifinalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners for a full year with the intention of creating opportunities for the writers. We are a hands on competition because we feel it is important to continue supporting the top scripts beyond the cash and prizes. No other competition in the world does that.

We are proud to present the competition with Write Brothers, a company that not only provides the necessary tools for writing but is an advocate and true supporter of emerging writers. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird December 14, 2020 $45 (features) $25 (shorts) 50
First January 4, 2021 $50 (features) $30 (shorts) 71
Regular February 1, 2021 $55 (features) $35 (shorts) 99
Late March 1, 2021 $60 (features) $40 (shorts) 127
Final May 5, 2021 $65 (features); $45 (shorts) 192

We now accept SHORT screenplays, under 50 pages in length.

Notification: August 12, 2021

Rules

This competition is open to any writer, 18 or older without produced feature film credits. Entering the competition constitutes permission to use the winners' names and likenesses for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation. We reserve the right to publicize and promote any and all progress, development and success of the entered scripts.

  1. Any script from any genre will be considered.
  2. Multiple entries are accepted, provided a signed entry form and appropriate entry fee is attached to each submission.
  3. Multiple authorship is acceptable. If the screenplay wins an award, that award will be divided among the writers, by the writers.
  4. Screenplays must be the original work of the author.
  5. Scriptapalooza recommends registering your scripts with the WGA or copyrighting your material with the Library of Congress.
  6. Entry must be accompanied by the following:
    a. completed official entry form (photocopies are acceptable)
    b. the appropriate entry fee
    c. completed original feature screenplay

Awards

Awards for FEATURES competition:

First Place Winner

  • $10,000 Cash
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership
  • Admission to Robert McKee Story Seminar in New York or Los Angeles
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • 5 CoverFly tokens for peer feedback on your script
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

Second Place Winner

  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • 5 CoverFly tokens for peer feedback on your script
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

Third Place Winner

  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • 5 CoverFly tokens for peer feedback on your script
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

10 Runners-Up

  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership

All 30 Finalists

  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Receive Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Writer’s Dreamkit from Write Brothers
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership

Awards for SHORTS competition:
  • 1st Place Prize - $2000 Cash
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 2nd Place Prize
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3rd Place Prize
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 5 Finalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 8 Semifinalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 15 Quarterfinalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network

Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web:
http://www.scriptapalooza.com
Email:
info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 308    
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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts Competition

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web:
http://www.scriptapalooza.com
Email:
info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 308    
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Contest News

Scriptapalooza Interviews 3rd Place Winner Theresa Shaw

Script: DINING WITH DINAH

How did you come up with your story idea?

Years ago I was into the restaurant scene in NY and obsessively read reviews by my two favorite critics. I wondered what their job was like – and from that Dinah, the diva restaurant critic was born. Initially her daughter, Lilly, was in the background but since she was professionally ambitious like her mother it made sense that her goal would be to work at the same prominent newspaper. I think most parents would be proud to see their child succeed professionally, but what if the child became the parent’s boss? The dynamics of their relationship changed, thereby intensifying the conflict. The title DINING WITH DINAH isn’t just the name of her newspaper column, it refers to the back-story of the mother/daughter relationship.

How long did it take you to write it?

Dinah herself was created in 1992, but she was first in another script idea. Some drafts of DINING WITH DINAH took a month, others six months. I’ve had more drafts of Dinah than any other script I’ve written. I like to think Dinah and I grew up together.

Is this your first script that you have written?

No, I wrote some pretty awful screenplays in film school at NYU and right afterwards. Dinah is the second of three scripts I thought were worthy of submitting to competitions.

Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

Yes, in recent years I’ve submitted two other screenplays to competitions as well as earlier drafts of Dinah. The competitions are great motivators for a new writer, you have a goal and a deadline and that keeps you writing and re-writing.

If so, have you been successful?

A few years ago, my screenplay HELLGATE reached different finalist levels at Chesterfield, Fade-In Magazine, and the Austin Film Festival all in the same year – that really gave me the confidence to keep writing.

Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

There are a lot of competitions out there but I researched the screenwriting websites and learned that Scriptapalooza had a good reputation for being well run. It also had an impressive list of participating industry professionals and great sponsors including Write Brothers. But most importantly Scriptapalooza provided the finalists with exposure – which is really what a new writer needs most and is difficult to generate on your own.

Advice to other screenwriters?

Write everyday no matter what, even if it’s one page before you crawl into bed. And never lose faith in yourself.

How did you feel when you saw your name as one of the winners?

I was thrilled to see my name in the earlier finalist levels of Scriptapalooza. But when I saw DINING WITH DINAH won 3rd place I felt a great sense of relief. I so believe in these characters and I was pleased to know someone else responded to them as well.

Updated: 09/15/2003

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts Competition

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web:
http://www.scriptapalooza.com
Email:
info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 308    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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