Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft/Big Break

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5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

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Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

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Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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Objective

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

Since its inception in 1999, Big Break has awarded screenwriters with over $600,000 in cash and prizes and invaluable industry exposure. A panel of notable industry professionals conducts the final judging.

Our objective is to discover talented screenwriters and help them find success in today’s filmmaking market. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird April 30, 2020 $45
Regular June 25, 2020 $55 30
Extended July 9, 2020 $65 44
Last Chance July 30, 2020 $75 65

Dates reflect deadlines for electronic submission of scripts. All entries must be electronically submitted by their respective deadlines.

Rules

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Awards

2 Grand Prize Award Winners
  • One Feature Grand Prize and one TV Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the 11 Feature Genre and TV Format award winners
  • These two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for meetings and networking with executives, producers, agents and managers
Each Grand Prize Award winner receives
  • An Apple iPad
  • A trip to Hollywood – roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles plus hotel accommodations
  • $10,000 cash
  • Breakfast with screenwriter/producer Pen Densham (Riding the Alligator, Moll Flanders, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, producer of Backdraft)
  • Cocktails with Big Break Grand Prize Alumni
  • 60-90 Minute Career/Meeting Prep Session from screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup
  • Copy of Save The Cat! Story Structure Software
  • Admission to one Robert McKee Story Seminar in 2020 in London, New York or Los Angeles
  • Extended Screenplay Coverage
  • Query Letter or One-Sheet analysis and a personalized, signed copy of The Screenwriter’s Bible by Dave Trottier Script consultation with a Script Pipeline’s Director of Development for potential industry circulation
  • The Final Draft Mobile™ App for iPad
  • Additional Prizes for TV Grand Prize Winner
  • Script Consultation from Jen Grisanti Consultancy including written/verbal notes and meeting to review the notes and your logline
  • One-hour career consultation with Carole Kirschner of Park on the Lot to create a step by step, personalized game plan for leveraging the contest win
11 Feature & TV Awards
  • 11 Feature and TV Winners, including the Grand Prize Winners, share over $100,000 in cash and prizes!
  • 8 Feature Winners in each of the following genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Rom-Com, Diversity, Drama, Family/Animated, Period/Historical/War, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Thriller/Horror
  • Three TV Winners in the following formats: Half-Hour Pilot, Hour-Long Pilot, and Diversity Pilot
Each Feature and TV Award winner receives
  • $1,000 Cash
  • Final Draft 11
  • The New York Film Academy Fellowship
  • Luncheon with Big Break judges and other industry professionals
  • Writer brand assessment from Lee Jessup
  • 60-minute webinar with screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup on how to capitalize on your Big Break win
  • Three months free hosting of your script on The Black List with two free evaluations from The Black List readers InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you
  • InkTip Magazine: Publish your logline in InkTip’s magazine sent to 4000+ producers and reps Truby’s Blockbuster Genres: How The Top 11 Genres Really
  • Work Audio Course
  • Free entry to any Script Pipeline Season – Feature or TV StoryO from Jungle Software
  • One-year International Screenwriters Association CONNECT membership
  • Free Big Break Contest entry for 2020
  • Script coverage from Big Break readers
  • Copy of Save The Cat! Strikes Back by screenwriter Blake Snyder
  • TV Format Winners also receive
  • Level 1 10-Week TV Spec & Pilot Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Consultancy

Final Draft/Big Break

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 37    
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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 37    
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Contest News

Final Draft Names 2017 Finalists

Final Draft has named the TV and Feature Script Finalists for their 2017 Big Break Screenwriting Contest:

FEATURES

Action/Adventure
A Random Act of Kindness by Jason Hefter
Blacktop by John Mahony
Chokepoint by Erik LeDrew
Dead Drop by Nancy Duff
Minute Man by Craig Effrain
Moonchild by Aaron Daniel Jacob
On Target by Keith Russell
The Day to Come by Andrew James Porter
The Fantasy Ridge by Kosha Engler
The Last Getaway by James Shepard

Comedy/Rom-Com
Cage by Keri Lee
Conquistadoro by Peter Mann
My Boyfriend the App by Kevin Bachar
Mystery Man by Erik Howard
Picking Up Porter Douglas by Ann LeSchander
Ruby by Hanna Jensen & Tim Hoag
Superfan by Chris Smith & Daniel Vincent Gordh
The Anklebiter by Andy Jones
The Folly of Two by James Godfrey
The One Percenter by H.A. Young

Diversity
Aleppo by Robert Dantas
Amelia by Dana Kendler
As We Go... by Giovanni Porta
Darlings by Aaron Yeung
Dead Drunk & Naked by David Scott Martin
El Camino by Nicolas Pinzon
I’m Not Phil by Eugene Ramos
Jersey Justice by June Finfer
Salvación: A Love Story by Jesus Celaya
The Harvest by Doua Moua

Drama
3D at the Palace by Kent Wilson
Compass by Douglas E. Spaltro
Damn the Valley by Daniel Wilson Clark
Pain by Christopher Arundel & Auregan Falip
Send by Mark Anderson
Source by Tracey Bradley
Spytown by Adam Tobin
Stray by Julia Mogerman
The No-Goods by Michael Hubbard
The Pit by Michael A Schmueck

Family/Animated
Area 52 High by Joel Foster
Better Watch Out by Dan Remmes & John Morning
Chances by Jeff Trently & Anthony Stitt
Doodle by Jonathan Medici
Eulila and the Lighthouse by Jeff Thomas
Girl From the Stars by Derek Chng
I Am Khama! by Mark Macauley
Little Gumshoe and the Naptime Blues by John Bradley
Princess Pirate by Dean Anello, Bernardo Gigliotti & Brittney Ryan
Return to Santa by Kevin Naughton

Period/Historical/War
8 Guns and a Pinkerton by Matt Herrmann
Bodey’s Banner by Ernestina Juarez
Dahlia by Craig Clyde & Dana Wall
Dust to Dust by Cate Honzl
Edge of the Earth by Seth Renshaw
Fawcett’s Revenge by Lynette Crawford-Williams
Hamadi by Reginald Joseph
Red in Tooth and Claw by Brennig Hayden
She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain by Stu Marks
The Man From the Deep by Robert P. Riley

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
After You by Bob Gebert
Artificial by Jonathan Dillon
Hello by Karla Spika
Invader by Marjory Kaptanoglu
Plus 7 by Andy Healy
Starlight by David Trotti
Taminex by Anya Meksin & William Gerrard
The Best Version of You by Mark Ward
The Last Beast of Versailles by Paul Leo Kimball & Parker Jamison
Wendigo by Mike Langer

Thriller/Horror
Buzzkill by Christopher Momenee & Jeff Goldstone
City Under Fire by Greta Heinemann
Dalton by Tim Wolfe
Greener by Erick Pausz & Graham Locke
Ninety Proof by Nick Lentz
Playing Dirty by Richard Blaney
Redwater by Tyler Savage
Survival Skills by Scott Kirkpatrick
The Bride of Death by Michael Phillis
The Clan of Ox by Chandler Holloway

TELEVISON

Diversity
Aeternum by Heidi Nyburg
Bunkered by Sarah McCarron
Can’t Help Myself by Elaine Loh
Hotel California by Mariana Bension
Kimchi Cowboy by Tony Cammarata
Metamorphosis by Johanna Factor
Portia’s Law by Hana Callaghan & Chad Callaghan
Solis by Dana Brawer
The Lioness of Brittany by Heather Ragsdale
Wagon by Jerry Howard

Half-Hour Pilot
Charm City Cheddar by Brett Melnick
Expats by Paul Leo Dietz
Leila, Again by Naomi Brodkin
Max Crysis by MJ Gardner
Rentals by Will Golder
Shifter by Dan Markowitz & Brian Morrissey
Splash Town by Brigitte Erickson
Stage Five by Alexandra Timmer
Starseed by Greg Wayne
The Islanders by Liza Behles

Hour-Long Pilots
Black Circle by Nathan Wilcoxen
Codename: Raven by Diane Musselman
Double Effect by Jonathan Flicker
Egalite by Michael Head
Judas by Joe Brukner
Paper Heroes by Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente
Pawn’s Promotion by Gosha Shapiro
Shelter by JJ Bailey
The End by Derek Asaff
Vesta by Jenny Deiker

Updated: 11/29/2017

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 37    
Have you entered?
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