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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
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 (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 202    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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.

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.

We are endorsed by Robert McKee, author of STORY.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird January 5, 2018 $45 (features); $25 (shorts) 101
First February 1, 2018 $50 (features); $30 (shorts) 128
Regular March 8, 2018 $55 (features); $35 (shorts) 163
Late April 16, 2018 $60 (features); $40 (shorts) 202
Final April 30, 2018 $65 (features); $45 (shorts) 216

We now accept SHORT screenplays, under 40 pages in length.

Notification: August 15, 2018

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. No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for script entries will be accepted under any circumstances.
  7. 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
  • Complete Publishing Package from BookBaby
  • Admission to Robert McKee Story Seminar in New York or Los Angeles
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Shooting People 1 Year Membership
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

Second Place Winner

  • Kindle Fire HD Tablet
  • 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
  • eBook Publishing and WorldWide Distribution from BookBaby
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Shooting People 1 Year Membership
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

Third Place Winner

  • Kindle Fire HD Tablet
  • 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
  • eBook Publishing and WorldWide Distribution from BookBaby
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Shooting People 1 Year Membership
  • 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
  • Software from Write Brothers
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Runners-Up
  • Software from Write Brothers
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Finalists
  • Software from Write Brothers
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Semifinalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Quarterfinalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
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 (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 202    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
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 (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 202    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

The God Machine by Michael Bowler wins Scriptapalooza Contest

The God Machine, by Michael Bowler, has been named the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. The 2nd Place Winner was The Regulars by Devon Colwell, while 3rd Place went to Spirit Lake by Alison Macinni.

Updated: 09/13/2017

Scriptapalooza Names Short Screenplay Contest Winner

Shorty by Jeremy Grant has been named the winner of the 2017 Scriptapalooza Short Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 09/09/2017

Scriptapalooza Names Top 30 Scripts

Scriptapalooza has named the Top 30 Screenplays of the 2017 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 08/22/2017

Scriptapalooza Announces Semifinalists

Scriptapalooza has named their 2017 Screenplay Contest Semifinalists.

Updated: 08/08/2017

Scriptapalooza Names Quarterfinalists

Scriptapalooza has announced their 2017 quarterfinalists. Semifinalists will be announced August 6th.

Updated: 08/02/2017

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

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

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
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 (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 202    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Patrick Andrew O'Connor

An interview with screenwriter Patrick Andrew O'Connor regarding the Scriptapalooza Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: Don Juan. It's a more accurate portrayal of the Don Juan legend than what we saw in that Johnny Depp movie from a few years back. Basically, Don Juan is the self-proclaimed greatest lover in the world...until he falls for the one woman who can actually resist his charms. She also happens to be the daughter of Juan's sworn enemy. So needless to say, complications ensue.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I entered Scriptapalooza because of its name recognition. I haven't entered Don Juan in anything else.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes. Everything was great. I received the prize. And obviously the judges received my bribes because they picked my script as the winner.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Yes. Obviously as a period piece, Don Juan will be a hard sell. But with the success of the Zorro movie a few years back, and the upcoming sequel, I feel there is a market for Don Juan. He is the most popular character in the history of world literature. And I think women would go see this movie for the love story, while the men would go for the action scenes. The greatest compliment I received on the script was that it reminded people of Pirates Of The Carribbean. That is one of my favorite movies so I was excited to hear that.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I was contacted by lots of people but I already had a great manager. The script did lead to some paid work at Disney. It's also hooked me up with a few producers who I am now working with on a spec script that we will be going out with in the next few weeks.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I started writing when I was 20, in my final year of college. I've written a total of 9 scripts, all feature length. I also work at a Los Angeles area TV station as a newswriter, and I've won three APTRA awards and one Golden Mike.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Yes, basically a native Southern California boy. I currently live in Studio City.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Yes. Finishing up the project for Disney and also working on a spec script for a Prod. company. Another spec script I finished earlier this summer is about to make the rounds too. So hopefully, someone will like what I've written so I can continue my career.

Posted Monday, September 19, 2005