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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 Paul Chepikian

An interview with screenwriter Paul Chepikian regarding the Scriptapalooza Writing Competition.

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

A: "Emily's Numbers" is about Jack and Bernie. Bernie, on his deathbed, insists his late wife, Emily, came to him in a dream and gave him the winning lotto numbers. He makes his old pal, Jack, promise to buy a lotto ticket and use the winnings to save their retirement community from being sold and turned into condos. Jack keeps his promise and at the funeral, places the ticket in Bernie's pocket. Go figure, it's the winning ticket! Getting the ticket back shouldn't be difficult, right? Wrong! A screw up has three bodies shipped to three different locations: a crematorium, a medical school and a cemetery in Jersey. Who went where is anybodies guess. Let the games begin.

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

A: Scriptapalooza's reputation around town is what made me consider submitting my work. The town being Hollywood. I've lived in Los Angeles since 1979 and its' reputation has been growing. I'm very proud to say that this year, Emily's Numbers also made it into the quarter finals of the Nicholl Fellowship which means it was one of 250 out of over 5,000 submissions. A few years ago, it was also what's called a second rounder at the Austin Film Festival. As a side note: I've had people ask me if they should submit the same script to the same contest. If you believe in the work, my answer would be yes. I've had scripts rejected in a competition and then it's done well. Judges change, tastes change, etc. But you must be honest with yourself about your work.

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: Everything they promised was delivered. It was a wonderful experience.

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

A: There was no feedback from the contest nor was I expecting any. I did get some minor feedback from some people who asked to read the script and feedback is always important whether you agree with it or disagree with it, it makes you take another look.

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

A: It definitely opened some doors. I was very fortunate because I had lightning strike twice with the Nicholl Fellowship as well. But Scriptapalooza takes a very hands on approach in trying to help market your work for one year. I was contacted by various people in various positions. Though nothing has come from any of these encounters, I was always told the writing was good though they may not be interested in the subject matter. I was welcome to submit anything anytime. That's a major door that opened for me. I think the biggest obstacle was the writers strike. It immediately shut down everything, especially for new people trying to break in.

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

A: My background is advertising, design, photography, cinematography, improv comedy, acting and writing. I've managed to make a living at any given time in any of those fields though more recently, it's been more behind the camera. I have other screenplays in various states of completion. I guess my biggest accomplishment thus far would be a half hour sketch comedy I wrote and produced back in 1992 with my late friend and business partner, Tony. We cast it from our improv group, we shot it ourselves, funded it ourselves, edited it and shopped it around. Showtime bought it as is, no changes whatsoever and aired it as a comedy special. It got nominated for an ACE Award that year for Best Comedy Special against some major players. It was a nice ride.

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

A: I moved here in 1979 from Jersey. You can take da' boy outta' Jersey but you can't take Jersey outta' da' boy.

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

A: I wish I was more disciplined! I have trouble getting started. Once I do, I'm hard to stop. But, whoa, that getting started is really tough for me. I'm struggling with what to work on next. The good news is that I'm not at a shortage of ideas. Emily's Numbers was close to my heart but I knew going in that no matter how good it was, a story about two old guys wasn't exactly what Hollywood is craving. Though I was very excited to see the Bucket List got made. Emily's Numbers is in the same vain. I personally like small, character driven stories. Make me laugh, make me cry, make me feel good, show me people overcoming hardship and making the world a better place and I'm there. Don't get me wrong, I love those other movies, I'm there with my popcorn to watch em', I just don't write em.'

Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2008