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Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest

Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest

Contact

LA & London,

Web: Click here
Email: contact@shorescripts.com

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
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Objective

Discovering new screenwriting talent from around the world.

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition is focused on finding the best scripts from around the world and getting them into the hands of the producers and production companies who have the ability to get them made.

Patrick Tobin, the writer of CAKE starring Jennifer Aniston is just one of our successes. Take a look at our outstanding Alumni here: http://www.shorescripts.com/alumni/

We have the highest calibre of industry judges of any screenwriting competition in the world. Our 35+ judges include OSCAR & BAFTA Winners. We also have OVER 80 PRODUCTION COMPANIES & AGENTS attached to read this years best scripts.

  • OSCAR WINNING ACTOR, JEREMY IRONS - THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DIE HARD +
  • PRODUCER, LIZA MARSHALL – TABOO, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
  • MICHELLE WRIGHT - IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION @ WORKING TITLE FILMS
  • OSCAR NOMINATED PRODUCER, STEPHEN WOOLLEY - THE CRYING GAME, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE +
  • BAFTA WINNING WRITER, TONY GRISONI - FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, TIDELAND, THE RED RIDING TRILOGY +
  • OSCAR NOMINATED PRODUCER, PAUL WEBSTER - EASTERN PROMISES, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN +

We have a strong relationship with the production companies signed up to read the years best scripts. These scripts do not necessarily need to be winning scripts. If we feel a script is suited to a companies slate, we will send it on. This will always be with the writers prior consent, and can be at any point during and after the competition.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 08/31/2018

Notification: 30th Nov 2018

Rules

Feature Rules
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
  • Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be in English.
  • The script must be the writers original work. They must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 (£24,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2010. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There is a small additional fee. You may re-enter you script through the Resubmission page on the Shore Scripts website.
  • If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then that script will no longer be eligible for the awards. The entry fee will not be refunded.
  • Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.
  • The script file formats we accept for upload are: .PDF (preferred) Final Draft, MovieMagic, .RTF, .DOC, .TXT
  • Please ensure your script is as close to the standard 80-120 pages as possible. See below in regards to the Short Competition. If you have any questions about the length of your script, please email us. contact@shorescripts.com
  • We accept all genres.
  • The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.
  • If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.
  • By entering Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition, 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).
ADDITIONAL SHORT SCRIPT SUBMISSION RULES
  • Scripts must be within 2-30 Pages.
  • All the above Rules apply.
ADDITIONAL TV PILOT SUBMISSION RULES
  • Script must be within 15-70 Pages.
  • Please only enter the first episode of your TV Pilot.
  • Web Series are accepted.
  • All the above Rules apply.

Awards

FEATURE PRIZES

  • $10,000 (£7950) in cash and prizes to our 5 winners
  • Your script will be sent out to all 80+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
  • Each of our 5 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free 1-year subscription to WriterDuet Pro, a Free enrollment into Good in A Room’s ‘How to Network in Hollywood’ course, a 1-year Free Subscription to IMDB Pro, AND a Free 2019 Raindance Film Festival Pass.
  • Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers
  • Each of our 5 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
  • Free Script Development with Shore Scripts
  • Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

TV PILOT PRIZES

  • Our 5 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $7000 (£5500)
  • Your script will be sent out to Production Companies, Agents & Managers
  • Each of our 5 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free 1-year subscription to WriterDuet Pro, a Free enrollment into Good in A Room’s ‘How to Network in Hollywood’ course, and a 1-year Free Subscription to IMDB Pro
  • Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers
  • Each of our 5 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
  • Free Script Development with Shore Scripts
  • Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

SHORT SCRIPT PRIZES

  • Our 3 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $3000 (£2400).
  • Your script will be sent out to Production Companies, Agents & Managers
  • Each of our 3 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free 1-year subscription to WriterDuet Pro, a Free enrollment into Good in A Room’s ‘How to Network in Hollywood’ course, a 1-year Free Subscription to IMDB Pro, AND 2 Free Passes to the 2019 Encounters Film Festival.

Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest

Contact

LA & London,

Web: Click here
Email: contact@shorescripts.com

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest

Contact

LA & London,

Web: Click here
Email: contact@shorescripts.com

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Shore Scripts Names Finalists

Shore Scripts has announced their contest finalists. Winners will be named November 30th.

Updated: 11/10/2018

Short Scripts Names Semifinalists

Shore Scripts has announced the semifinalists in their Feature, TV Pilot and Short Categories. Winners will be announced November 10th.

Updated: 11/06/2018

Shore Scripts Names Contest Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced in all four categories of the 2018 Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 10/25/2018

Blumhouse Productions Set to Produce Script from Shore Scripts Alum Louis Ackerman

Shore Scripts has announced that their 2015 Contest Winner, Louis Ackerman, has set up his horror/thriller script, Flesh & Blood with Blumhouse Productions.

Updated: 05/25/2018

Shore Scripts Names Contest Winners

Shore Scripts has named their Feature, TV Pilot, and Short Screenplay Contest Winners for 2017.

Updated: 12/01/2017

Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest

Contact

LA & London,

Web: Click here
Email: contact@shorescripts.com

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 21    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Pearse Lehane

An interview with screenwriter Pearse Lehane regarding the Shore Scripts Writing Competition.


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

A: "Get Me This William Shakespeare"

The year is 1944, the place: Hollywood, California.

We’re entering a secret world of cover-ups, blackmail and extortion. This is the beat of private detective (and aspiring screenwriter) Walt Werth. He works for MGM, protecting it’s stars from accusations of sexual misconduct, drug addiction, tax evasion and, worst of all: socialism.

Walt does this by any means necessary: character assassination, theft, blackmail, forgery, extortion. In a word, when millions of dollars of the studio’s money is on the line, anything goes to protect that investment. Walt’s boss is the legendary son-of-a-bitch Harvey Steinwein, head of Patriotic Productions at MGM – a man who puts Winston Churchill on hold. The man who has just fixed the Oscars.

When Walt discovers that (the culturally illiterate) Steinwein thinks William Shakespeare is still alive, he decides to run an impossible con – and bring Shakespeare to Hollywood … literally. Walt will take on the persona of William Shakespeare and pitch the Bard’s scripts to Steinwein, bagging an exclusive, million dollar contract along the way. His plan is a simple one – but not without bloody complications, and when the bodies start piling up Walt Werth finds himself in the middle of a real life, self-authored tragedy. Walt Werth is about to discover that no matter what lies you spin in Hollywood, you never really know who’s being played and who’s the player, until its game over.

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 because of the heavyweight judging panel.

“Get Me This William Shakespeare” was a finalist at the 2013 Sacramento International Film Festival, a semi-finalist at the 2013 VisionFest Feature Screenwriting Competition and a 2012 Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist.

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

A: Yes, yes and yes.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Approximately 5-6 months. At the centre of the story is a lie wrapped in a con buiried under a hustle. Therefore, it took a lot of outline writing before I had the confidence to embark on draft 1. Because the action had to be airtight, in the end there were probably 6-8 drafts before I sent it out to competitions, then another 5-6 more after receiving feedback from the readers.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Final Draft.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I don't write every day, but when I do I keep business hours, 9-5.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Yes. I drink.

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

A: I'm a TV producer and director, with a background in factual and entertainment. I have written two other screenplays, both of which lie on the bottom of the shredder.

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

A: No and no.

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

A: I'm working on the sequel to "Get Me This William Shakespeare", and am developing a comedy series for UK TV.

Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013