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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Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
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)
First January 4, 2021 $50 (features) $30 (shorts)
Regular February 1, 2021 $55 (features) $35 (shorts) 14
Late March 1, 2021 $60 (features) $40 (shorts) 42
Final May 5, 2021 $65 (features); $45 (shorts) 107

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 (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 310    
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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 (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 310    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

Scriptapalooza Interviews 3rd place winner Keli Rowley

Scriptapalooza interviews writer Keli Rowley, whose script Danny LongLegs finished 3rd in the 2006 Scriptapalooza competition.

Scriptapalooza: How did you come up with your story idea?

When I lived in my apartment in Redondo Beach, I had a pretty bad ant problem. You couldn't leave any dishes in the sink or you'd have a line of ants the next morning. But, when I went to clean the ants off the plate, a big spider would always appear on the wall like he was trying to distract me from the ants so they could collect more food. That led me to the idea of each house having a whole world of bugs, and then the idea grew from there.

Scriptapalooza: How long did it take you to write it?

It's kind of hard to say. It started out as a young-adult novel. Then, I decided it would work better as an animated feature, so I wrote a first draft of it for Writer's Boot Camp when I first moved to L.A. I got a good response from it, but for some reason, turned to other projects for awhile. But, I really liked the idea and it was always in the back of my mind to finish it. Finally, after dabbling in a couple of other ideas, I decided to go back to it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Scriptapalooza: Is this your first script that you have written?

No. I dabbled in a few different genres trying to decide which one I liked and thought I could write best. When I decided to concentrate on animation, I wrote three TV animation specs for SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents and Kim Possible. That gave me a good foundation for story, which helped me in writing the feature.

Scriptapalooza: Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

Yes.

Scriptapalooza: Have you been successful?

This script also placed in the Top 10 of the Writers on the Storm screenwriting contest and is currently being read for a couple of others. I also placed second in the Creative Screenwriting Open Writing Tournament at the Screenwriting Expo in 2004 and got to have one of my scenes performed by SAG actors at the closing ceremonies.

Scriptapalooza: Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

When I first moved to L.A. as a naïve, starry-eyed writer, the first job I got was reading scripts at a screenwriting agency, and the first contest I got to judge was Scriptapalooza. It seemed like a really big and important contest and I was thrilled to see what people were writing. That experience stuck with me, so once I had a completed screenplay of my own, I decided I had to submit it to the contest I had once read.

Scriptapalooza: Advice to other screenwriters? The two P's - Persistence and Patience. When I first started pursuing screenwriting as a career, I had no idea of the complexities of writing a really good script, or how long it takes to perfect the craft. There was a time when I wanted to quit, but I pushed through that and decided instead to do whatever it took to get better. That's how I think about writing every day now. What can I do to improve?

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

I was thrilled to do so well, especially in a big, established competition like this one with so many entries. I actually looked at the Top 10 first hoping just to have made it that far, and when I saw my name in third place, I had to read it twice just to make sure I wasn't seeing things!

Updated: 09/01/2006

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 (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 310    
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