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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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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 04/12/2021

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: 312    
Have you entered?
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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: 312    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

Scriptapalooza Interviews 2nd Place Finisher Mike Cunningham

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

It was over Thanksgiving dinner, 1994. Aside from the usual family discussions, we got talking about politics. That wasn't unusual since my Dad is a former history teacher. He and I have always enjoyed debating issues, etc. For some reason we got talking about close elections and I posed the question, "Could there ever be a tie?" As far as the electoral college was concerned, "yes" he said. As far as some sort of popular vote tie, he said the odds were incalculable. Then I asked, "well what if there were an electoral tie that was to be decided by one state that had a popular vote tie?" My Dad thought about it and then laughed saying the odds were just as great, even in one state. But the idea stayed with me. About a month later, I called the Monroe County, N.Y. election board and asked them if there were any way a vote might not be counted. After some time discussing implausible scenarios, the election clerk said, "well we have had damaged absentee ballots that haven't been able to go through the machines." She explained that our local absentee ballot procedure required a person to punch-hole a ballot and stick it in an envelope which would then be time-stamped and marked with that person's name. In the process of counting, the names would be checked against a list of ballots received and then the envelopes would be put into a machine that would separate the envelope from the ballot which would then be mechanically tabulated. In a lopsided election, one damaged vote probably wouldn't matter much she said. But in the scenario I suggested, where it would decide the fate of the nation, they would make every effort to find out who the voter was so that they could recast their ballot. In my scenario, the only discernible information after the ballot was damaged was the name and address of the absentee voter...the swing voter. SWING VOTE was born. Imagine my shock when election 2000 nearly turned out as I had suggested five years earlier!

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

Six months. I was laid off from my job as an advertising copywriter in December of 1994, just before Christmas. I was pretty bummed and made a knee-jerk call to Cary Schuman, an American I met in England who just happened to have been an extra on the TV series Happy Days for its entire run. I had been working with him on behalf of one of our clients, Citibank, who asked us to do a story on him for one of their financial magazines. He had developed a golf club made out of the metals from destroyed US and Soviet nuclear missile casings (strange, but true!). Since he had first-hand experience with Hollywood, I thought he might be able to help me out with some advice and perhaps give me a little inspiration. I bounced my idea off him and he thought it could work. I didn't start writing until February and finished in July. I still remember calling my then-girlfriend (now wife) Jan and telling her I had finished. I soon realized, however, I really hadn't. I went through several rewrites at the suggestion of my father, brother and cousin. They all told me it was way too long and too slow at the beginning. Being my first (and still only) screenplay, I fought the idea of having to do it all over again. But I'm glad I did. I quickly learned a few lessons in editing, discipline and perseverance. To this day I believe I lost my job only to find what I believe will someday be my new career.

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

Yes. As I said earlier, my job is as an advertising copywriter. Normally, I write all day and have nothing left at night. And now, with the addition of my son, there is little if any time to do much else but chase the little guy around! Thank God I took advantage of the time I had when I was let go from my job. When it happened, I didn't really begin looking for a new one. Something kept bugging me to write the screenplay. I got a lot of heat from a lot of people who felt I wasn't being very responsible spending my time writing a screenplay. I'm glad I didn't listen to them. At least in that instance!

Scriptapalooza: Have you entered other screenwriting competitions? If so, have you been successful?

Yes. Austin Heart of Film twice... no luck. Nicholls Fellowship twice...one glimmer of hope-- a handwritten note from the director stating that though I didn't make the quarterfinals (280 screenplays), I did land in the top 10% of all scripts which meant I was in the top 400 or so out of about 4500 scripts.

Scriptapalooza: Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

It was really on a whim. A woman with whom my wife worked cut out a snippet of an article from the USA TODAY Weekend magazine which had just a blurb on Scriptapalooza. She left it on my wife's chair with a little post-it note that read, "Jan, for your and Mike's FYI!" I still have the little note and clipping, complete with her hand-drawn smiley face. I e-mailed Amy the other night to thank her for thinking of me and giving Jan the note.

Scriptapalooza: Advice to other screenwriters?

Persevere. It's been almost seven years since I wrote SWING VOTE. And since I don't get much time to write after work, I sort of turned the idea of getting SWING VOTE sold into a hobby. I keep at it. Don't take all criticism too seriously because writing and creativity in general is so subjective.

Do the legwork to find people or organizations that will accept unsolicited material. Don't be afraid to send your ideas out into the world. No one will ever know about them otherwise.

Act on seemingly unimportant contacts or innocent little proddings from friends and family. Check them all out because you never know what might happen. One little clipping from a friend helped me earn second place out of 2300 entries.

Also, make contacts any way you can. My sister works for a big West coast airline and sees a lot of Hollywood types coming through Portland, Oregon. She told me to send her a half-dozen scripts and she would try to get them into the hands of these producers. (I've dubbed her my "guardian agent.") One gentleman, the president of the company that produced Jim Carrey's the Mask, read my script and called me within a month, very interested. However, I've learned this business is not one to act quickly. Other things get hot and priorities change. He still loves my script, but just isn't in a position to do anything at this time.

One very important thing: do NOT send out your script until it's absolutely READY! Put it (and yourself) through the ringer first until it's as good as you can get it. I made the mistake of sending my script out at 160 pages to the production company of the very actor I wanted to star in my film. I sent my synopsis on a Friday and they called me for the script on a Monday. I sent them the very rough draft and was told three months later it was "a pass." Lesson learned.

A great thing to remember is a saying I saw on a bumper sticker: "The 'overnight success' took 15 years."

Scriptapalooza: Are you excited to use your new software from Screenplay Systems?

I'm looking forward to the upgrade. I've been working on Screenplay Systems old Mac software, Scriptor.

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

It felt like a prayer had been answered. My wife screamed from upstairs. I thought she was doing the bills but she had been surfing your site and discovered I had placed second. I kinda' started yelling and running around like a kid who had eaten his whole bag of Halloween candy in one sitting! Remember the Mike Myers character on Saturday Night Live who was hypoglycemic and chained to his swing set?!

Scriptapalooza: What are you going to do with your cash prize?

It's hard to say. It's not often you get three-grand for sending in a 121-page stack of paper. Then, when you get the money, so many ideas pop into your head. Most of them selfish. I hope I put it to good use-- for family or career.

Updated: 08/23/2001

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: 312    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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