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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 30    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

Since its inception in 1999, Big Break has awarded screenwriters with over $600,000 in cash and prizes and invaluable industry exposure. A panel of notable industry professionals conducts the final judging.

Our objective is to discover talented screenwriters and help them find success in today’s filmmaking market.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/14/2017

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Rules

Visit website for contest rules and conditions.

Awards

11 Feature and TV Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes! The Big Break grand-prize feature winner will take home $15,000 in cash plus win a trip to Los Angeles and 3-night hotel stay (unless winner resides in or around Los Angeles). The TV grand-prize winner will win $2,500 plus the trip to Los Angeles. Both winners are taken to industry meetings, dinner with working screenwriters, lunch with Big Break industry judges, and more! Please see website for details.

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 30    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 30    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Final Draft Names 2016 Big Break Contest Winners

The Grand Prize winners of the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Contest were revealed at the 12th Annual Final Draft Awards on February 23rd, 2017.

Updated: 02/27/2017

“Making it” Means Making Magic

I don't know why you got into the business of writing, of grasping at words to explain the images in your brain, and editing within an inch of your life. For most, it's a kind of call, a transcendent purpose. Otherwise, who would chose to subject themselves to continual criticism, knowing their project will always need more work and never feel up to par? Not to mention the constant struggle to "make it" without anyone really defining what "making it" means, beyond an agent and a job on a show. (And once you get that, there's a whole bevy of problems beyond the wall.)

Updated: 04/21/2016
HollywoodIQ:

Tips on Contest Entry: Big Break TV Winner Eric Buchman Shares Lessons from the World of Script Coordinators

Meet Eric Buchman. By day, he's the script coordinator for the hit NBC show Blindspot, starring Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton. By night however, Buckman is the writer of his own show called 45 Wall and dreams of one day hiring his own script coordinator.

Updated: 03/01/2016

Final Draft Names Top 3 Big Break Finalists

The Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition has named their Top 3 Scripts in all categories.

Updated: 12/08/2015

Final Draft Names Big Break Semifinalists

Semifinalists have been named for the 2015 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 10/30/2015

Final Draft Names Contest Winners

13.1 by Chad Rhiness has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. Christopher Iannacone's The Blacklist script "William Henry Booker (No. 58)" was named the TV winner.

Updated: 02/19/2015

Final Draft Announces Big Break Semifinalists

Final Draft has announced their Big Break Screenwriting Contest Semifinalists for 2014.

Updated: 10/28/2014

Final Draft Announces Big Break Quarterfinalists

Final Draft has announced their Big Break Screenwriting Contest Quarterfinalists for 2014, representing the top 10% of almost 7,000 entries.

Updated: 09/30/2014

Final Draft Announces Big Break Semfinalists

The semifinalists for the 2013 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest have been announced.

Updated: 10/18/2013

Final Draft Announces Big Break Quarterfinalists

The quarterfinalists for the 2013 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest have been announced. Quarterfinalists represent the top 10% of 6,669 entries.

Updated: 09/20/2013

Final Draft Announces Big Break Finalists

Final Break has announced the finalists of their Big Break Screenwriting Competition. The top five finalist will be announced in late October, and forwarded to the contest's celebrity judges for final placement.

Updated: 10/09/2012

Final Draft Announces Big Break Semifinalists

Final Draft has announced the Semifinalists of their Big Break Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 09/17/2012

Final Draft Announces Big Break Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2012 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 08/20/2012

Big Break Announces Top 10 Finalists

The top-10 finalists for the 2011 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest have been announced.

Updated: 09/21/2011

Big Break Announces Finalists

The top 40 finalists for the 2011 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest have been announced.

Updated: 09/06/2011

Final Draft Announces 2010 Contest Winners

Tejal Desai has been named the winner of the 2010 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition for his script, Cowboys and Hindus.

Updated: 11/01/2010

Final Draft Announces Big Break Competition Winners

Wyatt Wakeman's crime/drama Borderland has been named the winner of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 10/30/2009

Final Draft Announces Big Break Semifinalists

Final Draft has announced the semifinalists for their 2009 Big Break Screenwriting Competition. Finalists will be announced in September, and the top three winners will be announced on October 30, 2009.

Updated: 08/17/2009

Final Draft Announces 2008 Contest Winners

Final Draft has announced Terry O'Brien's Flesh & Blood as the winner of the 2008 Big Break International Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 01/16/2009

Final Draft Announces Big Break Contest Winners

Robert Frisbee has been named the winner of the 2007 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition for his script, Cityfall.

Updated: 11/20/2007

Big Break Announces Top 10 Finalists

Final Draft has announced the top ten finalists in the 2007 Big Break screenwriting contest.

Updated: 09/14/2007

Final Draft Announces Big Break Semifinalists

Final Draft’s 2007 Big Break semifinalists have been selected from among 3500 entries.   The top ten finalists will be announced on September 11, and the top 3 winners will be announced on October 5.

Updated: 09/06/2007

Final Draft Announces Big Break Contest Winners

Final Draft has announced the top three winners of their 7th Annual Big Break International Screenwriting Competition. Winners Tom Cosgrove, Yehudi Mercado and Stinson Carter had their scripts selected from 3,000 competing worldwide entries, with top winner Cosgrove hailing from Ireland.

Updated: 10/30/2006

2006 Big Break! Semifinalists Announced

Final Draft’s 2006 Big Break! semifinalists have been selected from among 3,000 other entries.

Updated: 09/12/2006

Final Draft Announces Contest Winners

Final Draft has announced the winners of the 6th Annual Final Draft "Big Break!" International Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 10/12/2005

Syd Field Joins Big Break Judges Panel

Scriptwriting guru Syd Field has been named as a judge in Final Draft, Inc.’s Big Break! Screenwriting Contest.

Updated: 06/21/2004

Final Draft Announces Contest Winner

Selected from over 2,500 entries, this year's winner of Final Draft Screenwriting Competition is "Do Not Remove" by D.J. Richardson of Los Angeles, CA.

Updated: 11/19/2003

Final Draft Winner Sells Script to Fox 2000

Shawn Corridan, who won the Final Draft Big Break International Screenwriting Competition for his coming-of-age drama 8-Track, has sold the project to Fox 2000.

Updated: 10/22/2003

Final Draft Announces Contest Finalists

Final Draft has announced the finalists for their BIG BREAK screenwriting competition.

Updated: 10/09/2003

Final Draft's 4th Annual International Screenwriting Contest Announced

Final Draft, Inc. (www.finaldraft.com), makers of the top-selling screenplay software Final Draft, announced today that it has begun taking entries for its annual "Big Break" International Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 01/23/2003

Final Draft Announces Winners of 3rd Annual International Screenwriting Contest

Shawn Corridan's 8 TRACK captures the $10,000 first prize.

Updated: 08/26/2002

Final Draft Announces Big Break Contest Finalists

Final Draft has announced 11 finalists for their Big Break Screenwriting Award. Winners will be announced later this summer.

Updated: 06/29/2002

"Breathing Underwater" by Torye A. Mullins Wins Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition

Updated: 03/11/2001

Final Draft Contest Announces 20 Semifinalists

Updated: 02/05/2001

Final Draft Contest Winner Completes Principal Photography

Updated: 01/05/2001

Final Draft Partners with Express.Com for New Screenwriting Competition

Updated: 04/10/2000

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 30    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Kevin Lee Miller

An interview with screenwriter Kevin Lee Miller regarding the Final Draft/Big Break Writing Competition.

Updated: 02/18/2010

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Wyatt Wakeman

An interview with screenwriter Wyatt Wakeman regarding the Big Break Writing Competition.

Updated: 11/24/2009
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