Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft/Big Break

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Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

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Email:
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Contact: Kala Guess

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Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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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. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/30/2020

Rules

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Awards

2 Grand Prize Award Winners
  • One Feature Grand Prize and one TV Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the 11 Feature Genre and TV Format award winners
  • These two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for meetings and networking with executives, producers, agents and managers
Each Grand Prize Award winner receives
  • An Apple iPad
  • A trip to Hollywood – roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles plus hotel accommodations
  • $10,000 cash
  • Breakfast with screenwriter/producer Pen Densham (Riding the Alligator, Moll Flanders, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, producer of Backdraft)
  • Cocktails with Big Break Grand Prize Alumni
  • 60-90 Minute Career/Meeting Prep Session from screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup
  • Copy of Save The Cat! Story Structure Software
  • Admission to one Robert McKee Story Seminar in 2020 in London, New York or Los Angeles
  • Extended Screenplay Coverage
  • Query Letter or One-Sheet analysis and a personalized, signed copy of The Screenwriter’s Bible by Dave Trottier Script consultation with a Script Pipeline’s Director of Development for potential industry circulation
  • The Final Draft Mobile™ App for iPad
  • Additional Prizes for TV Grand Prize Winner
  • Script Consultation from Jen Grisanti Consultancy including written/verbal notes and meeting to review the notes and your logline
  • One-hour career consultation with Carole Kirschner of Park on the Lot to create a step by step, personalized game plan for leveraging the contest win
11 Feature & TV Awards
  • 11 Feature and TV Winners, including the Grand Prize Winners, share over $100,000 in cash and prizes!
  • 8 Feature Winners in each of the following genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Rom-Com, Diversity, Drama, Family/Animated, Period/Historical/War, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Thriller/Horror
  • Three TV Winners in the following formats: Half-Hour Pilot, Hour-Long Pilot, and Diversity Pilot
Each Feature and TV Award winner receives
  • $1,000 Cash
  • Final Draft 11
  • The New York Film Academy Fellowship
  • Luncheon with Big Break judges and other industry professionals
  • Writer brand assessment from Lee Jessup
  • 60-minute webinar with screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup on how to capitalize on your Big Break win
  • Three months free hosting of your script on The Black List with two free evaluations from The Black List readers InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you
  • InkTip Magazine: Publish your logline in InkTip’s magazine sent to 4000+ producers and reps Truby’s Blockbuster Genres: How The Top 11 Genres Really
  • Work Audio Course
  • Free entry to any Script Pipeline Season – Feature or TV StoryO from Jungle Software
  • One-year International Screenwriters Association CONNECT membership
  • Free Big Break Contest entry for 2020
  • Script coverage from Big Break readers
  • Copy of Save The Cat! Strikes Back by screenwriter Blake Snyder
  • TV Format Winners also receive
  • Level 1 10-Week TV Spec & Pilot Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Consultancy

Final Draft/Big Break

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 39    
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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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Contest News

Final Draft Announces Winners of 3rd Annual International Screenwriting Contest

ENCINO, CA - August 26, 2002 - Final Draft, Inc. today announced the winners of its annual "Big Break" International Screenplay Contest. Selected from over 2,500 entries, this year's winner is "8 Track" by Shawn Corridan of Honolulu, Hawaii. "8 Track" is a coming-of-age drama set in the '70's, in which four teenage boys embark on a surfing/road trip to Mexico during the last weekend before high school is to begin, a trip that profoundly changes their relationships and lives forever. He will receive $10,000 plus an all-expense-paid 3-day visit to Los Angeles to take meetings with industry professionals. Winner Shawn Corridan said, "I had a watershed moment while attending a pharmaceutical sales conference (khakis, starched white shirts, too-white smiles, backslapping, etc.) that sent me running into the arms of a possible screenwriting career. Final Draft, both the software and the contest, made it all possible."

"Childproof" by Brad Henning won second place and he will receive $3,000. "Childproof" tells the story of a womanizing internet executive who unexpectedly gets custody of a 10-year-old girl he fathered through sperm donation.

"Kid Newz" by Janet Borrus & Susannah Blinkoff came in third and they will receive $1,000. "Kid Newz" is a smart, funny, family feature about three scrappy kids who become television's hottest investigative reporters.

All finalists will receive a copy of Final Draft scriptwriting software, a one-year subscription to Creative Screenwriting Magazine and scr(i)pt Magazine, a $50 gift certificate from The Writers Store and a copy of The Hollywood Creative Directory Producers Guide.

"Our congratulations and best wishes to Shawn, Brad, Janet, Susannah and all the other writers who submitted their work," said Marc Madnick, President and CEO of Final Draft, Inc. "Our Big Break contest keeps getting more popular every year and we're happy to offer an opportunity to more and more writers and help start them on their way to a successful career."

The other "Big Break" International Screenplay Contest Finalists were:

"10 Minutes to Paradise" by Janyce Lapore. A character-driven and action-packed tale of contemporary New York City.

"The Courier" by Chris Saffran. A female cat burglar becomes entangled in a web of international espionage and is seduced by a CIA agent--who just might be poison.

"The Darkest Hours" by Sean Kelly. A satiric look at McCarthy-era anti-communist propaganda that imagines America entering the 21st century under the merciless thumb of the Soviet Union.

"The Graybar Hotel" by Joel Rapp & Peter Van Pelt. A prison inmate living the good life in jail is suddenly released and must now get used to life as a free man.

"Ignatius Elf" by Charles Weir & Steve Clarke. A disenchanted Christmas Elf steals Santa's sleigh and reindeer to stop Christmas and to seek a better life as a California surfer.

"Irish Luck" by Sean Corrigan. A young and talented thief hiding his past has one week to pay back a $40,000 gambling debt. He devises a plan to win back the money in an Atlantic City casino. While in Atlantic City, he encounters a beautiful young woman with an ulterior motive who lures him into a museum heist.

"Mall Cop" by Alfred Thomas Catalfo. When armed bandits pull a daring, mall-wide heist, a hapless mall security guard who dreams of becoming a police officer proves that, this time, they've messed with the wrong quasi-law-enforcement professional.

"Moon Shadows" by Jim Henry. A girl is abducted and held hostage, grows up and extracts revenge.

About Final Draft's "Big Break" Contest Now in its third year, Final Draft's "Big Break" Contest has become one of the most popular in Hollywood due to previous winners' success and its generous payout. The first contest's winner, "Dawg," by Ken Hastings, has been produced and shot by Gold Circle Films (starring Elizabeth Hurley and Denis Leary), and last year's winner, "Breathing Underwater," by Torye Mullins, has been optioned by Stephen J. Cannell Studios.

A panel of industry professionals conducted the final judging: Brent Armitage, Kathie Fong-Yoneda, Lori Hughes, SoYun Kima and John Truby.

The contest was sponsored by Final Draft, Inc., The Writers Store, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, ScriptShark and scr(i)pt Magazine.

Updated: 08/26/2002

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 39    
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