Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft/Big Break

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5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

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Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

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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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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 Contest Winner

Final Draft has announced the winners of its annual "Big Break" International Screenplay Contest. Selected from over 2,500 entries, this year's winner is "Do Not Remove" by D.J. Richardson of Los Angeles, CA. "Do Not Remove" is the story of a lonely traveling salesman who finds new meaning in his life when his offbeat secretary and her young son, who collects mattress tags, move in with him. He will receive $10,000 and take meetings with industry professionals. Winner D.J. Richardson said, "Everyone's heard the old saying that every journey begins with a first step. In 'Do Not Remove,' the lead character finally takes one tiny chance in his life - a chance that completely transforms his world in ways he never imagined. As someone who has put off entering the Final Draft contest every year until I finally filled out the form for 'Do Not Remove,' I'm kind of feeling a little closer to that character right now."

"Holliday's Girl," written by Bob Bridges, won second place and he will receive $3,000. "Holliday's Girl" tells the story of a New Age woman with a penchant for getting engaged who reunites with her father - a famous country-western singer - and they embark on a road trip filled with self-discovery.

"The Straight and Narrow," by Sam Nam, came in third and he'll receive $1,000. "The Straight and Narrow" follows a retired husband and wife mobster hit-man team who go on the straight and narrow, only to be pulled back into their mobster ways to save their lives and the life of their child.

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

"Our congratulations and best wishes to D.J., Bob and Sam 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:

Philippa Rizopoulos, "We Love Lucy": A blind man and an agoraphobic woman discover themselves and find love thanks to a lovable seeing-eye dog.

Nancy Pothier, "The Total Dummy's Guide to Marriage": A divorce attorney and a marriage therapist with relationship problems get married on a whim, and realize that they are good for each other.

Nisso Cohen, "MiG-21": An Iraqi pilot defects to Israel with the Soviet MiG-21, testing his bravery and honor when the Israeli military seeks information from him.

Kris Moore, "The Nelson's": An ambitious reporter struggles between family and career until the return of her husband and the antics of her zany mother-in-law force her to reprioritize her life.

Penelope Karageorge, "The Neon Jungle": An artificial intelligence pioneer is murdered and a journalist must unravel the motives behind it, against the backdrop of a sex club.

Michael Raymond, "The Passage": A young boy experiences time-travel through a secret passage and befriends his great-grandfather when he was a child.

Robin Brown,"Sane": An ex-con learns that his therapist was responsible for the murders he served time for and tries to put his life back together.

About Final Draft's "Big Break" Contest:

Now in its fourth 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 2001's winner, "Breathing Underwater," by Torye Mullins, has been optioned by Stephen J. Cannell Studios and just recently, last year's winner, "8-Track," by Shawn Corridan, has been bought by Fox 2000.

A panel of industry professionals conducted the final judging: Marti Blumenthal, John Fasano, Jeff Gordon, James Mangold, Outerbanks Entertainment and Matthew Weinberg.

Updated: 11/19/2003

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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