Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft/Big Break

Contact

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

Web:
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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)
Report Cards: 39    
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Contest News

Syd Field Joins Big Break Judges Panel

Syd Field, the world’s foremost scriptwriting guru, has been named as a judge in Final Draft, Inc.’ s Big Break! Screenwriting Contest. The announcement was made today by Marc Madnick, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Final Draft, Inc. (www.finaldraft.com). As part of the prize package, Field will also conduct an exclusive story conference with the 2004 winner.

“Not only has Syd agreed to sit on the judging panel, he has graciously offered to work with this year’s winner to analyze their winning entry,” said Madnick. He continued, “With Syd’s keen eye for story and character, the winner of this year’s contest is going to walk away with a beautifully developed script.”

As Hollywood's preeminent authority on the art and craft of screenwriting, Syd Field has authored the internationally acclaimed best-selling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, and The Screenwriter's Problem Solver. Field is currently at work updating, Screenplay, “the Bible” of the film industry. Publication of the new version is scheduled for early in 2005. In joining the 2004 Big Break! Screenwriting Contest as a judge, Field commented, “I am very excited about serving on the judges panel and working with the people at Final Draft in their efforts to encourage and support the next generation of screenwriters.” Looking forward to working with the winner during script analysis, Field said, “I have spent my entire career teaching the craft of screenwriting. The Big Break! competition has spawned several produced screenplays, and I am thrilled to work through a script with a talented new writer.”

The submission deadline for the 2004 Big Break! Scriptwriting Contest is June 30, 2004. Contest Director Liz Alani said, “The opportunity to work with Syd Field on a script is a chance of a lifetime for an up-and-coming writer. With his participation, we are preparing for an influx of last minute submissions.” For more information about the Big Break! Contest log onto www.finaldraft.com and click on the Big Break! Logo.

About the Big Break! Scriptwriting Contest: The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000, an exclusive story conference with Syd Field (valued at $2,500) and an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to network and pitch their ideas with industry professionals. The second-prize winner will receive $3,000 and the third-prize winner receives $1,000. The 2004 contest is supported by The Writer’s Guild of America, west. Final Draft is a preferred file format and the only scriptwriting software with an authorized agreement to integrate with WGAw Online Script Registration. 2004 Big Break! sponsors include: Creative Screenwriting, Scr(i)pt, Gotham Writers' Workshop, and The Writer's Store. These sponsors award magazine subscriptions, writing workshop attendance and gift certificates to the top ten finalists.

About Final Draft: Founded in 1991, Final Draft, Inc. (www.finaldraft.com) develops and publishes the entertainment industry’s top-selling scriptwriting software. A pioneer and innovator in the scriptwriting software market, the company’s products manage style and formatting while allowing writers to concentrate on the creative process. Final Draft recently released “Final Draft Version 7”, introducing new features such as the “Panels System” and “Tagger”. Located in Calabasas, California, the company distributes its products throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, India and South America. Final Draft™ and Final Draft AV™ are registered trademarks of Final Draft, Inc. Any other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Updated: 06/21/2004

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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