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

Final Draft Partners with Express.Com for New Screenwriting Competition

Ken Hastings used to dream about making his script idea, DAWG, into a big screen production. He’s not dreaming any longer! As last year’s winner of the Final Draft International Screenwriting Competition, Ken found his “big break” as his script goes into production this year. Being hosted by Express.com (http://www.express.com), a leading online entertainment destination, the second annual “Big Break” screenwriting competition opens today to anyone with a movie idea and is being held in partnership with Final Draft, Inc. (www.finaldraft.com), creators of the best selling software package for film and television writers.

All script submissions will be reviewed and judged by a panel of industry experts, including those from Cannell Entertainment. (Cannell Entertainment and its Chairman, Emmy-winning writer/producer and best-selling author Stephen J. Cannell, have the record for the most TV screenplays ever written and produced, including such TV hits Wiseguy, Silk Stalkings, Hunter and 21 Jump Street.) The submission fee is $45 until June 20 and $55 there after. Each entry will receive a “one-page” or critique sheet valued at $100.

The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 cash and an all-expense paid trip to Hollywood to meet with literary agents, directors and producers, including Stephen J. Cannell and producer of Toy Soldiers and Mothers Boys Wayne S. Williams, to discuss possible production of the prize-winning script. Second through fifth place winners consist of cash and prizes and all 10 winning scripts will be submitted to literary agents. Entries must be submitted by September 30, 2000. Winners will be announced in November.

"In an effort to broaden our entertainment offering, we are excited to be the sole sponsor of this screenwriting competition," said Michael Dubelko, founder and CEO of Express.com. "Express.com was born out of my interest and experience in the entertainment industry and sponsoring an event like this is really exciting. In my former career as a television executive, I worked on a daily basis with many talented writers – now I have an opportunity to do it all over again via the Internet.”

"Big Break" will offer an array of exciting and fun features in addition to the screenwriting contest. Visitors will be able to contribute to and create a "live" work-in-progress screenplay on the Web using Final Draft 5.0 software. During each week of the contest, visitors can submit their contribution to the screenplay and the top five scenes will be voted on by visitors to the Web site. The site also contains "Tips and Tricks" of the trade, hosted by industry and Final Draft pros who will share their knowledge and stories. Stephen J. Cannell will present his popular online writing series and Yahoo will also feature a special "Green Room" chat area that visitors can use to talk to past "Big Break" winners and industry people.

“Our goal for this contest has always been to give unknown writers the chance to have their work seen by professionals," said Marc Madnick, president and CEO of Final Draft. “Being a part of this second annual screenwriting competition truly gives everyone the potential to see their script on the big screen. Our software has been the choice of Hollywood professionals for 10 years. Now it’s time to give others their big break. By partnering with a company as highly regarded as Express.com we hope to open up the possibilities for many more aspiring writers to realize their dreams.”

The Final Draft 5.0 software package will also be available for sale at the Express.com Web site. In celebration of this special competition, Express.com will also feature special offers for first-time screenplays that made it big such as American Pie, Reservoir Dogs and The Blair Witch Project.

Updated: 04/10/2000

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    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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