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 Announces Big Break Semifinalists

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

1066 (Period) by Stephen Graham
1900 Rock Shock (Animated Feature) by Frederick Calvert
According to Plan (Thriller) by Daryl Coon
Albion (Period) by Robert Blaise Hesselgren
Amazing Secrets (Comedy) by Michael Higgins
Back to School Night (Action) by Johnny Silver
Baretta Sloan (Adventure) by Rick Frey
Beckwourth (Western) by James Watts
Blink of an Eye (Crime) by Kal Weber
Blood Relative (Thriller) by Corey Bodoh-Creed
Blue (Coming of Age) by Lindsey Rosin
Blur Together (Romantic Comedy) by Kurt Fried
Bob (Comedy) by Bryan Lake
Consider Icarus (Drama) by Lori Romero
Danger, Inc. (Adventure) by Gary Hershberger and Mike Calvert
Eye of the Storm (Adventure) by James Hereth and Rhonda Smiley
Faust (Period) by Alexander Danelski
Harp (Drama) by David Scott Hay and Mark Glinski
Heart of a Racer (Coming of Age) by Carrie Fitch
Held (War) by Suzanne Kelman, Rose Woods and Suzanne Kelman
Hell, Incorporated (Adventure) by Chris Copeland
How Low Has the Sun Sunk? (Drama) by Ben McCracken
Joe Banks (Comedy) by Patty Jones
Judgment Tree (Period) by Gary Parker
Lamentations (Horror) by Ben Lanoha
Le Mécano (Drama) by Lukas Hassel
Life Copy (Sci-fi) by A Rouveyrol
Little Bandits (Adventure) by Michael DiMartino
Lord Marshal (Alternative) by John Crews
Loren Sprung Off (Comedy) by Jenn Barta
Lost Sheep (Thriller) by Mark Dempsey
Ludlow (Drama) by Craig Houchin
Magnus the Magnificent (Coming of Age) by Kimberly Manky
Man With Van (Crime) by Ed Blythe and James Windeler
Mercy Kill (Thriller) by David Birkenhead
MiddleMan (Period) by Ioannis Kementsetsidis
Mirror-Me (Horror) by Keith Dando and Leone Annabella Betts
My Boyfriend's the Antichrist (Romantic Comedy) by Adam Taylor
Ole (Comedy) by Jon Price and Jerry Rapp
One Good Day (Coming of Age) by Scott Taylor
One Night Stan (Comedy) by Tony Boland
Peter the Beast (Adventure) by Michael Ouellette
Pipsqueak (Comedy) by Jay Lien
Powderpuff (Comedy) by Chelsea Hackett
Property of Madison (Drama) by Lisa Redlich
Pudgeon (Animated Feature) by Joe Friend and Aaron Mahoney
Rennfest (Comedy) by Brett Shogren and Per Peterson
Replay (Thriller) by Kevin McAllister
Run (Action) by Dennis Luu
Run The Tide (Drama) by Rajiv Shah
Saving Lexie Lee Kennedy (Horror) by Michael Morra
Schrodinger's Cat (Thriller) by Tommy Butler
Sea Fever (Sci-fi) by Neasa Hardiman
Senioritis (Drama) by Brian DePasquale
Skerrie (Thriller) by Rupert Such
Sound of Impact (Horror) by Erik Ratliff
Straight Razor Jazz (Thriller) by David Scott Hay
Street Corners (Drama) by Marie Robinson
Terminal Call (Thriller) by A.J. Meyers and Richard Winslow
The 500 Year Guarantee (Comedy) by Craig Carlisle
The Agent (Drama) by Alec McAulay
The Bleeding Light (Crime) by Jason Haglof
The Bridge (Thriller) by Teddy Adams
The Burning Room (Horror) by Marco van Belle and Kat Wood
The Butcher's Apron (Drama) by Grant Bryant
The Last Night of Charlie (Drama) by David Seals
The Looking Glass (Thriller) by Dennis Luu
The Man From Longwood (Period) by Russell Thompson
The Mockingbird's Coda (War) by Brooke Eikmeier and Eric Eikmeier
The People V. God (Mystery) by Paul Undari
The Plantation (Drama) by Keith Groff and Jonathan White
The Sneaker Man (Drama) by Anthony Stitt
The Taloquan Network (Drama) by Robert Hestand
The Theory of Almost Everything (Romantic Comedy) by Lorraine Devon Wilke
The Ultimate Almanac (Family) by David Ullendorff
The Useless Puddle (Drama) by Yossy Zagha, David Desola and Jack Zagha
The Wedding Bandit (Comedy) by Andrew McCarthy
The Whaler's Daughter (Drama) by Matthew Snyman
The Amazing Eric (Comedy) by Dennis Cary
Thicker Than Water (Coming of Age) by Ted Peterson and J Stewart
Tickets (Comedy) by Josh Miller
Time Nerds (Comedy) by Andrew McCarthy
Tooth Fairies (Animated Feature) by Ryan Fuller
Trunk (Drama) by Alex Convery
What Rough Beast (Western) by Kranti Pally
Your Number's Up (Comedy) by Christopher Bacon

Updated: 09/17/2012

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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