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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

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: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
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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.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/14/2017

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Rules

Visit website for contest rules and conditions.

Awards

11 Feature and TV Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes! The Big Break grand-prize feature winner will take home $15,000 in cash plus win a trip to Los Angeles and 3-night hotel stay (unless winner resides in or around Los Angeles). The TV grand-prize winner will win $2,500 plus the trip to Los Angeles. Both winners are taken to industry meetings, dinner with working screenwriters, lunch with Big Break industry judges, and more! Please see website for details.

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

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: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

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: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Final Draft Names Big Break Semifinalists

Semifinalists have been named for the 2015 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition:

FEATURES

Action/Adventure
Ascension by Jacob Colman
Bang, Baby, Bang by Gareth Bennett
Blowback by Yuri Shallan
Bune by Harris Kauffman
Church & State by Alexis De Lorne
Deep Freeze by Barry Clifton
Forty Thieves by Scott Hamilton & P.J. Hamilton
Jet Black by John Morgan & Chris Taylor
Savage Seas by Robert N. Skir
Sled by Dean Harvey
The Divide by Paul Sheridan
The Return by Fredrica Bailey
The Unofficial History of Stiltsville by Scott J. Larson

Comedy/Rom-Com
Don’t Blow It by Nathan Brimmer & Adam Luaces
Edie Arnold is a Loser by Megan Rico
Gotta Have My Yeezys by D.F.W. Buckingham
Grass Monkeys by Matt Wildash
Hell Week by Toria Sheffield & Monica Byrnes
Intro to Creation by Adam Goldstein
Jeffrey the Barbarian by Christopher Robertson
Laughingstock by Michael L. Jann & Michele Jourdan
My Clone’s an A–Hole by Julie Anne Wight
Open Wide by C.M. Robinson
Reality Check by Adi Blotman
The Consequences of a Feeble Mind by Marc Shuter & Curt Fletcher
The Crush by Gabriel Bradley
The Deal by Brian Fox
Unorthodox by Sam Barnett
We’re Not Together by Jordan Rane
White X–mas by Lauren Winsor Stenmoe

Drama
A Letter For Zorba by Bill Thomas
A Lush Life by Jesse Knight
Ameriqueno by Angel Nunez
Antigone’s Curse by Jonathan Hall
Aum, She Who is Most Auspicious by Julia Dillon–Davis
Beatrice Creek by Eric Litra
Being Silver by Liz Lachman
Breedlove by G.W. Freund & Daniel Bonjour
Discos Out Murders In by Eamon Kilbane
East Meadow by Thomas Saetveit Jensen
East of Mecca by Sheila Flaherty
Euna Mobley by Michael Richey
Family Recipe by Ben Lanoha
Father’s Day by Christopher Schuepbach
Fever by Carl Byker
Fumble by Mark Morrow & Dennis Fallon
Guilt by Jon Sanhueza
James Dean America by Joseph Mango
Little Girl Found by Julian Awoonor Renner
Ode by Brian Kowalchuk
Once When You Were Mine by Richard Dane Scott
Play to Win by Sam Mandegaran & Kimberly J. Bowman
Second Serve by Ryan Bernstein
Six Letter Word by Lisanne Sartor
Strange Fruit by Michael A. Zakalik
Take the Wheel by Amy Gailey
The Long Way Home by Jason H. Pates
The Tiger Killer by M. Vanessa Coto
Torn by Bruce Rose
Two Birds With One Stoner by Victoria Michaels
You Have Seen Their Faces by Marcus Pelegrin

Family/Animated
A Doggone Christmas by Michael Toay & Travis Mann
Bronx Zoo by Steven Jon Whritner
Dud by Katie Petrachonis
Father Wishes by Tuck Tucker
Goodbye, Kid. Hurry Back by Terri Kauffman
King of Florida by Christina Eliopoulos
Moa by Simone Nathan & Chase Caldwell
Robo4ce by Jeffrey Howe
Supremo’s by Spencer Sapienza
The Rainkeeper by Sarah E. Brogren
Turtle Boy by Stewart Sugg

Period/Historical/War
A Face to Paint by KT Parker
A Gentleman of Good Hope by Christina Hulen
Armada by Dimitri Neos
Bessie by Leigh Evans-Bullock
Brave Dame Mary by Angela Franklyn
Chattanooga by Dan A. R. Kelly
Emperor Norton by Tom R. Pike
Gable by Sean Patrick Reily
Hitch Without a Cock by Neil Brand
In Search of the Seidjer Mor by Catherine Wright
Silent Night by James Luckard
Steen’s Folly by Jeffrey Gold
The Eyes of Blind Tom by Matt H. Mayes
The Last Warrior by John Morrison
The Savage Land by Jesus Celaya
With All Deliberate Speed by Marcus Herzberg

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Airlock by Chris Maes
Alpha Male by Mark Hibbett
Below by Brian Selfon
Evergreen by Jake Fallon
How To Catch A Time Traveler by Graham Parke
Into The Darkness by Will Saunders
Limbo by Matias Caruso
New by John Harden
Pilgrim Shadow by Jonathan Laxamana
Prom Night Inferno by David Aslan
The Encampment by Joe Rechtman
The House Is Lonely by A.W. Scott
The Shepherds by Darren Barker

Thriller/Horror
At the Devil’s Door by Neal Tyler & Todd Henderson
Babygirl by Robert Garrett
Bananas Foster by Kent Rodricks
Behold a Pale Horse by Justin Staggs
Blood Moon by Monique Mata
Burn It Down by Allen C. Gardner
Collision by Suzanne Kelman
Control by Chris Blum
Exodus by Jon Ballenger
Into The Dark by Thomas James Vowles
Lord of the Woods by H.A. Young
Love in the Real World of Vampirism by Mariah N. Pacheco
Offerings by Matias Carus
Operation Sandstorm by Derek Asaff
Ratcatcher by Patrick Mahon
Road Kills by Greg Caiafa
Road Rage by Chris LaMont & Joe Russo
Silent Night by Wolf Kraft
The Ironworker by Pat Herford
The Knowledge by David O’Hare
Young Black Male by Jake Burnstein & Brandon Verdi


TELEVISION

Half-Hour Specs
Bob’s Burgers “Crazy Cat Bob” by Johnny Brayson
Bob’s Burgers “Writer’s Block” by Nick Wiener
BoJack Horseman “Hard Pill to Swallow” by Joe Taylor
Broad City “Garbage People” by Danielle DiPaolo
Brooklyn Nine–Nine “Only the Good Die Hard” by Andrew Lee
Episodes “The Tyrannical Tweeter” by Rowan Wheeler
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “Dennis and Dee Cover Up a Murder” by David R. Stephens
Louie “That One Day Where Everything Started Shitty And Then Got Kinda Better But I Screwed Up ... ” by Marc Warzecha
Modern Family “Moonstruck” by Elizabeth Campbell Moore
New Girl “Book Club” by Jessica Combs
New Girl “Switch Hitting” by Shelley Dennis
The Mindy Project “Crazy Stupid Names” by Brooke Lyons
The Mindy Project “Doing It All” by Arielle D. Contreras
Transparent “Reunion” by Ben Kawaller
Veep “Mabel” by Judy Bernardino
Veep “Staycation” by Erica Land

Hour Specs
Arrow “Follow the Leader” by Meghan Fitzmartin
Castle “The Play’s The Thing” by Megan Metzger
Elementary “Kith and Kin” by Caitlin McCarthy
Hannibal by Natasha M. Hall
How to Get Away With Murder “I Know a Guy” by Heidi J. Nyburg
Motive “Dirty Days” by D.L.C. Heslop
Motive “XXIII” by Karen Nielsen
Orange is the New Black “Toxic Shock Syndrome” by Elysse Applebaum
Ray Donovan “Be a Man” by Elfi Martinez
The Americans “Strategic Defense” by Devin Conroy
The Blacklist “The Accelerant #29” by Amanda Morad
The Good Wife “Saint Alicia” by Penelope Koechl

Half-Hour Pilots
45 Wall by Eric Buchman
Bin Men by Mike Olsen
Boy Up by Cynthia Furey
Caught in the Act by Matt Demblowski
Cumming of Age by George Allicon, III
Deadbeat Dad by Jason Kaleko
Herowood Boulevard by Eric Phillips
Out of Character by Scott Robert Waldvogel & Matt DeMartini
Scrambled by Cody Behan & Safiya Nygaard
See Nora Run by Susan Jaffee
Special by Jay Cundiff & Kyle Jorgesen
The Adventures of Ash and Owen by Arun Narayanan
The Trouble With Normal by Kevin Wolfe
The Winners by Jonas Oppenheim
Working Stiffs by Kevin P. Regan
Zombies Anonymous by Chris Turner

Hour Pilots
Alibi by Eva Taylor
American Blood by Neal Tyler & Todd Henderson
Badwater County by Micah Cratty
Black & White by Bryce Hubner & Andrew Ladd
Broken Engagement by Tom Ciaccio
Closed Doors by Nicole Donadio
Corner King by Mono Ghose
Dark and Broken Code by Zack Kaplan & Graham Funke
Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
Haight–Ashbury by Hannah Globus
Hefe by Aiyana White
House of Mirrors by A. Weber
In the Kingdom of Fife by D.L. Wright
Madam by Quinton Marquiss
Occupation by Scott Robert Waldvogel & Matt DeMartini
One and Done by Brian A. Ross
Panopticon by Varun Bhuchar
Phoenix by Natasha M. Hall
Pros and Cons by Paula Sabbaga
Rocked by Tess Leibowitz
Sane by Aiyana White
Serenity by William Lucas Walker
The Gallows by Gabriel Brugni
The Hook by Valerie A. Brotski
The Market by Jeremy Pfau
The Merc by Evelyn Yves
The Reservation by Caren Day & Andrew Fairbank
The Suck by Jerome Edwards
The Void by Kristen Ross
The Wall by Matt Varosky
The Westerner by Fred Salmon
This Land by Meredyth Wilson
Tracker by Eric Randall
Undercards by Erik Hengstrum & Alex Ostroff
Use Your Words by Julia Batavia
Wednesday Night Suicide Club by Matthew Schutt
What Came Back by Benji Smith

Updated: 10/30/2015
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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

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: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Updated: 02/18/2010

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Updated: 11/24/2009
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