Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft/Big Break

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

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Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess, Contest Director

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Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
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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 $100,000 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.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird June 22, 2021 $45
Regular September 21, 2021 $55
Extended October 19, 2021 $65
Last Chance November 9, 2021 $75 13

Dates reflect deadlines for electronic submission of scripts. All entries must be electronically submitted by their respective deadlines at midnight Pacific Time.

Notification: Early 2022

Rules

Visit website for contest rules and conditions: https://www.finaldraft.com/big-break-screenwriting-contest/rules/

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. See the full prize package here: https://www.finaldraft.com/big-break-screenwriting-contest/prizes

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, Contest Director

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
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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, Contest Director

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
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Contest News

Final Draft Announces Contest Winners

Final Draft has announced the winners of the 6th Annual Final Draft "Big Break!" International Screenplay Contest. Big Break! rewards screenwriters with over $15,000 in cash and prizes and exposure to the entertainment industry through meetings with industry professionals, studio executives and agents. This year’s winners were selected out of 3,500 entries worldwide (a 25% increase over last year).

The first place winner is Julia Van Develder of Rhinebeck, New York. Her winning screenplay, The Escape Artist, tells the story of an aspiring artist who finds himself trapped in a boring corporate job and a loveless marriage. He fakes a mental breakdown and is committed to a psychiatric hospital in hopes of pursuing his dream in the guise of “art therapy.” But his boss and his wife discover the con and are out for revenge.

Second place goes to Craig Tiede of Meadville, PA. His screenplay, Zoo Day, is about a meteorologist who abandons his own cancer treatment to track a hurricane. His life collides with those of a wounded soldier and a single mother raising her teenage sons. Together they battle the elements and forge bonds in an attempt to survive.

Jon Gilbert of London, England, won third place. His screenplay, The Sculptress and The Thief, is a thriller about an armed robber on the run from police who takes refuge in a warehouse owned by an eccentric, elderly sculptress. Tensions grow as her devious plans undermine the robber's haven, ending in a horrific climax.

Updated: 10/12/2005

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, Contest Director

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 42    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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