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Big Break Screenplay Contest
United States

Description: 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 and 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. View the Big Break winner experience here:
Objective: To recognize talented screenwriters and provide them with inroads to the industry.
Entry Fee: $45-$75
Type: Screenplay, TV Scripts
Promotes: Specific Genres
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By: Software / Product
Start Date: 2/15/2019
Submission Deadlines: 7/23/2019
Winners Announced: February 2020
Year of Origin: 1999
Rules: Fees and Deadlines
$45.00 – Early Bird Deadline – March 13, 2019
$55.00 – Regular Deadline – June 18, 2019
$65.00 – Extended Deadline – July 9, 2019
$75.00 – Last Chance Deadline – July 23, 2019
Dates reflect deadlines for electronic submission of scripts. All entries must be electronically submitted by their respective deadlines.

The Big Break Screenwriting Contest only accepts online entry of feature film and television screenplays.
No printed scripts will be accepted.

To enter your script electronically, you must submit your screenplay in Final Draft (FDX, FDR) or PDF format.
You are not required to use Final Draft in order to enter the Contest.

All submissions should consist of full-length screenplays (approximately 80 to 120 pages) or teleplays (approximately 25 to 70 pages) in standard industry format for motion picture screenplays and teleplays, written in English. If you are using a word processing program that automatically formats screenplays, such as Final Draft, select the Screenplay format template.

All necessary information is captured upon entry of digital submissions, so title pages should be removed or contact information must be deleted from the title page. The title of the script will be provided to the reader as part of the file name and in the judging form.

Do NOT include personally identifying information (name, etc.) on ANY page of your script.

Entry should consist of a screenplay or teleplay only. Do not include resumes, pitches, synopses,
casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission. Judges will not receive these materials.

Multiple Entries
Entrants may submit multiple entries. Each submission must include its own entry and must include a separate file and separate entry fee. Entries will be considered for the genre prize in each category and for the grand prize in either feature film or television.

The Big Break Contest is open to any individual who is 18 years of age or older at the date of entry and has access to the Internet.

Employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents (and their immediate families and household members regardless of where they live, or members of the same households (whether related or not) of Final Draft, Inc. and its respective divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, Big Break Contest sponsors, and advertising agencies (collectively, the "contest providers")), are not eligible to participate in the contest or to win any prize.

Screenplays under option at time of submission are not eligible.

Adaptations are not eligible unless the source material was written by the screenwriter of the entry in question. Scripts are not eligible if the source material has been sold, produced, or is currently under option to any third party.

Spec scripts for any currently airing (with new episodes) network or cable program as well as original pilot scripts are accepted for the TV categories. Spec scripts must be for television programs currently on the air at the time of the contest entry. Spec scripts for shows cancelled prior to receipt of the entry will be disqualified.

Grand Prize winners in Features and TV and winners of the Feature Genre Awards and TV Category Awards are not eligible to re-enter the winning script in future Big Break Contests. They are, however, eligible to enter different scripts for consideration. Grand Prize Feature and TV, Genre and Format winners receive a free entry in the 2017 Big Break Contest as part of their 2016 prize package.

Co-Writers and Prize Division
Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers' names should be listed on the online entry. List the writer who will be the primary contact first, and include the address, telephone, and email for that person only. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. By clicking Submit, all writers authorize the submission.

If a screenplay written by multiple writers is one of either of the Grand Prize winners, Final Draft will pay airfare and hotel for up to two writers, and two writers will have the option to attend meetings with studio executives and agents. All cash awards will be split equally between all writers. If a screenplay written by multiple writers is any of the Genre or TV Format finalists, prizes will be divided at writers' discretion.

Revisions, Refunds, and Resubmissions
In order to run a fair contest for all entrants, revisions or missing pages will not be accepted under any circumstances once an entry has been received.

Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed no refunds will be issued.

If the script is rewritten during the entry submission period, the writer(s) may resubmit a script as a new entry for consideration in the contest. A resubmitted script is treated as a new entry and requires an entry fee.

Ownership and Industry Release
Big Break Contest entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.

By entering the Big Break Contest, you represent and affirm that your entry is an original creative work, and does not infringe, misappropriate or violate the copyright, trademark or other intellectual rights of any third party.

By entering the Big Break Contest, you acknowledge and agree that contest Judges receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts, and that your entry, and the ideas and stories embodied in it, may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the Judges.
You also agree that you are not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by contest Judges of any such other material.

General Provisions
By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules of the contest and that you have the authorization to submit this screenplay to the Big Break Contest. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Final Draft, its employees, contractors, agents and Big Break Judges from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity to the Screenplay entered.
Prizes and 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 a series of meetings with industry professionals
$15,000 cash for Feature Winner, $2500 cash for TV Winner
Roundtrip flight to Los Angeles plus hotel accommodations
Breakfast with screenwriter/producer Pen Densham (Riding the Alligator, Moll Flanders, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, producer of Backdraft)
Lunch with Big Break judges and other industry professionals
Dinner with working screenwriters and producers
60-90 Minute Career/Meeting Prep Session from screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup
Copy of Save The Cat! Story Structure Software
Admission to the August 2017 Script Pipeline Secret Door Pitchfest
Admission to any one of John Truby's Anatomy of Story Master Class in 2017
Admission to one Robert McKee Story Seminar in 2017 in New York, Los Angeles or London
Extended Screenplay Coverage
An Email Query Blast to market your screenplay and capitalize on being a Big Break Winner — from Melody Jackson, Founder of Smart Girls Productions
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
Additional Prizes for TV Grand Prize Winner:
1-3-5 Story Structure Made Simple screenwriting book and The Show Starter reality pitching book
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
More: 11 Feature & TV Awards
11 Feature and TV Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes!
7 Feature Winners in each of the following genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Rom-Com, Drama, Family/Animated, Period/Historical/War, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Thriller/Horror
Four TV Winners in the following formats: Half-Hour Spec, Half-Hour Pilot, Hour-Long Spec, and Hour-Long Pilot
Each Feature and TV Award winner receives:
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
Writer brand assessment from Lee Jessup
Truby’s Blockbuster Genres: How The Top 11 Genres Really Work Audio Course
Five-year Writers Database Membership courtesy of Script Pipeline - Winners reviewed by Script Pipeline Director of Development for assistance with industry circulation
StoryO from Jungle Software
Pitch Your Screenplay Like a Pro Ebook and Bonus Videos on marketing your screenplay plus guidebook "How To Capitalize on Your Big Break Win" by Melody Jackson, Founder of Smart Girls Productions
One-year International Screenwriters Association CONNECT membership
Free Big Break Contest entry for 2017
Script coverage from Big Break readers
The 1-3-5 Story Structure Made Simple System ebook and Show Starter Scheduling & Budgeting Plus software
Copy of Save The Cat! Strikes Back by screenwriter Blake Snyder
TV Format Winners also receive:
The Show Starter Reality TV Made Simple System ebook
Show Starter Scheduling & Budgeting Plus software
Level 1 10-Week TV Spec & Pilot Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Consultancy




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