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ScreenCraft Public Domain Contest

ScreenCraft Public Domain Contest

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One of the best ways to get your screenplay noticed by Hollywood!

While it’s no secret that Hollywood loves remakes, sequels and spinoffs, it’s perhaps lesser known that Hollywood loves movies based on free intellectual property in the public domain, such as folk tales, fairy tales, mythology and books and plays published before 1923. For example, folk tales, mythology, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, famous historical figures – and the list goes on.

It’s no wonder that Walt Disney Studios has produced over 50 films based on stories in the public domain, including Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, The Jungle Book and many more.

Many recent film and TV re-interpretations of public domain stories include: Titanic, Sherlock Holmes, The Crown, The Borgias, King Arthur, Robin Hood, Troy and many more.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/10/2018

Rules

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between April 2nd, 2018 and July 10, 2018
  • Entry fee for each feature film screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on May 2nd, then $69 until the final deadline on July 10, 2018.
  • Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry for an additional cost of $69. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will be available only for a limited time.
  • Screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages.
  • Writers may also submit a logline or synopsis with their script submission.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit for consideration.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). Projects that are optioned, sold or produced are not eligible.
  • Public Domain and copyright law are complicated and this neither this web page nor any page on the ScreenCraft website should be interpreted as legal advice. Your project’s eligibility to win this contest is not solely based on whether or not its underlying material is in the public domain of any country, as this must be defined ultimately by a legal professional. This contest merely encourages and celebrates writers who desire to base their screenplay on pre-existing IP that they believe to be in the public domain, either in the United States or in any other country.
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are allowed. See your submission confirmation email for instructions on how to submit a new draft.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or the US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registrations. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.

Awards

GRAND PRIZE
  • $1,000 Cash
    The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus introduction to producers, managers and agents who are specifically interested in original screenplays based on works in the public domain.
  • Circulation and personal recommendation of our top 2 winners’ screenplays to our network of producers and studio development executives at Hollywood companies.
  • One-year license to the HartChart story-mapping software, created by ScreenCraft judge and acclaimed screenwriter James V. Hart.
2nd Place
  • $500 Cash
  • Circulation and personal recommendation of our top 2 winners’ screenplays to our network of producers and studio development executives at Hollywood companies.
  • One-year license to the HartChart story-mapping software, created by ScreenCraft judge and acclaimed screenwriter James V. Hart.
Top 10 Finalists
  • 50% Discount
  • The top 10 finalists will receive a 1-month free code to use to The HartChart app!
  • HartChart is a story-mapping software created by James V. Hart, acclaimed screenwriter of HOOK, EPIC, CONTACT, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA and NBC’s CROSSBONES – and judge for this contest.

ScreenCraft Public Domain Contest

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ScreenCraft Public Domain Contest

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Web: Click here
Email: info@screencraft.org

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Contest News

ScreenCraft Names Public Domain Quarterfinalists

ScreenCraft has announced the quarterfinalists of the 2018 ScreenCraft Public Domain Screenplay Contest, which highlights Hollywood's longstanding tradition of adaptations based on free intellectual property in the public domain, such as folk tales, fairy tales, mythology and books and plays published before 1923.

Updated: 08/02/2018

ScreenCraft Public Domain Contest

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