The Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition
Now in its 6th year, The Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition’s grand prize winners get flown to Los Angeles, where they receive three nights free accommodation, spending money, a whirlwind of industry meetings, connections and read requests AND lunch with an A-list writer.
Last year's Grand Prize winner, Matthew Morgan had lunch with Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air, Xmen: First Class) and signed with ICM less than six weeks after winning!
Winning is only the beginning! Unexpected extra prizes and introductions are what we are all about – because that’s how we roll.
That’s why our tag line is Live the Dream. Because you really will have a Hollywood experience like none other. One that might just open some doors for you. This year that lucky person could be YOU.
Writers with exponentially higher chances of winning the JFEME competition:
- Write scripts with unique, compelling premises that we have not seen before.
- Write scripts that are universal, marketable and have a specific audience in mind.
- Write clean, uncluttered pages that move quickly.
- Understand structure well and use it to escalate stakes and character development on every page.
- Have fun on every page, writing cinematic moments and memorable set pieces.
- Just effing entertain our judges with a good story, well told.
April 15, 2013 (Early Bird);
June 1, 2013 (Regular);
June 15, 2013 (Final);
July 1, 2013 (Extended Procrastinator)
$45 (by April 15, 2013);$50 (by June 1, 2013);$60 (by June 15, 2013);$70 (by July 1, 2013).
Days till final deadline: 41
Notification: Quarterfinalists: 8/20; Semifinalists: 9/30; Finalists: 10/15; Grand Prize: 10/25
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Screenplays must:
- be written in English
- be an original feature script
- can be any length, but you should normally aim for between 90 and 120 pages in length.
- have numbered pages
- be in standard format
- Any genre is accepted.
- Multiple submissions are accepted as long as each is accompanied with an application and the entry fee.
- Only one copy, draft or version of any single screenplay may be submitted by any entrant or entrants. Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplays be allowed.
- Collaborative work undertaken by two writers is eligible. Collaborative work by three or more writers is not eligible. All prizes will be split 50-50 by collaborators.
- Entering the competition constitutes permission to use finalists' names and likeness for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation. We reserve the right to publicize and promote any and all progress, development and success of the entered scripts.
- Partners, affiliated members and employees of Just Effing Entertain Me and their immediate families are ineligible, as are competition judges and their immediate families.
- No applicant may have earned money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay or teleplay for more than $8,000. Applicants may not have received a screenwriting fellowship or prize which includes a ''first look'' clause, an option or any other quid pro quo involving the writer's work. The date for the purposes of this clause shall be the announcement of the Grand Prize Winner - October 10.
- Adaptations of previously written work are not acceptable. The only exception is when the writer has adapted his/her own unpublished work. Material adapted from a previously published source to which the author has secured the rights, such as a novel, short story, or play, is ineligible.
- The judges' decisions are final. The Just Effing Entertain Me Competition reserves the right to substitute prizes for other prizes of equal monetary value.
- Scripts may be disqualified for not adhering to the rules and requirements. No refund will be issued for disqualified scripts.
- In an effort to make a contribution toward a better environment, The Just Effing Entertain Me Competition is a paperless contest. We only accept scripts and payments electronically. Do not mail scripts or payments.
- All monetary prizes will be paid in US dollars. The domestic airfare portion of the travel to Los Angeles for the Grand Prize winner is limited to $500 and will only be awarded if the winner lives more than 200 miles outside Los Angeles. International airfare has a $750 limit. The Grand Prize winner must work within the schedule and time constraints of the special guests and managers donating their time.
- All participants will be automatically registered for The Just Effing Entertain Me Newsletter. Clear instructions on how to unsubscribe are available for those who prefer not to receive it.
- All questions regarding judging processes or results should be directed to email@example.com.
- Results of the competition will be posted at www.justeffing.com.
- One round trip ticket to Los Angeles
- 3 nights accommodation
- Minimum 3 industry reads by agents, managers and producers
- $1,000 in cash
- Lunch with an A-list screenwriter. Previous A-listers have included: David Arata (Children of Men, Brokedown Palace), Tom Benedek (Cocoon), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Last Action Hero and the upcoming Iron Man 3), Jeffrey Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Bernie Mac Show), Steve Faber (The Wedding Crashers, We’re the Millers, Married With Children), Dan McGrath (The Simpsons, King of the Hill, SNL), Chris Sparling (Buried, upcoming M. Night Shyamalan project), Stephen Susco (The Grudge, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D), Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air, X-Men: First Class).
GENRE & SPECIAL AWARDS
One winner in each category, below, wins:
- $250 in cash
- A 30 minute career consult with Julie Gray
- $150 Amazon gift certificate
- Best Horror/Thriller
- Best Comedy
- Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
- Best Drama
- Best Leading Role for a Woman
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Just Effing Entertain Me Announces 2012 Semifinalists
The Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Contest has announce their 2012 semifinalists:
2014 by David Healey - Drama
At the end of a long tour of duty, a US Colonel is asked to help a young Afghan girl sentenced to death by stoning.
A Handful of Dust by Edgar Castillo - Drama
With his cover blown, a DEA agent must battle the ruthless drug cartel to stay alive and reunite with his love.
Bad Medicine by Ben Lanoha - Horror/Thriller
A girl turns to ancient veterinary medicine to keep her aging mother alive.
By Moonlight by Veronica Figueroa - Drama
A border patrol officer gets involved with a woman he catches crossing the border, only to discover her situation is darker than he realized.
Cutterjunk by Julian Hoxter - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
A plucky young woman yearning to escape her indentured servitude joins a crew of space traders, only to learn they're plotting something themselves.
Killco by Lisa Linke - Comedy
A super-successful hitman at a killing corporation has a crisis of conscience and wants to change careers, but a corporate takeover results in his beloved co-worker being threatened with assassination.
Kingdom Street by Matt Morgan - Horror/Thriller
A 1950s small-town sheriff tries to maintain law and order while struggling to contain his wife's monthly transformations.
Leaving Eden by Beth Heisinger - Drama
A brilliant high school senior struggles to lead an ordinary life with a schizophrenic and suicidal mother.
Leaving Winsome by Sherry Engle - Drama
After her mother dies, a single teacher stuck in a rut escapes and finds romance where she least expects it.
Lemonade by Cody Brotter - Comedy
When an unemployed graduate learns he has a daughter with a deceased prostitute, his boring life becomes complicated.
Lost to Me by Natalie Hanson - Drama
A woman struggles to find her missing nephew and clear her brother of the charges of murdering him, but evidence points to her brother's guilt.
Offsides by Rebekah Reaves - Drama
A football-savvy daughter takes over the team after her father's death, but she must prove she can be the first female coach in college history - and a success.
Perils of the Pirate Queen by John Bain - Drama
Based on a true story, a young woman disguises herself as man to join a pirate ship and ends up rallying opposing pirates to fight against the crown.
Redundant by Matthew Itson - Comedy
A down on his luck corporate guy learns new things about himself when he has to train his replacement.
Seraph by James Grimes - Horror/Thriller
A straight-laced optometrist proposes to the girl of his dreams, only to find out she's not what she seems.
The Child by June Christopher - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
An amnesiac woman searches for the child that was mysteriously taken from her womb.
The Devouring by Mike Kearby - Horror/Thriller
A shape-shifting vampire tries to discover a way to avoid extinction.
The Falls by Jenni Prange Boran - Drama
A stoic family obsessed with appropriateness learns what really matters when one of its members has a tragic accident.
The Morning After by Rebekah Reaves - Comedy
When an engaged workaholic has one too many drinks on a girl's night out, her life becomes complicated.
The Ticket by Tina Field Howe - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
In the afterlife, twin brothers must compete against one another to determine which one gets to return to the world of the living.
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