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Marquee Lights Competition

Marquee Lights Competition

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Overall: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 1    
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Objective

Welcome to the Marquee Lights Competition! We discover new screenwriters and filmmakers, offering affordable entry fees and a $500 cash award to the top screenplay and short film. We invite you to enter the 2015 Marquee Lights Competition!

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/31/2015

Notification: Quarter-Finalists: November 7, 2015;Semi-Finalists: November 14, 2015; Finalists: November 21, 2015; Winners: November 28, 2015.

Rules

Rules and Regulations
  1. Screenplays submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased, or produced at the time of entry.
  2. Screenplays submitted to the competition must not have received awards from other competitions over $50,000 at the time of entry.
  3. Screenwriters of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older. Effective as of the date of submission, each writer or writing team may not have earned more than $50,000 or the foreign equivalent (jointly or individually) for work as a screenwriter and/or fictional television writer. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
  4. All judging decisions are final and may not be disputed. Marquee Lights Competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions during the judging process.
  5. To enter the Marquee Lights Competition, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions. Entrants are responsible for submitting the correct PDF and/or providing a working link/website to an online screener. No refunds.
  6. Screenplays and short films must be original. Adaptations must have life story rights and/or clearances. The screenwriter is responsible for all copyright clearances.
  7. In the event a winning screenplay or short film has multiple writers/filmmakers, the cash prize will be sent to the contact person listed at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of the contact person to divide and distribute the cash prize with the other writers.
  8. Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages, new drafts, or re-edited short films be accepted after initial submission.
  9. Submitted material will not be returned. Entry fees will not be returned under any circumstances.
  10. Members and employees of Marquee Lights Competition, parent company, and their immediate families are not eligible, nor are any competition judges and their immediate families.
  11. Entries must be transmitted electronically on or before midnight Pacific Standard Time on the deadline in order to qualify for that entry rate. Any submissions transmitted after the Late Deadline will be disqualified.
  12. Writers who reside in countries other than the United States are welcome to enter the contest; however, all scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
Submission Guidelines
  1. The title page should only have the title of the screenplay. Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the title page or on any other page. Our judging process is anonymous. Film credits are allowed.
  2. Screenplays must be in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.
  3. Do not manipulate the screenplay formatting in order to meet the required page count. As a standard rule, 1.5” left, 1” right and 1” top and bottom dimensions are acceptable.
  4. Screenplays with manipulated formatting will be disqualified. No refunds.
  5. Submit a PDF (under 5 MB) of your screenplay. The competition does not accept any other file type. Hard copy submissions are not accepted.
  6. Pages must be numbered. Before you submit your script, please check to make sure there are no missing or duplicated pages.
  7. Marquee Lights Competition is not responsible for screenplays stolen or lost in transit or non-working links/websites hosting online screeners.
  8. We recommended script/film registration with the U.S. Copyright Office.

FAQ

My screenplay is based on another literary work written by me. Can I submit it to the competition?

Yes. If you have personally written a book or play which has never been published or sold, or if you have self-published your work and retained all rights to it, you may submit an adaptation of your own material. If your source material has been published, sold, or is currently under option by or to any third party, your screen adaptation of this material is not eligible.

My screenplay is based on actual historical events. Can I submit my screenplay?

Yes, as long as your screenplay does not violate any other author’s copyrighted material.

If I win, will I have to assign you any rights to my script or any percentage of future profits?

No. You retain all rights to your work.

How are the cash prizes paid?

Cash prizes will be paid via PayPal. Winners will need a PayPal account.

Awards

BEST SCREENPLAY: $500 Cash
One winner will be selected from the combined finalists in all categories. BEST SHORT FILM: $500 Cash
One winner will be selected from the finalists.

Marquee Lights Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 1    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Marquee Lights Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 1    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Marquee Lights Names 2014 Winners

David Schroeder's Halfway Home has been named the Feature Screenplay Winner of the 2014 Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition. Boss Girl by Stephen M. Hunt & Peter Mackie was the TV Pilot Winner, and The Importance of Sex Education by L. Elizabeth Powers won the Short Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 04/20/2015

Marquee Lights Names Finalists

The Marquee Lights Competition has announced their 2014 Finalists in the Feature Screenplay, Original Television Pilot, and Short Screenplay categories.

Updated: 03/18/2015

Marquee Lights Names Semifinalists

The Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition has named their Feature Screenplay, Original Television Pilot, and Short Screenplay Contest semifinalists.

Updated: 02/20/2015

Marquee Lights Names Quarterfinalists

The Marquee Lights Competition has announced their 2014 quarterfinalists in the Feature Screenplay, Original Television Pilot, and Short Screenplay categories.

Updated: 01/18/2015

Marquee Lights Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 1    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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