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Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition

Scriptapalooza

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Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 801-5366 (voice)

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Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
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Objective

Scriptapalooza was founded in 1998 with the goal of helping as many writers as possible through the competition. We have over 90 production companies, agents and managers reading all the entered scripts. (A complete list of participants is on Scriptapalooza's website.)

We actively push the Semifinalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners for a full year with the intention of creating opportunities for the writers. We are a hands on competition because we feel it is important to continue supporting the top scripts beyond the cash and prizes.

We are proud to present the competition with Write Brothers, a company that not only provides the necessary tools for writing but is an advocate and true supporter of emerging writers.

We are endorsed by Robert McKee, author of STORY.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird January 6, 2015 $45 67
First February 3, 2015 $50 95
Regular March 10, 2015 $55 130
Late April 15, 2015 $60 166
Final April 29, 2015 $65 180

Notification: August 15, 2015

Rules

This competition is open to any writer,18 or older without produced feature film credits. Entering the competition constitutes permission to use the winners' names and likenesses 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.
  1. Any script from any genre will be considered.
  2. Multiple entries are accepted, provided a signed entry form and appropriate entry fee is attached to each submission.
  3. Multiple authorship is acceptable. If the screenplay wins an award, that award will be divided among the writers, by the writers.
  4. Screenplays must be the original work of the author.
  5. Scriptapalooza recommends registering your scripts with the WGA or copyrighting your material with the Library of Congress.
  6. No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for script entries will be accepted under any circumstances.
  7. Entry must be accompanied by the following:
    a. completed official entry form (photocopies are acceptable)
    b. the appropriate entry fee
    c. completed original feature screenplay

Awards

First Place Winner

  • $10,000 Cash
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership
  • Scriptapalooza Professional Screenplay Coverage
  • Admission to Robert McKee Story Seminar in New York or Los Angeles
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Phone consultation about your script with Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency
  • Phone consultation about your script with Andrew Kersey of Kersey Management

Second Place Winner

  • Kindle Fire HD Tablet
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership
  • Scriptapalooza Professional Screenplay Coverage
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Phone consultation about your script with Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency
  • Phone consultation about your script with Andrew Kersey of Kersey Management

Third Place Winner

  • Kindle Fire HD Tablet
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership
  • Scriptapalooza Professional Screenplay Coverage
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Phone consultation about your script with Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency
  • Phone consultation about your script with Andrew Kersey of Kersey Management

10 Runners-Up

  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Writer’s Studio from Write Brothers (Outline 4D, Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Pro)
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership

All 30 Finalists

  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza’s Network
  • Receive Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Writer’s Dreamkit from Write Brothers
  • 1 year of International Screenwriters’ Association Connect Membership

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Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 801-5366 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 323    
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Scriptapalooza

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 801-5366 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 323    
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Scriptapalooza Interviews 2nd Place Winner Robert C. Fleet

Script: THE CONSPIRACY

How did you come up with your story idea?

Real life. The Conspiracy is a political drama, and I’ve had the self-made opportunities to live for extended periods of time in places where politics is part of the everyday human drama: Eastern Europe just before and after the end of the Cold War, the Middle East, parts of Asia. I was in a room once where, within two years, half the people arrested the other half – and four years later half the arrestees were in power – and fighting each other.

Then the beauty of American politics circa 1998-2002 came along and I began to feel that something was rotten in the state of Denmark, D.C. – so I wrote The Conspiracy to see how things would develop if a couple of decent people were plopped in the middle of realpolitik as I knew it played out in real life.

How long did it take you to write it?

The Conspiracy was pretty easy to write – about a month in all from story outline to finished first draft. I’d just come off a script that took two years to work out, a fact-based historical story with no relation to the themes in The Conspiracy, and I think that probably the new story was germinating in my mind for a while. I like that kind of writing – its fun, like having a 6-8 hour “virtual reality” adventure for weeks in a row. Of course the revisions and proofing are a drag, but that’s life.

Is this your first script that you have written?

No. I’ve adapted my two published novels into screenplays that were produced (one with a partner, Last Mountain, because I was also directing and needed an “outside eye”). I wrote a dramatic short recently, a 1940s crime noir called The First Person that was just shot starring Ed Begley, Jr. I’ve also done a lot of theater as both playwright and as dramaturg helping to shape other’s plays, plus a lot of uncredited screenplay revisions on indie productions (some good, some embarrassing, with the latter usually the paying gigs, of course). To make ends meet, I’ve written a lot of industrials on exciting topics like fish farming. My artistic “breakthrough” was for a hospital’s patient-orientation video in the Middle East where the head nurse, an Irish lass, said “Give me something like that Frenchy movie Last Year in Marienbad.” Well, since fate had cast one of Jean-Luc Godard’s editors in the same piece of desert with me, we just went for it and created perhaps the most abstract, beautiful and (oddly enough) effective little media pieces ever seen in that part of the world.

Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

No.

Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

A very good writer I know, Rebecca Smith, had just made the semi-finals on the Nichols Scholarship with one of her scripts last year, and she felt that the feedback she received from a professional competition was very helpful. Rebecca advised me that Scriptapalooza had one of the best reputations for integrity, so… here I am. ‘Can’t complain.

Advice to other screenwriters?

Like what you’re writing.

I’ve wasted a lot of time writing other people’s ideas that maybe paid, but went nowhere and sometimes embarrassed me in the process. That’s why I always go back to theater and started writing books: to keep my craft focused. Now, with this push from Scriptapalooza, I’m hoping to have others pick up on my ideas from the get-go, then build from there. (By the way, some of the other people’s ideas I worked on were pretty good, too – and they turned out well – just be a little more picky than I was about some of the less pleasant ideas, since you will be stuck working on them for a while.)

Also: Work out ideas on your feet.

Every script I write is given a reading by actors whose work I trust, so I know that the dialogue plays, and that the dramatic situation can be resolved by the characters, not imposed by the plot.

How did you feel when you saw your name as one of the winners?

About a week before the Finalists were announced, I saw a one-man performance by Andre Seweryn, a well-respected Polish actor who’s worked with Peter Brook, Oscar-winner Andre Wajda and the Comedie Francaise. In a Q&A session afterwards, Andre was asked what he looked forward to next. He answered: “I like awards these days. I like receiving awards. It’s a very good feeling. Very.” I think I agree with Andre. Very.

Updated: 09/15/2003
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Scriptapalooza

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 801-5366 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
MovieBytes Interview: Mark Andrushko

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 323    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

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