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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

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Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
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 39
First February 3, 2015 $50 67
Regular March 10, 2015 $55 102
Late April 15, 2015 $60 138
Final April 29, 2015 $65 152

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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
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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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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
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: 324    
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Scriptapalooza Interviews Contest Winners

1st Place winner - Patrick O'Connor - $10,000 Grand Prize


How did you come up with your story idea?

I think every guy deep down wishes they were Don Juan. To be able to get any woman you want, to be respected and feared, and most importantly to be cool at all times. But no matter how hard we try, women control the dating scene nowadays. I thought it would be funny to kind of take modern dating and move it back a few hundred years into 19th century Spain, and see what happens when the self-proclaimed greatest lover in the world falls head over heels in love with a girl who can match his wit and charm.

How long did it take you to write it?

About a year total including all the rewrites. I actually wrote the first draft in 1999 but came up with some new ideas and finished the final draft just a few days before I mailed it in to Scriptapalooza.

Is this your first script that you have written?

I've written 8 total but Don Juan is by far the easiest script I have ever written. Juan became a character that jumped off the page. Everytime I wrote myself in a corner, I would look at my WWDJD bracelet and ask myself "what would Don Juan do? And everytime the scene would get taken to a much different...but much better place. Now I want to write a sequel Don Juan 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

I entered a few when I first started writing five years ago, but I had no real idea how to write yet. So this was the first contest I have entered since 1999.

If so, have you been successful?

No I was not successful...obviously the other contests' judges were not as wise as Scriptapalooza's (or maybe I was just a really bad writer...no, I blame them)

Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

I had heard of Scriptapalooza and I knew it was a big time competition with a lot of respect in the industry. My goal was just to finish as a quarterfinalist so I could have something to put on a resume in my search for an agent. I had no aspirations of winning because I know how many talented writers enter this contest. But it appears my bribes to the judges actually worked.

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

Shock, amazement, honor, humility, nausea, vomiting, bloating, followed by elation... I was just so humbled. Just to be named as a quarterfinalist alongside so many other talented and up and coming writers was an honor... everything after that was just gravy.

Advice to other screenwriters?

There are two things that every other screenwriter must do. Rule # 1. Just write- stop making excuses, stop reading books on writing and just write. In real life you don't always get what you want, but when you're the writer you are the God of the universe of your script. You make all the rules, you control everything that happens. You get to live life through your characters. You can make them fly, or give them super strength. You can write a scene where your character gets to make out with Sarah Michelle Gellar...basically writing is wish fulfillment in script form. It is the most cathartic thing in the world and even if you never sell a script, writing will make you happier.

Rule # 2- Once you start writing...don't stop. Yes screenwriting is a very tough field to break into. And even the greatest writers will hear no more than they hear yes. But story-telling is the world's second oldest profession. People will always want to hear good stories...and unlike other jobs, age, sex, and education don't matter...if you can tell a good story people will always listen. Writing is one of the few professions that will never become obsolete. They will never be able to replace writers with robots...or monkeys...or robotic monkeys...robotic monkeys...that's a genius idea, I'm gonna go write that down. Gotta go.




2nd Place Winners - Cory Oliver and Clark McCutchen


How did you come up with your story idea?

The story idea was Cory's, a hopeless romantic. She grew up with a little girl with tourettes and it inspired her to tell a story about the girl finding the man of her dreams. We wrote the script together.

How long did it take you to write it?

We wrote the first draft in a couple of weeks, but worked on it on and off for about six months.

Is this your first script that you have written?

Yes, as a team. I also wrote Tombstone on a Harley (Quarterfinalist) Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

Nicholls.

If so, have you been successful?

No.

Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

The quality of the competition.

Advice to other screenwriters?

Don't get frustrated by notes. Check your ego at the door and solicit as many as you can from the most knowledgeable people you can.

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

Shocked. Overjoyed.




3rd Place Winner - Robert Gelber - SCRIPT SOLD


Did you ever think you would sell your script when you entered the competition?

No. I was hoping to win, or at least place and maybe get some attention for the script. Selling it was a pipe dream.

How did you come up with your story idea?

I wanted to write a story about love and revenge, but among young people. Setting it in high school seemed like a fun world to explore.

How long did it take you to write it?

About six months.

Is this your first script that you have written?

No, it was my second.

Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

I entered the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

If so, have you been successful?

Redumption was a Semi-Finalist in Nicholl's, placing in the top 30 out of over 6000 entries.

Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

I entered Scriptapalooza because, unlike some other competitions, I felt it could give my script the exposure it needed.

Advice to other screenwriters?

Concept and execution are important, but a unique voice is what makes a script stand out from the rest. Do everything you can to cultivate your unique voice. Find what turns you on and go for it.

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

Who's that guy? Oh, right...it's ME!

Updated: 08/24/2004
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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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
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: 324    
Have you entered this contest?
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