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Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition

Scriptapalooza

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

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO
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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 74
First February 3, 2015 $50 102
Regular March 10, 2015 $55 137
Late April 15, 2015 $60 173
Final April 29, 2015 $65 187

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    
Have you entered this contest?
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Scriptapalooza Interviews 2nd Place winner Steve Oppenheimer

Scriptapalooza interviews writer Steve Oppenheimer, whose script The Patriot Act finished 2nd in the 2006 Scriptapalooza competition.

Scriptapalooza: How did you come up with your story idea?

One aspect of it was simply that I've written a number of screenplays before, mostly smaller, "artsie" things, and while I still feel the scripts and the stories had real merit, the fact is that such screenplays are harder to sell, especially for people trying to break into the business. This time I was determined to come up with something more commercial, to see if I could finally make a sale -- or for starters, at least do well in some of the screenplay competitions. So, just coming up with something that was high concept was important to me, and certainly something that involves life-and-death issues at the level of the Presidency Of The United States is pretty big.

Scriptapalooza: How long did it take you to write it?

That's actually kind of an interesting question. I started writing the script back in December of 2004 and I had a first draft finished around February of 2006. So, you might think it took over a year to write. But in December of 2004 I wrote an opening which took about one weekend to write. But that was just ten pages or so, and then I was just stuck in terms of certain issues of how to further develop the story.

Around December of 2005, for whatever reasons, the solution pops into my head, and I suddenly had a strategy for how to pursue the story that I wanted to tell. So the real writing time was probably about three months for the first draft, from December of 2005 through February of 2006. I remember that during that year when I was not working on The Patriot Act, I actually wrote an entirely separate project, a stage play for which I'm also seeking production. Anyway, once I had that first draft of The Patriot Act in place, pretty much all the major story elements were there. Of course there was significant polishing to be done, so the version that I sent to Scriptapalooza was probably polished by early April of 2006.

Scriptapalooza: Is this your first script that you have written?

No, I've done three other screenplays, and two stage plays as well. So including The Patriot Act, that would be a total of six completed scripts. I have a couple of other scripts in the works at the moment.

Scriptapalooza: Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

Yes, I've entered The Patriot Act into other screenwriting competitions, and I'm still waiting to hear from some of them. I've also entered other scripts in the past into a variety of screenplay competitions.

Scriptapalooza: Have you been successful?

One script, The Diamond Drug, is a quasi-sci-fi/fantasy script, which involves some intrigue within a pharmaceutical company. For two years in a row, 2003 and 2004, the script made it to the second round of the Heart Of Film Screenplay Competition sponsored by the Austin Film Festival.

Scriptapalooza: Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

As you know, there's a ton of screenplay competitions out there, at least several dozen as far as I can tell. Basically I hunted around on the Web, asking for advice in newsgroups, and checking some of the screenplay magazines to see which of the competitions came as being reasonably well recommended. Scriptapalooza was one of maybe eight or ten screenplay competitions where people suggested that doing well in the competition would actually draw attention in Hollywood. So, it was one of the competitions I applied to.

Scriptapalooza: Advice to other screenwriters?

Well, the practical side is, don't quit the day job. You have to be in this for the long haul, and it can take time. Maybe it's easier to break in if you live in Hollywood, but being on the East Coast, it seems to me the major way to break in is precisely through these competitions, and clearly the odds are not great. On the other hand, if you persist and improve your craft, you can get a break, so it's worth sticking with it. And, if you love doing it, then you might as well keep writing just for the pleasure of it, and as long as you get the scripts written, you might as well send them to competitions like Scriptapalooza. Other than paying a few dollars for the entry fees, there is really no down side, and of course if you win that's great.

I guess I would have to add, based on personal experience, that other screenwriters trying to break in should think in commercial terms. I mean, some of those other scripts I mentioned before -- those small, "artsie" things -- some of them I am really quite proud of, I believe strongly in the stories, the characters, the themes, they have dialog that I'm in love with, and I hope to see them produced someday. But the fact is, my artsie scripts mostly open kind of slow, and while the stakes involved are very important to the characters involved in the stories, they are still rather small in the grand scheme of things -- and those scripts generally did not do well in the competitions in the past.

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

I have to admit I was pretty shocked. On the one hand, I had a lot of confidence in The Patriot Act as a story with great characters and plot twists, some imaginative visuals, strong dialog, a compelling message, all that. I'm just very passionate about what I've done.

On the other hand, going into this, you have to be realistic. There are thousands of submissions, and I'm sure there were many outstanding scripts there, and I have no doubt the judges had a difficult time deciding which ones to really place where, especially in the final rounds. So, when you finally look at the web site and you see your name out there in second place, it's a real thrill because obviously the script stood out from among some other scripts that must've been pretty darn good as well. I just stared at the web site for a few minutes, I really was slightly shaken, in a good way, of course.

Now the next thing I hope you will be asking me, within a year or so, is how it feels when you actually sell your first movie script. I will be so pleased to get back to you on that one!

Updated: 09/01/2006
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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?
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