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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
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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
Earl Bird January 6, 2014 $45
First March 3, 2014 $50
Regular April 14, 2014 $55
Final April 21, 2014 $60 1

Notification: August 15, 2014

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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News: Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition

Scriptapalooza Interviews $10,000 First Place Winner Chris Pentzell

Scriptapalooza interviews writer Chris Pentzell, whose script Can't Live With 'Em was the $10,000 first place winner in the 2006 Scriptapalooza competition.



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

My original idea for "Can't Live With 'Em" was a guy who gets so frustrated with all of the time he spends trying to meet women that he swears off of them and finds himself going through an unexpected detox process. This, no surprise, came from my own life at the time. I wondered how much more productive (especially with writing) I could be if I channeled all the trying-to-pick-up-women energy into my work. Then I started wondering if my career goals were based on trying to meet women. This first draft was written way back in 1998.

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

Up to that point I had written two other spec screenplays -- "Slappy Goes to Hollywood" and "Self-Helpless". "Slappy" got me a a manager who didn't particularly care for my other two screenplays. I put them on the shelf for years until I came up with a more high-concept angle for "Can't" in 2004. I liked the idea that this detox was happening against his will. In 2005 I took a course from Writers Boot Camp and did another rewrite based on the tools they gave me.

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

As far as other scripts, I came back to rewrite "Slappy" in 2003 and entered it into the Scriptapalooza competition and placed as a Runner-Up. It remains unproduced.

Scriptapalooza: Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

The only other screenwriting competition I have entered is Expo Screenwriting competition for both "Slappy" and "Can't". "Slappy" did not do well and I don't yet know about "Can't".

Scriptapalooza: Have you been successful?

I wrote "The Wedding Video" which was optioned by Runaway Productions in 2005 and just finished filming in June. It is currently being edited in preparation for festival season. I also co-produce and have a role as Kevin, the Best Man. Linda Palmer of Runaway Productions is interested in a sequel starring my character.

I was hired by Prometheus Entertainment to do a rewrite on an action-adventure called "Warrior's Quest" (never produced).

I was also hired by producers Joseph Levy and Senta Moses to do a page one rewrite on the dark comedy "Crazy Bitch". They are currently pursuing funding.

In addition to screenplays, I worked with partner Susan R. Hill to rewrite an episodic comedy TV pilot called "Andy's Room" which is currently being shopped around.

I also wrote, produced and directed a short version of "The Wedding Video" in 2004.

Oh, and I was a stand-up comic in San Diego and Los Angeles from 1993-1996 (before writing).

Scriptapalooza: Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

I entered Scriptapalooza because it was the most well-known competition by people in the industry I had talked to.

Scriptapalooza: Advice to other screenwriters?

Advice to screenwriters: don't give up! I can't emphasize this enough. There are plenty of talented screenwriters all over so don't expect that talent is enough. Make connections, have people read your scripts. Post your scripts on websites like InkTip.com (which is how I ended up optioning "The Wedding Video"). No one knows exactly what works so do as much as you can. At the same time, make sure you keep writing. Sometimes I get so caught up in self-promotion that I lose touch with my craft. This can lead to depression and even desperation. Write. Regularly. Take a class like Writers Boot Camp. For the tools, sure, but also for the structure of regular writing.

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

On Tuesday morning, I woke up knowing that this was the day Scriptapalooza would announce the winners. I checked my email. Nothing. Little did I know I already had a voice mail message. I was just about out the door for work. I absentmindedly checked the website, assuring myself that they just hadn't posted the results yet. My eyes snapped into focus when I saw the sign to CLICK HERE to see the winners. I clicked. My head was swimming when I saw my name. I could barely register what I was reading. I hoped to do well enough to get read, but not actually win. $10,000! Are you $%#$ kidding me? I checked again to make sure I hadn't read it wrong. Nope, same result. I walked into the bedroom and said to my sleeping wife, "I won." She sprinted up out of bed and hugged me. Then I had to go to work. I could barely focus all day.

Updated: 09/02/2006
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