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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 254    
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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. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird January 7, 2019 $45 (features); $25 (shorts) 20
First February 4, 2019 $50 (features); $30 (shorts) 48
Regular March 4, 2019 $55 (features); $35 (shorts) 76
Late April 15, 2019 $60 (features); $40 (shorts) 118
Final April 29, 2019 $65 (features); $45 (shorts) 132

We now accept SHORT screenplays, under 40 pages in length.

Notification: August 15, 2019

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

Awards for FEATURES competition:

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
  • Admission to Robert McKee Story Seminar in New York or Los Angeles
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • 5 CoverFly tokens for peer feedback on your script
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

Second Place Winner

  • 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
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • 5 CoverFly tokens for peer feedback on your script
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

Third Place Winner

  • 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
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • 5 CoverFly tokens for peer feedback on your script
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

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

Awards for SHORTS competition:
  • 1st Place Prize - $2000 Cash
  • Software from Write Brothers
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Runners-Up
  • Software from Write Brothers
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Finalists
  • Software from Write Brothers
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Semifinalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network
  • 3 Quarterfinalists
  • Access to over 150 producers thru Scriptapalooza's Network

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 254    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 254    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Longevity is Key: Scriptapalooza reflects on 20 years in the business

Sitting on the floor, staring at each other and trying to figure out how to make screenplay competitions matter. Here we are, in 1998, disappointed with how the so-called screenplay competitions are operating, where you mail in your script and never hear back from anyone. "We can change this", we told ourselves. "Let's change it. Now."

So, here we are, 20 years later, reflecting on how everything happened and where things are going. Let's get this out in the open, right now: there are way too many screenplay competitions out there. It seems another one is popping up every month. The websites are beautiful -- flashy pictures, great quotes, and according to the website, they are number one.

But now, let's get back to reality.

When we started Scriptapalooza, we cold-called producers, managers and agents, begging them to read our winners. After 200 phone calls, I think we got 20 commitments from producers to read scripts. We posted the producer's name, company name, and their title on our website, and things got interesting very fast.

What's happening here, what are they doing? Nobody does that!

That was the response from other competitions. And that's when we knew that we were going to change the industry. Our first year, we got 600 scripts, and our second year, we got 2300. And so, it began, year after year we see a countless number of new services and competitions popping up and confusing screenwriters.

Where does it go from here?

I think you have to start out with the basics. That means looking at the history of each competition, the relationships they have, the success stories, etc…I mean let's be honest -- we know The Nicholl Fellowship is a go-to, Austin Film Festival is well established. But after that, it gets murky. Here's a great starting point: ask yourself why these competitions don't have an office phone number? Why is it you can only email them? Scriptapalooza has had an office number since 1998, and we always have someone answering the office line. If you cannot get someone on the phone and talk to a real person, stay away from that competition or service. Right now, few competitions/services have real connections and industry behind them. It doesn't matter what their website states.

Many new competitions simply mimic existing, successful screenwriting competitions.

We all know that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." However, in this instance, it seems dishonest. We at Scriptapalooza have worked tirelessly since 1998 and have nurtured lasting relationships with producers, managers and agents. These relationships have gotten our writers' scripts sold and optioned. Writers will need to swim through the sea of competitions and figure out which ones have their best interest at heart. There are a few reputable competitions to choose from in the sea of hundreds. Or should I say thousands? If you need us to recommend some competitions other than ours, we'd be happy to help you. (Hint: There are only 2.)

How do we know that?

Experience. What recently confirmed my above thoughts was a Moviebytes poll that voted Scriptapalooza the #1 Competition this past week. We truly want nothing but success for all the writers who take the time to send us their scripts. Let our experience, our knowledge, our team at Scriptapalooza, who have been doing this since 1998, start your writing career. Better yet, give us a call. We would love to chat with you!

Sincerely,

Mark Andrushko
President
Scriptapalooza

Updated: 12/09/2017
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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Contact

Hollywood, CA 90046
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 254    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

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Updated: 09/30/2011

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Mike B Jones

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Updated: 09/27/2011

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Updated: 01/07/2011

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Heather Regnier

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Updated: 01/27/2009

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Matt Billingsly

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Updated: 03/27/2008

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Paul Chepikian

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Updated: 03/19/2008

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Brian Price

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Updated: 03/19/2008

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Patrick Andrew O'Connor

An interview with screenwriter Patrick Andrew O'Connor regarding the Scriptapalooza Writing Competition.

Updated: 09/19/2005

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Sean McElhiney

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Updated: 04/15/2005
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