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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 (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 204    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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 5, 2018 $45 (features); $25 (shorts) 48
First February 1, 2018 $50 (features); $30 (shorts) 75
Regular March 8, 2018 $55 (features); $35 (shorts) 110
Late April 16, 2018 $60 (features); $40 (shorts) 149
Final April 30, 2018 $65 (features); $45 (shorts) 163

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

Notification: August 15, 2018

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
  • Complete Publishing Package from BookBaby
  • 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
  • Shooting People 1 Year Membership
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

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
  • eBook Publishing and WorldWide Distribution from BookBaby
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Shooting People 1 Year Membership
  • InkTip Script Listing & InkTip Magazine Listing

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
  • eBook Publishing and WorldWide Distribution from BookBaby
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from The Writers Store
  • 6 month online subscription from Backstage
  • Shooting People 1 Year Membership
  • 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 (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 204    
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 (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 204    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Scriptapalooza Interview $10,000 Winner Chris Carlyle

How did you come up with your story idea?

The original story idea involved a young lawyer at a large law firm being harassed by an odd, perhaps dangerous, old man.  Despite the apparent imbalance of power, the lawyer finds himself increasingly helpless, and all aspects of his life begin to unravel.  This idea came from my own experiences at a large law firm.  Water, and other stuff, runs downhill.  On rare occasions, the firm would find itself in a case with some strange individuals.  Being the new kid on the block, the cases would inevitably end up on my desk.  The original idea came from my wondering what could happen if one of those folks turned out to be a little psychotic.  From there, other themes developed, the most prominent being the destructive nature of obsessive competition.

How long did it take you to write it?

Tough question.  The first draft of the script was completed over four years ago.  How much time went into that draft I really can't recall, but it was significant.  I struggled with the script on and off over the last few years, and it went through two major revisions.  It would be impossible to calculate the hours I've spent kicking the story around in my head.  

Is this your first script that you have written?

No.  Actually, this was my second script, though I've written others through the years that I've continued to work on it. 

Have you entered other screenwriting competitions? If so, have you been successful?

Yes.  A comedy of mine, Reversible Errors, was a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships competition last year.  Incidentally, it was a semifinalist in Scriptapalooza last year, also.

Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

The world is now flooded with screenplay competitions, and I've tried to identify the ones that carry some weight.  I think Scriptapalooza is in the top tier of competitions because of readers involved, and because of success and publicity it has enjoyed.  And, the money isn't bad, either.  

Advice to other screenwriters?

After years and many drafts, we sometimes get to a point where we can't even look at a certain script without becoming ill.  Alex Lord was like that.  Yet, I knew it had many strong elements, and if I kept digging, it might actually come together.  So, if you have a script on a shelf somewhere, one that you know in your gut is close but not quite there, force yourself to dust it off and take one more shot.     

Are you excited to use your new software from Screenplay Systems?

Very excited.  I've only had experience with one particular software, and I'm looking forward to discovering new options available from Screenplay Systems.

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

I couldn't believe that someone hacked into the Scriptapalooza site to play this horrendous practical joke on me.  I kept getting off the site and then going back to it, certain that one time I would go back and my name would be gone.

What are you going to do with your cash prize?

I should buy my wife something to thank her for putting up with my ramblings about this script over the years.  Other than that, no real plans.  Since I live in Florida, I hope it becomes necessary to use some of the money for trips to L.A.!

Updated: 09/10/2002
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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 (4.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 204    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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