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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

Since its inception in 1999, Big Break has awarded screenwriters with over $600,000 in cash and prizes and invaluable industry exposure. A panel of notable industry professionals conducts the final judging.

Our objective is to discover talented screenwriters and help them find success in today’s filmmaking market.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/17/2018

Rules

Visit website for contest rules and conditions.

Awards

11 Feature and TV Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes! The Big Break grand-prize feature winner will take home $15,000 in cash plus win a trip to Los Angeles and 3-night hotel stay (unless winner resides in or around Los Angeles). The TV grand-prize winner will win $2,500 plus the trip to Los Angeles. Both winners are taken to industry meetings, dinner with working screenwriters, lunch with Big Break industry judges, and more! Please see website for details.

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Final Draft Announces 2008 Contest Winners

Final Draft has announced Terry O'Brien's Flesh & Blood as the winner of the 2008 Big Break International Screenwriting Competition:

1st Place:
Winner: Terry O'Brien - Toronto, Canada
Flesh & Blood
Kidnapping and murder were never part of the plan. It was supposed to be easy. Dump the car, hike upriver and bust out an older brother from juvenile boot camp. Lost in the wilderness, the volatile gang of city kids turn on each other in a fight for survival.

2nd Place:
Jordan Thomas - Seattle, WA
Arctic Air
An Alaskan bush pilot turns bootlegger to save the airplane he believes houses his best friend's disembodied spirit. He crash-lands in a remote village inhabited by recovering alcoholics and the love of his life. If he can escape before the villagers get to the booze, he won't be forced to choose between the plane, or a promise made to his dead partner.

3rd Place:
Robert Bowden - Bristol, United Kingdom
A Child of Our Time
A shy and secretive artificial intelligence helps euthanize her dying creator only to become hunted by the authorities. When fate offers her a chance to redeem herself she takes it, knowing she faces certain destruction.



2008 Finalists (listed in alphabetical order)

Robert Bowden, Stapleton, United Kingdom - A Child Of Our Time
VJ Boyd, Los Angeles, CA - Crypto Baby
Mark Hammer, Orange, CA - Sonny Takes To Peru
J.P. Hills, Cochrane, Canada - Badland
David Van Hooser, Nashville, TN - Barefoot Mel
Nicholas Horwood, London, United Kingdom - The Sons Of Avalon
Ehud Lavski, Herzelia, Israel - The Things I Saw Before I Went Blind
Kevin Naughton, Laguna Beach, CA - The Great Christmas Train Robbery
Terry O'Brien, Mount Albert, Canada - Flesh And Blood
Jordan Thomas, Lynnwood, WA - Arctic Air


2008 Semifinalists (listed in alphabetical order)

David Ball, Cumberland, ME - Chuck Hodges
Jennifer Barclay, San Diego, CA - The Fontaines
Nino Del Pesco, Saint Paul, MN - The Third Realm
Paul Gulino, Santa Monica, CA - The Lost Brigade
John Killeen, Dover, United Kingdom - In God's Name
Linda Marr, Redondo Beach, CA - Involuntary Man
Michael Morra, Annandale, NJ - Shades Of Grey
Austen Rachlis, New York, NY - When The Shooting Stops
David Stieve, Hermosa Beach, CA - The Gunshot's Echo
Coert Voorhees, Houston, TX - Air And Space
Terence Winkless & Raly Radouloff, Encino, CA - The Apprentice

Updated: 01/16/2009
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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

Final Draft
26707 W. Agoura Road, Suite 205
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Eva Gross

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Kevin Lee Miller

An interview with screenwriter Kevin Lee Miller regarding the Final Draft/Big Break Writing Competition.

Updated: 02/18/2010

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Wyatt Wakeman

An interview with screenwriter Wyatt Wakeman regarding the Big Break Writing Competition.

Updated: 11/24/2009
Contest Winner? Let's talk. If you've finished first, second, or third in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, MovieBytes would like to interview you.