Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft/Big Break

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5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
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Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

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Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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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. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/30/2020

Rules

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Awards

2 Grand Prize Award Winners
  • One Feature Grand Prize and one TV Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the 11 Feature Genre and TV Format award winners
  • These two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for meetings and networking with executives, producers, agents and managers
Each Grand Prize Award winner receives
  • An Apple iPad
  • A trip to Hollywood – roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles plus hotel accommodations
  • $10,000 cash
  • Breakfast with screenwriter/producer Pen Densham (Riding the Alligator, Moll Flanders, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, producer of Backdraft)
  • Cocktails with Big Break Grand Prize Alumni
  • 60-90 Minute Career/Meeting Prep Session from screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup
  • Copy of Save The Cat! Story Structure Software
  • Admission to one Robert McKee Story Seminar in 2020 in London, New York or Los Angeles
  • Extended Screenplay Coverage
  • Query Letter or One-Sheet analysis and a personalized, signed copy of The Screenwriter’s Bible by Dave Trottier Script consultation with a Script Pipeline’s Director of Development for potential industry circulation
  • The Final Draft Mobile™ App for iPad
  • Additional Prizes for TV Grand Prize Winner
  • Script Consultation from Jen Grisanti Consultancy including written/verbal notes and meeting to review the notes and your logline
  • One-hour career consultation with Carole Kirschner of Park on the Lot to create a step by step, personalized game plan for leveraging the contest win
11 Feature & TV Awards
  • 11 Feature and TV Winners, including the Grand Prize Winners, share over $100,000 in cash and prizes!
  • 8 Feature Winners in each of the following genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Rom-Com, Diversity, Drama, Family/Animated, Period/Historical/War, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Thriller/Horror
  • Three TV Winners in the following formats: Half-Hour Pilot, Hour-Long Pilot, and Diversity Pilot
Each Feature and TV Award winner receives
  • $1,000 Cash
  • Final Draft 11
  • The New York Film Academy Fellowship
  • Luncheon with Big Break judges and other industry professionals
  • Writer brand assessment from Lee Jessup
  • 60-minute webinar with screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup on how to capitalize on your Big Break win
  • Three months free hosting of your script on The Black List with two free evaluations from The Black List readers InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you
  • InkTip Magazine: Publish your logline in InkTip’s magazine sent to 4000+ producers and reps Truby’s Blockbuster Genres: How The Top 11 Genres Really
  • Work Audio Course
  • Free entry to any Script Pipeline Season – Feature or TV StoryO from Jungle Software
  • One-year International Screenwriters Association CONNECT membership
  • Free Big Break Contest entry for 2020
  • Script coverage from Big Break readers
  • Copy of Save The Cat! Strikes Back by screenwriter Blake Snyder
  • TV Format Winners also receive
  • Level 1 10-Week TV Spec & Pilot Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Consultancy

Final Draft/Big Break

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 38    
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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 38    
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Contest News

"Breathing Underwater" by Torye A. Mullins Wins Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition

LOS ANGELES,CA - MAR. 12, 2001 - Torye A. Mullins from Los Angeles, CA, USA has been named the winner of the Second Annual Final Draft BIG BREAK SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, in association with Cannell Studios and presented by Express.com. Her script, entitled "BREATHING UNDERWATER," is about a young girl, orphaned by her mother's death, who returns east to live with her grandmother and three unmarried aunts. Facing a challenging readjustment in a cold house of broken dreams, the young girl holds fast to her goals and learns that real love, with all its difficulties, is the only thing in life that isn't temporary. It was announced today by Marc Madnick, president and CEO of Final Draft Inc., Stephen J. Cannell of Cannell Studios and Michael Dubelko, founder and CEO or Express.com.

"I feel very, very lucky," said Mullins about winning the competition, "there are so many talented writers out there... winning this contest has been surreal, crazy and a great honor all at once!" When asked what she might do with some of her $10,000 prize money Mullins quipped, "Since my Irish background played such a big role in my script, I think I'm going to take that trip to Ireland that I've been longing for over the past four years."

Mullin's prize package included: $10,000 cash and the opportunity to meet with some of the industry's top literary agents, directors and producers, including Stephen J. Cannell.

"Illusion of Illusion" by Jennifer LaMoureaux and "The Would Be Witch" by Pearl Englander rounded out the top three finalists for this year's competition.

"We were impressed with the amount of quality scripts that were submitted this year. It's truly a gratifying experience to give writers from all over the world the chance at Hollywood success," said Marc Madnick, president and CEO of Final Draft Inc.

Last year's winner, DAWG by Ken Hastings, is currently being produced by Gold Circle Films, starring Elizabeth Hurley & Denis Leary.

This year's judges included Stepehn J. Cannell, Syd Field and Andrea McCall of Dreamworks SKG, Jeff Okin of Metropolitan Talent Agency, Jo Swerling, Jr., among others.

Stephen J. Cannell said, "As a sponsor for the contest, as well as a Judge for the finalists, I am amazed by the top level of creative writing I saw in the entries. There is obviously a huge pool of undiscovered talent. This has been a two-year eye-opener for me. I am excited for the future of these writers."

"We are extremely pleased with the success of this competition," said Michael Dubelko, founder and CEO of Express.com. "It is important to give unknown writers around the world the chance to see their scripts end up on the big screen. Congratulations to the winners."

Final Draft Big Break Top Ten:

1. Breathing Underwater - Torye Mullins, Los Angeles, CA

2. Illusion of Illusion - Jennifer LaMoureaux, Scottsdale, AZ

3. The Would Be Witch - C. Pearl Englander, Baltimore, MA

4. Turning Green - Michael J. Aimette, New York, NY

5. Dreams in the Dust - Mike Theobald, Adelaide, Australia

6. Shut Up and Kiss Me - Scott K. Murphy, West Hollywood, CA

7. The Froggy Doo Show - TJ Lynch, Tujunga, CA

8. The Name Droppers - William F. Brown, Columbus, OH

9. Of Fools and Kings - Christopher Schaefer, Redondo Beach, CA

10. The Riddle - Brendan Foley, London, England (brendan.foley@btinternet.com)





Updated: 03/11/2001

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Contact

2300 W. Empire Avenue
5th floor
Burbank, CA 91504
818-995-8995 (voice)

Web:
Click here
Email:
bigbreak@finaldraft.com

Contact: Kala Guess

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 38    
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