One Feature Grand Prize and one TV Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the 11 Feature Genre and TV Format award winners.
Each Grand Prize Award winner receives:
- An Apple iPad
- A Dell XPS 13 Laptop
- A trip to Hollywood – roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles plus hotel accommodations
- $10,000 cash
- UCLAex Masterclass
- One-on-one consulting services and 1-year subscription to ScriptHop
- 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 2022 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
Each Feature and TV Award winner receives:
- $1,000 Cash
- Final Draft 12
- 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. Grand Prize Winners also receive two free evaluations from The Black List readers
- A 4-month InkTip Pro Membership
- 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 2023
- Script coverage from Big Break readers
- Copy of Save The Cat! Strikes Back by screenwriter Blake Snyder
- 6-month subscription to ScriptHop
TV Format winners also receive:
- Level 1 participation in 6-Week TV Spec & Pilot Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Inc.
2021 Winners on Coverfly
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Fees and Deadlines
$49.00 – Early Bird Deadline April 12, 2022
$59.00 – Regular Deadline June 21, 2022
$69.00 – Extended Deadline July 12, 2022
$79.00 – Last Chance Deadline August 2, 2022
Dates reflect deadlines for electronic submission of scripts. All entries must be electronically submitted by midnight (Pacific Time) on their respective deadlines.
The Big Break Screenwriting Contest only accepts online entry of feature film and television screenplays (original pilot scripts only – miniseries cannot be accepted).
No printed scripts will be accepted.
To enter your script electronically, you must submit your screenplay in PDF format. You are not required to use Final Draft in order to enter the Contest.
All submissions should consist of:
– Full-length screenplays (approximately 80 to 120 pages);
– Teleplays (hour-long approximately 40 to 70 pages, half hour approximately 20 to 35 pages).
Any entries over 150 pages WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Entries less than 20 pages that are clearly not a screenplay (short stories, comic books, etc.) will also be disqualified.
All necessary information is captured upon entry of digital submissions, so title pages should be removed or contact information must be deleted from the title page. The title of the script will be provided to the reader as part of the file name and in the judging form.
Do NOT include personally identifying information (name, etc.) ANYWHERE in your script as this will result in INSTANT DISQUALIFICATION. This includes:
– Writers name, WGA or representation info on the title page;
– Writers name on ANY page of the script;
– Writers name within the script’s file name.
Entry should consist of a screenplay or teleplay only. Do not include resumes, pitches, synopses, casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission. Judges will not receive these materials.
The exception is original hour-long and half-hour TV entries, which may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes, as part of the screenplay. This information would need to be included within the same file, at the end of the script.
The Diversity Category
The Diversity category is for scripts written by underrepresented writers. The story itself does not have to be about inclusion or issues of equality. When submitting, you will be asked to select the Diversity category and the actual genre of your script, for example, Diversity – Horror.
If you are a writer who qualifies for this category you are welcome to submit in both Diversity and non-Diversity categories of the competition. The Diversity category exists to encourage writers who have underrepresented voices in Hollywood to enter the contest. These writers are also welcome to submit their scripts to any of the other categories they are eligible for.
Entrants may submit multiple entries. Each submission must include its own entry form, a separate file and separate entry fee. Entries will be considered for the genre prize in each category and for the grand prize in either feature film or television.
The Big Break Contest is open to any individual who is 18 years of age or older at the date of entry and has access to the Internet.
Employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents, and their immediate families and household members regardless of where they live, or members of the same households (whether related or not) of Cast & Crew Production Software, LLC, dba Final Draft and its respective divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, Big Break Contest sponsors, and advertising agencies (collectively, the “contest providers”), are not eligible to participate in the Contest or to win any prize.
Screenplays under option at the time of submission are not eligible.
Adaptations are not eligible unless the source material was written by the screenwriter of the entry in question. Scripts are not eligible if the source material has been sold, produced, or is currently under option to any third party.
Grand Prize winners in Features and TV and category winners are not eligible to re-enter their winning scripts in future Big Break Contests. They are, however, eligible to enter different scripts for consideration. Grand Prize Feature and TV winners, as well as category winners, receive a free entry in the 2023 Big Break Contest as part of their 2022 prize package.
Co-Writers and Prize Division
Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered into the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers’ names should be listed on the online entry – if they are not, your co-writer’s name will not be reflected on our website if your screenplay advances in the contest. List the writer who will be the primary contact first, and include the address, telephone, and email for that person only. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. By clicking Submit, all writers authorize the submission.
If a screenplay written by multiple writers is one of either of the Grand Prize winners, all cash awards will be split equally between all writers. If a screenplay written by multiple writers is any of the category finalists or Grand Prize winners, prizes will be divided at writers’ discretion but only one of each prize will be distributed.
Revisions, Refunds, and Resubmissions
In order to run a fair contest for all entrants, revisions or missing pages will not be accepted under any circumstances once an entry has been received.
Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed no refunds will be issued.
If the script is rewritten during the entry submission period, the writer(s) may resubmit a script as a new entry for consideration in the contest. A resubmitted script is treated as a new entry and requires an entry fee.
Round-trip to Hollywood includes three nights’ accommodation in a Los Angeles hotel and round-trip economy class airfare from the closest major airport to the winner’s home address. Prize travel is subject to capacity controls, availability, weather, seasonal influences, and certain other restrictions, all of which are subject to change. No changes will be made to travel details once any element(s) of the travel arrangements have been booked, except at Final Draft’s sole discretion. All airline tickets issued in conjunction with the prize are not eligible for upgrades, frequent flyer miles, or any other promotional benefit. Final Draft is not obligated to replace any lost or stolen tickets (including any event tickets or admission passes), travel vouchers, certificates, or similar items once they are in the winner’s possession. Travel must be roundtrip. Final Draft will determine the flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Air travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Rules and those set forth by Final Draft’s air travel prize supplier, as detailed in the passenger ticket contract issued by such supplier.
In connection with travel related to any prize element or activity, please be advised that the policies of each prize provider, CDC guidelines, and the recommendations of health officials must be followed. In addition, guests should be aware of and comply with government guidelines regarding travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines before visiting any prize destination. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and Final Draft or any other prize provider cannot guarantee that any person will not be exposed during a visit.
Ownership and Industry Release
Big Break Contest entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.
By entering the Big Break Contest, you represent and affirm that your entry is an original creative work, and does not infringe, misappropriate or violate the copyright, trademark or other intellectual rights of any third party.
By entering the Big Break Contest, you acknowledge and agree that contest Judges receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts, and that your entry, and the ideas and stories embodied in it, may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the Judges. You also agree that you are not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by contest Judges of any such other material.
Use of Personal Information
By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules of the contest and that you have the authorization to submit this screenplay to the Big Break Contest. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Cast & Crew Production Software, LLC, dba Final Draft its employees, contractors, agents and Big Break Judges from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity to the Screenplay entered.