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Apr 15th
Early Bird
May 20th
Regular
Jun 10th
Final
Jun 28th
Extended
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Big Break
2024
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Active Since 1999
Enter to share over $80,000 in cash and prizes and get your script in the hands of industry reps!
Accepting Features, TV Pilots, and Shorts
Enter Now
Enter on or before May 20th to save $10

About

Final Draft’s Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers.


Big Break rewards screenwriters in 11 categories the chance to win up to $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list industry meetings with managers, producers and executives. 


Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals. 


Now Accepting Short Scripts: We're excited to introduce a new short-form script prize! As the appetite for premium short content surges, alongside a global elevation in the significance of short filmmaking within the industry, we are celebrating the artistry of short-form narrative screenwriting.


Feedback Notes Available: Feedback helps you get an objective perspective into your story. Receive actionable insight on your script to help elevate your project to the next level.


Ready for your Big Break? Submit today.

Prices & Deadlines

May 20th
Regular
Jun 10th
Final
Jun 28th
Extended
Feature & Television Entry
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
Diversity Feature & Television Entry
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
Feature & Television Entry + Feedback
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
Diversity Feature & Television + Feedback
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
Short Script Entry
$45.00
$55.00
$65.00
Short Script Entry + Feedback
$85.00
$95.00
$105.00

Benefits

PRIZES


2 Grand Prize Award Winners: One Feature Grand Prize and one TV Grand Prize winner will be selected from the 11 Feature Genre and TV Format award winners.


Each Grand Prize Award Winner:
Winners receive the prizes below plus the prizes listed under the Category Winners section. 


• $10,000 Cash 

• Apple iPad 
• Roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles plus 3 night hotel accommodation

• Dell XPS Laptop

  Meetings With Managers, Producers and Executives

Attend networking events and meet the industry.

• UCLA Extension Masterclass
• 1-year subscription to ScriptHop

• Writer brand assessment and 60-Minute Career Prep Webinar with screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup

• Copy of Save the Cat! Story Structure Software and book

Query Letter or One-Sheet analysis and a personalized, signed copy of The Screenwriter’s Bible by Dave Trottier

  • • Final Draft Go™ App for iPhone and iPad.



Additional prizes for TV Grand Prize winner:

• Script Consultation from Jen Grisanti Inc.

• One-hour career coaching session with Carole Kirschner to create a personalized game plan for leveraging the contest win.


Award Categories


Feature Awards

  • • Action/Adventure
  • • Comedy/Rom-Com

 Diversity

 Drama

 Family/Animated

 Period/Historical/War

 Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 Thriller/Horror


Television Awards
 Diversity
 Half-Hour Pilot
• Hour-Long Pilot


We celebrate 11 Category Winners who will receive:

• $1,000 Cash

• Final Draft 13

• New York Film Academy - Attend multi-week online immersive program in both film & television writing

• 5 Career coaching sessions with screenwriting coach Lee Jessup

• 60-minute webinar with screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup on how to capitalize on your Big Break win

• Participation in a 6-Week Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Inc.

• A 4-month InkTip Pro Membership - As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week

• Free entry to any Script Pipeline Season – Feature or TV

• One year subscription of MasterWriter software

• Free Big Break Contest entry for 2025

• Script coverage from Big Break readers

• A Copy of Save The Cat! Strikes Back by screenwriter Blake Snyder.

• 6 month subscription to ScriptHop


Short Script Winner:

• $1,000 Cash

• Final Draft 13

• Feedback on a verbal pitch or pitch deck, plus a 1-hour feedback session with Seed & Spark

• Free Big Break Contest entry for 2025

• A 4-month InkTip Pro Membership - As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week

• 6 month subscription to ScriptHop

• One year subscription of MasterWriter software


Short Script Finalists:
• One-on-one consultation with Seed & Spark on crowdfunding, producing, and distribution



JURY

Gary King
VP of Development, Paramount Television Studios


Amanda Alley
Creative Executive, Skydance Media


Andrew Bergamo
Creative Executive, The Donners' Company


Gabrielle Utsey

VP, Development, POV Entertainment


Jeff Portnoy

Literary Manager, Bellevue Productions


Scott Stoops

Literary Manager, Good Fear Content


Lauren Deitch

Manager for Drama Series Development, Netflix


Jon Hersh

Literary Manager, Housefire Management


Jason Lubin

Manager & Producer, First Story Entertainment


Jesse Hood

Executive, ACE Entertainment


Alex Barnes

Development Executive


Diego Rey

Manager & Producer, Underground Films


Trent Anderson

Manager, Anonymous Content


Allie Loh

President Content & Acquisitions, Zero Gravity


Brian Spink

Manager & Producer, Realm


Zack Zucker

Manager & Producer, Bellevue Productions


Mireia Vilanova

Producer, Cartuna


Jen Ray

Partner & Literary Manager, Heroes & Villains Entertainment


Zach Bianco

Development Exec. / Producer, Feigco Entertainment


Lisa Alford
Development Executive, Johnson Production Group

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