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Launch Pad
Launch Pad Feature Competition
12th Annual
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Active Since 2013
The Launch Pad Feature competition prioritizes exclusive partnerships and mentorship opportunities including a Grand Prize Partnership with Gran Via Productions, Development opportunities and more!
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About

The Launch Pad Feature competition prioritizes exclusive partnerships and opportunities including a Grand Prize Partnership with Gran Via Productions, Development opportunities and a Mentorship program. We aim to provide our writers with as many avenues towards success as possible.

Designed to set you up for success, we’ll guarantee a meeting with a jury member for every Top Ten finalist plus a virtual pitching workshop. Including vetted industry professionals from Artists First, Brillstein Entertainment, MarVista and more.

We’re looking for the next great voices in feature film writing. Our tradition of writer success, includes projects sold to Netflix, Paramount, and more. 

Prices & Deadlines

May 20th
Early
Jun 20th
Regular
Jul 20th
Late
Aug 20th
Final
Feature Entry
$55.00
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
Feature Entry + Feedback
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
$160.00

Benefits

PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner
Everything the Category Winners  receive, plus…

- Meeting with the Head of Film Development from Gran Via (The Holdovers, The Notebook, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie)

Category Winners (2)
Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

- Will receive an additional 1:1 meeting with an industry professional.
- Each of the competition winners will be invited to an exclusive yearly virtual event where they will get the chance to meet with and pitch industry professionals from management companies, agencies and production companies in a 1:1 setting. Past participants included MGM, Scott Free, Verve, Bellevue, Lit Entertainment, WME, and more.

Top 10
Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

- A guaranteed meeting with a member of the jury.
- Receive a paragraph of written feedback from a jury member.
- Invite to a Top 10 only virtual event.
- One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.
 
Top 50
Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

- One year free membership to the Tracking Board.
 
Top 100
- Receive brief written feedback from 2 different readers.
- Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry networks.

ADD-ON PRIZES
To qualify for this prize, entrants must select the specific add-on, or make it to the Top 10 of the competition to be considered for this prize opportunity.

Development Prize with American High

American High will pick one project and take at least one meeting with the writer for development purposes.

Specializing in high-concept, R-rated, high-school comedies, American High is a production company with an overall deal at Hulu behind such features as The Binge, Plan B, I Love My Dad, and the Sundance Award-winning Big Time Adolescence. The company is helmed by writer/director Jeremy Garelick of major box office features like The Hangover, The Break Up, and The Wedding Ringer.

Signing Prize with Locus Entertainment

This year’s Signing partner is manager Anders Lykke of Locus Entertainment, who will select a minimum of one (1) writer from the competition to sign as a client.

Anders is the founder and CEO of Locus Entertainment, aimed at nurturing and promoting emerging screenwriters with a global perspective. He founded the Casino Theatre in 2019. This innovative platform is dedicated to showcasing the finest unproduced screenplays, brought to life by skilled actors before a select audience of industry professionals.

Jury

831 Entertainment

Alex Pelham

Literary Manager

831 Entertainment

Alex is a literary and talent manager at 831 Entertainment who represents a diverse group of writers, directors and actors based in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Canada. His clients have staffed on Stephen Colbert's TOONING OUT THE NEWS on Paramount+ and SOFT FOCUS WITH JENNA FRIEDMAN on Adult Swim, while his talent clients have appeared in Amazon Prime's WITH LOVE, NBC's YOUNG ROCK and CW's WALKER. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Radio/Television/Film.

Davis Entertainment

Brittany Pratt

Development Assistant

Davis Entertainment

Brittany is an LA-based writer and producer from upstate New York. She graduated with her MA in Television, Radio & Film from Syracuse University and began her career at Verve Talent & Literary Agency shortly after. She currently serves as the executive assistant to the President of Film & Television at Davis Entertainment. She prides herself on telling stories with complex characters, moral ambiguity, and works to bring a feminist edge to genres that have historically “fridged” women out.

Black Box

Megan Morey

Manager

Black Box

Megan has been part of the team at Black Box Management since 2022. Black Box is a talent management and production company based out of Los Angeles. Megan has previously worked at The Jim Henson Company, 20th Century Fox, and Sony Pictures Animation.

Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Amy Roach

Producer / Manager's Assistant

Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Amy is a Producer / Manager's Assistant at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, a talent and literary management firm and production company with credits on THE SOPRANOS, HAPPY GILMORE and GHOSTBUSTERS. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing. She went on to train as a screenwriter at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and there learned that she writes stories of unlikely bonds. She mingles with themes of forgiveness, entrapment, and kindness.

Brandon Gale

Coordinator

Speck + Gordon

Brandon is a writer/producer, who serves as Script Coordinator on MARVEL’S HIT MONKEY for Hulu, 20th Animation, and Marvel Studios. He received his Master’s in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute Conservatory. Brandon has worked in development with Jason Cahill, Atomic Monster, and Hivemind Entertainment. He returned to production as the Directors’ Assistant to Will Speck & Josh Gordon LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE at Sony, and continues development work on their slate of ongoing projects.

Artists First

Tina Ziobro

Artists First

Tina is the coordinator in the office of Tucker Voorhees at Artist First. She primarily works with Features in the comedy and action space. They currently have blackish, The Last O.G., grownish, The Gong Show and Hot Date on the air and have produced features Including Central Intelligence, A Futile & Stupid Gesture, Keanu, Bullethead and others.

MarVista

Dan Vallancourt

Coordinator, Development

MarVista

Dan Vallancourt is a development professional at the Fox-owned MarVista Entertainment, a production company responsible for producing or distributing over a hundred films since 2010.

Quarterlife Pictures

Ella Wahlestedt

Founder & CEO

Quarterlife Pictures

Ella Wahlestedt is the founder of Quarterlife Pictures, a Los Angeles-based independent entertainment development and production company. While at Buffalo 8, she released 150+ titles and directly established outputs with VOD platforms, streamers, and exhibitors.

Nicholas Bogner

Literary Manager, Producer

Affirmative Entertainment

Nicholas Bogner is a Literary Manager + Producer with Affirmative Entertainment. He has sold features and pilots to the likes of Paramount, Amblin, Sony, Blumhouse, Intrepid, Walden Media and pilots to ABC, FX, USA, MTV, CW, E!, Fox Studios, Fox 21, TWC, Relativity, Sy-Fy, Eone and NBC.

Camila Rios

Executive Assistant to Walter Hamada

18Hz Productions

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Camila began her career as a Development Assistant to Carlos Aguirre, the VP of Development at Paramount Television Studios. At PTVS, she worked on several shows including “Spiderwick Chronicles” which is now streaming on Roku. Camila is now at 18Hz, a new horror-focused production company led by veteran film executive Walter Hamada (THE CONJURING, IT). Camila works directly under Walter to produce feature films within the horror genre for Paramount Pictures.

Christina Sibul

Producer

Christina Sibul is an independent producer as well as being a highly regarded Development and Production Consultant within the film industry. Recent releases include MONICA, released by IFC Films in 2023, and BUTTER, released by Blue Fox Entertainment in 2022. MONICA premiered in competition to rave reviews at 2022’s Venice International Film Festival, was nominated for 2 Spirit Awards and won a GLAAD Media Award in 2024.

Josh Marks

Literary Manager

Runyon Media

Josh Marks is a manager/producer at Runyon Media. Prior to founding Runyon Media, Josh was a literary manager with Untitled Entertainment and with Entertainment 360 (LADY BIRD, THE TERROR, THE FALL GUY, BRUISED) before that. He began his career as an agent trainee at UTA (United Talent Agency). In 2023, Josh left Untitled to launch Runyon Media, a new entity dedicated to financing, production and literary management. His clients have showrun and/or written for premium series on major networks and streamers in addition to writing and directing features for major theatrical and streaming studios. Client credits include: SUITS, SNOWPIERCER, ANIMAL KINGDOM, BORAT, THE OTHER TWO, PALM TREES AND POWER LINES, DEPARTURE and more.

Mentorship Program

The Launch Pad mentorship program is tailored for each individual relationship and will include a call or meeting with your mentor to provide career advice.

Jeff Wadlow

Writer and Director

Jeff Wadlow is a DGA Award-nominated writer and director behind major projects such as Kick-Ass 2, Truth or Dare, The Curse of Bridge Hollow, and the recently-released Blumhouse horror, Imaginary. He has also written and produced on major TV series Bates Motel and The Strain.

Michael Brandt

Screenwriter

Michael Brandt is the screenwriter behind the newly released film Arthur the King, in addition to the films 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Catch That Kid. He is also the co-creator of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, serving as showrunner on Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. for multiple seasons.

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Announcements

Dec 13th
Top 100s
Mar 14th
Top 50s
Apr 4th
Top 10s
Apr 25th
Winners

Rules

At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.

  1. All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  2. All feature scripts must be under 120 pages (any script with more than 120 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page) 
  3. Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
  4. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like. 
  5. Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).
  6. All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  7. Features with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  8. The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, been produced, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 50 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.
  9. The Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.
  10. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  11. All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judges panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  12. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  13. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed development and guaranteed signing add ons.
  14. General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  15. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  16. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  17. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  18. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writer’s name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
  19. By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best scripts. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
  20. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  21. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  22. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  23. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.
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