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Outstanding Screenplays
Outstanding Screenplays Feature Competition
2023
Active Since 2021
SUPERB JURY of world's top Producers! PAUL SCHRADER, writer of TAXI DRIVER and DEDE GARDNER, President of BRAD PITT’s Plan B will be reading scripts!
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What is your end goal as a writer of a Spec Feature Screenplay? The end goal is to get your screenplay MADE INTO A FEATURE FILM right? Of course, there are interim goals of getting recognition, to get feedback, to get writing assignments, to sign with an agent or a manager,... and with our competition, you’ll get all these things. But the END goal should always be to get your screenplay PRODUCED.


Well, here is your chance. Most of our judges are CEOs of the world’s most renowned film production companies. Almost all of them are Academy Award Nominated producers! They ALL actually have the Power, Resources and access to Hollywood A-listers to get your script made into an Award-Winning Feature Film.

Benefits

The Jury:


DEDE GARDNER - Two-Time Academy Award® Winning producer, PRESIDENT of BRAD PITT’s Plan B Entertainment!


Dede Gardner is the President of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. She was the president since Brad Pitt founded the company in 2001, and then co-president since 2013 together with Jeremy Kleiner. 

Dede is a Two-Time Academy Award® Winner. She won Oscars for 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Moonlight (2016). She is the First and Only woman to win two Oscars for Best Picture. 

She was also nominated for the Best Picture Oscar five more times with: The Tree of Life (2011), Selma (2014), The Big Short (2015), Vice (2018) and Women Talking (2022). 

Her other critically acclaimed films include World War Z (2013), Okja (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Ad Astra (2019), Minari (2020), Blonde (2022) and She Said (2022). 

Her upcoming films include such highly anticipated titles as The Killer (2023), directed by David Fincher and starring Michael Fassbender; Wolfs starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney; Mickey 17 (2024), directed by Bong Joon Ho and starring Robert Pattinson and Untitled Formula One Racing Movie, directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Brad Pitt. 



PAUL SCHRADER - Writer of Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL.  Academy Award® Nominee for Best Original Screenplay for First Reformed (2017)


Paul Schrader is known as one of the cinema’s most successful screenwriters. He is also a film critic and film director. He started his career as a film critic, before he began writing screenplays, hitting the jackpot when he sold his first screenplay, Yakuza, for then-record sum of $325,000, thus establishing his reputation as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters. 

He first received widespread recognition through his screenplay for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). He later continued his collaboration with Scorsese, writing or co-writing Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing Out the Dead (1999). Paul Schrader has also directed 24 films, including Blue Collar (1978), Hardcore (1979), American Gigolo (1980), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) and Affliction (1997). 

His three most recent films have been described by Schrader as a loose trilogy: First Reformed (2017), The Card Counter (2021), and Master Gardener (2022).

He has written the screenplays for two 'Best Picture' Academy Award nominees (Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980), but would only receive his first Academy Award nomination for 'Best Screenplay' more than 40 years working in the business - he got nominated for First Reformed (2017).



DAN JINKS - Academy Award® Winner for Best Picture for American Beauty 


Dan Jinks is an American film and television producer. In 2010, Jinks launched his own film and television production company, the Dan Jinks Company. In July 2011, he signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. 

Previously, working with producing partner Bruce Cohen, Jinks produced Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn. The film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

The pair won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2000 for producing American Beauty. The film won a total of five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Next film was Tim Burton's Big Fish, which was nominated as Best Picture for both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

In television, Jinks and Cohen executive produced the acclaimed ABC series Pushing Daisies, which won eight Emmy Awards. 

In the summer of 2008, Jinks and Cohen produced A Timeless Call, a tribute to war veterans that Steven Spielberg directed for the Democratic National Convention.

Jinks produced Nothing to Lose, starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins for Touchstone Pictures, and executive produced The Bone Collector, with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie for Universal. 



WENDY FINERMAN - Academy Award® Winner for Best Picture for Forrest Gump 


Wendy Finerman is an American film producer. She is best known for winning the Academy Award for Best Picture for Forrest Gump in 1994. Forrest Gump received critical acclaim for Zemeckis's direction, performances (particularly those of Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise), visual effects, music, and screenplay. The film was an enormous success at the box office; it became the top-grossing film in America released that year and earned over US $678.2 million worldwide. 

Further Wendy Finerman won a BAFTA Award for Fairy Tale in 1998. She has also produced such popular films as The Fan starring Robert De Niro; Stepmom starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon; P.S. I Love You starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and The Devil Wears Prada starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. She is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and runs her own company, Wendy Finerman Productions.



GARY MICHAEL WALTERS - Producer of such iconic films as Drive, Nightcrawler, and Whiplash! Emmy Award® Nominee for Outstanding Television Movie Oslo (2021) 


Gary Michael Walters - CEO of Bold Films. Bold Films is a production and finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for creative talent and to producing original, studio-quality films with worldwide commercial appeal. Gary oversees all aspects of Bold Films: production, finance, legal, creative, strategy and sales. Gary has produced or executive produced all of its movies. He is a producer of such iconic films as Drive, Nightcrawler and Whiplash! His recent production is Netflix’s film The Guilty with Jake Gyllenhaal. 



MIKE MEDAVOY - Academy Award® Nominee for Best Picture for Black Swan 


Mike Medavoy - CEO of Phoenix Pictures. Sample some of the best American films over the past forty years and there's a good chance Mike Medavoy played a role in the success of many of them. From agent to studio chief to producer, he has been involved with over 300 feature films, of which 17 have been nominated and 7 have won Best Picture Oscars®, as well as numerous international film festival awards. He is a producer of such iconic films as Shutter Island, Zodiac and Black Swan! For the latest he received an Academy Award Nomination. He’s produced for Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky and many more...



EMILIE GEORGES - Academy Award® Nominee for Best Picture for Call Me by Your Name


Emilie Georges is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Production Company Paradise City, Paris. Prior to starting her new venture Paradise City with producer Naima Abed, Georges founded Memento Distribution and Production in 2003 which expanded into Memento International & La Cinefacture (production) in 2004. Georges has been devoted to promoting, producing and supporting high-profile, director-driven independent films such as Laurent Cantet’s THE CLASS (Golden Palm, Cannes 2008); Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION (2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), THE SALESMAN (2015 Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language), Joachim Trier’s LOUDER THAN BOMBS (2013) and THELMA (2017), Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer’s STILL ALICE( 2016); Josh & Benny Safdie’s GOOD TIME (2017). Several directors she repped are now working on the Marvel franchise – Jon Watts, Destin Daniel Cretton or Cate Shortland!

Georges currently runs Memento International alongside her production companies at Paradise City (including ex-La Cinefacture). Her credits include US indie genre films such as Jeremy Saulnier’s BLUE RUIN and Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY & WE ARE WHAT WE ARE Sundance winners World dramatic CIRCLES (2014) by Srdan Golubovich & CONTRACORRIENTE (Audience, 2010) by Javier Fuentes Leon; as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar winner feature film CALL ME BY YOUR NAME for which she received an Oscar nomination.



ADAM NOVAK - Head of Story Development for WME


Adam Novak is the Head of Story Development for Hollywood's Top Talent and Literary Agency WME (William Morris/Endeavor)

Born, bred, and buttered in DC, Adam Novak majored in screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinema-Television where he sold his senior thesis script Conversations with a Cannibal before starting his career at the venerable William Morris Agency (now WME) as the exclusive script reader for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Clint Eastwood, and Bruce Willis. 

As Head of the William Morris/Endeavor (WME) Story Department for more than 25 years, Novak championed The Blair Witch Project, Promising Young Woman, Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, and Waterworld.  

Novak has also published a series of novels about the movie business: The Non-Pro (Salvo Press/2008), Take Fountain (Rare Bird Books/2015), Freaks of the Industry (Rare Bird Books/2017), and Rat Park (Red Giant Books/2022). Novak recently celebrated his 33rd year at the WME agency. 




The Prizes:


Grand Prize Winner(s)


$5,000 Guaranteed Option  for the Overall Winner! 

This is your real chance at getting your script made into a feature film! 


*MENTORSHIP with Academy Award® Winner DAN JINKS!  (Dan has Won an Academy Award for producing American Beauty (2000), and was Nominated for an Academy Award for producing Milk (2009) starring Sean Penn. He is also a Bafta Winner and two-time Bafta Nominee.)


8 x $500 in Cash to each of our 8 GENRE Prize Winners. 

Best Action & Adventure - $500 for the Winner

Best Animation - $500 for the Winner

Best Comedy - $500 for the Winner

Best Drama - $500 for the Winner

Best Horror - $500 for the Winner

Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy - $500 for the Winner 

Best Thriller - $500 for the Winner

Best True Story & Public Domain - $500 for the Winner 



Top 15 Finalists:


The top 15 Finalists will receive: 


* Each of the 15 finalists will receive an EXCLUSIVE one page written feedback report from one of our 10 Academy Award Winning/Nominated judges! This one is HUGE!  The CEOs of the best film production companies in the world will actually read your script and give you feedback! And if they like it, you'll have a big chance of getting it produced into a feature film! You can get your script read by DEDE GARDNER, the PRESIDENT of BRAD PITT’s Plan B Entertainment! Or by PAUL SCHRADER, the writer of TAXI DRIVER! Or by any other of our Academy Award Winning/Nominated judges!



* Each of the 15 finalists will also receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. (15 x $130 value) 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. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.


* Each of the 15 finalists will also receive a 1-year Arc Studio Pro membership.  (15 x $99 value) Arc Studio is the new Industry Standard for Professional Screenwriting. 



Semi-Finalists:


* Each of the 120 semi-finalists will receive a 3-month Arc Studio Pro membership. Arc Studio is the easiest way to outline, write, and edit screenplays and television scripts, for solo-writers, large writing staffs, and everything in between.



Quarter-Finalists:


* Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and 15 Finalists will be published on our Instagram and all our other social media accounts. We currently have more than 1.6 MILLION followers combined and this will be important exposure for you and will create more opportunities for your screenplay and your writing career. 


* Your script will be sent to our Judges, Producers, Literary Agents, Managers & specially chosen members of our industry contacts. You don’t need to be one of our finalists to have your script sent out. If we notice an interesting script that we know a certain producer, agent, or manager will be interested to read, we'll contact you and ask if we can send it to a certain industry contact.


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Announcements

Mar 10th
Semifinalists
Mar 25th
Finalists
Apr 10th
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.


Feature scripts should be within 70-120 pages.

(You can still submit Scripts longer than 120 pages. The fee for each additional page over 120 pages is $1.)


All scripts must be written in English. 


We welcome submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from all countries around the world. 


Material submitted must be written and owned by the person submitting.


There is no age limit. All ages can enter. 


There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer may submit. You are allowed to submit as many entries as you like.


Outstanding Screenplays claims no ownership of your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this competition remain with the original rights of the person(s) that submitted.


All decisions of Outstanding Screenplays are final. By applying to this competition each participant agrees to hold Outstanding Screenplays, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.


Please contact us via info@outstandingscreenplays.com if you have any further questions.