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ScreenCraft
ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Screenplay Competition
2021
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High stakes action movies and sweeping adventure TV series have thrilled audiences around the world for decades. We want to read those scripts.
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About

Since the dawn of Hollywood, action-packed movies and TV series have been the backbone of the entertainment industry. Experiencing heart-pounding action from the safety of a cinema or your living room is an experience we all love. If you’re writing a great action or adventure script or pilot we’d love to read it. This year’s jury is packing heat with industry professionals who love action, and who have experience producing some of Hollywood’s best recent film and television content. 

ScreenCraft’s past winners have gone on to sell their scripts to major studios and have been hired by companies like Universal, Netflix, Amazon, Millennium, CBS and many more. ScreenCraft’s winners are also highly sought after by literary managers and agents who are open to signing to new writer clients. Over 100 ScreenCraft writers have signed with top management companies and agencies like 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, CAA, WME, UTA, Paradigm, Lit Entertainment, and many more. 

Benefits

THE JUDGES

Get in front of this phenomenal jury who love great Action & Adventure. 

 

GREY CUSACK

Film Executive 

Grey Cusack is a film executive based in Los Angeles, has worked in development at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Hasbro Studios, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Secret Hideout. 

 

Steven de Souza

Screenwriter

Steven E. de Souza is a writer and producer, renowned for the action classic DIE HARD, as well as COMMANDO, DIE HARD 2, KNIGHT RIDER, 48 HRS, THE RUNNING MAN, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE and more. He has been nominated twice for the Edgar Allen Poe award and the Saturn award and was honored with the Norman Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement in writing. 

 

Tatiana Suarez-Pico

TV Writer & Playwright 

Suarez-Pico has written for A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, SNOWFALL, IRON FIST, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS and Amazon's HUNTERS among others.  She’s currently writing a feature for Paramount and developing a TV show for Amazon. Tatiana is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School and has an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University.

 

Michael Chung

Motion Picture Literary Agent

A Southern California native and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Michael started his career in the mailroom at UTA. He later joined Verve Talent Agency and worked his way to his current role as an Agent. His clients include Adele Lim, writer of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, Peter Hoare, writer of DOWN UNDER COVER, as well as writers for shows like CHICAGO FIRE, COUNTERPART and THE ROOKIE.


GREG RUSSO

Screenwriter

Greg Russo is a screenwriter, most recently of MORTAL KOMBAT, to be released April 23rd, 2021 from Warner Bros and New Line Cinema. Upcoming projects including the video game adaptation of SPACE INVADERS for New Line Cinema and he is currently writing DEATH NOTE 2 for Netflix. He has written for Universal, Paramount, Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros. 

 

THE PRIZES

On top of all top scripts being read by this incredible jury, the winners will receive prizes and industry outreach. Dozens of ScreenCraft winners have signed with managers, sold their scripts, option projects, been staffed, or been hired for open writing assignments. Check out some of the success stories here.


Grand Prize Winner

The overall grand prize winner in either feature or TV category will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.

 

All winners’ project info and log lines will be circulated and recommended to our network of over 60 Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives.

 

ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.

 

  • Personal Introduction to top literary managers

  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program

  • $1,000 Cash

  • Complimentary Badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit 

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Feature Winner

  • $500 cash award

  • Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

  • 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Pilot Winner

  • $500 cash award

  • Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

  • 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

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Announcements

Sep 1st
Semifinalists
Sep 29th
Finalists
Oct 27th
Winners

Rules

  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

  2. Entry fees and deadlines:

    1. $49.50 until the early deadline on April 30, 2021

    2. $69.50 until the regular deadline on May 31, 2021

    3. $79.50 until the final deadline on June 30, 2021

  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.

  4. Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages.  TV pilots must be between 25 and 75 pages. Any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.

  5. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

  6. Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

  7. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

  8. Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on the title page.

  9. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.

  10. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.

  11. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.

  12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.

  13. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.