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ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Screenplay Competition
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Oscar-nominated screenwriter of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and THE HUNGER GAMES, Billy Ray joins as our Grand Juror as well as actor, director, & producer Joe Manganiello!
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In partnership with The University of Georgia M.F.A. program in Film, Television, and Digital Media, we welcome Oscar-nominated screenwriter, producer, and director Billy Ray (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE HUNGER GAMES, GEMINI MAN) as our Grand Juror. Additionally, Billy will host an exclusive interactive lecture for this year's finalists! 

We also welcome actor, director, and producer Joe Manganiello (MYTHIC QUEST, LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS) as a Grand Juror. Joe will host an exclusive Q&A conversation with this year's finalists.

ScreenCraft's Action & Adventure competition has consistently led to writers signing with literary reps at companies including Bellevue Productions, Rascality Entertainment, Kersey Management, Citizen Skull, Greenlit Management and more.

So whether it’s a pressure cooker moment, a ticking clock, or saving the world from destruction, we're looking for scripts that can keep us on the edge of our seats. 


In partnership with:


Oscar-nominated Writer, Director, Producer

Billy Ray wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, for which he won the WGA award. He also wrote, directed and executive-produced Showtime's THE COMEY RULE, which had the biggest debut of any limited series in that network's history. Ray's films as writer, co-writer, or writer-director include THE HUNGER GAMES, RICHARD JEWELL, SHATTERED GLASS, and BREACH.



Actor, Director, Producer

Joe Manganiello is directing/producing the official Dungeons and Dragons documentary for EOne. He can currently be seen on AppleTV’s series MYTHIC QUEST, as well as Netflix’s LOVE DEATH AND ROBOTS. Recent credits include the AMC+ sci-fi series MOONHAVEN, The Smith’s infused indie feature SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD, as well as the indie feature ARCHENEMY. Both films were produced by his company 3:59. He was also in the Netflix feature METAL LORDS, from Game of Thrones creators D.B Weiss and David Benioff, and re-teamed with Zack Snyder to star in the upcoming Netflix series, ARMY OF THE DEAD: LOST VEGAS. Joe can next be seen in the Dark Comedy Thriller THE KILL ROOM, starting opposite Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson.

Get in front of Hollywood judges who love great action & adventure!



Director of Development, Ubisoft

Kurt Conner is a Development Executive with over 10 years of experience in all facets of the Film & Television Industry. He got his start on the Film Development track at Paramount Studios where he worked closely with Bad Robot on films such as 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE and THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX. He then went on to work with Seth Gordon on the Netflix show ATYPICAL. Now, at Ubisoft Film & Television he serves as the Director of Development across both Film & Television, where he oversees creative development and strategy for various original and IP-based projects.



Literary Manager, Writ Large

Eric Borja is a literary manager at Writ Large managing screenwriters, directors and authors. His clients include David M. Booher (Canto), C. Adele Williams (Oh My God, Yes!) and Chris Ryall (Locke + Key). He has extensive experience in all aspects of the entertainment industry including production, development, film finance, and business operations. He began his career in the production offices of studio movies like The Departed, and American Gangster. He transitioned to development and film finance at Groundswell Productions and finance/operations at Illumination Entertainment.



Development Executive, ROAR

Jeremie is a development and production executive. A French citizen, he grew up in Cannes where he attended the Cannes Film Festival every year. Jeremie started his career working for leading tech companies such as Google/Youtube and Linkedin and transitioned to the film and TV industry after moving to Los Angeles. Prior to joining ROAR Jeremie worked for Bridge Media Partners, a production and management company that produced the SYFY show “Blood Drive”, for producer Glenn Williamson on the feature “23 Steps” and for Lotus Entertainment.



Coordinator, Limelight

Prior to joining Limelight in 2021, Jake McConnell received his B.A. from Northeastern University in Media and Screen Studies followed by an MFA in Film and T.V. Production from UCLA's Producer's Program. He has previously worked for the San Francisco 49ers, Amazon Web Services, and Akamai Technologies in video production roles. When not reading scripts, Jake can often be found scuba diving off the coast of LA.


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 manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.

They'll receive:

  • - Personal Introduction to top literary managers
  • - Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
  • - $5,000 cash award
  • - An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
  • - Virtual interactive educational lecture hosted by writer Billy Ray

Feature & TV Winners

  • - $500 cash award
  • - Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
  • - An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
  • - Virtual interactive educational lecture hosted by writer Billy Ray


  • - An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
  • - Virtual interactive educational lecture hosted by writer Billy Ray
    - All finalists will receive personalized written feedback and a 30 minute call with an industry professional
  • -  Exclusive virtual Q&A conversation with Joe Manganiello.


Mentorship Prize with Andrew Bergamo of The Donners' Company

This optional add-on prize category will grant one eligible writer the opportunity to learn, develop, and strengthen their project with guidance from an industry professional. This unique add-on benefit is separate from the ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Competition prizes and placements.

We welcome Creative Executive, Andrew Bergamo of The Donners' Company who will select one writer/writing team with an outstanding concept from the ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Competition for development guidance, including notes, strategy suggestions, and more.

At The Donners' Company Andrew Bergamo has helped develop stories for some of the biggest franchises of the past decade. After first cutting his teeth as a development intern at Marvel Studios, he moved over to The Donners’ Company where he quickly worked his way up to become a Creative Executive, aiding in the development of films and shows in the X-Men cinematic universe as well as the upcoming Lethal Weapon 5 among several other projects.

Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Competition AND that select this add-on are eligible for consideration in this category. Additionally, all projects that place in the Top 10 of the competition will automatically be considered.

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

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly.
TV pilots may be any length -- however the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour-long is between 40 - 70 pages. Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
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.
All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
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).
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.
Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $6 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
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.
Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
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.
The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
In the event a juror, partner organization, mentor, or prize partner is no longer able to serve in their specified capacity, ScreenCraft will make its best effort to secure a replacement.
ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

For a full list of rules and eligibility please visit ScreenCraft.