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ScreenCraft
ScreenCraft Comedy Competition
2022
Reads in Coverfly
Active Since 2014
If you have a funny screenplay that can make an audience laugh and our Hollywood judges chuckle, we’d love to read your feature or TV pilot!
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Whether your comedy is romantic, dark, slapstick, broad or dry, we want to read your film or TV script! Winners’ projects will be circulated to our wide network of industry professionals, with the goal of setting up the winners with production companies and studios, and introducing the top writers to literary managers and agents.

ScreenCraft has relationships with comedy powerhouses that include 3 Arts, Adult Swim, Netflix, Funny or Die, CBS, Chernin Entertainment, and many more. Our past winners have gone on to sell their scripts to major studios and have been hired by companies like Universal, Amazon, Millennium, AMC, and Apple TV+ to name a few.  And over 275 ScreenCraft writers have signed with top management companies and agencies like 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, CAA, WME, UTA, Paradigm, Lit Entertainment, and many more.



Winners signed at…


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…and many more.

Benefits

JURY

The top scripts are considered by our incredible industry jury of executives looking for comedy projects.


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EMMA BROUGHTON

Head of Scripted TV, New Regency

Emma is the Head of Scripted TV for New Regency, the award winning production company of Bohemian Rhapsody and Widows and was executive producer on AMC's The Beast Must Die.

JUSTIN LEE

Development, Lord Miller Productions

Justin works in development at Lord Miller Productions, the production company of comedy team Chris Lord + Phil Miller, behind such hits as The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

BRE ANDRADE

Creative Executive, Party Over Here

Bre Andrade is the Creative Executive at Party Over Here, the production company founded by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, named after their former Fox late-night show.

GREY CUSACK

Former Director of Development, Columbia Pictures

Grey has served as a development executive at Columbia Pictures and Hasbro Studios. Her credits include 65 (awaiting release), DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (awaiting release), and SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS (2021).


THE PRIZES

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.

ScreenCraft's genre specific relationships include companies like 3 Arts, Adult Swim, Netflix, Funny or Die, CBS, Chernin Entertainment, and over 150 other 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.

They'll receive:

  • Personal Introduction to top literary managers
  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
  • $1,000 cash award
  • An exclusive invitation to a Finalist only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry


Feature & TV Winners

  • $500 cash award
  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
  • An exclusive invitation to a Finalist only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry


Finalists

  • An exclusive invitation to a Finalist only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry


*NEW* ADD-ON PRIZE

ScreenCraft First Look Bootcamp with Ari Lubet of 3 Arts Entertainment

The ScreenCraft First Look Bootcamp is a new optional add-on prize category that will grant one eligible writer the opportunity to learn and strengthen their project with guidance from an industry professional. This unique add-on benefit is separate from the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition prizes and placements.

We welcome manager and producer Ari Lubet of 3 Arts Entertainment (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Broad City) who will select one writer/writing team with an outstanding concept from the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition to receive guidance and feedback on how they can best position their project for success. Over the course of 12 months, this will include personalized meetings, notes, strategy suggestions, and more.

Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Comedy 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.

Writer Success

2022 Finalists on Coverfly

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Announcements

Jun 29th
Semifinalists
Jul 27th
Finalists
Aug 17th
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. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.

  2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.

  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly.

  4. Entries may be any length --  the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages, and the standard feature is between 85 - 120 pages. Any script submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 120 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.

  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 owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.

  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).

  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 any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).

  10. 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.

  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. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.

  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. 

  14. 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.

  15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.

  16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

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