Subscribe
Currently Closed. Subscribe to receive a notification when the next season opens.
ScreenCraft
ScreenCraft Comedy Competition
2021
Coverfly Exclusive
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!
Subscribe
Currently Closed. Subscribe to receive a notification when the next season opens.

About

Comedies can be classic, uplifting, farcical or even wreck havoc on convention wisdom. Ripe with memorable characters and unforgettable dialogues, comedies touch on universal themes that are relatable and maintain a laugh-out-loud status. If your feature or TV pilot is not afraid to make us think or laugh, we want to read it! 

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 that loves great comedies!

 

KRISTIN KONIG

Talent & Literary Manager, MGMT Entertainment

Kristin Konig is a Talent and Literary Manager at MGMT Entertainment, representing actors, writers, producers, and multi-hyphenates. Clients include Dan Levy (Emmy-winning writer/actor/producer SCHITT’S CREEK), Janet McTeer, June Diane Raphael, Samantha Mathis, Sean Hatosy, and more.


SETH GORDON

Director and Producer, Exhibit A Film Company

Seth Gordon started in documentary film and went on to direct several studio feature films: FOUR CHRISTMASES, HORRIBLE BOSSES, and IDENTITY THIEF, all of which grossed over $100M domestically. Gordon has directed eleven pilots for Sony Television and all of them have gone to series. They include: THE GOLDBERGS, THE GOOD DOCTOR, SNEAKY PETE, LINCOLN, and ATYPICAL. Most recently he directed the AppleTV pilot of FOR ALL MANKIND. With his production company Exhibit A, he premiered a new ABC comedy UNITED WE FALL in July 2020.


LANG FISHER

TV Writer and Showrunner

Lang is Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the acclaimed Netflix series NEVER HAVE I EVER. She was a writer and producer on three seasons of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, five seasons of THE MINDY PROJECT, and staff writer on the Emmy-nominated final season of 30 ROCK, where an episode she co-wrote was named to Variety’s “25 Best TV Episodes of the Decade." Lang got her start writing for The Onion and won a Peabody for The Onion News Network.


CAROLINE RECHSTEINER

Director, Comedy Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Caroline Rechsteiner is Director of Comedy Development at Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind broadcast hits such as MOM, YOUNG SHELDON and GOD FRIENDED ME, and streaming and cable shows SHRILL, THE KOMINSKY METHOD and TED LASSO, among many others.


PHIL AUGUSTA JACKSON

TV Writer and Co-Producer

Writer, Television Producer and Performer Phil Augusta Jackson is Co-Executive Producer of HBO's INSECURE, was a writer on BROOKLYN 99, and his new show GRAND CREW premieres on NBC in the Fall of 2021. He got his start in Comedy at New York's renowned Upright Citizen's Brigade.


BRANDON LOUREIRO

Manager of Development, Strong Baby Productions

Brandon is helping to build a slate of projects in both film and television at Jonah Hill’s Strong Baby Productions. Brandon was previously a Development Coordinator at Paramount Pictures and also worked in production and development at Lionsgate, DreamWorks Animation, and Fox.


ROBERT GATI

Comedy Orginal Programming Executive, Hulu

Rob Gati is a Comedy executive in Hulu’s Originals department, where he has overseen series such as PEN15, RAMY, CATCH-22, DOLLFACE, FUTURE MAN, CASUAL, and DIFFICULT PEOPLE, amongst others.  Gati also launched Hulu’s new animation initiative, with recent shows including SOLAR OPPOSITES, CROSSING SWORDS, ANIMANIACS, and an upcoming slate of Marvel animated series.


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

Writer Success

2021 Winner on Coverfly

See Other Placements

Announcements

Jul 7th
Semifinalists
Aug 4th
Finalists
Sep 1st
Winners

Rules

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

  2. Entry fees and deadlines:

    1. $49.50 until the early deadline on February 28, 2021

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

    3. $79.50 until the final deadline on April 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. 


We want to set you up for success, and here are a few basic screenplay etiquettes that will help your screenplay.