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WeScreenplay Short Script Lab
2024
Reads in Coverfly
Active Since 2017
6 writers will be selected for a multi-day virtual Shorts Lab! Plus, free feedback for all entries.
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About

Short scripts are a fantastic way to get your screenwriting feet wet, explore a new genre, hone your craft, and gain recognition within the entertainment industry!

6 winners will be invited to take part in our exclusive Virtual Shorts Lab to help define the next steps in their projects journey – whether that’s self-producing, crowdfunding, or connecting it with producers looking for short content.

Plus, every entry receives one page of feedback from a professional reader!

Prices & Deadlines

Jul 15th
Final
Standard Entry with Feedback
$69.99
Standard Entry with Upgraded Feedback
$124.99

Benefits

Grand Prize Winners:

6 winners will be selected to participate in this game-changing virtual lab. This lab will be PACKED with virtual meetings with industry professionals, workshops, and more so you can learn, network, and gain exposure.

Winners will also receive:
• A copy of Final Draft screenwriting software
• Guidance for drafting query letters, research methods for finding the right representation, and insight for career next steps.

Finalists:

Finalists will be invited to a special virtual group mentor session with an industry professional!

Select finalists will have a 1:1 virtual meeting with a member of the WeScreenplay team to discuss you and your work.

Keynote Mentors

Keynote mentors will participate in the Short Script Lab group sessions and select at least one writer for a one-on-one coaching session, tailored to the selected writer.
Smartypants

Anna Bick Rowe

Executive Producer

Smartypants

Anna Bick Rowe is an Oscar®-nominated and Emmy award-winning Executive Producer for Smartypants Pictures. She thrives on being "multilingual" within the industry, seamlessly navigating between commercial, nonprofit, and documentary projects. She was an Executive Producer for Stranger at the Gate, Executive Produced by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and nominated for a 2023 Academy Award®. The film is part of the Emmy- and Peabody-nominated Secret Life of Muslims project (SXSW), a series that has been viewed more than 70 million times. Her other award-winning films include the underdog sports film The Home Team (SXSW), the story of a 11-year old refugee who arrives in New York City Zain’s Summer (National Geographic), the behind-the-scenes film about Annie’s Broadway revival It’s the Hard Knock Life (PBS), and the portrait of an artist obsessed with death The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano (Tribeca Film Festival, New York Times Op-Docs) which won the IDA Documentary Award and became the most viewed Op-Doc of the year. Anna has also produced branded content for clients including adidas, Delta Air Lines, The Lincoln Motor Company, Macy’s, Snapchat, Amazon, Cadillac, Indeed, Cooper Tires, Ford Motor Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Lenovo.

G. Mac Brown

Producer

G. MAC BROWN has had a long and distinguished career in film production. Based out of New York City, he has worked for nearly 40 years producing some of New York’s finest films like Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel), Light Sleeper (Paul Schrader), Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest), You’ve Got Mail (Nora Ephron), Unfaithful (Adrian Lyne), The Interpreter (Sydney Pollack), Men in Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld), Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), and St. Vincent (Ted Melfi). Along the way, “Mac” has also produced movies with Warren Beatty, Steve Kloves, Beeban Kidron, Susan Seidelman, Sydney Lumet, Lasse Hallström, and Frank Oz. Brown has worked away from New York as well, teaming with some of the best directors of our time. Martin Scorsese’s The Departed in Boston, Baz Luhrmann’s epic, Australia (in Australia), Public Enemies in Chicago with Michael Mann, and Los Angeles for Somewhere with Sofia Coppola. After doing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, (Nikolaj Arcel), in Cape Town, South Africa, Brown returned to NYC to do The Upside with director, Neil Berger. And most recently he has completed his first into episodic television, producing season 3 of Showtime’s Billions.

Industry Guests

Industry guests will join the Short Script Lab and will participate in either group sessions or one-on-one meetings with our winners.

Stefanie Abel Horowitz

Writer and Director

Stefanie Abel Horowitz directed theater for a decade before pivoting to film. She is the co-writer of the Sundance 2023 feature film Sometimes, I Think About Dying, starring Daisy Ridley. She is also the director/co-writer of the short film of the same title, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, traveled the world on the Sundance Shorts Tour, garnered Abel Horowitz the Future Filmmaker Award from Palm Spring FF, and was shortlisted for the 92nd Academy Awards. As writer/director she participated in Season 1 of the Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator program. Her short Let's Be Tigers is available on Disney +. She's also directed narrative podcasts whose cast lists include Rami Malek, Cole Sprouse, Colman Domingo and Emily Hampshire. She is an alum of the New Voices Sundance Lab as well as a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab. And her essay He's Your Destiny. Just Be Patient. was published in The New York Times Modern Love column.

A.J. Briones

Writer/Director

A.J. has over 20 years of combined film and games experience with an emphasis on visual storytelling, animation and virtual production. In 2007, A.J. moved to Los Angeles to animate on Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, then worked at Lightstorm Entertainment on James Cameron’s Avatar. As an artist and visualization supervisor, he designed iconic shots and sequences for films such as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Tomorrowland, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Currently, A.J. works as a Sequence Supervisor on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. His short film The Smiling Man has screened in over 60 film festivals, including SXSW, and won numerous awards. The Smiling Man debuted online on Crypt TV, going viral with over 10 million views, then premiered on network television on Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey Network Horror Anthology, presented by John Carpenter. In 2018, The Smiling Man launched on ALTER, amassing another 11 million views and counting. In 2023, A.J. received a Visual Effects Society award for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project for his work on Avatar: The Way of Water.

Ouat Media

Kelly Lui

Acquisitions Lead

Ouat Media

Kelly is the Acquisitions Lead at Ouat Media, a Toronto-based distribution and sales company that specializes in short films. Recognized internationally as one of the world’s primary destinations for work by the industry’s rising stars, Ouat Media boasts an award-winning catalogue of titles featuring 12 Oscar® nominees including 3 Oscar® winners to date. Her experience includes festival programming, community arts facilitation, and multimedia art making. Kelly has worked with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival and is a co-founder of The Asian Canadian Living Archive (TACLA) collective.

Seed & Spark

Meghan Ross

Head of Creator Success

Seed & Spark

Meghan Ross is an Austin-based writer, director, producer, and comedian who was selected for 2022 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Lab 2021-2022, and 2022 NewNarratives grant from NewFilmmakers LA & Warner Bros. Discovery’s OneFifty for her half-hour comedy Here to Make Friends (also her personal tagline). Her shorts made The New Yorker’s Best Shouts of 2020 list, she was nominated for The Webby Awards for If You Ever Hurt My Daughter, I Swear to God I’ll Let Her Navigate Her Own Emotional Growth, featuring narration by Jon Hamm, and her writing has appeared in Reductress, VICE’s Broadly, TV Without Pity, The Toast, and other defunct but beloved sites. She hosted the late night show That Time of the Month for 5 years, the Instagram Live show No One Asked For This for 2 pandemic years, and is currently Head of Creator Success at Seed&Spark. Most importantly, Meghan’s an aspiring stage mom to her rescue pit-lab, Dreidel.

2023 Winners on Coverfly

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Announcements

Sep 6th
Semifinalists
Oct 4th
Finalists
Nov 1st
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.


General


  • Screenplays entered must:

    • Be under 35 pages – Anything over 35 pages will be charged an extra $1 per page.

    • Be submitted in PDF form and must fit all standard screenplay format guidelines. Personal formatting conventions will be accepted but must not intentionally or accidentally alter the page count of the project as determined by the judges.

    • Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or reimagining of true events or fictional stories. Projects submitted should not infringe on the rights of any work not available in the public domain. Spec scripts of existing shows are NOT accepted at this time.

    • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).

    • Be written in English. However, scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.

    • NOTE: WeScreenplay automatically removes the cover page before assigning scripts to readers, so writers may include any typical information on their cover page. Scripts are accepted with or without cover pages.

  • Writer must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the winner's announcement.


  • By entering this screenplay into the competition, you must have full permission from all co-writers and any attachments to the project.


  • WeScreenplay claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).


  • Screenplays entered may be in any genre or combination of genres. All will be treated equally and read by an unbiased panel of readers and jury members.


  • The following formats will be accepted: Short Script screenplay


  • Entrant’s total earnings for screenwriting for either film or tv, produced or unproduced, must not exceed $50,000 in the previous 18 months from submission or $250,000 lifetime earnings. This excludes any prize money from competitions or fellowships and only applies to fund or money transferred in exchange for an option or sale of a script, treatment, idea, intellectual property, or other writing for filming. Money earned from acting, directing, producing, or any other film work outside of writing is not included.


  • Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced unless said sale or production was completed with no financial gain to the writer.


  • Purchasing Additional feedback throughout the competition will in no way impact your standing or odds of advancement.


  • For a submission to be valid it must be accompanied with the appropriate payment based on the submission deadlines.


  • All deadlines are at 11:59pm PT on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid for a refund of any kind.


  • RESUBMISSIONS will be accepted. 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.


  • There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously submitted scripts. Coupons deemed for WeScreenplay coverage may not be used for submission to the contest or addition of coverage to any submission unless explicitly stated or exempted on the coupon or by a WeScreenplay representative via e-mail communication only.


  • There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.


  • Prizes are awarded per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own accord. WeScreenplay will send prizes to the writer who submits the project and will in no way be responsible for how the prizes are distributed among the writing teams.


  • 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.


  • Scorecards can be accessed on the writer’s dashboard. Feedback will be delivered before the next announcement but usually sooner. Feedback for each round of the competition, whether free or upgraded, will be returned before the next competition announcement.


  • WeScreenplay reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will not qualify an entry for a refund under any circumstance.


Eligibility


  • By entering a WeScreenplay competition every entrant is agreeing to all WeScreenplay Terms of Service listed on the website and additional terms agreed upon at checkout. If you disagree with any terms you may not submit to the contest.


  • By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script (but not it’s underlying rights) to WeScreenplay and holding harmless WeScreenplay or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement, etc.


  • Any prize winners will be required to sign an affidavit validating their entry into the contest.


  • Any writer winning a cash prize will be required to file the appropriate tax and legal documentation before the cash prize is distributed.


  • All prizes provided by sponsors or mentors are subject to said sponsor or mentor providing the prize. In the event a juror, partner organization, or prize partner is no longer able to serve in their specified capacity, WeScreenplay will make its best effort to secure a replacement if possible. WeScreenplay is not responsible for the failed delivery of any prize package by a juror, sponsor, or partner organization.


  • Former Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize Winners of the contest may enter so long as it is NOT the same script that won in a previous year. Any other placement in former years does not disqualify the script from being entered this year.


  • By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. We may check eligibility at the finalist stage before picking winners or distributing any prizes. We also advance a few additional scripts to ensure no one is missed by someone entering who is not eligible.


  • Void where prohibited.


    Additional Legal


    Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to WeScreenplay and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of an entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless WeScreenplay, Red Ampersand, Inc., Industry Arts, LLC., WeScreenplay.com, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the WeScreenplay.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of WeScreenplay and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.