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WeScreenplay Shorts Contest
2021
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A Shorts Competition dedicated to connecting writers with Oscar-nominated creators and industry leaders. Plus free feedback for all. Yes, really.
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Short scripts are a fantastic way to get your screenwriting feet wet, try a new genre, hone your craft, and get noticed. With so many Oscar-qualifying film festivals, it’s one way to gain recognition at even the highest levels of the entertainment industry!

This year, all winners will be invited to take part in our exclusive Virtual Shorts Lab to help define the next steps in their short film journeys – whether that’s self-producing, crowdfunding, or connecting it with a production company looking for short content. Plus, every entry gets one page of feedback from a professional reader and admission to a crowdfunding webinar!

That’s what we’d call a no-brainer.

Check out our industry jury! These are the folks who have experience bringing compelling shorts to life — and they have the accolades to prove it.

So what’re you waiting for? Send your short script into WeScreenplay now!

Benefits

The Jury

Top scripts are considered by our incredible industry and Oscar-nominated jury of short film creators, executives, and supporters. Our jury includes:

Sean Ursani, Consulting Producer for Gunpowder & Sky

Sean Ursani is the Consulting Producer at Gunpowder & Sky, a fast growing independent global entertainment company, creating premium content unrestricted by format, as well as genre-specific destinations for the streaming generation. He focuses primarily on sci-fi and horror projects under their DUST and ALTER brands. He was previously a Creative Executive working for Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment (THE WALKING DEAD) as well as CBS Films (FIVE FEET APART, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK). He is a graduate from USC's School of Cinematic Arts.

Emily Best, Founder & CEO of Seed & Spark

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a platform built to make entertainment more diverse, inclusive, connected and essential. She has raised millions in investment and crowdfunding, secured large brand partnerships, and built a world-class team for Seed&Spark. In addition to her work at Seed&Spark, she has produced films, series and VR projects that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and more. Her most recent series, "Fck Yes" Refinery 29 called, "The sex education you wish you had in high school." Emily has taught crowdfunding, pitching and creative sustainability in more than 50 cities around the world - and is now turning her in-person community-building efforts towards virtual efforts to help secure the sustainable future of creators everywhere.

Vincent Lambe, Oscar-nominated Writer, Director, and Producer

Vincent Lambe is an Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer from Ireland. He is a double winner of the Young Director Award in Cannes and has been nominated for an Irish Film & Television Academy Award (IFTA). He has also won awards at several international film festivals including the Krakow Film Festival, the Odense International Film Festival, an Emerging Directors Award and a Rising Star Award from Irish Screen America.

Maria Gracia Turgeon, Academy Award-nominated Producer

Canadian producer and two-time Academy Award nominee Maria Gracia Turgeon co-founded Midi La Nuit with producer/director Annick Blanc. She has produced numerous short films including BROTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur (92nd Oscar nominee, Best Canadian Short TIFF 2018, Sundance 2019), THE COLOR OF YOUR LIPS by Annick Blanc (Canadian Screen Awards, Best Fantastic Short – Austin Fantastic Fest 2019), FAUVE by Jérémy Comte (91st Oscar nominee, Sundance Special Jury Award 2018, Telluride 2018), Marc-Antoine Lemire's PRE-DRINK (Best Canadian Short TIFF 2017), HOW TOMMY LEMENCHICK BECAME A GRADE 7 LEGEND by Bastien Alexandre (Tribeca 2018).


The Prizes & The Lab

Guess what? Everyone who enters gets feedback and an exclusive invitation to a 'Crowdfunding to Build Independence' mini-lab. You could say everyone is a winner!

Grand Prize: The WeScreenplay Shorts Virtual Lab! 

Five winners will be invited to a day of exclusive virtual meetings with industry professionals to talk about the most effective ways to move forward with their short film scripts. For this one-day Virtual Shorts Lab, we’ll explore topics such as securing financing, getting talent and producers attached to your project, tips and tricks for making the most of the festival circuit, and how to balance practical needs with getting your passion project off the ground. The small group setting will allow you to ask questions of creators who have been through it and execs who are looking for short form content. Learn how to get the most mileage out of your short script!

Finalists: The top 25 Finalists will win 1:1 mentoring with Seed&Spark’s crowdfunding specialists!

We’re pleased to announce that we have a new partnership with Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding platform with the lowest fees, the highest campaign success rate in the world (80%), and a track record of setting filmmakers on a path to success. Crowdfunding is not a stop-gap funding measure; it’s a tool in your professional arsenal to take control of your career.

All Entries: In addition to our FREE feedback, every entry comes with admission to a live webinar — CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE with Seed&Spark, which will take place in the summer of 2021. Learn how to have a successful crowdfunding campaign…and career! You’ll learn how to find your audience, structure your crowdfunding campaign, pick the right goal and incentives, and more.

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Announcements

Aug 15th
Semifinalists
Sep 15th
Finalists
Oct 15th
Winners

Rules

  1. Screenplays entered must:

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

    2. 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. 

    3. Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or reimagining of true events or fictional stories. Spec scripts of existing shows are NOT accepted at this time.

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

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

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

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. The following formats will be accepted: Short script

  7. Entrant’s total earnings for writing produced or unproduced, published or unpublished, must not exceed $35,000 in the previous 18 months from submission. A writer’s lifetime earnings can’t exceed $300,000 from writing anything produced or unproduced, published or unpublished. 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.

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

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

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

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

  12. RESUBMISSIONS will be accepted. Alterations can be re-uploaded via our submissions management platform at coverfly.com for $5. New drafts of an entry will be accepted at any time during the contest.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Scorecards can be accessed on the writer’s dashboard. Feedback will be delivered before the next announcement but usually sooner. Our average turnaround time for feedback in the competition is 5 - 10 days for both the 1 page and 4 page option.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

  22. Any writer winning a cash prize of over $599 will be required to file the appropriate tax and legal documentation before the cash prize is distributed.

  23. All prizes provided by sponsors or mentors are subject to said sponsor or mentor providing the prize. WeScreenplay will do everything in its power to collect the prize packages promised, but is not responsible for a sponsor’s failed delivery.

  24. 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.

  25. Void where prohibited.

  26. 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 a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

  27. 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.