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Feature, Short
Final Registration ends: 04/17/2017
Contest Begins: 11/01/2016   Ends: 05/01/2017
FEE: $60/$55 Enter Contest

Q:  What if I don’t win the competition and I’m a Semifinalist only, will my script 

     be promoted?

A:  Yes, after we announce the winners we promote and pitch the Semifinalists 

      and higher for an entire year. Here's how the process works:  We literally will 

      call and pitch the TOP 100 to all of our contacts, that's about 125 producers. 

      They tell us what they are looking for and we go thru the list/loglines of the 

      TOP 100 and get the right script to the right producer. It's a win/win situation. 


Q:  What kind of scripts win the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition?

A:  We have no bias in judging of the scripts.  Genre or budget is not taken 

     into consideration.  It is truly about the best writing, story, etc.  Winners 

     have ranged from dramas, to comedies to psychological thrillers to high 

     concept comedies to dark comedies to science fiction, to action adventure 

     to romantic comedies to family films.  The competition is open to any 

     screenplay of any genre or budget.


Q:  Can I submit more than one script?

A:  Yes, you can submit more than one screenplay, but you must fill out 

      separate entry forms and appropriate entry fees for each one.


Q:  When is the submission deadline?

A:  All entries must be postmarked no later than April 29, 2016


     Early bird deadline postmarked by January 4, 2016 - $45

     First deadline postmarked by February 1, 2016 - $50 

     Regular deadline postmarked by March 10, 2016 - $55

     Late deadline postmarked by April 15, 2016 - $60

     Final deadline postmarked by April 29, 2016 - $65


Q:  Do you accept short screenplays?

A:  Yes, we do. They must be under 40 pages in length.


Q:  Is there any added benefit if I apply during the early bird time frame?

A:  Yes, it's cheaper.


Q.  What if my script is optioned or sold after I have submitted to Scriptapalooza?

A.  Congratulations, you won't be needing Scriptapalooza anymore.


Q:  Once I've submitted, should I contact you to see if you received my script?

A:  If you want confirmation that your script was received, please email us 



Q:  When will I know if I won?

A:  Semi-finalists will be announced by August 6, 2016. Finalists will be announced by 

     August 10, 2016. And the winners will be announced by August 15, 2016.  

     All who enter will receive an email with the results.


Q:  How can I find out who the winners are?

A:  The winners will be posted on our website on August 15, 2016.


Q:  Can I submit the same script I sent in last year?

A:  Yes, but that's a personal judgment and you need to factor in the following: 

     were you a quarter-finalist or higher? Or, have you tightened or rewritten the 

     script since last year? 


Q: Why do I have to include an e-mail address?  

A:  Because all notifications will be sent out via e-mail.  This saves on postage, 

     paper and ultimately, trees and it's quicker than snail mail.


Q:  Can I see my score sheet/comments/feedback from the Judge?

A:  You can order feedback when you enter the competition.  Our score sheet

     that the Judge fills out is a numeric score sheet solely for Scriptapalooza. But

     if you would like to order feedback, you can, you will get a detailed 4-5

     pages of notes covering Premise, First Twenty Pages, Structure, Character,

     Dialogue, Setting, Pacing, Tone, Transitions and General Notes. This only costs $100.


Q:  When will I get my feedback that I ordered?

A:  Your feedback will be emailed back to you after we announce Semifinalists. 


Q:  Who does the reading?

A:  All the reading is done by over 90 production companies. A complete list is 

     available under the link called OUR JUDGES.


Q:  Can I submit to other competitions?

A:  Yes you can.


Q:  I forgot the title page, am I disqualified?

A:  No, you will not be disqualified.


Q:  I don’t live in the US, can I enter?

A:  Yes, we do accept scripts from around the world.


Q:  Can I register online?

A:  The application process can be done online, you would fill out an application and

     then attach your script to the application and pay by credit card or PayPal. 


Q:  How many people win?

A:  Our first place prize is $10,000 and then the TOP 30 winners get software from

     Write Brothers.


Q:  After I entered the competition, I changed my phone number or address, what 

     do I do to let you know?

A:  Please email us your name and script title with your new information, and we 

     will update our records.


Q:  If I win, do you own the script? Does Scriptapalooza own the rights?

A:  No, you will retain all rights to your work. We are just a vehicle to get your script 

     into the right hands. Once you script is sold, you keep all the profits.


Q:  Does the writer maintain all the rights to the screenplay if he/she doesn’t win?

A:  Yes.


Q:  What genres do you accept?

A:  We accept all genres.


Q:  Do you accept animated films or musicals?

A:  Yes.

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