| American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest |
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
|Description: ||Founded by Francis Ford Coppola. |
This year's guest judge Gus Van Sant will award the top prize of $5,000. The winning and the top-ten finalist scripts will be read by leading production companies and agencies.
In its first 30 years, American Zoetrope has produced some of the most important films in American cinema. At the core of this success is a steadfast dedication to storytelling. In the words of founding director Francis Ford Coppola, who won his first Oscar for the screenplay of Patton, "the story is the foundation upon which all else is built."
|Objective: ||The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. Every script is read closely by a select handful of professional readers, and Francis Ford Coppola selects a grand prize–winner from among the top ten finalists. The grand prize–winner receives a cash prize, and the scripts of all top ten finalists are sent by Zoetrope to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.|
|Eligibility: ||May not have earned more than $5,000 for script; must be 18 or older. |
|Entry Fee: ||US$40 (June 30th) or US$50 (September 1st) |
|Type: || Screenplay, TV Scripts|
|Originates From: ||United States|
|Sponsored By: ||Production Company|
|Start Date: ||5/1/2018|
|Submission Deadlines: ||9/1/2018|
|Winners Announced: ||February 1, 2019|
|Rules: ||Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery by American Zoetrope, will disqualify the applicable entrant.|
Employees of American Zoetrope and its affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible.
No entrant may have earned more than $25,000 as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television in the prior calendar year (2017), or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay during that time. Prizes, fellowships, awards, and other contest winnings are not considered earnings and are excluded from this rule.
Screenplay and television pilot submissions must be the original work of the applicant. If the script is an adaptation or based on source material to which the applicant does not own rights, this must be noted on the entry form and on the script. If the script is a television pilot, you must include the word "pilot" in the file name.
The rights to the submitted screenplay/teleplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.
Submissions should be in the U.S. Motion Picture industry standard screenplay format and must be written in the English language. Film scripts should be between 70 and 130 pages long; one-hour television pilot scripts should be between 45 and 65 pages long; half-hour television scripts should be between 22 and 34 pages long.
Under no circumstances will substitutions of corrected pages or new drafts of scripts be accepted.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should be selected as the primary contact. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the award equally.
Entrants must submit scripts and payment online.
|Prizes and Awards: ||The winner of the contest will receive the grand prize of $5000. The winner and nine honorable-mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, CAA, The Gersh Agency, Exile Entertainment, ICM, Oasis Media, UTA, The Radmin Company, Prolific Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, and Dontanville/Frattaroli. Their scripts will be considered for film option and development by leading production companies, including: American Zoetrope, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Entertainment, Paramount Classics, Verisimilitude, Lionsgate, Icon Pictures, Lleju Productions and Films, Second and 10th, Working Title, Dimension Films, Frelaine, Michael London Productions, Hope for Film, Kulture Machine, Number 9 Films, Folo Films, Pretty Pictures, Roserock Films, Benderspink, Astrakan Films, Industry Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Jim Wedaa Productions, Robert Evans Company, Fortis Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Agape Media International, FX, Ziskin Productions, and ARRAY.|