Another year, another chance to put your screenplay in front of some of the most influential professionals in the film industry. ScreenCraft is back with their highly successful screenwriting competition, which not only offers some pretty decent cash prizes but gives winners a chance to be mentored by top studio executives, producers, managers, and literary agents in the film industry.

The 2018 Comedy Screenplay Contest is officially open for entries. ScreenCraft is looking for any comedic script (max. 140 pages), "big or small," that displays a "strong command of the craft, lots of heart," and a unique comedic voice.

The top 3 finalists will receive a free license to Final Draft 10 screenwriting software, as well as written feedback from one of ScreenCrafts professional Hollywood readers. The 2nd Place winner will receive $200 in cash, as well as an in-depth development and career strategy with the ScreenCraft team, and $1000 will go to the 1st Place winner.

However, since this is a ScreenCraft competition, the exposure to Hollywood professionals that can potentially take their careers to the next level is the big prize. Both winners will receive personal introductions to managers, agents, producers, and development and studio executives, but the 1st Place winner will also get phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers and agents.

This year's panel of judges includes:

  • Joseph Garner, Producer of The Hangover Part II & III, Due Date, War Dogs, and XOXO
  • Joe Farrell, Development Executive at Funny or Die Films
  • Cara Masline, Literary Manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, the company behind comedy talent such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, and Charlie Day

If you get your entries in by the early deadline of April 16th, the entry fee is $49. After that, it will be $69. There is no limit on the number of screenplays you can enter, but you must be at least 18 years of age and have earned less than $50,000 from professional writing services. ScreenCraft is taking entries from every corner of the globe, but all scripts must be in English. 

Be sure to read the full list of rules and eligibility before entering. The official deadline is June 1st, 2018. For more information, head on over to ScreenCraft.

Source: ScreenCraft