Script Formatting & Length
What is the minimum/maximum page length for feature screenplay submissions? Feature screenplays must be between 85 and 120 pages in length.
What is the minimum/maximum page length for television pilot script submissions? Television pilot scripts must between 22 to 60 pages in length.
What is the minimum/maximum page length for short script submissions? Shorts scripts must between 5 to 25 pages in length.
If my script exceeds the maximum page count, can I still submit my script? No, we do not accept scripts that exceed the maximum page count. Scripts that exceed the maximum page length will be disqualified.
If my script is under the minimum page count, can I still submit my script? No, we do not accept scripts that do not meet the minimum page count. Scripts that are less than the minimum pages in length will be disqualified.
Do the minimum/maximum page lengths include the title page? No, the title page is not included in the minimum/maximum page count.
Do you have any specific formatting requirements? Yes, all scripts must be submitted in standard script format. No exceptions.
- Font should be Courier 12 point
- Page numbers should be located in the upper right corner of each page
- Margins should be no less than 1-inch.
Do I need to include a title page with my script? Yes. A title page is required.
What information do I need to include on the title page? The title page MUST include:
- Title of Script
- Writer’s Name
- Contact information is optional (and not required)
For adapted script submissions also include:
- Based On [Title and Author]
For screenplays based on true stories, also include:
- Based on [Name of Person or Event]
Can I submit script in Final Draft or Word? No, all entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
How do I turn my screenplay document into a PDF file? If you are using screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting, the software will allow you to save your script as a PDF file. If you have written your script in Microsoft Word, you also have the option to save the document as a PDF file or to print as a PDF file (which saves the document in PDF format).
Do I have to include a Copyright or WGA registration number with my script submission? No, it is not required, however we recommend you obtain a copyright or WGA registration number (or foreign equivalent) for your material.
Do you accept international submissions? Yes, we welcome international writers and filmmakers. All scripts must be in English. All films must be in English or subtitled.
I am applying to film festivals that require my film not be available on the Internet. If I submit my project to the showcase will I be disqualified from other festivals? No. The showcase will never make your film available online. Filmmakers have the opportunity to showcase only the film’s teaser/trailer video on the Film Showcase website.
Can I enter more than one script or film in the competition or showcase? Yes, multiple submissions are accepted. Each submission requires a separate entry.
Can I submit a script under a pen name? Yes. If you use a pen name, be sure to include and indicate your pen name on the title page.
If I rewrite my script after entering the competition or showcase can I submit my new draft? Yes, new drafts of submitted scripts are accepted with a separate entry and fee payment.
Do you accept films that are works in progress? No, we only accept completed films.
Can I send a paper copy of my script to your mailing address? No. We do not accept paper copies of scripts. Only PDF copies of scripts are accepted.
Can I mail a copy of my film to your address? No. We do not accept hard copies of film. You must submit your film via an online screener through Film Freeway.
Why do you ask for a Writer Bio and what should I include? Writers have the opportunity to have their profiles and loglines included on the showcase website, therefore, we collect writer bios at the time of submission. Your bio has no impact on the judging process. Simply share what you feel we should know about you. This may include your writing accolades, training, and experience, as well as any current and past projects.
Is there a way I can enter the showcase or competition for free? Do you provide fee waivers for writers and filmmakers with financial hardships? No, we do not offer fee waivers of any kind.
What if I change my mind about entering the showcase after making payment, can I receive a refund? No, we do not offer refunds for any reason. No exceptions. Be sure to carefully read and verify your submission meets all criteria prior to entry.
Where does the money go for the entry fee? Entry fees are used to pay professional readers/screeners, administrative expenses, and delivery costs.
Ownership of Rights of Submitted Material
Does the entrant retain rights to the submitted script or film? Yes, entrants retain all the rights to their works.
If I win will I have to assign any rights to my script or film, or any percentage of sales or future profits? Absolutely not. Entrants retain all the rights to their works. Neither Film & Script Showcase nor its readers, screeners, judges or sponsors will attach themselves to your material as a condition of you being designated a winner, nor will we demand any percentage of any sales you make as a result of entering or winning a showcase or competition.
Privacy / Confidentiality
Can anyone have access to the script once submitted? All script entrants have the opportunity to showcase their logline, and winners also may include the first 10 pages of the script on the showcase website for development executives, producers, and others to access. You may opt-out of this benefit on the entry form if you do not wish to have your material or contact info available.
Can anyone have access to the full film once submitted? No, submitted films are only accessible to the assigned screener, judges, and our staff. Film & Script Showcase owns no rights to the submitted material and will not distribute your film publicly in any way.
How will you use my contact information? Rest-assured, we will never sell or rent your contact information to anyone.
Selection & Judging Process
Who are your readers and screeners? All of our readers and screeners have significant experience and credentials in the industry. They have worked for production companies, studios, managers, agents, and talent.
How can you guarantee my submission will be reviewed and receive a fair chance? Rest-assured all entries are carefully considered.
Can I talk with a reader/screener or judge about my submission? Do you provide notes or feedback? The competitions/showcases do NOT offer feedback or notes of any kind on individual submissions.
Announcements & Awards
When will I receive notification about my film or script's placement in the showcase / competition? All entrants will receive notification of their placement in the showcase, with a link to the recognition laurel and their custom project page via email from Film Freeway once winners have been announced (see "Winners Announced By" date on the specific showcase / competition submission page).
Why is my submission status in Film Freeway "In Consideration"? All submissions remain “In Consideration” until judging is completed and winners announced.
When will I received my recognition laurel? “Official Selection” and ‘Winner” laurels are distributed after judging is complete and winners have been announced. Winners receive a “Winner” laurel. All others receive an “Official Selection” laurel. You will receive an email via Film Freeway with a link to access the online laurel center.
When will my custom script listing or film listing page be added to the website? Script Listing Custom Pages are added to the Film & Script Showcase website once per month.
What is the definition of an adapted script? An adapted script is based on underlying copyrighted source material. Underlying material could be a book, short story, magazine article, news story, or stage play.
What types of underlying material do you accept for adapted script submissions? The competition and showcase only accept adapted scripts based on the following types of source material:
- Published Novel
- Published Non-Fiction Book (Narrative or Other)
- Published Short Story
- Published Graphic Novel
- Published News or Magazine Article
- Published or Performed Stage Play
Can my adapted script submission be based on material in the public domain? Yes, we accept adapted screenplays/teleplays based on material in the public domain, in which copyright protection has expired.
Can I submit an adapted script based on a book, article or play I wrote? Yes, we accept submissions from writers who authored the underlying material and who, therefore, already control the rights.
Can I submit an adapted script based on an unpublished manuscript I wrote? No, material adapted from a writer’s own work must be derived from a published work.
Can I submit a script based on a previously released film or television show? No, we do not currently accept material based on previous films or television shows.
Can I submit a script based on a current television program? No, we do not accept material based on current television shows.
Do I have to own or control the rights to the underlying source material my script is based on? No, you do not need to own or control the rights to the underlying material, however, you must have permission from the copyright holder to adapt the material.
True Story Script Submissions
Can I submit a script to the True Story Screenplay Competition that is inspired by true events but not a completely true story? The True Story Screenplay Competition accepts scripts that are “based on a true story”, which means the writer is using actual events and real people for the main storyline and simply adding fictional events or characters for dramatic effect. Scripts that are “inspired by true events” are not eligible.
The “rule of thumb” to determine if a script is “based on a true story” vs “inspired by a true story" is:
“Based on a true story” means much of the actual story and events remain intact in the script. The writer may make significant adaptations (creating composite characters, truncating or shifting the timeline, changing names, locations, ages, gender, etc.) but the core of the story remains the same. There is source material for the writer to refer to when crafting the script, such as books, articles, films, media files, and/or people. Example: The King’s Speech.
American Hustle is considered “based on a true story”, even though the ending is entirely fictionalized for dramatic effect (to provide a satisfactory conclusion for the audience).
Braveheart is considered “based on a true story”, even though, among other discrepancies from fact, William Wallace could not have had an affair with Isabelle of France (who was only 4 or 5 years old in the specific time period).
“Inspired by a true story” means a real person or event (or events) only triggered the idea for the script, but does not follow the trajectory of the true story. Often the material takes a “what if” approach to explore the issues. Example: many Law and Order television episodes.
Another example would be a script written about the real historical person Ann Boleyn that tells a story of her living happily ever after with King Henry VIII instead of being put to death.