Celebrating the screenplay writer as the heart of the collaborative filmmaking process, The 29 Palms Screenplay Contest recognizes emerging military-themed screenplays. The international competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive industry recognition and possibly win an all expenses paid, month long residency in Twentynine Palms, Ca., which includes a festival sponsored reception honoring the winner of The 29 Palms Screenplay Contest with media coverage.

Screenplays entering the competition must be submitted no later than Friday 19 February. Five shortlisted writers will be offered a 2-night hotel stay (Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May) in Twentynine Palms and VIP access to the screenings and all sidebar events.

The contest and award ceremony will take place at the 29 Palms Inn on Saturday 14 May from 5 PM to 7 PM.

For more information, please contact Marc BERRY on (323) 782 13 00.


Your Screenplay will be read by professional readers first and – if selected and eligible - by film- TV business professionals, Writers, Showrunners, Directors, Agents, Studio Execs to be announced in the following days on this website.

Three screenplays will be chosen and awarded prizes by the jury:

Two Runner-Ups will receive honorable mentions

The three winners and the two honorable mentions will receive a free shuttle service from
Los Angeles to the Festival Site at Twentynine Palms, two free nights at a hotel and free
meals and drinks during their stay.

The winners will be offered:

4rd place and 5th place (honorable mentions)
opportunity to present to a panel of influential producers, managers, agents and key studio executives searching for new material and fresh voices.

3nd place
opportunity to present to a panel of influential producers, managers, agents and key studio executives searching for new material and fresh voices.

private consultation with a key industry player attending the festival.

2st place
opportunity to present to a panel of influential producers, managers, agents and key studio executives searching for new material and fresh voices.

private consultations with key industry players attending the festival.

a weeklong residency in one of Twentynine Palms’ landmark house.

1st place
opportunity to present to a panel of influential producers, managers, agents and key studio executives searching for new material and fresh voices.

private consultations with key industry players attending the festival.

a one-month residency in one of Twentynine Palms’ landmark house.

a continued free consultancy by Military Personnel of TPMCAGCC on their script for one

In addition to these prizes, the writers of the first twenty scripts will be given a free entry
badge to the festival and be given the opportunity to:

- meet with Military personnel, listen to their stories, ask about their experiences
- attend a two full day workshop under the guidance of an experienced writer/showrunner
to develop a feature film outline/series concept which puts Military personnel, their experiences and their lives in the focus
- present their ideas at the end of the workshop to audiences and business professionals

THE 29PMFF Screenplay/Teleplay Contest – OFFICIAL RULES

The 2015 29PMFF Screenplay Contest (“The Promotion”) is open to writers worldwide who
are eighteen (18) years or older at the time of entry. Employees of Basic Lead LLC or any
of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or
individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Promotion
and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings,
and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same
residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible.
Rights must be available at time of entry.
The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules
(the “Rules”) and Basic Lead LLC’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters
related to the Promotion. Winning a Prize (as defined below in Section 8) is contingent
upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. The Promotion consists of a contest (the

The Promotion is sponsored by Basic Lead LLC, a California limited liability company, with
a principal place of business at: 6399 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 511, CA 90048 (the “Sponsor,”
“Basic Lead” “we” or “us”).

The Promotion begins on November 14th, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”)
and ends on February 19th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST (the “Promotion Period”). Sponsor’s
computer is the official time keeping device for this Promotion.

Remittance of the Entry Fee, the amount stated on the Promotion website, to Sponsor
during the Promotion Period, together with your completed Order Form and at least one (1) original screenplay (the “Entry”) entitles you to participate in the Promotion and shall constitute your entry (“Entry”) in the Promotion. Any form of entry than that described herein is void. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected registrations or entries, which will be disqualified.

You may submit one (1) Entry in English language for evaluation and consideration for by
the Sponsor or its designee. The Entry must be your original creative work, and you hereby
warrant and represent that you are the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest in and to the Entry and/or have obtained prior written authorization or license to submit the Entry from any and all third party rights holders therein. You are prohibited from submitting any Entries that have previously been produced or sold at any time, and you warrant and represent that the Entry has never been produced or sold.

On the dates set forth below, Sponsor or an independent judge will select three (3) winners
and two (2) honorable mentions listed on the Promotion website. The winning entrants (the“Winners”) will be selected from among the entrants based upon the level of creativity,
originality, entertainment value and writing skill of the associated Entry, as determined in
the sole discretion of the Sponsor or independent judge, as applicable. The Winners will be
contacted using the email addresses and/or telephone numbers provided on the corresponding Entry Forms and may be awarded the Prizes (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Rules.) Sponsor’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Promotion and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Winners will be notified approximately seven (7) days after the drawing. Failure to respond to the initial verification notification within fourteen (14) days or return of notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts will result in disqualification.

Potential Winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Rules,
and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential Winners will be
required to sign and return to Sponsor, within five (5) days of the date notice is sent, an
affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited by law). If a
potential Winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and
liability/publicity release within the required time period, the potential Winner forfeits their
status. In the event that a potential Winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may
award the applicable prize to an alternate Winner from among all remaining eligible

By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Rules and
the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to the
Promotion; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated
companies, Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Promotion, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, members, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims,
expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to
persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights arising out of or relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Promotion and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the Entry by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Promotion and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Promotion constitutes each Winner’s
consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of Winners’ names, likenesses, photographs,
and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without
further payment or consideration. All uses of a Winners’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

You hereby warrant and represent the following: You are the exclusive owner and sole
author of the Entry, such that the Entry is your original creative work and your submission
thereof will not infringe, misappropriate or violate the intellectual property, privacy or other rights of any third party; and/or you have obtained prior written authorization to act on behalf of any co-creators of the Entry;
Neither your execution of this agreement nor your participation of in the Promotion, including your submission of the Entry, will conflict with or violate any term or condition of any other agreement to which you are a party, including but not limited to any union or guild regulation;

There are no threatened, pending or current claims, actions or lawsuits in connection with
the Entry and you agree to notify Basic Lead immediate upon your notification of any such
claims, actions or suits;
You are submitting the Entry voluntarily on a non-confidential basis;
You ate at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
You have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into this agreement, and you agree to
abide and be bound the terms and conditions herein.

This agreement shall be deemed to have been entered into and shall be construed and
enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California as applied to contracts
made and to be performed entirely within California, without giving effect to the state’s
conflicts of law statute. Any controversy, dispute or claim arising out of or related to the
agreement or your participation in the Promotion shall be settled by an arbitrator, within in
the County of Los Angeles, State of California, subject to the rules and regulations of the
American Arbitration Association then in effect, except that such arbitration shall be handled by a single arbitrator selected in accordance with such rules and regulations. The
arbitrator shall be well acquainted with the entertainment business in the County of Los
Angeles, and the arbitrator’s decision shall be final and binding. Each party to any arbitration shall bear its own costs, including attorney’s fees. Failure to appear at any arbitration hearing entitles the arbitrator to proceed ex parte.

By accepting your Entry, including your submission of the Script, we in no way grant you
any additional rights therein or otherwise expand the scope of your rights under applicable
copyright laws. You are solely responsible for protecting your rights in the Script, including
without limitation, for filing or registering the Script with the Writers Guild of America and/or the United States Copyright Office. You acknowledge and agree that Basic Lead and/or any participating judges may independently access or develop creative concepts and/or works which resemble the Script, or access or incorporate concepts, themes, formats, plot lines, or characters similar to those in the Script, and that you are not entitled to any compensation and have no rights of any kind with regards to that separate material. However, you retain all rights to the Script itself and any material submitted to the Promotion.

The relationship between you and Basic Lead is one of independent contractors. Neither
party will represent that it has any authority to assume or create any obligation, express or
implied, on behalf of the other party, or to represent the other party as agent, employee, or in any other capacity, except as specifically provided herein

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of
it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control
impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its
sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual
it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be
acting in violation of these Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not
constitute a waiver of that provision.

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information,
whether caused by Entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming
associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including,
but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network
hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of Entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which is
available here.

Overall Rating
  • Brian Palmer

    I submitted a feature script to the festival and it was selected. Because the festival is only about a three hour drive, I decided to attend. Before attending, I had several questions. Sadly, it was nearly impossible to contact anyone, or to get resolution. Communication was terrible. I attended nonetheless. Once there, I went to several of the film showings. I was incredibly disappointed. In my estimation, a grand total of maybe 100 people attended. The screenwriting seminars were okay, but they were outdoors in the desert, so the few people present baked like eggs on a hot sidewalk. No bueno. I was not impressed.

    September 2017
  • The contest was good on communication and handled themselves in a professional manner.

    May 2016