Australian writers, this one is for you! As part of Animal Logic Entertainment’s (ALE) continued efforts to encourage and mentor new Australian voices working in family animated and family hybrid/animated feature films we are offering a $5,000 AUD cash prize to the winner of our Animal Logic Entertainment Screenplay Competition.

Enter your feature screenplay now for the opportunity to be selected by our judges as the grand prize winner and receive $5,000 AUD cash, along with professional guidance and feedback from Producer Zareh Nalbandian, EVP Development and Production Jonathan Hludzinksi and VP Development and Production Felicity Staunton.

The two ‘runner-up’ finalists will each receive a $1,000 AUD cash prize, and professional feedback from the ALE development team.

We are committed to discovering and helping to develop the next generation of Aussie screenwriting talent that have a passion for family friendly animated and hybrid films. If that sounds like you, get your screenplay ready, and enter now. We can't wait to read your work.

All screenplays will be judged in accordance with set judging criteria. Judges will be looking for unique voices, originality, command of screenwriting craft and entertainment value. The decision of judges is final.

Terms and conditions apply.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
- $5,000 AUD cash.
- Professional feedback from Producer Zareh Nalbandian, EVP Development and Production Jonathan Hludzinksi and VP Development and Production Felicity Staunton
- A free script consultation with highly respected Los Angeles-based script consultant (and expat Australian) Tim Schildberger who will read your script, deliver up to a page of written feedback focused on structure, character development and emotional connection, followed by a phone/skype call to discuss the notes, and offer advice on ways to make your work as attractive as possible to ‘Hollywood’ readers (valued at $300 USD).
- A trophy.
- Special Announcement and coverage via an ALE media release and exposure on related social media.
- A 25% discount to all LiveRead/LA competition entries and script consulting services for 12 months from the ‘Grand Prize Winner’ announcement date, being 1 February 2021.

Two Runner-up Finalists will each receive:
- $1,000 AUD cash.
- Written feedback from the ALE development team.
- Up to half a page of written feedback from script consultant Tim Schildberger.
- A Special 'Finalist' Certificate of Achievement.
- Special Announcement and coverage via an ALE media release and exposure on related social media.
- A 15% discount to all LiveRead/LA competition entries and script consulting services for 12 months from the ‘Two Runner-up Finalists’ announcement date, being 1 February 2021.

• Entrants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
• Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entry.

• Current employees of Animal Logic, Animal Logic Entertainment, Truant Pictures and ‘ALE Screenplay Competition’ administrator LiveRead/LA (and their affiliated entities) and ‘Truant Screenplay Competition’ readers and judges, as well as the immediate family members of all such individuals, are not eligible for the competition.

• All entries must be electronically submitted and entry fees paid via the FilmFreeway.com website by midnight Australian Eastern Standard time on or before the respective deadline.
• The entry fee for each screenplay submitted is $70 AUD if submitted by 20 September 2020 (the Early Bird Submission deadline), $85 AUD if submitted by 25 October 2020 (the Regular Submission deadline), and $100 AUD if submitted by 15 November 2020 (the Final Submission deadline).
• Entrants may submit multiple entries. Each submission must include its own unique screenplay and entry fee.

• Entries must be family animated or family hybrid/animated feature film screenplays.
• An entry must consist of an original feature film screenplay, with a maximum length of 120 pages, written in English, in industry standard screenplay format (12-point Courier font) and submitted as a pdf file via the FilmFreeway.com website. Any screenplay that does not adhere to all of these requirements is NOT eligible and entry fees will not be refunded.
• The title page should only include the title of the screenplay. The entrant’s name, address, phone number, or any other identifying information must not appear on the title page or any other page of the screenplay.
• Entries should not include resumes, pitches, synopses, casting suggestions, letters or other supporting documentation. Judges will not receive these materials.

• All work must be original. Adaptations are not permissible.
• Collaborative work is eligible. By submitting, writing teams acknowledge that all members of the writing team have read, agreed to and are in compliance with these rules and terms. Writing teams also acknowledge that any prizes won must be shared by the writing team.
• Entrants must be the author (or co-authors where collaborative) of and own and hold all rights in and to their screenplay and entrants must have the authority to enter.
• Any screenplay currently under option or previously optioned or sold is NOT eligible. If a screenplay is optioned or sold at any point after submission during the term of the competition, the entrant must immediately notify the 'ALE Screenplay Competition' administrator and the screenplay will be withdrawn from the competition at that point, but the entrant will retain any competition placement awarded up to the time of the option or sale.

• Entrants retain complete ownership of their screenplays.

• Entrants agree that any Finalist agrees to give Animal Logic Entertainment, the first right to negotiate to acquire the rights to their winning screenplay. To exercise this right, Animal Logic Entertainment must notify the relevant Finalist in writing within 15 business days of announcement of the Finalists.

• Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed, no refunds will be issued. No revisions, re-submissions or substitutions will be accepted.

• The decision of judges is final.
• Short Listed Finalists will be notified by email on 14 December 2020 (Australian Eastern Standard time).
• The one Grand Prize Winner and the two ‘Runner-up’ Finalists will be notified by email on 1 February 2021 (Australian Eastern Standard time).
• The one Grand Prize Winner and two ‘Runner-up’ Finalists will be announced via an ALE media release.

• Entrants acknowledge and agree that Animal Logic Entertainment Pty Limited (or any of its related entities) are entitled to use an entrant’s name, script title and logline for announcement and promotional purposes in relation to the ‘Animal Logic Entertainment Screenplay Competition’.

• Winners of cash prizes are responsible for providing accurate up-to-date bank account details to receive the cash prize. Winners of cash prizes are responsible for their own income tax. Entrants acknowledge and agree that Animal Logic Entertainment (and any of its related entities) and the ‘Animal Logic Entertainment Screenplay Competition’ administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments on prize money to any government agency.

• Entrants acknowledge and agree that Animal Logic Entertainment Pty Limited (and its related entities) and ‘Animal Logic Entertainment Competition’ judges receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories, and scripts, and that each entrant’s screenplay and the ideas and stories embodied therein may be similar or identical to other material received and/or developed by one or more of these companies and individuals.

• Screenplays entered must not infringe upon or violate the rights of any third party. Entrants shall indemnify and hold harmless Animal Logic Entertainment Pty Limited (and its related entities) and competition administrator LiveRead/LA (and their respective employees, contractors and agents) and 'Animal Logic Entertainment Screenplay Competition' readers and judges from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim (including copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity claim) in relation to the screenplay entered.

• By entering the ‘Animal Logic Entertainment Screenplay Competition’, entrants agree that they have read, agreed to and are in compliance with these rules and terms.