Buga Films was started to help emerging screenwriter and film maker break into the industry.

Most producers, production companies and agents won’t read unsolicited material. However, these are the things most need in order to gain that first credit. So, if they won’t read your work, how do you go about getting anything made? This is the benefit of screenplay competitions. It gives validity to your hard work, showing your able to produce a competent, and professional product.

Buga films is made up of a small number of filmmakers working in the industry, and has strong business relationships within the industry always searching for new products.

What we can ensure is that if a script leaps off the page, asking to be made, we will get it into the hands of the most suited individual or company with the means of producing that particular project. There’s obviously no guarantees after that point, but it will be out there and stand a chance.

We want to help writers create a career for themselves doing what they love!

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given to the winner of each category.

We will also be giving the B.U.G.A. award and cash prize to the Best Screenplay written by a member of the armed forces or Military Veteran.

Rules & Terms

FEATURE SCREENPLAY RULES

Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition. All scripts must be written in English.

The script must be the writer’s original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition ever have any rights over your work.

All ages are welcome.

Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than$10,000 in writing fees. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.

If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.

Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

The only script file formats we accept are PDF.

Please ensure your script is as close to the standard 80-120 pages as possible. Email us if you have any questions over the length of your script.

We accept all genres.

The winners agree to allow B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.

SHORT CONTEST RULES

Scripts should approximately be within 2-50 Pages.

Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition. All scripts must be written in English.

The script must be the writer’s original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition ever have any rights over your work.

All ages are welcome.

Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $10,000 in writing fees. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.

If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.

Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

The only script file formats we accept are PDF.

Please ensure your script is as close to 2-30 pages as possible. Email us if you have any questions about the length of your script.

We accept all genres.

The winners agree to allow B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.

Authorization:
As the authorized representative for the above-mentioned script, I accept the conditions and rules described on this entry form. I attest to the fact that this screenplay submission has not been optioned or purchased, and is not in current production or post-production. Should the optioning, purchasing, or production status of the script change, I will contact B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition immediately in writing to have the script removed from competition.

If this script is selected as a finalist and / or prize winner of the B.U.G.A Screenplay Competition, I grant Buga Films the right to use all writers' names and likenesses in conjunction with the promotion of the B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition without additional / any competition. This includes, but not limited to, listing of finalists and prize winners on the Buga Films website; in Buga Films press releases and media coverage surrounding the screenplay competition.

Disclaimer:
Submitting to the B.U.G.A. Screenplay Competition is for competition purposes only and does not mean that Buga Films, its employees, sponsors, or anyone associated with Buga Films will represent, produce, promote, or fund any project whatsoever. Buga Films is not responsible for lost screenplays.