OPENING APRIL 1, 2021!
The Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge exists to identify quality scripted material from the Northwest and beyond. Entrants submit screenplays and TV pilots to be read by top industry professionals, including producers, agents, managers, studio execs and WGA writers. Winning submissions become eligible for cash prizes, fellowships, and exclusive sit-downs with industry professionals who can help bring your script to life.
We are accepting feature screenplays and pilot scripts. Features must be between 85 -120 pages in length, and pilots are 27 - 35 pages for half-hour shows, and 50 - 65 pages for hour-long shows. If you have a short script that is 10 pages or less, please submit to the Seattle Film Summit FilmFreeway contest here: https://filmfreeway.com/SeattleFilmSummit.
Bigfoot is not accepting short form scripts at this time.
The Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge is proud to award all grand prize winners, second grand prize winners, and runners up with combinations of the following exciting benefits (see bigfootscriptchallenge.com/awards for details):
• Hollywood Fellowships with top LA producers to develop your material (check out our judges page for an idea of who will fill these rolls)
• Exclusive, Hollywood-style hour-long sit-downs to discuss your material and next steps in your career with our judges
• Up to $2,000 in cash & grants to shoot all or a portion of your winning submission
• Fees for some assistance toward accommodation and media promotion at our in-person awards ceremony event at the Seattle Film Summit, the premiere film and TV development event in the Pacific Northwest
• Advanced consideration for Spain Writers Retreat with top Hollywood instructions (details here: https://www.bigfootscriptchallenge.com/spain-writers-retreat/)
The winners of the Bigfoot Script challenge will be announced at the Seattle Film Summit in September 2021! In addition to the cash prizes and Fellowships, our prizes include two online and one live table read for winning scripts at the summit! Get your tickets to the summit so you can be there when Bigfoot appears and the winners are announced. https://seattlefilmsummit.com/
Before you enter the Bigfoot Script Challenge, please review these rules and guidelines. Any submission that does not comply with contest rules may be disqualified.
1. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older on the date of submission, and each writer or writing team may not have earned more than $50,000 or the foreign equivalent (jointly or individually) for work as a screenwriter and/or fictional television writer.
2. Writers who reside in countries other than the United States are welcome to enter the contest; however, all scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
3. Judges, sponsors, administrators, and independent contractors who work with or for the Bigfoot Script Competition are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.
4. Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and on the date of submission must be wholly owned and controlled by the author(s). If a script has been sold, is currently under option, is being produced, or is in any other way encumbered by a third party on the date of submission, the script is not eligible for an award. If a script is optioned, sold, or produced after it has been entered, it will NOT remain eligible for this year’s contest.
5. Only original screenplays and teleplays are eligible for awards. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts and spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.
6. Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances. A script that has been adapted from your own book, play, or other source material is eligible provided that you have retained all film and television rights to the property.
7. Only original screenplays and teleplays, are eligible for awards. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts and spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.
8. Submissions and entry fees must be transmitted electronically on or before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the Early, Regular, Late, or Last Minute Entry deadline in order to qualify for those entry rates. Any script submitted after the Final Entry Deadline will be disqualified.
9. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions or entry fees that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted. The administrators reserve the right in their sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.
10. Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your screenplay, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
11. Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. Our Judges are instructed and agree to evaluate scripts based on our standard Judging Procedure; however, the Bigfoot Script Challenge and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
12. All entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
13. If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the monetary prize and any reimbursements will be divided equally among them.
14. Winners receiving a cash prize are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
Bigfoot Script Challenge has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of readers or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted material; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.