Breaking Walls is the leading screenplay contest for undiscovered thriller screenwriters.

Well-written thrillers are an excellent way for writers to show Hollywood pros a combination of commerciality, your unique voice, and a clear understanding of effective feature film narrative delivery techniques.

Our contest rewards undiscovered thriller writing talent, provide exposure to managers and production companies, and break down the walls between your talent and the industry pros looking for the next great thriller!

Hollywood literary representation and production companies have agreed to receive each round's winning script as well as consider all of the finalists' loglines. Plus, we offer cash prizes for both the winner and runner-up!

- $300 in prizes
- Full winning script sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies
- Included in annual Best of Competition spotlight in industry newsletter with a featured bio on the writer and the winning screenplay
- A 4-month InkTip Pro Membership.
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- 1 Free Pitch to Industry Insiders on VPF

- $100 in prizes
- Featured logline sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies for a potential read request
- Considered for annual Best of Competition spotlight in industry newsletter with a brief bio on the writer and the winning screenplay
- 1 Free Pitches to Industry Insiders on VPF

- Logline sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies for a potential read request
- 1 Free Pitches to Industry Insiders on VPF

All entrants will also receive 1 free pitch to industry insiders from VPF (one per writer.)

- Grindstone Entertainment Group (subsidiary of Lionsgate)
- Mad Horse Films
- Magnet Management
- Morningstar Films
- Zero Gravity Management

- International entries are allowed but the script must be written in English.
- The submitted script must be in PDF format and must be submitted electronically.
- A title page with contact information must be included with every submitted script.
- The script must be 40 to 130 pages in 12pt Courier (or Courier Final Draft) with standard screenplay margins and spacing, and pages must be numbered.
- The script must be unproduced at the time of submission and must be an original screenplay intended for the medium of feature film and the submitter must own 100% of the rights to the script when submitting. Adaptations are eligible as long as the writer can prove full ownership of the original property or life rights (or if the source material is public domain according to US Copyright law.)
- If the script is written by a writing team, it must be submitted by one of the writers with the consent of the other (any and all prizes will be sent to the writer who submitted the winning script, it is the responsibility of the writing team to share or divide the prizes.)
- All entries must be received on or before midnight (Pacific Time) on the date of the deadline and must be paid in full to be considered.
- There is no limit to the number of different scripts you may submit. Duplicate entries of the same project, however, will be automatically disqualified.
- Once a script has been submitted, no substitutions will be accepted. No corrected pages or revised drafts allowed.
- The decisions of the judges are final and shall not be disputed. The contest and its coordinators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions by the judges.
- By entering the contest, the writer(s) understand that there is no guarantee of representation (by an agent or manager) and/or production in the event that a script is chosen as a winner. Consideration of the script is given for the sole purpose of choosing a winner for the contest.
- All scripts submitted must be registered with the WGAw and/or the US Copyright Office before the time of submission.
- The entry fee must be paid in US Dollars and are nonrefundable. Winners who may be awarded a cash prize shall be responsible for his or her own income tax. If a winner is awarded a cash prize, the entrant is responsible for providing an accurate PayPal address or bank account to receive the cash prize.
- Previous winning scripts are NOT eligible. (Other scripts by the winning writer are still eligible.)

Overall Rating
  • Greg Lyon

    Although my script "Reality Games" was doing well in screenplay contests, I was pleased with the recognition from a thriller specific competition as my script was a thriller. My showing in Breaking Walls shows that they understand both thrillers and good writing.

    August 2023
  • Madeline Hombert

    Wonderful to be a finalist this year!

    February 2023
  • Tracie Jules

    This is a prestigious and tough festival because you're competing against the best of the best in the industry. I have entered several times to no avail but this year I made it to FINALS! Top TEN! I am truly honored and will enter again. Great festival and rewards.

    October 2022
  • What a terrific opportunity, great festival, I'm so glad and thankful!

    August 2022
  • Thank you very much for selecting my script as a winner. It means a lot and it's definitely a high water mark along this crazy ride in the world of screenwriting.

    August 2022