** Grand Prizes: Scripts Read At Top Agencies Circle of Confusion, Innovative Artists, Kaplan/Perrone **
FALL 2020 WINNERS
Santa Rita - Joseph Davis (Feature)
Black Mo - Peter Noel (Feature)
Currently Katie - Hannah Petosa (TV Pilot)
The Merriman Agency - Mark William Hammond (TV Project)
Capsule - M. Rowan Meyer (Micro-Feature)
Community Theater Makeover - Lawrence Fecho (Reality Show Concept)
FALL 2020 FINALISTS
The Epic of Gilgamesh - Josh Pitchforth
Declaration of Conscience - Beth Milstein
Twenty Twenty-Four - David Colbert
Popular - Marley Schneier
Breaking Point - Jeff Peck
The Real Thing - Matthew Papadopoulos
The Big D - Michael Weinreb
Wisdom to Know the Difference - Cassandra Adele Burge
Dick 2.0 - Henry Sarwer-Foner, Noel Baker
The Tommy Sessions - James Skowyra
Splintered Soul - Bobby Sacher
Pick - Bernhard Riedhammer
The Queens of Stockton - Wade Prozeller
The Untimely Death of Herbert Sullivan - Tash Ann, Ben Barker
Underlings - Steven Robertson, David Patterson
The Paisley Witch Trial - Julia Campanelli
Black Mo - Peter Noel
The Lies We Tell Ourselves - Courtney Froemming
Calling Cards - L. Andrew Cooper
Santa Rita - Joseph Davis
The Electric Eel Club - Andrew Thelander
Double - Samantha Brennan
Violin - Elvira Ibragimova
Inheritance - Kurt T. Choate
Currently Katie - Hannah Petosa
Swing - David Toussaint
Blood Moon - Sara Hallowell
Liquid Lullaby - Denis Curto
Weird Tale - Philip Kreyche
Bringing Down the Cartel - Chris Feistl
Revolution - Timothy Porter, Diana Porter
Mission Appleseed - Trent Miller
Mr. Havisham - Travis Aitken
Afro Noir - Ryan Porter
Red Spy Queen - Leslie Lyshkov
Field Trip - Claudio Martinez-Valle
Community Theater Make-Over - Lawrence Fecho
Gesualdo - Vaughn Roste
The Merriman Agency - Mark William Hammond
Capsule - M. Rowan Meyer
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Winning scripts read by managers at Circle of Confusion, Innovative Artists, Kaplan/Perrone and more to be added. Reality Show Winners pitched to Indigo Films, Joke Productions and Brian Graden Media.
Top 25% of scripts get laurels. For Fall 2021, we're doing quarter-finalists, semi-finalists and finalists only.
Video of our director as part of ISA's "Screenwriting Contest Round Table"
Real reads from REAL agents. Like "some" contests, we don't put your scripts up on pitch sites hoping some one bites. The agents who read your scripts and concepts are our long time associates who trust us to bring them good content!
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All submissions receive a FREE 3-month membership to ISA CONNECT from leading screenwriting site and service ISA, International Screenwriters' Association. Codes given once winners are announced. (end of contest cycle)
Script reads from Circle of Confusion manager, Kaplan/Perrone agent and agent at Innovative Artists and more to be added! Notes and/or meetings if requested.
GREAT AMERICAN SCRIPT CONTEST will be bringing not only legit chances for you to connect with industry decision makers, agents and producers in Los Angeles, but also provide opportunity to network at live events in Chicago and LA.
GASC is not only one of the best opportunities for you to get your writing seen and discovered, finalists will all be part of the physical film festivals in Chicago (March) and in LA (November). Teaming with Chicago Comedy, LA Comedy Film Festival and Chicago Independent Film +TV Festivals,
The Great American Script Contest is set to give you top access and connections to the industry. Ran by the same team behind CCFF, LACFF and CIFF, Great American Script Contest brings decades of Hollywood experience, knowledge and real chances for you to make it in the industry.
Before submitting to a ANY contest and competition be sure to check out their track record and the accuracy of their claims. Years of working with, running and being a part of film festivals as well as script competitions, has taught us that bold claims of getting meetings with "someone from HBO" or having an "exec who has worked for Netflix" are often extremely embellished claims- click bait to get you to submit. Do the research, read the fine print and "subtext". It's your money, spend it on real career advancement!
Our staff and industry readers have decades of experiences, along with a measurable track record. The connections those of us at Great American Script Contest have in film, TV and video in Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as running two major film festivals, help us bring relationships and real opportunity for our entrants.
Feature Winner: Script read by literary manager at Circle of Confusion.
Short Content Winner: Direct Contact Pitch to managers at Studio 71 and Collab.
TV Pilot Script Winner: Direct Contact Pitch to agent at Innovative.
TV Project Concept: Script read by agent at Innovative
Reality Show Concept: Direct pitches and feedback to winners from Brian Graden Media (HitRecord, Escape the Night, Gay Skit Happens) RedBullTV, Indigo Films (Wives with Knives, Insane Coaster Wars, Renovation Whisperer), Joke Productions (Scream Queens, Snapped) Our director has amassed numerous top contacts through his own TV show pitches. Watch this video with him here from Stage 32: https://youtu.be/fDoPc6RiEns
Deadlines: Read as listed
All writers from all countries are welcome to submit to the GASC; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and application fees must be paid.
Script must be the original work of the submitting writer and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Original full-length feature screenplays and TV Pilots only are accepted. Anything else, including but not limited to short scripts or web series, novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, , documentaries, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.
Script submissions must be an original screenplay or teleplay.Screenplays adapted from the submitting writer's own self-published books, plays, or other source materials are eligible if the writer retains all rights to the work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible provided the writer has written permission by the owner to adapt the material.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.Screenplay submissions must be written by one writer only.
Co-written material may be accepted. Prizes for winners will go to the writing "team" not per writer. Multiple submissions are accepted by one writer, however if one or more screenplays of the same writer tie only one screenplay (the decided “best”) will be selected to determine winner.
The writer understands that script feedback can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the final application deadline.
The GASC cannot guarantee feedback for your script will be received within enough time to resubmit during the same season.
Applicants must submit materials and payment online only.
Once a script has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts or corrections may only be accepted within 24 hours of the original application. A revised draft of a script may be accepted after 24 hours if it is entered as a new application with the appropriate fee.
Promotional discounts or waivers offered may only be utilized at the time of submission.Promotional discounts or waivers offered may not apply on all submission platforms (i.e. FilmFreeway)
If a writer receives a Free or Discounted Resubmission as part of a Feedback Promotion or otherwise, the Resubmission is valid during the same or the following Fast Track season. Free Resubmissions will not be honored in subsequent seasons.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Fellowship applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
The writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material to be submitted with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Applicants awarded a place understand and accept that the GASC, CCFF or CIFF will be free to use his/her name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.Writers retain the rights to their screenplay.
Applicants are non-exclusive to GASC and may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
GASC will not be held responsible for feedback meeting cancellations or rescheduling. If you miss or are late to a mentor meeting, the GASC makes no guarantees to reschedule.
Length requirements: Read each category
Standard title pages should be included: listing the script title, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. Applicants will not be disqualified if it is not included.
Under no circumstances should the writer include name or contact information within the body of the script.
GASC is not responsible for any applicant errors or omissions on any submitted application materials.Synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes and photos will not be considered. TV Pilot submissions may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.
You accept without reservation that the submitted logline and screenplay will be reviewed by GASC staff and/or panel of Industry Judges for evaluation and that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to the submitted material, and the applicant hereby waives any claim that the GASC and ISA, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of the submission, logline or screenplay.
There are no refunds for any reason after 24 hours from submission. The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
To submit your materials and be considered you must agree to the Rules.