The Launch Pad Feature competition prioritizes exclusive partnerships and opportunities including a Grand Prize Partnership with Gran Via Productions, Development opportunities and a Mentorship program. We aim to provide our writers with as many avenues towards success as possible.

Designed to set you up for success, we’ll guarantee a meeting with a jury member for every Top Ten finalist plus a virtual pitching workshop. Including vetted industry professionals from Artists First, Brillstein Entertainment, MarVista and more.

We’re looking for the next great voices in feature film writing. Our tradition of writer success, includes projects sold to Netflix, Paramount, and more.


Literary Manager, 831 Entertainment

Producer/Manager's Assistant, Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Literary Manager

Coordinator, Speck + Gordon

Development Assistant, Davis Entertainment

Executive Assistant, 18Hz

Coordinator, Development, MarVista

Creative Executive, Range Media Partners

Producer/CEO, Quarterlife Pictures

Manager, Black Box Management

Literary Manager, Affirmative Entertainment

Office of Tucker Voorhees, Artists First


Grand Prize Winner
Everything the Category Winners receive, plus…

- Meeting with the Head of Film Development from Gran Via (The Holdovers, The Notebook, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie)

Category Winners (2)
Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

- Will receive an additional 1:1 meeting with an industry professional.
- Each of the competition winners will be invited to an exclusive yearly virtual event where they will get the chance to meet with and pitch industry professionals from management companies, agencies and production companies in a 1:1 setting. Past participants included MGM, Scott Free, Verve, Bellevue, Lit Entertainment, WME, and more.

Top 10
Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

- A guaranteed meeting with a member of the jury.
- Receive a paragraph of written feedback from a jury member.
- Invite to a Top 10 only virtual event.
- One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.

Top 50
Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

- One year free membership to the Tracking Board.

Top 100
- Receive a paragraph of written feedback from 2 readers.
- Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry networks.

To qualify for this prize, entrants must select the specific add-on, or make it to the Top 10 of the competition to be considered for this prize opportunity.

Development Prize with American High

American High will pick one project and take at least one meeting with the writer for development purposes.

Specializing in high-concept, R-rated, high-school comedies, American High is a production company with an overall deal at Hulu behind such features as The Binge, Plan B, I Love My Dad, and the Sundance Award-winning Big Time Adolescence. The company is helmed by writer/director Jeremy Garelick of major box office features like The Hangover, The Break Up, and The Wedding Ringer.

Signing Prize with Locus Entertainment

This year’s Signing partner is manager Anders Lykke of Locus Entertainment, who will select a minimum of one (1) writer from the competition to sign as a client.

Anders is the founder and CEO of Locus Entertainment, aimed at nurturing and promoting emerging screenwriters with a global perspective. He founded the Casino Theatre in 2019. This innovative platform is dedicated to showcasing the finest unproduced screenplays, brought to life by skilled actors before a select audience of industry professionals.

Mentorship Program

The Launch Pad mentorship program is tailored for each individual relationship and will include a call or meeting with your mentor to provide career advice. This year's mentors are:

Jeff Wadlow is a DGA Award-nominated writer and director behind major projects such as Kick-Ass 2, Truth or Dare, The Curse of Bridge Hollow, and the recently-released Blumhouse horror, Imaginary. He has also written and produced on major TV series Bates Motel and The Strain.

Michael Brandt is the screenwriter behind the newly released film Arthur the King, in addition to the films 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Catch That Kid. He is also the co-creator of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, serving as showrunner on Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. for multiple seasons.

All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.

All feature scripts must be under 120 pages (any script with more than 120 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page)

Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.

Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like.

Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).

All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.

Features with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.

The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, been produced, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 50 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.

The Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.

The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.

All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judges panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).

Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.

Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed development and guaranteed signing add ons.

General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.

The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.

The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.

By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.

All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writer’s name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best scripts. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.