Accepting TV, Feature, and Short Scripts

This year's jury features FAMILY GUY showrunners Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin, as well as managers and execs from companies that include Gotham Group, Writ-Large, 20th Century TV Animation (THE SIMPSONS, BOB'S BURGERS), Moonbug Entertainment (COCOMELON), and ShadowMachine (Guillermo del Toro's PINOCCHIO).

ScreenCraft has relationships with top animation companies and has generated meetings for writers with Pixar, Disney Animation Studios, Fox Animation, Rooster Teeth, and Titmouse to name a few.

Winners and finalists are highly sought after by literary managers and agents. Hundreds of ScreenCraft writers have signed with top management companies and agencies like CAA, Anonymous Content, Bellevue Productions, WME, UTA, and many more.

So whether you’re writing a family-friendly animated movie or an adult-oriented animated series, our jury is ready to read great material with fresh voices!

GRAND JURORS

RICHARD APPEL & ALEC SULKIN
Showrunners, Writers, Producers

Richard Appel and Alec Sulkin are co-showrunners of the animated series FAMILY GUY. Rich is an Emmy-winning writer and producer who's credits include KING OF THE HILL, THE SIMPSONS, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, and THE CLEVELAND SHOW which he also co-created. Alec Sulkin's writing credits include TED, TED 2, A MILLION WAYS TO TIDE IN THE WEST, the CBS series LIFE IN PIECES, and co-created the Fox series DADS.

JURY
The top scripts are considered by our incredible industry jury looking for Animation projects.

SIOBHAN MURPHY
Literary Manger, Gotham Group

Siobhan Murphy (she/her) joined leading management/production company The Gotham Group in 2019 as an assistant and rose through the ranks to become a literary manager. She thinks of herself as a career builder and industry matchmaker for her diverse artist, director, writer, and producer clients. Siobhan admires animation as an enthralling and innovative medium for stories across genres and demographics. Previously she was at CAA and she studied animation and screenwriting at DePaul University in Chicago.

RICHARD HICKEY
Chief Creative Officer, Moonbug Entertainment

Richard Hickey is the global Chief Creative Officer for Moonbug Entertainment, an international entertainment company that has garnered 90b+ views by specializing in acquiring digital IP and developing it into global entertainment franchises. Richard currently oversees creative for all 18 Moonbug core and premium original IP including Moonbug’s most popular IP: CoComelon, Blippi, Little Angel, Little Baby Bum, Morphle, and its most recent acquisition, Oddbods. In his role, he’s responsible for creative oversight from development through delivery on all streams of Moonbug content for YouTube and premium broadcasters such as Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu and many more.

JAZMINE HILL
Manager of Development & Current, 20th TV Animation

LA born and raised, Jazmine Hill got her start in the film industry as an intern and assistant at the indie production and finance film company Bold Films. Then made the jump over at the indie production and finance studio, BRON Studios in development. After realizing how much she loved comedy, she next worked on the management side at Avalon (known for representing comedic talent and producing LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER). Currently, she is a Manager of development and current at 20th TV Animation (THE SIMPSONS, BOB’S BURGERS, FAMILY GUY), where she’s never been happier working in the world of cartoons all day.

SAMANDA WASSON
Director of Development, ShadowMachine

Samanda Wasson is a development executive with a background in CG animation production for both features and television. Since joining the team at ShadowMachine, Samanda has helped develop a full slate of projects ranging from preschool to adult with the goal of continuing to push the creative slate with new, always unique projects, working alongside some of the best creative talent in the world.

NADYA PANFILOV
Literary Manager - Writ Large

Nadya Panfilov works in development and management for Writ Large, whose roster of writers + directors have worked on major animation projects like Bob’s Burgers, Star Wars: Rebels, Central Park, and Duck Tales.

GEORGE COLLINS
Literary manager

George Collins is a Los Angeles native who has been a Literary Manager in TV & Film for 20 years. In the past he’s worked at companies like The Firm and Infinity Management and now has his own business focused primarily on writers for animated series. He is always encouraging his clients to lean into storytelling that will make their voices shine and works tirelessly to find creative situations that are a good fit for what they do.

THE PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner

The overall grand prize winner in either Feature, TV, or Short category will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.

ScreenCraft's genre specific relationships include companies like Disney, Pixar, Fox Animation Studios, Netflix, Rooster Teeth, and over 150 other Hollywood managers, agents, producers, and development executives.

ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.

They'll receive:

• Personal Introduction to top literary managers
• Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
• $1,000 cash award
• An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

Feature, TV, & Short Winners

• $500 cash award
• Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
• An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

Finalists

• An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

ADD-ON PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

Option Prize with Story Warrior

ScreenCraft is excited to present this optional add-on prize category that will grant one eligible writer/writing team the opportunity to receive an option from Story Warrior. This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn, develop, and strengthen your project with guidance from industry Producers. This unique add-on benefit is separate from the ScreenCraft Animation Competition prizes and placements.

Story Warrior

Amy Taylor is a partner at Story Warrior, a production company focusing on high concept kids animation content with an emphasis on rich character development. Story Warrior has a vast network of capital partners they work with. The team's past projects include movies like HOLES, DESIGNED WITH LOVE, and more. They are currently working with production companies to find the next IP like Lord of the Rings or Ducktales.

Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Animation Competition AND that select this add-on are eligible for consideration in this category. Additionally, all projects that place in the Top 10 of the competition will automatically be considered.

For full rules, terms, and conditions, please visit -- https://screencraft.org/animation

At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.

1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.

2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.

3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly.

4. Entries may be any length -- the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages, and the standard feature is between 85 - 120 pages. Any script submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 120 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.

5. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

6. Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

7. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.

8. Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).

9. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).

10. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $6 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.

11. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.

12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.

13. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

14. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.

15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.

16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

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    December 2022