Accepting Feature and TV Scripts

Family-friendly storytelling that's right for all ages, continues to be at the forefront of box office and television success. Whether you have a great story for kids, a faith-based movie, or a four-quadrant film or TV series, we want to read your script.

ScreenCraft competitions generate impactful results to help you advance in your career. Past family competition winners and finalists have had their work optioned, signed shopping agreements, and have signed with managers at companies like Zero Gravity and Valley Entertainment.

We are also thrilled to offer an exclusive add-on mentorship opportunity with Lisa Alford, a development executive at Johnson Production Group.

THE JURY

ROSS SIEGEL
Literary Manager, The Gotham Group

Ross is a literary manager and producer at The Gotham Group (MAZE RUNNER FRANCHISE, worldwide gross +$1B). He's currently producing the feature comedy ATTACK AT COMIC CON, alongside veteran producer John Davis (PREDATOR franchise, GAME NIGHT) for Universal Pictures, among many other high-level features and series. He also has a five-picture deal with Bazelevs Production to produce Screenlife movies, akin to Bazelevs hit films SEARCHING and UNFRIENDED.

JULIA FRILEY
Director of Development, Walden Media & AFG

Julia Friley is the Director of Development at Anschutz Film Group (AFG) and Walden Media, where she works to create and develop film and television projects that explore humanity’s complexity while being addictively entertaining – and always with a dash of hope thrown in. Since joining AFG in 2020, she has been involved in the creative development and production of Netflix’s beloved series The Baby-Sitter’s Club, the animated underdog adventure Rumble on Paramount Plus, AppleTV+’s record breaking sci-fi feature Finch, and the girl power spooks of A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting at Netflix.

MARLIESE RUCH
Literary Coordinator, Stagecoach

Marliese works closely with Stagecoach literary clients, assisting in the development of their scripts and ideas, and sets key meetings and pitches with high level producers and executives. With an eye toward the kids & family space, she focuses on bringing in IP for their animation and live action clients. Stagecoach clients have staffed on shows such was WEDNESDAY, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, and ONCE UPON A TIME.

IAN MALONE
VP of Production & Development, Neshama Entertainment

Ian Malone is Vice President of Production & Development at Neshama Entertainment, where he produces original films for a variety of streaming services. He previously worked as an executive producer for Netflix, CBBC, The CW, Nickelodeon, and the CBC, among others. His credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, the BAFTA Award-winning The Next Step, and films The Manny, Meet The Killer Parents, and Twisted Neighbor. He was nominated for a Writers Guild Of Canada Award for his work on Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil. He lives in Toronto.

THE PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner
The overall Grand Prize winner from either the feature or TV category, will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top industry producers, agents, or managers.

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

- Personal Introduction to top industry professionals
- Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
- $1,000 Cash
- An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

Feature & TV Winners
- $500 cash award
- Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
- Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event

Finalists
- Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event
- Will be considered by producers & managers as part of ScreenCraft's outreach

ADD-ON PRIZE OPPORTUNITY
Mentorship Prize

This optional add-on prize category will identify one winner to learn, workshop, and strengthen their project with guidance from an industry mentor. The mentor will select one writer/writer team that includes this unique add-on benefit with their entry.

LISA ALFORD
Development Executive - Johnson Production Company
Lisa Alford is a development executive at Johnson Production Group. Prior to joining Johnson Production Group, Lisa worked at TriStar television where she specialized in identifying IP that supported TriStar’s mission to feature diverse, authentic characters and champion underrepresented voices. Lisa came up at Sony Pictures Television where she worked as a production coordinator in the Television Movies and Miniseries department and in the writers room on the WGN hit series OUTSIDERS. In her current role, Lisa shepherds projects from the concept phase through story development, production, and post.

Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Family 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.

Please visit https://screencraft.org/family/ for full rules.

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly.
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.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
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.
All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.