This unique ScreenCraft competition focuses on true stories, biographies and works in the public domain (published before 1928).

Winners and finalists are highly sought after by 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.

All finalists will receive a guaranteed meeting with an industry professional!

Accepting TV Pilots and Feature Screenplays!

VIP MENTOR
We are thrilled to welcome Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman as our VIP Mentor! Akiva will meet virtually with our finalists for an interactive Q&A session.

Akiva Goldsman wrote A BEAUTIFUL MIND, for which he won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and WGA Award. His feature writing credits include THE CLIENT, BATMAN FOREVER, A TIME TO KILL, PRACTICAL MAGIC, CINDERELLA MAN, I AM LEGEND, THE DA VINCI CODE, ANGELS & DEMONS, INSURGENT, and I, ROBOT. Upcoming features include RAINBOW SIX and RINGWORLD. He has worked in television as a producer, writer, and director for the TV show FRINGE, for which he garnered a Saturn Award and a Hugo Award nomination; as well as UNDERGROUND, which was nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards. His recent television projects include the live-action series TITANS and Apple TV+’s THE CROWDED ROOM, a psychological thriller starring Tom Holland. Currently, Goldsman is working on Season 3 of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS.

THE JURY
The top scripts are considered by our incredible industry jury.

JOSH MARKS
Manager and Producer, Runyon Media

Josh Marks is a manager/producer at Runyon Media. Josh was a literary manager with Untitled Entertainment and with Entertainment 360 before that. He began his career as an agent trainee at UTA. In 2023, Josh launched Runyon Media, a new entity dedicated to financing, production and literary management. His clients have showrun and/or written for premium series on major networks and streamers in addition to writing and directing features for major theatrical and streaming studios.

CHARLIE LAURIE
Development Producer, Merman

Charlie is the Development Producer for Merman. Merman is a globally-renowned production and entertainment company working across the UK and US, with a reputation for scripting and producing award winning TV and film. Merman’s recent TV projects include the critically acclaimed BAD SISTERS (Apple TV+), which was created by and starred Sharon Horgan. In 2023, Bad Sisters won the BAFTA Award for Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress and Best Titles & Graphic Identity, alongside a further two nominations. It received four IFTA Awards and the Peabody Award for Entertainment, and was nominated at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, C21’s International Drama Awards, Writers Guild of America, Broadcast Awards, Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards and RTS Craft & Design Awards.

RYAN SAUL
Manager, Cartel

Over the 25 years Mr. Saul has worked in the entertainment industry, he has garnered the reputation of being able to develop clients from unknown writers or young short film directors to become some of the leading creatives in Hollywood, working on some of the biggest studio films in production. Clients like Tim Reckart (currently directing HIGH IN THE CLOUDS for Netflix), Josh Trank (CHRONICLE, FANTASTIC FOUR), and Wes Ball (MAZE RUNNER franchise, PLANET OF THE APES) all of them started as directors with shorts, and off of those shorts Ryan was able to get them their first studio films. In addition to the studio directors, he has also helped put together independent films like STOCKHOLM (starring Ethan Hawke & Noomi Rapace), MEADOWLAND (Reed Murano’s debut film), DEAR ZOE (currently in post-production – starring Sadie Sink), as well as documentaries such as HIT SO HARD, and PIERRE CARDIN. In addition to those mentioned above, he currently represents a number of upper-level television writers as well, such as Michael Alaimo (BOSCH: BALLARD), Kiersten Van Horne (OUTLANDER), and Deb Swisher. His directors have won awards all-over the globe, like Oualid Mouaness (1982 – Cannes/TIFF), and award-winning commercial director, HENRY HOBSON. He has a penchant for turning short film directors into major studio motion picture directors.

KATHLEEN GARDNER
Creative Executive, Jon Watts

Kathleen Gardner is a development executive for the director Jon Watts, helping to manage a slate of projects across both film and television. Upcoming projects include STAR WARS: SKELETON CREW for Disney+, WOLFS starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney for Apple, and FINAL DESTINATION 6 for New Line Cinema. Kathleen is a native of Virginia and a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and the University of Virginia.

ALEX BARNES
Producer and Development Executive

Since moving to Los Angeles Alex has worked on TV, Film and podcasts including HOUSE OF CARDS, MANHUNT: UNABOMBER, SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, MASTERMINDS, RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, JETT and the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY franchise. He's been a core part of development teams that have sold projects to major platforms including: Disney+, Universal Pictures, Max, FX, Amazon, Netflix, ABC Signature, Fox, UCP, MGM+ and Peacock.

THE PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner

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

The top 3 winners’ project info and log lines will be circulated and recommended to our network of over 150 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 industry professionals
• 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 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
• Guaranteed meeting with an industry professional

MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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

JENNY WOOD

Jenny Wood started her Hollywood career in 2001 in the Motion Picture Literary Department of ICM, working with A list directors such as Martin Campbell, Jon Amiel, and Lee Tamahori. She also worked with high level talent such as Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn and Sam Shepard. Through her work with these clients, Wood was involved with such movies as THE MASK OF ZORRO, CASINO ROYALE, DIE ANOTHER DAY, TRAINING DAY and many more. In 2005, Wood joined the production company, Blumhouse productions, as a development executive. The company had a first look deal with Paramount Studios. At the end of this three-year deal, the company had sold 35 motion pictures to a variety of Studios and independent financiers, including the horror mega-hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. In 2008, Jenny decided to merge her representation and production skills to become a Literary Manager and Producer. As head of literary at Elevate, Wood represented a talented list of filmmakers and writers, and worked on both developing and packaging clients' material as well as Elevate's own slate. In 2022, Wood transitioned from the role of Manager to President of long-time client, Taylor Sheridan's production company, Bosque Ranch. There she oversees day to day operations of the company and the large slate of shows in production and development.

Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft True Story & Public Domain 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/truestory/

Rules:
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 $5 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. In the event a juror, partner organization, or prize partner is no longer able to serve in their specified capacity, ScreenCraft will make its best effort to secure a replacement. ScreenCraft is not responsible for the failed delivery of any prize package by a juror, sponsor, or partner organization.

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

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

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  • Thank you for welcoming Bloodlines The Mogadishu Diaries in your wonderful Festival. Great communication from the start. I highly recommend this Festival. Great opportunities for artists to compete and win!

    July 2022