The script must have a title page
containing: the title, author’s name, E-mail address, phone number
and home address.
Screenplay submissions should be in the US Motion Picture industry
standard screenplay format and approximately 85-100 pages in length.
Submissions must be written in the English language.
You have the option to include a one-page synopsis of your
Screenplay submissions must be the original work of the applicant
and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or
non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or
un-produced for which the writer does not own rights. If the script
is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be
noted on the entry form and title page.
Multiple entries are permissible, but an Entry Form, signed, and an
entry fee must accompany each entry.
Entrants must be 16 years or older to enter the contest.
The rights to the submitted screenplay should not have been
previously optioned or sold. In addition, the screenplay must not
have been previously produced.
Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to
register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the
Writer’s Guild of America.
The entrant should retain at least one copy of the submitted
material. All material received cannot and will not be returned
under any circumstances.
No entrant may have earned more than $5,000. or other consideration,
as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the
sale or option of, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or
Employees of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and its
affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible.
Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages
or new drafts of submissions be accepted.
Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should
be selected as the prime contact for all mailings. Writing partners
selected as winners will divide the award equally. The San Francisco
School of Digital Filmmaking will produce the Grand Prize winner’s
screenplay as a Feature Film within the next 3 years. The San
Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking reserves the right not to
select a Grand Prize winner from the applicants of the screenwriting
contest. However, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected.
Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions
rendered by the jurors.
By submitting your film you are agreeing that the San Francisco
School of Digital Filmmaking owns the rights to make your movie if
it is selected as a Grand Prize Winner.