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|Thriller Feature Screenplay (80-130 pages)
|Completed feature length screenplays in the thriller genre, including other genres that overlap with thriller conventions such as action-thrillers and horror-thrillers.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
So you've written the next great thriller script? Our industry contacts at literary representation and production companies are lined up to read the winning screenplay and consider the top finalists' loglines.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The thriller genre has been a staple of storytelling since Homer's Odyssey with 20th century filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang shaping the modern thriller subgenres.
A well-written thriller by an unproduced writer is an excellent way for the writer to demonstrate a combination of commerciality, unique voice, and a clear understanding of effective feature film narrative. Films in the genre are often built around original stories and characters with universally-relatable stakes. Fear and hope. Tension and relief. Suspense and anticipation. These are films written with concepts that instantly capture the imaginations of moviegoers.
And that's who you're ultimately writing for - the moviegoing audience.
At the core of every thriller is primal human emotion. It's in our nature. An innate fascination with mystery and the desire for a surprising yet somehow inevitable ending.
Thrillers fall into a wide range of categories - from ransoms and international espionage to psychological mind games and contained single-room confinement situations - but one thing remains constant: A well-written thriller script will demonstrate your mastery of the screenwriting craft.
Our contacts at management and production companies have agreed to be sent our winning script and consider all of the finalists' loglines:
- Grindstone Entertainment (a subsidiary of Lionsgate)
- Mad Horse Films (production company)
- Magnet Management (management and production company)
- Morningstar Films (production company)
- Zero Gravity Management (literary management company)
These established companies with produced thriller credits are actively seeking your best thriller scripts!
James Shue (Contest Coordinator); James Shue (Contest Coordinator)
- International entries are allowed but the script must be written in English.
- The submitted script must be in PDF format and must be submitted electronically.
- A title page with contact information must be included with every submitted script.
- The script must be 80 to 130 pages in 12pt Courier (or Courier Final Draft) with standard screenplay margins and spacing, and pages must be numbered.
- The script must be unproduced at the time of submission and must be an original screenplay intended for the medium of feature film and the submitter must own 100% of the rights to the script when submitting. Adaptations are eligible as long as the writer can prove full ownership of the original property or life rights (or if the source material is public domain according to US Copyright law.)
- If the script is written by a writing team, it must be submitted by one of the writers with the consent of the other (any and all prizes will be sent to the writer who submitted the winning script, it is the responsibility of the writing team to share or divide the prizes.)
- All entries must be received on or before midnight (Pacific Time) on the date of the deadline and must be paid in full to be considered.
- There is no limit to the number of different scripts you may submit. Duplicate entries of the same project, however, will be automatically disqualified.
- Once a script has been submitted, no substitutions will be accepted. No corrected pages or revised drafts allowed.
- The decisions of the judges are final and shall not be disputed. The contest and its coordinators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions by the judges.
- By entering the contest, the writer(s) understand that there is no guarantee of representation (by an agent or manager) and/or production in the event that a script is chosen as a winner. Consideration of the script is given for the sole purpose of choosing a winner for the contest.
- All scripts submitted must be registered with the WGAw and/or the US Copyright Office before the time of submission.
- The entry fee must be paid in US Dollars and are nonrefundable. Winners who may be awarded a cash prize shall be responsible for his or her own income tax. If a winner is awarded a cash prize, the entrant is responsible for providing an accurate PayPal address or bank account to receive the cash prize.
- Previous winning scripts are NOT eligible.
- Judges, sponsors, and independent contractors are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By entering the contest, the submitter acknowledges that he/she has read, understood, and accepted all of the contest's rules.