3rd Annual

Act One Script Competition

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Act One Screenplay Competition


The Act One Script Competition seeks scripts that exhibit the mastery of craft combined with unparalleled beauty and depth. The winning and finalist scripts will best exemplify the Act One keynotes: Artistry, Professionalism, Meaning and Spirituality.


Act One is a community of Christian professionals for the entertainment industry who are committed to excellence, artistry, and a deep faith. Act One alumni and faculty are professional writers, producers, directors and executives who work in the mainstream entertainment industry.

In addition to the Script Competition, Act One offers a variety of programs including the Writing for Film & Television Program, the Producing & Entertainment Executive Program, and our Script Consulting Service. Find out more: http://www.actoneprogram.com

Although Act One is a Christian non-profit organization, script submissions do NOT require overtly Christian content, and people of all backgrounds are encouraged to enter.

The winning and finalist scripts of the competition will best exemplify the principles of the Act One keynotes:

- Writing communicates a fresh and unique voice
- Characters are well developed and multi-dimensional
- Plot is clear and offers an appropriate amount of twists, set-ups and payoffs.
- Writing style is entertaining for the reader.
- Writing style effectively incorporates literary devices such as imagery, symbolism, theme, and subtext.

- Scripts are properly formatted.
- Story structure fits the story.
- Material is producible and suggests an appropriate budget for it’s scope.
- Material is commercial (represents current marketplace trends)

- The content of the story offers respects the intelligence of the audience and offers it something to chew on.
- The content points to universal and relatable themes.
- The content of the story offers truth or insight into the human condition.

- Characters exhibit an inner journey as well as exterior.
- Spiritual content is handled with honesty and integrity.
- Content points to “something more” happening in the story and suggests spiritual concepts, such as faith, hope, truth, goodness, and purity.


• Named on our website
• Discounted script consultation of choice

• Named on our website
• Discounted script consultation of choice

• Named on our website and promotional materials
• Scripts read by top production companies and agents
• Free Extensive Script Consultation

Winner: (1 script)
• $5,000 cash prize
• Named on our website and promotional materials
• Free Extensive Script Consultation and Phone Conference
• Script will be read by top production companies and agents


Chris Dalton (Communications and Marketing Director); Chris Dalton (Communications and Marketing Director); Dawn Asher; Jill Brownlee; Terence Berry (Executive Director)



• All scripts must be written in English, 85-130 pages in length, and formatted properly (The Hollywood Standard by Chris Riley will be the reference).
• Only feature length scripts will be accepted.
• Only screenwriters who have made less than $100,000 on a single script are eligible. This does not include prize money from other contests.
• Contestant grants Act One the right to publish contestant’s name, script name, and logline in conjunction with the contest and future contests.
• Scripts that are or have been optioned or sold to a studio or major production company, or those that have already been produced, are not eligible.
• The contest does not imply any offer or guarantee of scripts being optioned or bought.
• Please register each submitted script with the US Copyright Office or the Writer’s Guild of America; Act One will not be liable for any failure to do so.
• Act One alumni are encouraged to apply, but no special preference will be given in the judging process. Any Act One alumni who progress to the quarter-finalist stage or above will be indicated on published materials with a star next to their name. Names will not be revealed to the judges until final decisions are made at each round.
• Act One Staff and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.
• The title page of the script will be removed for judging to prevent any potential bias on the basis of name, sex, or geographic location. All entries will be anonymous to the judges.
• Writers may submit multiple scripts for consideration.

For more information and FAQs, visit http://www.actoneprogram.com


The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Act One Script Contest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.