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A short screenplay competition
for screenwriters, by screenwriters.
Light on battle. Heavy on fun and friendship
(but still somewhat battle-like).

Participants Say...
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"Arbitrations themselves were fun; I really had to assess and weigh pros and cons of each."
EJ Paras
Jersey City, NJ
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"It was fun! Feedback in a situation like this is pretty amusing. It swings wildly from hate to love. I look forward to the next one."
Amy Amani
Oxford, UK
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"I opted not to draw different prompts and stuck with the original three I was given. You just don't know if you're going to trade up or down."
Karen Mitani
Brooklyn, NY
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"Done two rounds of this now. It's great fun. Really cool design and concept. Get on it!"
Oliver Lavery
The West Country, UK

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Draw Prompts
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Receive Genre, Place, and Object cards that contain prompts. Re-draw cards until you feel inspired, or you run out of re-draws.
Write Script
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Use the prompts to write a short screenplay. Submit using the secure form on this website.
Arbitrate
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Elect winners in different genres than your own script.
Yes, that means everyone in this competition is also a judge.

Professional Judges
The final two scripts from each genre are read, given feedback, and judged by industry professionals.

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Donald H. Hewitt
Spirited Away,
My Neighbor Totoro

Over 20 years of industry experience whose feature film credits include the English-language screenplay for Miyazaki's Oscar-winning film Spirited Away.
Pamela Kay
Word Dancer,
Academy Nicholl fellow

33K subscribers on her screenwriting YouTube channel, Word Dancer. She won the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Glenn Gers
Fracture, Mad Money, Like.Share.Follow.
Emmy winning, professional screenwriter for 25 years. He has worked in an array of genres including courtroom thriller, Fracture (Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling).
Diane Drake
What Women Want,
Only You

Her script, Only You (Robert Downey, Jr., Marisa Tomei), sold for one million dollars, and What Women Want is the 2nd highest grossing rom/com of all time.
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YOU are also a Judge!

Prizes + Feedback
Guaranteed feedback by (minimum) five fellow screenwriters. You and all other participants read, give feedback, and judge six other short scripts.
The cash prize pool is split among the winners of each genre.

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Donald H. Hewitt
Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Gods of Mars

Screenwriter and WGA member with 20 years of industry experience. Donald Hewitt teaches advanced screenwriting and core screenwriting classes at USC School of Cinematic Arts, and UCLA. His screenwriting class at UCLA has been rated the “Best in LA” by LA Weekly.

Mr. Hewitt’s feature credits include Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. He has written for Pixar, Working Title, Miramax, New Line, and Disney. Throughout his extensive film career, Mr. Hewitt has had the privilege of working with some of the top producers in the industry, such as: John Lasseter, Peter Chernin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, David Heyman, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Donald Hewitt has also written a mini-series produced by and set to star Sir Ben Kingsley, and is currently writing the upcoming Sci-Fi feature Gods of Mars.
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