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The Chicago Screenplay Awards welcomes screenplays of all genres and formats! The jury is stacked with some amazing working professionals, Producer, Directors, and Literary Agents such as:

Chris Abernathy Producer

Abernathy has produced films such as the James Franco’s adaptation “Actors Anonymous”, starring Academy Award nominees Franco and Eric Roberts. Other films include “No Running,” “Deep Murder,” “Bullitt County,” “Monster Party,” “Papi Chulo,” “Phobias, Rise,” “Witch Hunt” and most recently “Offseason.”

Christina JobeProducer/Director

A well-rounded filmmaker and indie film enthusiast, Christina is both a creative producer and director with a slate of work in both the feature film and television space. Her most recent feature credits include “The Outdoorsman” starring Spencer Grammer, “California Dreams,” and “The Odd Essay.”

Stefan HoganLiterary Agent (OAZ)

Stefan Hogan is a Literary Agent at Oscars Abrams Zimel (OAZ). His clients’ work has been profiled at some of the most prestigious film festivals worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Festival du Cannes, and Whistler Film Festival (WIFF), just to name a few.

Yangzom BrauenDirector

A rising star and true filmmaking talent hailing all the way from Switzerland, her resume includes documentary, feature, and television credits in both foreign and domestic markets. Her most recent work can be seen on network television, directing multiple episodes of CBS’s “NCIS: LA” and “Hawaii 5-o.”

Nick ZuvicProducer

A veteran of the industry, Nick has experience in all angles of production. His resume includes dozens of feature films, including Grow House starring Snoop Dogg. Other notable mentions include the feature films: Threshold, Spin, Payback, Heart of Stone, Teenage Cocktail, and Heist.

Jo HenriquezProducer

Jo Henriquez is an Aruban-born Producer, based in Los Angeles. He has produced projects such as Scroll Wheel of Time, The Thinning: New World Order, All About Nina, He Matado a mi Marido and Bad Match. Jo has an MFA from the American Film Institute, and a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Nony GeffenProduce

Nony is an Israeli born, award winning writer and director. His two highly acclaimed feature films, “Everything is Broken and Dances” and “Not in Tel Aviv” have attended festivals worldwide, including the AFI Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, and have won the Jury Prize (Silver Leopard) at Locarno Festival (2012).

Early - March 26, 2020
Regular - April 16, 2020
Late - May 7, 2020
Final - May 28, 2020
Results Announced: June 28, 2020
EarlyRegularLast MinuteFinal
Feature$45$49$55$59
TV$39$45$49$55
Short$35$39$45$49
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The Screenplay Awards Network invites various writers, agents, producers, and actors to be part of the jury every season. No two seasons are ever the same. All scripts are judged based on the following: concept, story, character, dialogue, marketability, structure, and clarity. Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, Finalists, and Winners will be notified by email. Announcements will be made within 30 days following final submission deadline. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.

  • Material must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file. The File must not be encrypted or password protected.
  • Screenplay submissions wanted! There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you may resubmit one project. Each draft of the project will stand alone and not replace the previous draft. Only the highest scoring draft will move forward into the elimination rounds of the competition (quarter finals, semi-finals, etc).
  • All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original to the writer.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the writer submitting the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money, with no direction from Screenplay Awards Network administrators, staff, or judges.
  • All copyright, ownership and derivative rights to the material submitted to any Screenplay Awards Network competition remains with the original rights holders and/or author.
  • All writers, without regard to age, gender, country of origin, native language, or sexual preference are eligible.
  • The material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible.
  • The material submitted must not be optioned or produced.
  • Script must be written in industry standard screenplay format.
  • Feature scripts should not exceed 140 pages.
  • TV Pilots should not exceed 75 pages
  • Short scripts should not exceed 30 pages.

 

COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP

Neither Screenplay Awards Network nor any other partner, employee or agent associated with these awards claims any ownership in or first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to us. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.

PUBLICITY

Except where prohibited by law, submission of written materials constitutes each entrant’s consent to Screenplay Awards Network and its agents’ and sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. This includes audio-visual information pertaining to the in-house development, analysis, and coverage in relation to writer’s submitted works. All uses of any entrants’ information will at all times be in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

REFUND POLICY

All fees submitted are non-refundable.

SUBMISSION CONDITIONS AND RELEASE

BY SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless Screenplay Awards Network, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, screenplay analysts, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting your submission of material, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s submission of materials and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Screenplay Awards Network and its sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of Screenplay Awards Network and their immediate families are ineligible to submit materials. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided submission fees will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.

 

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