Phase 1: The Pitch
Whether you have a completed script or simply a great idea for a movie, we want to hear about it. It all starts with the pitch. We're seeking a synopsis of your film idea. A good synopsis is a short summary of your screenplay. It includes your main characters and what they go through during the story, focusing on conflict and resolution. In addition to the synopsis, you must submit 5 - 10 pages of the script. It can be any part of the script, but something that will give the judges a good sense of your writing.
The synopsis and script pages will be evaluated on the following:
- Creativity and Story (45%)
- Produce-ability (35%)
- Adherence to Guidelines (20%)
What do we mean by Produce-ability? If you've got a great script but it can only be done for $5M, it will not score well in produce-ability. If the subject or genre of your film is too limited in its appeal, your submission will not score well in produce-ability. Remember - our goal is to get the script made into a film.
- Genre: Drama
- Maximum number of lead characters: 3
- Language: English
- Approximately $100,000 - $200,000 USD Production Budget
- Must be able to be shot in Europe with a crew of 48 alumni
- Strong preference to the classic 3-Act movie structure
Phase 2: The Script
Our judges will rate the submissions on the above criteria, selecting 3 - 5 finalists. The finalists will be tasked with completing a feature length script - 80-100 pages. Over the course of three months, 48HFP producing partners and industry experts will provide feedback and guidance in developing the script. Each of the finalists who submits a completed screenplay will receive a share of the prize pool - $1500 this year.
Note: Writers retain full ownership rights to their scripts.
Phase 3: The Review
Our judges will review the completed screenplay to select a winner based on the same criteria.
The winner will receive two free passes to Filmapalooza 2020 for presentation of Best Feature Script Award. The script will receive a partial table read at Filmapalooza. The script will be shared with successful feature film producers, with the goal being to get the script turned into a feature.
Ready to Enter?
Who is eligible? Anyone who has participated in making a 48 Hour film.
Deadline: June 15, 2019
Here's how to enter:
- Review How It Works
- Read the Rules and Submission Guidelines
- Submit Your Entry:
- Enter your information in the Registration Form
- Upload your synopsis and 5 - 10 page of your script
- Pay the $15 registration fee
Note: Finalists will be notified by July 15, 2019.