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"THE FEATURE FILM"

Similar to both "The 48hr" and "Short Script" challenges, the format remains the same. Each writer will have the same twenty four days to create an original screenplay, feature length (up to 130 pages max). Using the challenge parameters below, writers will be judged on how well they are able to create rich, full stories, whilst using the assigned criteria in the most innovative and creative ways possible.

CHALLENGE

Create an original feature screenplay within 24 days, 130 pages max.

A genre, location and object will be assigned.

 

From a grizzly and terrifying Halloween Horror flick to the action packed, Summer Blockbuster. An outrageous side splitting Comedy to the family Christmas special or perhaps a date night favorite, the Romantic Drama. A love story set during the Gilded Age, so powerful it leaves not one dry eye in the house. The crown jewel of Hollywood, known simply as "The Feature Film".

These immensely powerful works of art, convey and draw out such raw emotion, every day millions of people bombarde their local cinema, theater and movie house. We huddle up with loved ones on the living room couch or hibernate in ones basement or bedroom, curtains drawn, popcorn at the ready to binge stream on one of our many favorite devices. All to share in the same experience, in hopes to be taken on a fantastic, wild ride, to escape from the mundane and ordinary routine of life, if only for a short while. 

The top 3 winning writers will not only win thousands in cash prizes, but automatically entered to compete for the Grand Prize. The opportunity for The Hollywood Film Institute to bring your winning material to life. Win the Grand Prize and the HFI will fully fund, produce and film your winning script!

Happy writing fellow wordsmiths and good luck!

*Top three writers from each challenge will automatically be entered into the competition to compete for the GRAND PRIZE, free of charge, subject to a later date.
*The top three writers will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize Competition, subject to a later date.

 

DEC 11th

Challenge Begins

 

 

 

JAN 1st

Challenge Ends

 

 

OCT 1st

 

Challenge Open

NOV 1st

Early Submission Deadline

DEC 4th

Final Submission Deadline

JAN 15th

WINNERS

announced

WINNERS

WINNERS

$6000
CASH
1st PLACE
1st PLACE
$4000
CASH
2nd PLACE
2nd PLACE
$3000
CASH
3rd PLACE
3rd PLACE
*Top three writers from each challenge will automatically be entered into the competition to compete for the GRAND PRIZE, free of charge, subject to a later date.
 

THE FEATURE FILM

COMPETITION RULES & GUIDELINES

Genre, Location and Object Assignments

Writers are encouraged to interpret given assignments in a unique and creative way, ultimately making it their own. However, submissions that are completely off assignment will be disqualified.

GENRE:

Incorporating other genres along with the assigned genre is acceptable, as long as the assigned genre is obviously predominant. If the assigned genre is not obvious and judges have to ask the question, is it one or the other. Then you have not followed guidelines and your script will be disqualified.

For example: If your assigned genre is a Western and you submit a screenplay that reads as Science Fiction, your screenplay will be disqualified. However, if your assigned genre is a Western and you submit a script that is undoubtably a Western and have incorporated elements of Science Fiction. That is acceptable. 

A list of genres and their definitions can be found on the FAQ page.

LOCATION:

Like genre, the location assigned must be predominant. You may use other locations as long as the assigned location is predominant throughout.

 

OBJECT:

The object assigned must be physically tangible at some point during your screenplay. Your imagination and creativity of how you use the object assigned to help tell your story, directly correlates on how well your screenplay will be scored.

If the assigned object is "a duck", naming a character, "Duck" or the title of a book or just mentioning the word "duck" will not be acceptable. Your screenplay won't necessarily be disqualified, however judges will definitely take the lack of following the object assignments into consideration when scoring your screenplay. 

For Example:

You must have an actual duck appear at some point during your script. Whether it be alive, running around living its best life. Stuffed, collecting dust on the mantle above a fire place or cooked, ready to eat during a family lunch. The choice is ultimately yours but the actual object must be used. 

Always refer to the Rules & Eligibility and FAQ pages. Most, if not all questions can be answered on our FAQ page. If that fails, use common sense and your best judgment when writing your story. Any further questions, please Contact Us, using the message box at the bottom of this page.

Submissions, Deadlines and Fees


SUBMISSIONS:

All challenge accepted links above will guide you through a simple payment process. Once processed you shall receive a confirmation email along with information and instructions regarding your chosen challenge and the upload process. All screenplays must be uploaded in .PDF form only (Adobe Acrobat). The upload process is simple and may take you only a few minutes however, please make sure to give yourselves ample time. DO NOT wait until the final minute before the submission deadline to upload your script. Cut off times are final, no exceptions will be made.

 

DEADLINES:

Feature Film Challenge opens for submission: Oct 1st.

Early submissions deadline: Nov 1st.

Final submission deadline: Dec 4th

Challenge Begins: Dec 11th

Challenge Ends: Jan 1st

Submissions cut off time: 8:59pmPST - 11:59pm EST.

 

FEES:

Early submission fee: $59
Regular submission fee: $79

Reminders

  • Challenge - script must be no longer than 130 pages.

  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF only.

  • All material must be in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only.

  • Submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission.

  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines.

  • All entries are final and fees, non-refundable.

  • Early submission deadline is Nov 1st.

  • Early submission fee: $59.

  • Final submission deadline is Dec 4th.

  • Entry fee after early submission: $79.

  • All submitted material must be original.

  • Material submitted must be in English.

  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible

  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

  • Submitted material rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

 

Best of luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing some amazing screenplays!

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