Screenplay contests are one of the best - if not the best - sources of earned income possible.
It’s hard to argue otherwise.
In 2012, for example, the Austin Film Festival’s screenplay and teleplay competition drew over 8,640 entries, at a cost of $30, $40, or $50 per entry. Factoring out running and operating costs for line items like personnel costs, rent, utilities, etc., let’s stick a finger in the wind and assume the festival netted an average $20 per entry. At that rate, Austin would have taken in something close to $173,000.
$173,000! That’s an immense number. Imagine what your organization could do with even a fraction of that amount.
That would be extra funding to pay for those high-profile, pre-release films previously out of your budget. Or the fees for new venues to host more screenings. Or the expenses associated with attracting the industry’s top people to be guests and panelists at your festival. Or the marketing that’ll drive crowds to your event. The possibilities are limitless, and the potential is enormous.
You’ll also be well-positioned to discover the top unheralded writing talent on the market.
Over the past few years, more and more contest winners have had their efforts optioned and even produced.
Wouldn’t you like to be the organization uncovering Hollywood’s next big writer?
With Script House as your partner, accomplishing all of the above is easy. We do all the labor, the back-end grunt work of managing your contest. We take in the entries, review them with our team of sharp and insightful readers, and in a two-stage judging process, select the winners and runners-up.
Already have a team of judges?
No problem; we can whittle the entries down to a manageable set of finalists from which your people can select the victors.
Best of all, outside of a modest – and soon returnable – deposit, this service costs your organization nothing out of pocket.
Our fees are drawn directly from the contestant’s cost of entry. Not only that, you also receive your chunk of the fees directly from the same source, so no need for invoicing. And through your dedicated pages on our advanced online system, you can track your contest’s entries and your organization’s take from them in real time, on a 24-7 basis.
Script House lets you do all this without the expense, effort and resources involved in managing a contest.
We do all the work - and you collect your fees! And very possibly, discover new talent for Hollywood while you’re at it.