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BREAK THROUGH

BREAK

THROUGH

Where the winning screenplay becomes a major motion picture!

A Nashville Filmmakers Guild initiative

BREAK THROUGH...

... the hype.... the false promises... the gatekeepers... The Break Through Screenplay Competition is the only competition where you have a chance to turn your script into a fully funded motion picture!

MEET THE PRODUCERS

JORDAN KESSLER

The Black Dahlia, Lee Daniel's 'The Butler'
Jordan Kessler has produced 13 feature films in the last six years.  His films have played at festivals around the world and have each received both domestic and international distribution.

DEREK PURVIS

The Kids Are All Right, The Love Guide
Producer, executive producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. In a career spanning two decades, Derek has financed, produced or directed 13 films of various genres.

BOBBY MARKO

Producer, NFG Executive Director
As the head of the Nashville Filmmakers Guild Bobby's experience as a producer and director has garnered him a huge network of key positions and below the line workforce for film projects.

HOW THIS WORKS

SUBMISSION

Finish your script and submit it! Simple, easy, you've probably done this before! We will try to keep the process painless!

ANALYSIS

Your script is read, analyzed, and a report and score is generated. If you are a top 20 finalists you will receive a copy for yourself to keep!

SELECTION

After submission period ends a winning script will be selected to enter development and ultimately production.

SUBMISSION FORM

NOTICE

Open submission begins January 4th 2019.

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

Typical script writing competitions are judged by using a traditional script coverage process which relies heavily on a reader's opinion. The Break Through Screenplay Competition has partnered with American Film Lab, a cutting edge, technology based script analysis company with a proprietary algorithm that mitigates the opinion of an individual reader. This means your work is not only judged by the creative merit but also the market value and business viability... which is essential to making a living as a writer and filmmaker.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The American Film Lab software scores and ranks 78 script elements with an algorithm that analyzes over 3500 points of data to reach an over all Script Score.

Our panel of producers, writers and industry professionals will evaluate the reports based on genre, creative, structure, budget, marketability, viability, and overall score.

Following the final evaluations the top 20 participants will receive their final script analysis reports and a winner, along with runner-ups, will be notified.

The American Film Lab software scores and ranks 78 script elements with an algorithm that analyzes over 3500 points of data to reach an over all Script Score.

Our panel of producers, writers and industry professionals will evaluate the reports based on genre, creative, structure, budget, marketability, viability, and overall score.

Following the final evaluations the top 20 participants will receive their final script analysis reports and a winner, along with runner-ups, will be notified.

I GET MY FILM MADE?

In simple terms... YES!

Many script writing competitions dole out prizes, cash rewards, promises of connecting you with agents and producers that have little or no chance of helping you succeed in your career. The Break Through Screenplay Competition is the first of it's kind to actually help you kickstart your career by giving you an opportunity to experience production as a writer.

Do you have that story?

SPONSORS

Where producers go for scripts and writers.

Give your script the edge!

WINNINGS

GRAND PRIZE

  • The selected winner will have their script made into a film!
  • An invitation to come to Nashville for the announcement ceremonies and $1,000 to cover travel, food and accommodations.
  • A free InkTip Script listing and have a logline of their choice features in InkTip Magazine.

1st through 4th Runner-Ups

  • $500 in prize money
  • A personal story consult by Producer Derek Purvis.

Top 20 Selected

  • Free copy of your AFL Script Analysis report
  • Free Copy of Save The Cat Software
  • Free Copy of the Book "Good In A Room" 

All Submissions

Receive 20% off American Film Lab Script Analysis

 

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The Fine Print

(Terms and Conditions)

Rules

Fees and Deadlines

$69.00 – Nashville Filmmakers Guild Exclusive August 29 - September 30, 2018
$69.00 - Tennessee Residents Exclusive September 30 - October 31, 2018
$79.00 – Early Bird Deadline January 4, February 1, 2019
$99.00 – Regular Deadline February 2, - March 31, 2019

Dates listed above reflect deadlines for electronic submission of scripts. All entries must be electronically submitted by midnight on their respective deadlines. Winning screenplay author(s) will be notified no later than April 30th 2019.

Submissions

  • The Break Through Screenplay Competition only accepts online entry of feature film Screenplays.
  • No printed scripts will be accepted.
  • To enter your script electronically, you must submit your Screenplay in PDF format.
  • All submissions should consist of full-length Screenplays (approximately 80 to 120 pages) in standard industry format for motion picture Screenplays.
  • All submissions must be written in English.
  • If you are using a word processing program that automatically formats Screenplays, such as Final Draft, select the Screenplay or Teleplay format template.
  • All necessary information is captured upon entry of digital submissions, so title pages should be removed or contact information must be deleted from the title page. The title of the script will be provided to the reader as part of the file name and in the judging form.
  • Do NOT include personally identifying information (name, etc.) on ANY page of your script.Entry should consist of a Screenplay or teleplay only. Do not include resumes, pitches, synopses, casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission. Judges will not receive these materials.
  • The Break Through Screenplay Competition reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Multiple Entries

  • Entrants may submit multiple entries. Each submission must include a unique entry and must include a separate PDF file and separate entry fee.

Eligibility

  • The Break Through Screenplay Competition is open to any individual who is 18 years of age or older at the date of entry and has access to the Internet.
  • Employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents (and their immediate families) and household members regardless of where they live, or members of the same households (whether related or not) of Tennessee Film Lab, The Break Through Screenplay Competition, American Film Lab, and their respective divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, The Break Through Screenplay Competition sponsors, and advertising agencies (collectively, the “Competition providers”), are not eligible to participate in the Competition or to win any prize.
  • Screenplays under option at time of submission are not eligible.
  • Adaptations are not eligible unless the source material was written by the screenwriter of the entry in question. Scripts are not eligible if the source material has been sold, produced, or is currently under option to any third party.
  • The Grand Prize winner and category finalists are not eligible to re-enter their winning scripts in future Break Through Screenplay Competition. They are, however, eligible to enter different scripts for consideration.

Co-Writers and Prize Division

  • Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the Competition. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. 
  • All writers’ names should be listed on the online entry. List the writer who will be the primary contact first, and include the address, telephone, and email for that person only. 
  • All writers must authorize submission of the entry. By clicking Submit, all writers authorize the submission.
  • If a Screenplay written by multiple writers is the Grand Prize winner, all Writers listed on the Entry will receive On Screen Credits on a Most Favored Nation with all other writers.
  • Any Cash, merchandize or other services awarded as part of the Grand Prize package, will be divided among the winners at the winners own discretion.

Revisions, Refunds, and Resubmissions

  • In order to run a fair Competition for all entrants, revisions or missing pages will not be accepted under any circumstances once an entry has been received.
  • Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed no refunds will be issued.
  • If the script is rewritten during the entry submission period, the writer(s) may resubmit a script as a new entry for consideration in the Competition. A resubmitted script is treated as a new entry and requires an entry fee.
  • Scripts submitted multiple times, under the same title or using multiple titles will be automatically disqualified.

Ownership and Industry Release

  • Screenplays submitted to The Break Through Screenplay Competition must be either of the following; 
    • 1) the original work of the entrants. (If based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations.) 
    • 2) owned by the entrant through a legally binding rights transfer document (such as an option agreement, or purchase of rights agreement)
  • BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
  • The Break Through Screenplay Competition entrants retain all rights to their Screenplays.
  • By entering The Break Through Screenplay Competition, you represent and affirm that your entry is an original creative work or the work of a third party that you own the rights to in full and that the Screenplay entered does not infringe, misappropriate or violate the copyright, trademark or other intellectual rights of any third party.
  • By entering The Break Through Screenplay Competition, you acknowledge and agree that Employees of The Break Through Screenplay Competition, Tennessee Film Lab, American Film Lab, Nashville Film Guild and the The Break Through Screenplay Competition Judges all receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts, and that your entry, and the ideas and stories embodied in it, may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the Judges.
  • You also agree that you are not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by Employees of The Break Through Screenplay Competition, Tennessee Film Lab, American Film Lab, Nashville Film Guild and the The Break Through Screenplay Competition Judges of any such other material.

General Provisions

  • By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules of the Competition and that you have the authorization to submit this Screenplay to the The Break Through Screenplay Competition. You further agree that your Screenplay is wholly owned by you (and co-author(s)).
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
  • The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless The Break Through Screenplay Competition, Tennessee Film Lab, American Film Lab, Nashville Film Guild and the their employees, contractors, agents and The Break Through Screenplay Competition Judges, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity to the Screenplay entered.