All screenplays (collectively, “Scripts”) submitted must be in English.
All participants must be 18 years of age or older.
Scripts must not have been optioned or sold prior to December 31st, 2020. Applicants must notify Friendly Reader Productions Screenplay Contest of any changes in status following submission.
Applicants may submit more than one Script. Each entry requires an application, payment, and script.
All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee PER ENTRY.
Only online submissions will be accepted. NO MAIL-IN SCRIPTS will be accepted at this time.
Friendly Reader Productions reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.
Scripts must be between 5-30 pages long.
All genres are accepted.
Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY
Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s). If based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, the applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation or rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE CONTEST, 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.
If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the monetary prize and any reimbursements will be divided equally among them.
If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by Friendly Reader Productions in connection with the dispute.
No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once an entry has been received.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Prizes are based solely on the overall merit of entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.
The Short Screenplay Competition is only open to writers who do not currently earn a living writing for film or television.
Short scripts that have already been produced in any capacity are ineligible.
The Friendly Reader claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission.
ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FORMAT:
Scripts must be in PDF format and under 5MB.
Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page.
The author’s name, contact information, or any other information that may reveal the identity of the writer(s) must not appear anywhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.