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Submissions for The LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay competition have now closed!

thank you to all of those that have entered!  Please check back for announcements on the winners and additional information about The LAUNCH.

 
 
 
 
 
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The LAUNCH: Million Dollar Screenplay competition

The LAUNCH is a Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for college students with the mission to inspire the next generation of great screenwriters. The LAUNCH will enable one talented screenwriter to realize their dream by having their screenplay made by Hollywood producers as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD.

  • The First Place Grand Prize winner will have their film produced as feature film with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD.
  • The top three finalists will receive an offer of literary representation at a Hollywood talent agency and management firm.
  • The top eight finalists will be awarded a total of $100,000 USD in education grants and other prizes.
 

Screenplay Judging

The LAUNCH has partnered with ScreenCraft and the industry-leading technology platform Coverfly to seamlessly manage the screenplay submission process, as well as the evaluation and scoring of the screenplays by professional readers.

Screenplays will be judged by scoring on the following attributes: (1) story; (2) creativity ; (3) character development; (4) voice originality; and (5) honest emotion. The judging process will be conducted as follows, with the foregoing criteria applied after each round of reading and evaluation:

  • 100% of scripts receive one (1) full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The top 25% of the total scripts received, based on evaluation and scoring will move to the next round of the competition and will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The top 40% of the scripts based on evaluation and scoring from the previous round will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The top 50% of the scripts based on evaluation and scoring from the previous round will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.

The 25 scripts with the highest scores after the four (4) rounds ofevaluation and scoring will then be evaluated by The LAUNCH’s judging panel, who will select the top eight potential winners, subject to verification of eligibility and required documentation.

 
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Deadlines & Fees

Submission Open: March 1, 2018

$20 USD: Early Submission March 1 through March 31, 2018
$30 USD: Regular Submission April 1 through April 30, 2018
$40 USD: Late Submission May 1 through May 31, 2018

Submissions closed: May 31, 2018 at 11:59pM PST

 

Announcements

Winner Announced: August 1, 2018*

Quarter-Finalists: June 26, 2018*
Semi-Finalists: July 9, 2018*
Finalists: July 17, 2018*

* on or around intended date

Meet The Judges

Jason Shuman

Writer/Producer

Zachary Green

Producer

Barbara Fiorentino

Casting Director

Eduardo Cisneros

Writer/Producer

Ali LeRoi

Writer/Director/Producer

Caitlin Mehner

Actor/Producer

Madeleine Sherak, PhD

Producer/Author/Educator

Christopher Ridenhour

Agent at APA

Carlos Bobadilla

Co-Founding Partner/Principal at Valor Entertainment

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Prizes

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1st place GRAND PRIZE

  • Winning screenplay to be produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD
  • $50,000 Education Grant
  • Representation from a Hollywood Talent Agent and Literary Manager
  • Feedback from the Judging Panel
  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software
  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital
  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for the entertainment industry professionals

2ND PLACE

  • $15,000 Education Grant

  • Representation from a Hollywood Talent Agent and Literary Manager

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals

3RD PLACE

  • $10,000 Education Grant

  • Representation from a Hollywood Talent Agent and Literary Manager

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals

4TH PLACE

  • $7,000 Education Grant

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals


5th Place

  • $6,000 Education Grant

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals

6th place

  • $5,000 Education Grant

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals

7th place

  • $4,000 Education Grant

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals

8th place

  • $3,000 Education Grant

  • Feedback from the Judging Panel

  • One (1) copy of the Final Draft Software

  • One (1) year subscription to Variety Premier Digital

  • One (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals


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Contact us:

General Inquiries

For general inquiries please contact us at the below email address. We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours.

info@launchscreenplay.com

 

Press Inquiries

For press inquiries please contact one of the below emails.

emily.salkin@ddapr.com

haley.hart@ddapr.com

 
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The LAUNCH Screenwriting Fellowship

Official Rules

Thanks for your interest in The LAUNCH Screenwriting Contest (the "Contest"), your chance to use your screenplay writing skills for an opportunity for your screenplay to be produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD! Please read these rules carefully. By entering the Contest, you are acknowledging and representing that you have read and fully understand all of these official rules (the "Rules") and that you agree to all obligations and requirements identified in the Rules.

 

Sponsor

This Contest is sponsored by JRU Studios, LLC ("JRU Studios" or "Sponsor"). 

 

Prizes

There are a total of eight (8) prize packages that will be made available for entrants selected as potential winners that meet all eligibility requirements. After providing all required documentation, eligible entrants finishing in the top eight (8) (each a "Winner") will receive a grant in the identified amount below corresponding to their place in the Contest (each a "Grant") that will be paid by Sponsor to the Winner's educational institution as a payment toward the Winner's tuition. In the event a Winner has graduated, is no longer enrolled in an educational institution, or if the Winner's remaining tuition is already covered by other scholarships, grants, or other payments, the Grant shall be paid as a cash prize amount in the form of a check to the Winner as identified on the submission. Alternatively, and at the Sponsor's option to be exercised in the Sponsor's sole discretion, Sponsor may choose to provide payment as a cash prize in the form of a check to the Winner identified on the submission. Additional prizing details below.

  • 1st Place Grand Prize: $50,000 Grant and the screenplay will be produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD.  Winner(s) will also receive feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129), a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals (ARV $149.99) and representation from a Hollywood Talent Agent and Literary Manager (if the Winner is more than one person, they will be represented as a writing team and not individually).
  • 2nd Place: $15,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129), a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals (ARV $149.99) and representation from a Hollywood Talent Agent and Literary Manager (if the Winner is more than one person, they will be represented as a writing team and not individually).
  • 3rd Place: $10,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129), a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals  (ARV $149.99) and representation from a Hollywood Talent Agent and Literary Manager (if the Winner is more than one person, they will be represented as a writing team and not individually).
  • 4th Place: $7,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129) and a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals  (ARV $149.99).
  • 5th Place: $6,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129) and a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals  (ARV $149.99).
  • 6th Place: $5,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129) and a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals  (ARV $149.99).
  • 7th Place: $4,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129) and a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals  (ARV $149.99).
  • 8th Place: $3,000 Grant, script feedback from the Judging Panel, one (1) copy of the Final Draft Software (ARV $129.99), a one (1) year subscription to Variety's Premier Digital (ARV $129), a one (1) year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals  (ARV $149.99).

 

Eligibility

  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age, as of March 1st, 2018.
  • All participants must be a student and actively enrolled and attending an accredited two-year, four-year university/college or graduate school program anywhere in the world as of March 1st, 2018.  Proof of enrollment must be provided when submitting script(s) and/or upon request by Sponsor (continuing education classes do not count towards eligibility).
  • All participants must not be a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and/or any other writer's guild/union.
  • All participants must not have been paid professionally for their screenwriting services for feature films and/or television.
  • All participants must not be currently represented by a talent agent or manager for their feature film writing services.
  • Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, advertising, promotion or production agencies, Web masters/suppliers (and their IRS dependents, immediate family members (spouse, parents, children, siblings) and individuals residing in their same household, whether or not related) are not eligible to participate.
  • Provided that all other eligibility requirements are met, all persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the screenplay submitted must be in English (occasional scenes with subtitles are acceptable).
  • All participants are responsible for ensuring that their submissions meet the following requirements:
    • All screenplays submitted must be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin utilizing one of the commonly accepted screenwriter software programs and must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
    • The submitted screenplay must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or any option held by, a third party prior to or at the time of submission.
    • Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, sold, licensed or produced as a live stage production, theatrical motion picture, television or online program.
    • Any submitted screenplay that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased after the time of submission is no longer eligible.
    • There is no preference regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
    • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
    • Page limit requirements are between 85 and 130 pages.  Screenplays longer than 130 pages are not eligible.
  • Participant acknowledges that Sponsor and Competition Entities may have motion pictures, television programs, and other creative materials in development or production that include ideas, concepts, plots, characters, settings, and themes similar to Participant's Screenplay and that Participant will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with Sponsor because of any such similarities. Nothing in these Official Rules or related materials shall create an implied or express contract to compensate Participants for their screenplays, except as specifically described in these Official Rules.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • For submissions submitted by a writing team, all members of the team must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the Rules. If any single member is ineligible, the entire writing team is ineligible and the submission is void.

 

Rules

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on the www.launchscreenplay.com website only, between midnight PST on March 1st, 2018 and 11:59 pm PDT on May 31st, 2018.
  • The entry fee for each screenplay is $20 until the early deadline on March 31st, and then $30 until the regular deadline on April 30th, and then $40 until the final deadline on May 31st.
  • There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit. Each screenplay will require its own entry fee.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be owned solely and written only by the individual submitting the screenplay, or only by individuals submitting the screenplay as part of a writing team.
  • Material must be submitted by the writer(s) of the screenplay. Material written by writing teams must, at the time of submission, credit all writers on the title page, providing electronic signatures of all of the writers, and providing the team's election of allocation of percentage of credit that will be used to distribute any prizes among the team members.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a Winner, prizes will be distributed according to the percentages provided by the team in the submission. Each team is responsible for ensuring all team members have agreed to and electronically signed the submission.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or the U.S. Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this Contest remain with the original rights holders, except that in order to be eligible to receive the grand prize, the entrant(s) must assign all ownership rights in the submission to JRU Studios, LLC.
  • Finalists will be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and any other documents that a Sponsor, or any associated entity or agent acting on a Sponsor's behalf, may require before receiving prize.  The Affidavit of Eligibility will require Winners to option for a period of time, or in the case of the grand prize winner, sell and transfer the copyright in the screenplay to Sponsor or a third-party to be selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

 

Screenplay Judging

Screenplays will be judged by scoring on the following attributes: (1) story; (2) creativity ; (3) character development; (4) voice originality; and (5) honest emotion. The judging process will be conducted as follows, with the foregoing criteria applied after each round of reading and evaluation:

  • 100% of scripts receive one (1) full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The top 25% of the total scripts received, based on evaluation and scoring will move to the next round of the competition and will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The top 40% of the scripts based on evaluation and scoring from the previous round will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The top 50% of the scripts based on evaluation and scoring from the previous round will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.
  • The 25 scripts with the highest scores after the four (4) rounds of evaluation and scoring will then be evaluated by The LAUNCH’s judging panel, who will select the top eight potential Winners, subject to verification of eligibility and required documentation.

 

Notification

Entrants selected as potential top 25 finalists will be notified by email in July, 2018 and will be required to submit further information and documentation to assist in the verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of a Sponsor.  Winner announcements are expected to begin in July 2018, but may be delayed in the Sponsor's sole discretion. Possible finalists will be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents requested by or on behalf of a Sponsor before receiving any prize. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) calendar days or a return of notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these Rules at any time.

 

Copyright and Ownership

Sponsor and any other associated entity, employee or agent associated with the Contest claims no ownership to any original screenplay submitted to this Contest unless and until a potential finalist submits the required documentation to be eligible as a finalist, winner, or grand prize winner.

 

Publicity

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Contest constitutes each entrant's consent to the use by Sponsor, or its authorized agents,  of entrants' names, likenesses, image, photographs, voice, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, in perpetuity without further payment, consideration, or prior notice, review, or approval. All uses of an entrants' information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which is available at www.launchscreenplay.com

 

Refund Policy
All entry fees are non-refundable.


Entry Conditions and Release

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE RULES AND CONDITIONS. You hereby release and hold harmless Sponsor, its subsidiaries, parents and affiliated entities, prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest or otherwise associated with the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the "Released Parties") past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons including, but not limited to, invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant's entry or submission, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of any prize; and further indemnify, defend and hold harmless Sponsor and its agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) relating to an entrant's participation in the Contest and/or entrant's use or misuse of any prize. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State, Local, or other law. Voided entries will be refunded. Before any entrant is eligible to become a finalist, Winner, or otherwise receive any prize, the entrant must provide all requested information, documentation, and all signed documents in order to establish eligibility.  Entrants are responsible for any and all tax attributable to prize winnings awarded under the contest.

IN NO EVENT WILL RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF AN ENTRANT'S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR USE OF A PRIZE.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, ALL PRIZES ARE AWARDED "AS IS" AND SPONSOR MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY PRIZE EXCEPT FOR ANY WARRANTY AVAILABLE FROM THE MANUFACTURER OF THE PRIZE. 

SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO EVERY PARTICIPANT. CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

Force Majeure
Sponsor is under no obligation to continue the Contest, distribute any prizes, shall not be deemed to have violated these Rules, and shall not otherwise be liable or responsible to any entrant or other third-party for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of the Rules or Contest when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor.

Sponsor Addresses:
JRU Studios, LLC, located at 7700 East Arapahoe Road Suite 220, Centennial CO  80112.