Are you an aspiring screenwriter?

The LAUNCH Million Dollar Collegiate Screenplay Contest will enable one talented screenwriter to realize their dream by having their screenplay produced as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1,000,000.

  • The LAUNCH is also giving $100,000 in education grants to the Top 8 Finalists to help them with the cost of their education.
  • The Top 3 Finalists will receive and offer of representation from a major talent agency and a management company, to assist in guiding their new career in Hollywood.
  • Every screenplay submitted will receive one page of professional feedback included with their submission fee, as well as a code for 70% off the annual subscription to the Save the Cat 4.0 story structure software.
  • You MUST be enrolled in a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate program to apply.
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DEADLINES & PRICING

Submissions Open: February 1st 2019

Early Submission: February 1-28, 2019 – $20 USD
Regular Submission: March 1-31, 2019 – $30 USD
Late Submission: April 1-30, 2019 – $40 USD
Submissions Close: April 30, 2019 @ 11:59PM PST

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winner Announced: July 8th, 2019*

Quarter-Finalists: May 20th, 2019*
Semi-Finalists: May 31st, 2019*
Finalists: June 14th, 2019*

(*on or around intended date)
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*You must be currently enrolled in a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate program to be eligible to apply.

The LAUNCH is different than any other screenplay competition

We don’t promise meetings with industry people to pitch your screenplay, we will actually produce your film with a budget of approximately $1 million.  The Top 3 Finalists will get an offer of representation and the Top 8 Finalists will share in $100,000 in educational grants and other prizes. Every screenplay submitted will receive one page of professional feedback included with their submission fee, as well as a code for 70% off the annual subscription to the Save the Cat 4.0 story structure software.  Submissions open on February 1st at 12:00a PST.
The top eight screenplays are carefully chosen and will be announced on or around July 8th, with the Grand Prize winning screenplay entering pre-production shortly after.
POWERED BY COVERFLY

Coverfly seamlessly manages the screenplay submission process, as well as the reading, evaluation and scoring of the screenplays by professional readers who have passed a rigorous vetting to be accepted as a Coverfly reader.

JUDGED BY 5 ATTRIBUTES

1. Story
2. Creativity
3. Character Development
4. Voice Originality
5. Honest Emotion

EVERY SINGLE SCRIPT GETS FEEDBACK

We guarantee that 100% of scripts will receive one full read by a professional reader, evaluation, and scoring. Every screenplay will get one page of feedback which will be delivered after the winners are announced.

IN ADDITION TO THE GRAND PRIZE

The top three finalists will receive an offer of representation at a major talent agency and management company, and the top eight finalists will be awarded a total of $100,000 USD in education grants.

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*You must be currently enrolled in a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate program to be eligible to apply.

2019 Competition Details: Deadlines, Prizes, and How We Judge Your Screenplay

Get all the details on important deadlines and prizes, as well as how screenplays are judged!

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2018 LAUNCH Competition Recap

We are so incredibly proud of the success of the inaugural LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition. We saw hundreds of screenplays entered from 207 schools and 37 countries around the world!

After 4 grueling rounds of reads and scoring, the Judging Panel chose our Top 8 winners, based on the story, the creativity found within the screenplay, character development, voice originality, and honest emotion. We were so moved reading the screenplays and brimming with excitement to start pre-production on Stanley Kalu’s Grand Prize winning screenplay, “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson”.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that a lot of questions come with entering a contest. When is the deadline? Is there a length or genre requirement? What about formatting? Click here to find all the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

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Behind The Scenes: The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

Check out this gallery of Behind The Scenes photos from the set of Stanley Kalu’s Grand Prize winning screenplay The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, featuring Steven Silver (Thirteen Reasons Why), Spencer Neville (Ozark), and Nicola Peltz (Transformers).

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