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Orange arrow Can I submit multiple screenplays and/or teleplays during one contest year?

  Yes, you may enter as many different scripts as you wish. Each script must be submitted as a separate entry.Applies toBig Break...
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Orange arrow Can I submit a screenplay or teleplay that was previously under contract but the contract has elapsed?

  Any script that is currently NOT under option (or contract) is eligible to enter the contest. If a pre-existing option has expired, you are able to enter.Applies toBig Break...
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Orange arrow Would you accept a screenplay that is an adaptation of a published book, where the writer has contractually optioned the movie rights to the book?

  We do accept adaptations, however, the source material must also have been written by the screenwriter of the adaptation. You must also retain the rights to the published book. If you are in compliance with this rule: By entering the Big Break Contest, you represent that your entry is your original...
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Orange arrow Do I need to be a Final Draft user to enter the Big Break Contest?

  No, you do not have to use Final Draft software to enter the Big Break Contest. Complete information on eligibility can be found in the Big break rules on the Big Break product page. In fact, many scripts are submitted in PDF format. The judges have no idea which software generated the script. Ap...
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Orange arrow I don't live in the United States. Can I still enter?

  Yes, we accept entries from every nation and territory in the world. We've received submissions from Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Zimbabwe and China, to name a few. And if you're one of the top three winners, we'll fly you from wherever you live to Los An...
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Orange arrow Do I retain the rights to my screenplays after submitting to the Big Break Contest, whether or not I win?

  Yes, you retain all rights until you choose to sell or option your screenplay and/or teleplay.Applies toBig Break...
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Orange arrow Do you prefer digital or printed scripts?

  We're environmentally conscious and only accept digital scripts. We accept Final Draft (FDX or FDR) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. Applies to Big Break...
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Orange arrow What are the criteria for judging, and which genres are accepted?

  The seven main feature genres for entries are: Action/Adventure - Films with strong action scenes, exotic locales, stories of adventure. Comedy/Rom-Com - Romantic comedies, straight, dark and raunchy comedy, satires, etc. Drama - More serious, realistic scripts exploring dramatic s...
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Orange arrow Who can enter?

  Any rule-abiding writer over the age of 18 whose screenplay or teleplay is not currently optioned. Applies to Big Break...
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Orange arrow Since I shouldn't include my personal information in the body of my script or on the title page, how do I remove or clear the title page?

  To clear the title page: Go to Document > Title Page; Select all the contact information text with Command + A on Mac and Control + A on Windows (you may leave the title itself); Press the Delete key to clear the selected text; Go to File > Close to return to your script. After the s...
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Orange arrow How can I be sure my script will not be plagiarized?

  We recommend that you register your script with the WGA and/or the U.S. Copyright Office. We do not require such registration for entry. We are aware that we instruct you not to include a cover page (so that readers cannot see your name) and that copyright or registration information would normally...
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Orange arrow Can I send my script in Spanish?

  You may enter the contest, but the script must be written in English so that our readers can read it. If a script has other languages in it as part of the plot, simply denote that the line will be spoken in another language using a parenthetical, e.g. (Speaking in Spanish).Applies toBig Break...
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Orange arrow I've written a screenplay based on a true story. May I use real people's names in my Big Break submission?

  We do accept adaptations of true stories, however, you must be sure that the people represented in the script have given you permission to use their names and stories. In order to enter, you must be able to grant the rights to the story you wrote to a producer, should he want to option the script. ...
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Orange arrow Is coverage provided?

  The Big Break is a rewards-based contest and offers cash, prizes and Hollywood meetings for the winner -- no feedback or coverage. If you would like to receive feedback, we offer ScriptXpert Coverage Services. We recommend you use them prior to entering the contest to help identify any possible fl...
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Orange arrow Who will be reading and judging my screenplay?

  Our readers are professional script analysts who carefully evaluate each entry and sign confidentiality agreements to ensure that your work is protected. After screenplays are narrowed to finalists, a panel of notable industry professionals conducts the final judging to determine the winners. These...
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