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. Securing the rights to the source material is the responsibility of the screenwriter. If you feel that the rights are available, you may certainly enter. Regrettably, we cannot offer any advice on whether or not the rights are available. We recommend that you consult an attorney if you plan to pursue the project, as the question regarding rights - even life rights - would eventually come up and need to be addressed prior to anyone's optioning or buying the script.
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- 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?
- Do I retain the rights to my screenplays and teleplays after submitting to the Big Break Contest, whether or not I win?
- I forgot to delete my personal information from the title page. What do I do?
- I accidentally entered twice! What do I do?
- How do I remove my personal information from the title page?
- Can I submit my script via mail?
- How can I be sure my script will not be plagiarized?
- Is it possible to submit an adaptation of a novel that no longer has copyright (author deceased over 100 years ago)?
- Can I submit images, audio, or accompanying documents along with my screenplay or teleplay?
- Can I submit a screenplay or teleplay that was previously under contract but the contract has elapsed?