Rest assured, your script won't be assessed by holiday-job students who haven't studied craft. We interview and train our reading team properly, so they know exactly what to look for.
S&Co's judging principles are straightforward and take concept, plot, story arc, pace and tone, dialogue, characters, stakes, heart and logic into consideration - not forgetting 'voice', and sheer enjoyability.
Scripts should be submitted anonymously via FilmFreeway, without writers' names or contact details on the cover/title page (except your mobile/cell phone number). You may, if you wish, place a logline on the cover, below your script's title.
All SCRIPTWRITERS & CO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL submissions will be judged as follows:
- Every entry will be read and evaluated by two readers, to decide which pieces will progress to the Quarter-Finals in their category.
- Fresh eyes will read and grade Quarter-Finalists' scripts, to decide which will progress to the Semi-Finals.
- All scripts in the Semi-Finals will be read from start to finish by at least two readers, including Zanna Cardash or Alex Hollister.
- The same principles will apply until we have 2-6 Finalists in each category, whose scripts will be read by Zanna Cardash and Alex Hollister.
Jonathan Willis will also judge scripts by all S&CO/POSTERITY AWARD finalists. There will be two S&CO/POSTERITY winners - one for stage, one for screen - and ultimate responsibility for deciding who receives these awards will lie with producer Jonathan Willis.
By entering you confirm that you have read and accept the competition rules.
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