The 2016 Big Break Semifinalists are here!

We are proud to announce the Big Break Semifinalists! With a record number of submissions, this year has been the most competitive year of the contest yet, making it even harder to choose our Semifinalists. Congratulations to everyone who wowed us with their stories, characters and writing technique. Check out the full list of Semifinalists here!

We will announce the Top 10 scripts in each genre this November.

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Eleven winners will share cash, prizes, and The New York Film Academy Writing Fellowship with a total value over $80,000. Plus, one TV winner and one Feature winner will be awarded Grand Prizes and will be flown to Los Angeles to meet with managers, producers and executives.

11 Feature & TV Awards

Enter your feature script or television script in one (or more!) of the following genres and formats:

Feature Genres

  • Action / Adventure
  • Comedy / Rom-Com
  • Drama
  • Family / Animated
  • Period / Historical / War
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Thriller / Horror

TV Formats

  • Half-Hour Spec
  • Half-Hour Pilot
  • Hour-Long Spec
  • Hour-Long Pilot
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Enter your feature screenplay or TV script by July 15, 2016 for your chance to win up to $80,000 in cash and prizes, including the Final Draft/The New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television

  • $40  
  • $50  
  • $65  


In recent years, over 50 Big Break semi-finalists, finalists, and winners have been signed to professional representation. Many have had scripts optioned, sold, and produced. Others have found full-time work in television.

Eric Buchman

2015 TV Grand Prize Winner

Eric Buchman has signed with Mitch Solomon at Magnet Management and now works as a staff writer on NBC's Blindspot.

Chad Rhiness

2014 Feature Film Grand Prize Winner

Chad spent 2015 writing, directing and producing his new feature film Something Fun which is currently in post production and heading for the festival circuit. He is represented by Jon Karas of Infinity Management.

G.W. Freund & Daniel Bonjour

2015 Feature Film Grand Prize Winners

G.W. Freund & Daniel Bonjour have signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Kenny Kyle

2013 TV Grand-Prize Winner

Kenny Kyle signed with Madhouse and CAA and joined the writers room of Hawaii Five–0.