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.
Enter your feature script or television script in one (or more!) of the following genres and formats:
The Big Break experience was so much more than a contest. Yes, the prizes are amazing, but the experience trumps it by far. The introductions, the meetings, the conversations, and the programs they enroll you in, are all amazing. I have been in the industry on the acting side for years and I have never come across a program that is so involved and nurturing of potential careers. They want nothing more than for you to succeed and to continue to succeed for many years to come. If the Big Break contest can't jumpstart our career, I really don't know what can.
I entered the Big Break contest hoping to give my writing career a shot of adrenalin. I got that and more, WAY more. In the week since winning the grand prize, I’ve already made valuable new connections, secured new management, and gained a whole new outlook on my career. In a business where doors are notoriously hard to open, Big Break can be an amazing key to unlocking them.
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
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 has signed with Mitch Solomon at Magnet Management and now works as a staff writer on NBC's Blindspot.
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 have signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Kenny Kyle signed with Madhouse and CAA and joined the writers room of Hawaii Five–0.