CYCLE 2012 RULES
The Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition is open to all people 18 years of age and older. Individuals who have earned the sum of $15,000 or more writing screenplays or teleplays are not eligible to enter.
For your protection and ours, all scripts must be registered with the Writers Guild (wga.org) the U.S. Copyright Office (copyright.gov) or a similar entity. For entrants from foreign countries, it is permissible to have your script registered with the respective copyright office in your country.
Screenplay submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s). Adaptations and material based in any way on other media for which the author does not have the rights will be disqualified. Adaptations of works in the public domain are accepted.
Screenplays must not have been previously sold or produced in any form and must not be currently under an option contract. In the event the script is produced, optioned or sold after being entered, the author(s) must notify us IMMEDIATELY.
All scripts must be written in standard 12 point font. Scripts with smaller fonts which go over their respective category's page limit may be disqualified. This is particularly true for Super Shorts which are strictly limited to five pages, not including the title page.
Scripts based on a true story, historical or contemporary, should be annotated on the title page.
For ease of anonymous judging, you may omit the title page. See our FAQ page for details.
All scripts must be in English.
Pages must be numbered, not including the title page.
Script length must adhere to the following guidelines:
Super Shorts 1-5 pages
Shorts 6-30 pages
Features 80-145 pages
All feature winners will receive a detailed coverage report with suggested revisions. Such revisions must be reviewed by each winner before The Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition can effectively promote their scripts. The revisions required may include correction of typos, grammar and formatting. Failure to perform such revisions may result in disqualification or non-promotion of a winning script. There may also be suggestions on improving marketability and/or story, which the writer can choose whether to employ. If the writer chooses not to make the some of the latter suggested revisions, it may limit the amount of promotion that script receives.
Screenplays will not be returned. Please ensure you keep a copy. The Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition is not responsible for late or lost submissions.
All submissions receive complimentary feedback. To receive feedback, it must be requested at the end of the competition. Instructions are provided at the close of the competition.
Multiple scripts may be entered but each script must have its own entry form and entry fee.
Substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.
Prizes are subject to change without notice.
Screenplays are evaluated based on criteria including, but not limited to:story, structure, opening, dialogue, character, ending, concept and marketability. All shorts are read in their entirety. During the first round of judging, feature scripts are judged solely on the first twenty pages (see our FAQ page for reasoning). If a feature progresses to the final round of judging, the entire feature script is read and evaluated.
Each script is read by a minimum of two judges.
Feature finalists from each genre will be in consideration for the top four placements (1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Artistic Vision). Super Short and Short entries are not categorized or judged by genre.
The decisions of the judges are final.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
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