Screenplay Contest

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Break down the walls to industry access for thriller writers

Frozen Ground - Produced by Grindstone Evidence - Produced by Mad Horse Films The Killing Jar - Produced by Morningstar Films Bad Karma - Produced by Zero Gravity

Thrillers have always been a mainstay of Hollywood releases. We're here to break down the walls between your unique voice and talent... and the industry pros looking for the next great thriller!



Contest Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
  • $300 Cash Prize
  • Full script sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies for consideration
  • Free Inktip Script Listing: A listing of your contest-winning script on InkTip* where hundreds of other producers and reps can find you
RUNNER-UP
  • $100 Cash Prize
  • Logline sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies for a potential read request
UP TO 8 FINALISTS
  • Loglines sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies for a potential read requests



Get considered by Hollywood pros looking for a screenplay like yours!

The thriller genre has been a staple of storytelling since Homer's Odyssey with 20th century filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang shaping the modern thriller subgenres.

A well-written thriller by an unproduced writer is an outstanding vehicle for a writer to showcase a combination of commerciality, unique voice, and a clear understanding of effective feature film narrative. While the industry is flooded with movies based on existing source material, original stories and characters remain dominant in a genre with universally-relatable stakes. Fear and hope. Tension and relief. Suspense and anticipation. These are films written with concepts that instantly capture the imaginations of moviegoers.

And that's who you're ultimately writing for - the moviegoing audience.

At the core of every thriller is primal human emotion. It's in our nature. An innate fascination with mystery and the desire for a surprising yet somehow inevitable ending.

Buried - Contained thriller by Chris SparlingThrillers fall into a wide range of categories - from ransoms and international espionage to psychological mind games and "contained" single-room confinement situations - but one thing remains constant: A strong thriller spec script will demonstrate your mastery of the screenwriting craft.

Prisoners - Thriller by Aaron GuzikowskiAlfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW (1954) inspired an entire bloodline of killer-next-door tales.

More recently, BURIED - from a spec screenplay by Chris Sparling - set a new standard for a contained thriller featuring a solo on-screen performance.

In 2013, Aaron Guzikowski's first spec script sale, PRISONERS, was developed with Madhouse Entertainment and the resulting film garnered box office success and critical acclaim for both its sustained tension and careful treatment of a real contemporary social issue.

So you've written the next great thriller?

Literary Reps and Production Companies

Our contacts at Hollywood literary representation and production companies - actively seeking high quality, original thriller scripts - have agreed to consider our winning script as well as all of the finalists' loglines. Hollywood is waiting in suspense and anticipation to read the best you've got.

Zero Gravity Management Magnet Management

Grindstone Entertainment - Production Company
(A subsidiary of Lionsgate)

Mad Horse Films - Production Company

Morningstar Films - Production Company

Plus: The winner will be awarded a free InkTip Script Listing * so that hundreds of producers and reps can search and find your contest-winning thriller.



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