Million Dollar Screenplay Competition Unveiled

The grand prize winner will have his or her screenplay produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1 million, producers Jason Shuman and Zachary Green announced.
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College students, start hitting the keyboard.

Producers Jason Shuman (Rebel in the Rye, Lone Survivor) and Zachary Green have established The Launch, a Million Dollar Screenplay Competition, which is aimed at college and university students with the goal of finding a new generation of screenwriters.

The fellowship, announced by the producers on Wednesday, will award $100,000 in education grants to eight finalists, with the grand prize winner having his or her screenplay produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1 million.

The competition is open to students around the world who are enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college/university or graduate program.

The program will begin accepting submissions March 1 and run until May 31, and the winners will be announced in August. The producers said they are “looking for screenplays with great stories, original voices and honest emotion in any genre.”

The judges, which act as The Launch’s board of advisors, include casting director Barbara Fiorentino, screenwriter Eduardo Cisneros, APA agent Chris Ridenhour, educator Madeleine Sherak, Valor Entertainment manager Carlos Bobadilla and actress Caitlin Mehner, among additional industry experts.

Script software company ScreenCraft is a presenting sponsor. 

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