With almost $20,000 in Funds, Equipment and Services to Shoot Your Sizzle Reel


Heat Up Your Career With a Sizzle

How can you stand out from other screenwriters?  Time is limited, so producers want a shortcut to understanding your idea! The Shoot Your Sizzle winner will get professional guidance to produce a proof of concept—or “Sizzle Reel”—for your screenplay just like the Writer/Director of La La Land, Damien Chazelle did with his first film Whiplash, which was Oscar Nominated in 2015.

“I’d written Whiplash as a feature, and that’s what I wanted to do. But, as it turned out, the producers’ idea was a brilliant one. Not only did it arouse interest in the project that hadn’t existed before, it also allowed me to get my feet wet, to fine-tune what I really wanted this movie to be.”  

– Damien Chazelle (Oscar Winning Writer/Director of La La Land, Whiplash)

You’ll receive almost $20,000 in cash and in-kind donations, covering Script Consultations and Development, cinematographer introductions, color correction, editing and more, all under the experienced ISA consulting producers guiding you through the process. When completed, you will have an excellent calling card that the ISA Development team will champion alongside your script to dozens of companies like Eclectic Pictures, ICM, Bohemia Group Originals and more.


Grand Prize Winner Receives


$5,000 in Funding to Shoot Your Sizzle


$7,500 in Post Production Services & Full Edit


$5,000 in Mentoring From Consultant Producers


ISA Development Program Invitation (Priceless)

“Winning the Sizzle Reel contest has been a real game changer for me. I can’t thank Emerging Screenwriters enough for the gigantic leap forward this contest has afforded me. Unlike other contests, where a win brings the hope of producers reading your script, this one gives the winner a concrete tool to sell and promote their story. It’s been an eye opening experience and a real delight to work with such a great and supportive team of professionals!” – Jodi Levitan (Grand Prize Winner 2016)

First Time Filmmaker?

Our Consulting Producers will guide you through the process. 


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