Regular Deadline: December 18th
What is the best way to make your feature or pilot screenplay stand out?
You have a great script, but that’s not enough. A-list producers don’t have time to read everything that lands on their desks, but a professionally produced 3-5 minute sizzle will get their attention. A visual proof of concept or sizzle reel, produced from your feature or pilot, elevates you above the competition. You don’t need to be a director, just submit your best script to win. Our seasoned mentors and production team are ready to Shoot Your Sizzle!
Why Shoot a Sizzle or Proof of Concept?
Finding Distance by Jodi Levitan (2017 Winner)
The Shoot Your Sizzle Experience
- You submit your TV Pilots or Full-Length Features, and our vetted team of experts will select a Grand Prize Winning script.
- As the Grand Prize Winner, you’ll receive $25,000 in Cash, Production and Post-Production Services, Professional Consulting and more to produce your sizzle, scene or short.
- Our mentors will support you along the way and secure a director if needed.
- When completed, you will have an excellent calling card that the ISA Development team will champion alongside your script to companies like Eclectic Pictures, ICM, Bohemia Group Originals and more.
- Open to screenwriters of all levels! You don’t need to be a filmmaker to apply, you just need a great TV Pilot or Feature script.
Deadlines and Fees
Early Deadline: Nov 1st – $35
Regular Deadline: Dec 18th – $45
Final Deadline: Feb 28th – $65
Semi-Finalists (Top 100): April 18th
Grand Prize: May 9th
“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)
Mentoring from Production Consultants
$5,000 in Cash
ISA Development Slate Invitation
Gorilla Scheduling & Budgeting Combo Pack
StoryO 2 Story Outline Software ($80 Value)
One Year of Scriptation Pro
Scriptation is the industry-leading script reading and annotation app, which automatically transfers users’ notes into new script revisions. Trusted by shows such as The Walking Dead, Westworld, and Stranger Things, Scriptation offers a full set of annotation tools, which make the production process easier and more efficient.
ISA Development Slate Consideration
12 Month ISAConnect Membership
Everyone Who Enters Receives
Live Webinar: How to Win Contests and Influence Producers with WGA Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger ($150 Value)
The webinar will be held in April, 2019.
First Time Filmmaker?
Our Consulting Producers will guide you through the process.
Felicity Wren – Consulting Producer:
Felicity Wren is the Development Director at the ISA. Originally from London, she studied all areas of performance: writing, directing, acting technique, and script analysis for her Honors Degree, then finished her education with a Masters in Drama from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She formed her own Production Company: Unrestricted View in 1999, concentrating on theatre, new writing and comedy at their performance venue – The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011, she has continued acting, writing and producing, winning three performance awards in 2016, and producing nine film projects to date. She now devotes a lot of her time to the co-creation and management of the ISA Development Slate, working directly with the Slate Writers, and ISA Contest Winners, ensuring their projects get in front of eminent producers, managers and agents in Hollywood.
Craig James – Consulting Producer:
Craig James is a writer, director and producer whose film projects have won numerous awards. Karma Cafe and Contract Killers placed in multiple film festivals and helped him land a manager in Los Angeles. His pilot Wrigleyville, which he created and co-wrote was hip-pocketed by a major agency in LA after placing at ITVFest. Unfortunately, the writers’ strike of 2007 interfered leaving him without a production deal but fortuitously pushed him to found the International Screenwriters’ Association. The ISA provides both enthusiast and professional writers the opportunity to advance their careers and improve their craft. Craig is passionate to see the ISA and its members propel their careers by opening doors with new and exciting opportunities brought on by the ISA’s incredibly devoted team.
Molly Kasch – Consulting Producer:
Molly is an award-winning producer who has worked in television and film for over a decade. Molly’s most recent project, Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America, a feature documentary narrated by Katey Sagal, premiered at the Newport Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. It continued on a successful festival run and is used in education programs. Molly also produced a short film from the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, The Death of Toys starring Disney channel’s Kim Rhodes, which premiered at the Anchorage Film Festival. Molly’s award-winning shorts The Burger and The Right Turn now have international distribution. Molly’s passion for independent film and dedication to examining pertinent issues through media makes her a part of a generation of trail blazers making a difference.
Scott Markus – Line producer:
Scott Markus has worked in film/TV/video since he started up his own production company at age 16. He has gone on to work in production in various aspects on some of the largest productions, from Lost and Prison Break to Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Dark Knight. He currently works as a camera operator and film editor in Los Angeles while also working at the International Screenwriters’ Association.