Win Over $30,000 in Funds, Equipment and Services to Shoot Your Sizzle Reel for your Feature or Pilot Script

You don’t need to be a filmmaker to apply, you just need a great script. We’ll help with the rest!

Grand Prize Winner Announced

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The International Screenwriters’ Association is proud to bring you the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Screenplay Competition. Not only does this contest catapult you right onto the ISA Development Slate, but you’ll receive the funds, equipment and the support you need to shoot a proof of concept, otherwise known as a sizzle reel.

How can you stand out from other screenwriters?  A script is no longer enough. Time is limited, so producers want a shortcut to understanding your Feature or TV Pilot idea. The Shoot Your Sizzle winner will get professional guidance to produce a proof of concept for your screenplay just like Oscar Nominated Writer/Director of La La Land, Damien Chazelle did with his first film, Whiplash.

“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 $30,000 in Funds, Production and Post-Production Services, Professional Consulting and more to produce your Feature or TV Pilot sizzle. 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.

You don’t need to be a filmmaker to apply, you just need a great Feature or Pilot script. We’ll help with the rest.


Grand Prize Winner Receives


Funding to
Shoot Your Sizzle
$5,000 Cash


Production &
Post Production Services
$18,000 Value


Mentoring From
Consultant Producers
$7,500 Value


Invitation onto the
ISA Development Slate
$ 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)

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