1. We Shoot the Winner! accepts feature length screenplays or ideas for feature length screenplays from any live-action genre (sorry, we cannot consider animated works at this time). All entries must be accompanied by a completed and signed entry form and an appropriate entry fee.
2. Entries to the We Shoot the Winner! contest can be submitted as either completed scripts (“screenplays”) or “ideas” in the form of a treatment, a synopsis, or one-to three sentence story idea (known in the film industry as a ‘logline’).
3. Each entry fee will entitle the contestant to TWO entries in the form of ONE completed screenplay and ONE idea entry. The screenplay and idea submissions may be the same story, or two different stories. Contestants may elect to submit a second idea entry in lieu of a completed screenplay. Contestants may not submit two separate screenplays without submitting an additional fee.
4. You may enter more than one screenplay, but you must submit a separate entry/release form and entry fee with each submission. Each additional registration fee paid for script submission entitles the contestant to an accompanying idea submission.
5. All submissions are required to follow the submission guidelines in order to be considered. Entries that fail to follow competition rules and guidelines will be disqualified. There will be no refunds for entries that do not comply with competition rules and guidelines.
6. All submissions are final and no substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for entries will be accepted under any circumstances. Updated drafts may be submitted as separate entries and are subject to all of the same submission requirements and fees as any other entry.
7. Co-authorship is acceptable, but each author must sign the release on the entry form. Entries submitted with incomplete releases cannot be considered. Both entries submitted under a particular Order ID/registration fee must be attributed to the same single author or set of co-authors, no exceptions.
8. Screenplays should not have been produced nor optioned. Screenplays that are currently optioned or have negotiations pending and/or are sold before the We Shoot the Winner! Contest ends are not eligible for competition.
9. Screenplays must be the original work of the author. No adaptations of other written work will be accepted unless the writer can demonstrate ownership of the rights to the original material. If based on another person’s life story, a statement attesting to the rights obtained must be attached. There must be no dispute about the ownership of submitted screenplays or the writer’s right to submit a screenplay.
10. It is the responsibility of the screenwriter(s) to ensure that their work is protected. It is highly recommended that you copyright your screenplay with the Library of Congress or register with the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
11. We Shoot The Winner! reserves the right to extend the final deadline for submissions, though an extended deadline is not guaranteed. All entries must be submitted by the final deadline to be accepted, no exceptions. Failure to meet the deadline will not result in a refund of the registration fee.
12. Finalists and winners will be determined by professionals in the film industry. All entries will have an equal chance to win, based on quality, “makeability” and commercial and critical potential in the eyes of the judges. Judges’ decisions are final and unfortunately we are unable provide individual feedback. Finalists and winners will be notified by email and the results will be posted on our website within 6 weeks of the final submission deadline.
13. By accepting the grand prize, you grant the producers of We Shoot the Winner! full rights to produce a feature film from your screenplay or a screenplay based on your idea.
Participation in the We Shoot the Winner! Contest implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in the entry form.
As author(s) of the submitted material, my/our signature below attests to the following:
1. All information I/we have entered herein is accurate.
2. The submission material is my/our original work, with all rights to said work held by me/us.
3. I/we will indemnify We Shoot the Winner! and hold them harmless and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted to the We Shoot the Winner! Contest or on any screenplay developed out of such stories.
4. I/we have read, understood and complied with all guidelines and rules herein, and understand that failure to do so may result in disqualification without entitlement to refund of registration fees.
5. I/we understand that individual feedback is not provided.
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