The mission of our ‘Screenwriting Competition’ is to celebrate everything about New York! We accomplish this by inviting emerging screenwriters to submit their work so that New York talent, both transplants and locals, will have an opportunity to further their careers by connecting with agents and managers who could represent them to production executives. We believe that there are amazing scripts being written about New York and New Yorkers – wherever they may be – and that these stories will shimmer with excitement and energy when translated into film. Our hope is that talented screenwriters will share their perspectives on New York so that audiences everywhere can experience the magic!
We love New York and we love film! We especially love films that are written by, produced by or starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorkers, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all! We care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.S. and around the world. Our greatest interest is in developing artists. We especially want to introduce them to the various producers and production teams in the ‘Mecca’ we call home.
There are so many great films set in New York and made by New Yorkers. Whether they are studio blockbusters or little Indies, we believe that two paths are never the same and no two stories are alike. It’s our policy to accept scripts from all over the world, not just the US, and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.
Our aim is to open doors for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in all genres, and our city has a long history of producing the most talented writers and filmmakers in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to inspire and support writers at all levels to make great films in, about, or around New York (and no, your entry does not have to be about New York and truth be told you don’t even have to be from New York as long as your film can be shot here, screened here, or captures the essence of New York filmmaking in some way).
Above all, we want to be the catalyst that propels great new talent to the kind of success they deserve so that we can inspire an entire new generation of film makers to tell their stories.
Our aim is to open doors for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world.
"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. " Tom Wolfe
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More great films and filmmakers have come out of New York than any other city in the world and we never know where the next great New York story will come from. So if you’re from here, been here, went to school here, are still here, are on your way, would like to come here, or were simply in a New York State of Mind when you wrote your script, submit your story today. We are passionate about film and want to support you.
1st Place - GRAND PRIZE
Access & Exposure
You will receive a personal introduction to an industry representative of our choice (a lit manager or development executive) who will give you personalized script notes and or career advice as well as recognition as our grand prize winner. We also make at least three other personal introductions for our grand prize winner.
2nd Place GRAND PRIZE
You will be honored as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition and we will make at least two personal introductions to established talent managers and or development executives.
3rd Place GRAND PRIZE
You will be honored as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition and you will be given at least one personal introduction to established talent managers and or development executives.
Every year our winners are introduced to some of New York and Hollywood’s top agents, managers, and producers. Last year's grand prize winner got a one hour script consultation with a producer at Content House and two other personal introductions.
Entrants are strictly prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. Associates, employees, clients, and family members of judges are not eligible to enter.