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WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR.

The Act One Script Competition seeks scripts that exhibit the mastery of craft combined with unparalleled beauty and depth. The winning and finalist scripts will best exemplify the Act One keynotes: Artistry, Professionalism, Meaning and Spirituality.

ARTISTRY

  • Writing communicates a fresh and unique voice
  • Characters are well developed and multi-dimensionaL
  • Plot is clear and offers an appropriate amount of twists, set-ups and payoffs.
  • Writing style is entertaining for the reader.
  • Writing style effectively incorporates literary devices such as imagery, symbolism, theme, and subtext.

PROFESSIONALISM

  • Scripts are properly formatted.
  • Story structure fits the story.
  • Material is producible and suggests an appropriate budget for its scope.

MEANING

  • The content of the story respects the intelligence of the audience and offers it something to chew on.
  • The content points to universal and relatable themes.
  • The content of the story offers truth or insight into the human condition.

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  • Characters exhibit an inner journey as well as exterior.
  • Spiritual content is handled with honesty and integrity.
  • Content points to “something more” happening in the story and suggests spiritual concepts, such as faith, hope, truth, goodness, and purity.


ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Although Act One is a Christian non-profit organization, script submissions do NOT require overtly Christian content, and people of all backgrounds are encouraged to enter. The winner will be selected by a select group of industry professionals, including development executives, writers, agents, and producers.


PRIZES

QUARTER FINALISTS

  • Named on our website
  • Discounted script consultation of choice

SEMI-FINALISTS

  • Named on our website
  • Discounted script consultation of choice

FINALISTS/h4>

  • Named on our website and promotional materials
  • Scripts read by top production companies and agents
  • Free Extensive Script Consultation

WINNER (1 SCRIPT)

  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Named on our website and promotional materials
  • Free Extensive Script Consultation and Phone Conference
  • Script will be read by top production companies and agents