A dramatic way to pitch a feature-length screenplay is to shoot a faux (preproduction) trailer for it. The first step in doing that is to script the trailer. And that’s what this contest is all about.
The Challenge: Write a 3-page (or less) script for a movie trailer that sells your screenplay.
Because the script is for a preproduction trailer, look for inexpensive ways to capture your big ideas and big scenes. Effective faux trailer scripts often rely on voiceover narration (rather than dialogue), text cards, a limited number of actors and locations, and few or no special effects. You can find tips on writing a faux trailer plus sample faux trailer scripts here.
Prizes: All prizes will be awarded. These include:

  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • Four Genre Prizes: $100 each for the best trailer script in categories such as comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, or thriller
  • Script notes for five entries
  • Free copy of Moviemaking Illustrated for all entrants (value $15)

Additional prizes will be announced throughout the contest period.
Criteria: Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality: Does the trailer script pitch an interesting story?
  • Producibility: Would it be possible to shoot the trailer on a modest budget?
  • Persuasiveness: Does the trailer script make the reader want to read the underlying full-length screenplay—and then see the movie!

Deadline: October 30, 2011, 11:59 PM Pacific Coast Time (US)
Entry Fee: $25 (US) payable online via credit card or PayPal

Entry Procedure

Step 1.

Prepare a copy of your trailer script: maximum 3 pages + title page. The title page must include the following information:

  • Title of your script
  • Genre of your script (comedy, drama, horror, sci fi, thriller, etc.)
  • The first and last names of the writer or cowriters
  • Email address
  • Physical address: street, city, state (province), country, postal code
  • Telephone number
  • Guardian’s name and phone number/email if you are under the age for making a legal contract (18 in most U.S. states)
  • Logline describing your story in 25 words or less
  • Number of pages of the full-length screenplay represented by your trailer script.

Step 2.

Save your script as a PDF or as a Word document.

Step 3.


Submit Your Payment

Or Submit Your Promo Code

Step 4.

Complete Your Submission
After you complete your payment you will be directed to a submission URL. Fill out this form and your entry will be finalized.