2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition

CONTEST CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Competition Dates

Early

ENDS JUNE 17, 2019

$65

Regular

ENDS JULY 15, 2019

$75

Late

ENDS AUGUST 5, 2019

$85

Final

ENDS SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

$95

Announcement Dates

Top 100

JANUARY 16, 2020

Top 75

JANUARY 30, 2020

Top 50

FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Top 25

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Top 10

MARCH 12, 2020

Winners

MARCH 26, 2020

Competition Add Ons

Feedback Notes

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    By selecting the Feedback Notes add-on, you will get an insider look at how your work was read, reviewed and analyzed by our professional readers. With readers for our competition working for several major studios, agencies, management companies and financiers, you will not only receive a high level read just by entering, but now you will have the opportunity to peek behind the curtain to see how your project was reviewed for our competition.
    As an entrant into this competition, for just half the price of our Development Notes option, you will receive 1 to 2 pages of notes, thoughts and analysis from our readers. Use these notes to see why your project advanced, or to learn what kept it from reaching the next stage. Get an idea as to what readers liked, bumped on, or had concerns over as the story progressed. This is a true inside peak into what those reading for the majors really think.
    All Feedback Notes will be returned to each writer via the email address used at time of entry during the week the Top 10 is announced.

    $50

    Mentorship

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      will continue with three new mentors joining in the fun and helping our next wave of writers begin their careers with all of the ammo and answers possible to make their dreams a reality.
      How It Works
      Each of our mentors will select a minimum of one writer/project to mentor from those entries that selected the Mentorship Program add-on while entering. The selected writers will work with their mentors to help develop their projects and their careers, as the mentors help answer questions, give advice and offer thoughts on their work. Every mentor is different, and every mentor’s approach is unique, but each will be asked to read your work (which they will select themselves from the entries), and help guide you and your project towards accomplishing the next steps in your career. Each writer will meet with (or chat on the phone if not local) with their mentor and be introduced upon selection. Mentors will serve as a sounding board for all of those questions we know everyone has when starting something new, but are often afraid to ask. Whether it be questions on writing, reps, pitches or career moves, we want you to be ready and confident to tackle Hollywood.
      To be considered by our mentors your entry must include the Mentorship Program add-on. All scripts entering and selecting the Mentorship Program add-on will be considered by our mentors. You do not need to have made any finalist rounds to be considered for this opportunity, as each project will be reviewed outside of the finalist rounds for consideration. That means that even if you do not make the Top 75, you are still in the running to be selected by our mentors for the Mentorship Program.

      $25

      Guaranteed Signing

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        Our exclusive representation partner(s) will each select a minimum of one writer to represent from those entries that selected the Guaranteed Signing add-on while entering. Reps will work with their selected writer to help not only develop their work, but their careers, as they forge ahead on the first steps in becoming a professional writer. Whether film, television, or other mediums, each company will help guide your career, your work, and your next steps as they showcase and introduce you and your writing to the world.
        How It Works
        To be considered your entry must include the Guaranteed Signing add-on. All scripts entering and selecting the Guaranteed Signing add-on will be considered. You do not need to have made any finalist rounds to be considered for this opportunity, as each project will be reviewed outside of the finalist rounds for consideration. That means that even if you do not make the Top 75, you are still in the running to win the Guaranteed Signing prize.

        $25

        Guaranteed Option

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          Our industry leading partnerships with companies like Michael De Luca Productions, Scott Free Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment, Lee Stobby Entertainment, ESA, and Energy Entertainment, to name a few, give writers even more opportunities to take their writing careers to the next level. Our guaranteed option partner will select a minimum of 1 project from the competition to option with an eye toward developing and producing your work.
          How It Works
          To be considered your entry must include the Guaranteed Option add-on. All scripts entering and selecting the Guaranteed Option add-on will be considered by each company. You do not need to have made any finalist rounds to be considered for this opportunity, as each project will be reviewed outside of the finalist rounds for consideration. That means that even if you do not make any finalist rounds, you are still in the running to win the Guaranteed Option prize.

          $25

          Alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment and Lit Entertainment Group, we are thrilled to announce the Top 50 Finalists for the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

          (As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, regardless of making the Top 50, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners)

          Project

          Writer(s)

          AMERICA’S NEXT ASTRONAUTVittoria Cacciatore
          BASHERTNora Berman
          THE BEAST OF BEDBURGJennifer Grand
          BEVERLY WEST ISN’T DEADCraig Donnelly
          BIG GIRLSJackie Cloud
          BLUE COMEDYVincent Accettola
          BOOSTAndrew Ferguson
          BORDERLANDNathan Wilcoxen
          BRING ME THE HEAD OF COMFY COZY COWCaroline Hoover
          CALL OUTNir Shelter
          CODE 4Jason Michaels
          DEEPFAKEAlex Payne
          THE DEFECTORBrandon King
          THE DESTRUCTION OF SAM PATTERSONFrank Spiro
          THE DEVIL’S SYMPHONYScott Hamilton
          DINOSAUROliver Silver
          THE FIRST TO SPEAKJulie Lynch
          GOING TOGETHERLaurel Nicholson
          GREATChristopher Kahle
          HI, I’M SHERYL CROW AND I WORK AT TARGETAndrew Benedict
          HOLD YOUR BREATHMelina Maraki
          THE HOMESTUDYDerek Nicoletto
          INCARNATEAnnie Lukowski and Bernard Schwartz
          THE IRON HORSE OF LUCY STEELEPaul Zeidman
          KOREMATSU VERSUS UNITED STATESDavid Case
          THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMERChris Dennis
          LEMONBeth Curry
          LIKE GOLD DUSTMartin Bell
          LITTLE BOBRobert Troccolo
          MAD RUSHManfred Lopez Grem
          MAELSTROMChris Dennis
          MAGNIFICENTTravis McDonald
          MARTHAAdi Blotman
          MOB MENTALITYEric Landau
          NO ROOM AT THE INNSean Kirkpatrick
          NOWHERE MENSean Farley
          ON THE CLOCKTorey Sinclair
          REVOLUTIONARY SPYJames Foye
          RIDERNadia Laaveg and Philip Laaveg
          ¿SEGURO?Marisa Hardwicke
          SINS OF MY FATHERJane Therese
          SLATER BERRICKS IS A DEAD MANPaul Ashton
          SPLASHDOWNDon Stroud
          SPROUTElizabeth Hrib
          VANKiki Bowman
          VICTORIA HARBOURMegan Cowley
          WHERE HE BURIED MEJoe Bousquin
          WHITE WEDDINGLina Khan
          WILD IS THE HEARTGabriel Moura
          WONDERFUL WORLDMelissa Kong

          Alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment and Lit Entertainment Group, we are thrilled to announce the Top 75 Finalists for the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

          As we enter our seventh year as a premier hub for new talent discovery in Hollywood, the Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 450 signings, 160 projects set up, 70 writers staffed, 7 bidding wars and 180 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List. This year’s Top 75 promise to add to that growing community of successful Launch Pad alumni.

          Now, without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition Top 75!

          (As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, regardless of making the Top 75, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners)

          Project

          Writer(s)

          A MAN DIESAndrea Jaag
          A SUSPECT IN ARMSSelcen M. Onsan
          ACROSS THE NEON HOURSJ. Malia Miranda
          AMERICA’S NEXT ASTRONAUTVittoria Cacciatore
          BASHERTNora Berman
          THE BEAST OF BEDBURGJennifer Grand
          BEVERLY WEST ISN’T DEADCraig Donnelly
          BIG GIRLSJackie Cloud
          BILLY & THE KIDCaleb Stenzinger
          BLUE COMEDYVincent Accettola
          BOOSTAndrew Ferguson
          BORDERLANDNathan Wilcoxen
          BRING ME THE HEAD OF COMFY COZY COWCaroline Hoover
          CALL OUTNir Shelter
          CODE 4Jason Michaels
          THE DANCERAnokh Singh Dhillon
          DEEPFAKEAlex Payne
          THE DEFECTORBrandon King
          DERBY QUEENWendy Moulton Tate
          THE DESTRUCTION OF SAM PATTERSONFrank Spiro
          THE DEVIL’S SYMPHONYScott Hamilton
          DIGITAL LOVEKevin O’Brien
          DINOSAUROliver Silver
          DO-OVERKaren Hartline
          ELSA MILLER’S MONSTER MANUALBrian Otting
          FIRE PROOF SAFEJules Vincent
          THE FIRST TO SPEAKJulie Lynch
          GOING TOGETHERLaurel Nicholson
          GREATChristopher Kahle
          GRIP TAPELarry Santana
          HI, I’M SHERYL CROW AND I WORK AT TARGETAndrew Benedict
          HOLD YOUR BREATHMelina Maraki
          THE HOMESTUDYDerek Nicoletto
          INCARNATEAnnie Lukowski and Bernard Schwartz
          THE IRON HORSE OF LUCY STEELEPaul Zeidman
          KILL OR CURECharlotte Cameron
          KNOWING ERICMatt Koplik
          KOREMATSU VERSUS UNITED STATESDavid Case
          THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMERChris Dennis
          LEMONBeth Curry
          LEVIATHANGabriel Feinberg
          LIBERTY OR DEATHWhitney Ellis
          THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JACOB WALSTON: AN EPILOGUECerina Aragones
          LIKE GOLD DUSTMartin Bell
          LITTLE BOBRobert Troccolo
          LOVE SICKSherrill Schmidt
          MAD RUSHManfred Lopez Grem
          MAELSTROMChris Dennis
          MAGNIFICENTTravis McDonald
          MARTHAAdi Blotman
          MERITEdward Somers
          MISDIRECTIONCalvin Starnes
          MOB MENTALITYEric Landau
          NO ROOM AT THE INNSean Kirkpatrick
          NOWHERE MENSean Farley
          ON THE CLOCKTorey Sinclair
          REVOLUTIONARY SPYJames Foye
          RIDERNadia Laaveg and Philip Laaveg
          ¿SEGURO?Marisa Hardwicke
          SINS OF MY FATHERJane Therese
          SLATER BERRICKS IS A DEAD MANPaul Ashton
          SPLASHDOWNDon Stroud
          SPROUTElizabeth Hrib
          THE STEERSamantha Silvay
          SURAYA’S WARAndy Patrizio
          THIS OLD MANNicholas Oktaras
          VANKiki Bowman
          VICTORIA HARBOURMegan Cowley
          THE VIEW FROM UP HEREBrandon Feldman
          WARRIORS LIKE USSara Hammel
          WHERE HE BURIED MEJoe Bousquin
          WHITE WEDDINGLina Khan
          WILD IS THE HEARTGabriel Moura
          WONDERFUL WORLDMelissa Kong
          WOUNDED KNEE ’73Richard Keehn

          Alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment and Lit Entertainment Group, we are thrilled to announce the Top 100 Finalists for the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

          As we enter our seventh year as a premier hub for new talent discovery in Hollywood, the Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 450 signings, 160 projects set up, 70 writers staffed, 7 bidding wars and 180 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List. This year’s finalists promise to add to that growing community of successful Launch Pad alumni.

          Now, without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition Top 100!

          (As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, regardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners)

          Project

          Writer(s)

          A GRANITE KISSStephen White
          A MAN DIESAndrea Jaag
          A SUSPECT IN ARMSSelcen M. Onsan
          ACROSS THE NEON HOURSJ. Malia Miranda
          AMERICA’S NEXT ASTRONAUTVittoria Cacciatore
          BASHERTNora Berman
          THE BEAST OF BEDBURGJennifer Grand
          BEVERLY WEST ISN’T DEADCraig Donnelly
          BIG GIRLSJackie Cloud
          BILLY & THE KIDCaleb Stenzinger
          BLUE COMEDYVincent Accettola
          BOOSTAndrew Ferguson
          BORDERLANDNathan Wilcoxen
          BRING ME THE HEAD OF COMFY COZY COWCaroline Hoover
          THE C&OJoseph Enderby
          CALIFORNIAAdam Seidel
          CALL OUTNir Shelter
          CARVEArun Croll
          CODE 4Jason Michaels
          THE DANCERAnokh Singh Dhillon
          DEEPFAKEAlex Payne
          THE DEFECTORBrandon King
          DERBY QUEENWendy Moulton Tate
          THE DESTRUCTION OF SAM PATTERSONFrank Spiro
          THE DEVIL’S SYMPHONYScott Hamilton
          DIGITAL LOVEKevin O’Brien
          DINOSAUROliver Silver
          DO-OVERKaren Hartline
          ELSA MILLER’S MONSTER MANUALBrian Otting
          THE END FIGHTERSRyan LaSalle
          FIRE PROOF SAFEJules Vincent
          THE FIRST TO SPEAKJulie Lynch
          THE GIRL WHO COLLECTED SOUNDSteven Benedict
          GOING TOGETHERLaurel Nicholson
          GREATChristopher Kahle
          GRIP TAPELarry Santana
          THE HAIL MARYGavin John
          THE HAWAIIAN GOOD LUCK SIGNDave Miller
          HI, I’M SHERYL CROW AND I WORK AT TARGETAndrew Benedict
          HOLD YOUR BREATHMelina Maraki
          THE HOMESTUDYDerek Nicoletto
          HOUSE OF THE JAGUARShelley Macbryde
          HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS, HOW EASILY IT CAN BE BROKENAnne Lann
          INCARNATEAnnie Lukowski and Bernard Schwartz
          THE IRON HORSE OF LUCY STEELEPaul Zeidman
          JONNY BLUMark Loughlin
          KILL OR CURECharlotte Cameron
          KNOWING ERICMatt Koplik
          KOREMATSU VERSUS UNITED STATESDavid Case
          THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMERChris Dennis
          LEMONBeth Curry
          LES AQUANAUTSDamian Fitzsimmons
          LEVIATHANGabriel Feinberg
          LIBERTY OR DEATHWhitney Ellis
          THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JACOB WALSTON: AN EPILOGUECerina Aragones
          LIKE GOLD DUSTMartin Bell
          LINEAGEKathy Patterson
          LITTLE BOBRobert Troccolo
          LOST MOUNTAINNathan Wilcoxen
          LOVE SICKSherrill Schmidt
          MAD RUSHManfred Lopez Grem
          MAELSTROMChris Dennis
          MAGNETBill Hanson
          MAGNIFICENTTravis McDonald
          MAIDENS OF BABYLONTony Grady Martin
          MARTHAAdi Blotman
          MERITEdward Somers
          MISDIRECTIONCalvin Starnes
          MOB MENTALITYEric Landau
          NO ROOM AT THE INNSean Kirkpatrick
          NOWHERE MENSean Farley
          ON THE CLOCKTorey Sinclair
          PANGAEARebecca Phelps
          PONY UPGreta Harrison and Matthew C. Vaughan
          PRIVATE LIVESCate Holahan
          THE PROMISEEugene Roginsky
          RESTLESSPatrick Lazzara
          REVOLUTIONARY SPYJames Foye
          RIDERNadia Laaveg and Philip Laaveg
          ¿SEGURO?Marisa Hardwicke
          SINS OF MY FATHERJane Therese
          SLATER BERRICKS IS A DEAD MANPaul Ashton
          SPLASHDOWNDon Stroud
          SPROUTElizabeth Hrib
          STAR DEFENDERSDarius Wadia
          THE STEERSamantha Silvay
          SURAYA’S WARAndy Patrizio
          THIS OLD MANNicholas Oktaras
          THREE HEAVENSAndrew Wankier
          UNIVERSAL INSURANCEJack Lilburn
          VANKiki Bowman
          VICTORIA HARBOURMegan Cowley
          THE VIEW FROM UP HEREBrandon Feldman
          THE Vth COLUMNZahi Farah
          WARRIORS LIKE USSara Hammel
          WHERE HE BURIED MEJoe Bousquin
          WHITE WEDDINGLina Khan
          WILD IS THE HEARTGabriel Moura
          WONDERFUL WORLDMelissa Kong
          WOUNDED KNEE ’73Richard Keehn

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          SUBMISSION PERIOD HAS ENDED

          The competition that has led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other, is back for its seventh year as the premier hub for new talent discovery in Hollywood! The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 450 signings, 164 projects set up, 68 writers staffed, 7 bidding wars, and 156 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List. And this year, we’re not only expanding our 25 industry member judge pool to include studio execs and agency partners, but we’re also excited to have powerhouse producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo Entertainment join us as the Guaranteed Option Partner, Adam Kolbrenner’s Lit Entertainment join us as the Guaranteed Signing Partner, and to welcome new Launch Pad mentors Chad & Carey Hayes (THE CONJURING), David Rabinowitz (BLACKKKLANSMAN) and Surj Das (THE CONFECTION CONNECTION) join us as mentors.

          Over the past seven years, we’ve watched our Launch Pad writers go on to steer blockbuster franchises, Emmy-winning series, craft New York Times Bestsellers, and set up dozens of projects well beyond their original Launch Pad entries. Now, we’re ready to find the next great wave of success stories and help them to shine!

          WHAT MAKES LAUNCH PAD SO SUCCESSFUL?

          We utilize our deep relationships within the industry to feature such prominent judges as Studio Presidents, Agency and Management Company Partners and Production Company Heads. We have also formed exclusive partnerships with such industry luminaries as Ridley Scott, Michael De Luca, Roy Lee, Joel Silver, Jeremy Garelick, Adrian Askarieh, as well as companies Artillery Creative, Bellevue, Echo Lake, Endgame Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, ESA, Fourth Wall Management, Good Fear Film Management, Heroes & Villains, Inkshares, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Oil & Cattle, Paradigm, UTA and WME – all of whom have previously committed to option material or sign writers out of our competitions.

          Additionally, we continually shake up our judging pool, carefully selecting the judges we feel will best represent each competition, all the while ensuring a consistent balance of hot newcomers and seasoned veterans. Not only do we work diligently to ensure our judges make up a creative mix of representatives who can sign writers with executives who can acquire projects, but we also work to include those who’ve had proven success with our Launch Pad writers before.

          A PERSONAL TOUCH

          For most competitions on the market today, whether win or lose, the finish line usually comes with a brief blog post announcing winners on the competition site, immediately followed by a new competition turning on. For us, that is not even close to enough. Our focus has always been on discovery and elevation. We go to great lengths to ensure those who make any finalist rounds with us are given attention far beyond a blog post. We not only advocate for all of our finalists, and work closely with them to fine tune loglines, bios, and additional works, but we also feature all of our finalists in our highly regarded Launch Pad Alum Booklets, our “Best Scripts of the Year” lists, our industry released Announcements, and we also include them in the end of year Spec Book, Hit List and Young & Hungry List.

          Additionally, we work with every finalist to prepare you for what comes next -crafting your additional works and navigating the series of meetings that inevitably follow, whether representation meetings, pitch meetings or generals. We track every read received through the competition, and we share all of this info with you, working to be sure you put your best foot forward every step of the way.

          A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR JUDGES

          This year our judge pool once again features 25 industry heavyweights covering all areas of representation, producing and executive ranks, and featuring a number of company partners, top reps on the spec market and annual lists, studio execs, and Oscar nominees. With judges stemming from Paramount, New Regency, Vertigo, UTA, Verve, Energy Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Bellevue, Good Fear, and Mandalay Pictures, amongst others.

          GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE

          We are thrilled to announce our exclusive guaranteed option partner for the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition is Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. One of the most successful producers in the industry, Lee and his Vertigo Entertainment have steered a number of the largest grossing franchises of all time, including everything from THE RING, THE GRUDGE, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, THE LEGO MOVIE, IT, and GODZILLA, as well as television series like BATES MOTEL, THE EXORCIST and THE STAND, amongst others. His projects have gone on to receive a number of Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA nominations and awards, and his films have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. Lee is currently in development on multiple Launch Pad Alum projects, as well as the upcoming films DOCTOR SLEEP, NIMONA and MINECRAFT, amongst others.

          As in previous competitions, our guaranteed option partner will select a minimum of 1 project from this year’s competition to option. To be eligible for the guaranteed option prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Option” add-on at time of sign up.

          GUARANTEED SIGNING PRIZE

          To continue the Launch Pad’s long tradition of helping writers to gain representation, with more than 415 signings to date, we are proud to announce this year’s Guaranteed Signing Partner as none other than Adam Kolbrenner’s newly-minted Lit Entertainment Group.

          A partner and judge since the first LP Competition, Kolbrenner is one of the most successful managers ever on the spec market, and he and his previous company Madhouse Entertainment have signed more than a dozen Launch Pad writers in the past six years. They have not only seen their clients set up some of the largest projects across town, but have consistently landed them at the top of the annual best-of lists. Lit Entertainment’s clients have written projects such as CAPTAIN MARVEL, PRISONERS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, NOW YOU SEE ME, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, FIRST MAN, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, CREED II, POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU, FIVE FEET APART, THE JUNGLE BOOK, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, and the upcoming FREE GUY, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, TOP GUN: MAVERICK, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and SCOOB, amongst others.

          As in previous competitions, our guaranteed signing partner will select a minimum of 1 writer from this year’s competition to represent. To be eligible for the guaranteed signing prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on at time of sign up.

          THE LAUNCH PAD MENTORSHIP PRORAM

          Over the years, we have found that one of the most effective ways to help talented new writers take that first step into industry success is by working closely with experienced writers who have already broken in. That is why the Launch Pad is proud to offer exclusive mentorship opportunities for our writers to learn from those who have navigated those difficult waters before and have firsthand knowledge of the rarified air of the industry.

          Our first mentors this year are identical twin brothers Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes, mainstays of feature film writing since 2005, having steered franchises such as THE CONJURING as well as films such as HOUSE OF WAX, WHITE OUT and THE REAPING. They are currently working on a prequel to THE OMEN for Fox, a prequel to DIE HARD, a remake of THE ENTITY, and scripts for Sony, Mark Gordon’s eOne Entertainment, Universal/Amblin and more.

          In addition, we are proud to welcome back Launch Pad Alum Surj Das as a mentor for this year’s competition. Das’ script THE CONFECTION CONNECTION took the top spot in our 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition, which led to his being signed by UTA and Romark Entertainment, and seeing Ed Helms and his Pacific Electric Company board the film. He followed that up by landing on the 2018 Young & Hungry List and Hit List, and is now currently in development on multiple studio projects, including an untitled project for Sony Pictures.

          Last but certainly not least, we are also thrilled to announce that David Rabinowitz, the Academy Award-winning co-writer and co-producer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN will be on board as a mentor for this year’s competition. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal and since, he’s worked as a freelance video editor, motion graphics artist, and screenwriter. He and his writing partner Charlie Wachtel are currently penning an action-thriller called THACHER ISLAND for Berlanti Productions, which is an adaptation of the book Animal by NY Times bestselling author Casey Sherman.

          REAL NOTES = REAL FEEDBACK

          Continuing with our commitment to giving writers as many ways as possible to get a leg up, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our Feedback Notes Program. Rather than receiving a few vague disconnected sentences or paragraphs from other coverage services or competitions out there, we’ve struck a deal with our professional readers (reading for places such as Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Anonymous Content, Circle of Confusion, CAA, UTA, Paradigm, Skydance and more) to provide 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions and analysis, get an inside look at what is usually a behind-the-curtain process, and get our readers’ perspectives on the story, characters, marketability, and ideas for where the story could go. Was it a page-turner? Did we want to see more of a character? Was the dialogue believable? Get the actionable notes and insight you deserve.

          The 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition Prizes

          The Launch Pad Competition is focused on identifying, discovering and helping launch the careers of our writers. Whether you make the quarter-finalists or win it all in any of our competitions, we work with you to help polish your work, prepare for meetings, craft you pitch, identify your follow up projects, and prepare yourself for anything that comes your way on the journey to becoming a professional writer.

          (As a reminder, if you select any add-ons at time of entry, regardless of where you place in the competition, you will still be in the running for those add-on features.)

          Adrian Askarieh

          Prime Universe Films

          Adam Kolbrenner

          Lit Entertainment

          Alana Wright

          New Regency

          Andrew Childs

          Vertigo Entertainment

          Brandon Loureiro

          Paramount Players

          Brooklyn Weaver

          Energy Entertainment

          Casey Minella

          Circle of Confusion

          Charlie Ferraro

          UTA

          David Boxerbaum

          Verve

          Derrick Eppich

          Lee Stobby Entertainment

          Jake Wagner

          Good Fear Film + Management

          Jason Tamasco

          Bad Idea

          Jeff Belkin

          Zero Gravity Management

          Kegan Schell

          Echo Lake Entertainment

          Matthew Goldberg

          Mgold Productions

          Michael Sauvage

          UTA

          Mike Blutstein

          John Goldwyn Productions

          Nicole Poritzky

          Mandeville Films

          Noah Rosen

          Writ Large

          Samantha Shear

          Zoic Studios

          Steven Snyder

          Innisfree Pictures

          Tom Carter

          Artillery Creative

          Travis Mauk

          Smart Entertainment

          Will Raynor

          Mandalay Pictures

          Zack Zucker

          Bellevue Productions

          • All scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY THE SCRIPT TITLE, without any of the writer(s) names or discernable marks, including but not limited to WGA Registration numbers.
          • All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
          • All feature scripts over 130 pages will be charged an extra $1 per page for the entry.
          • Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
          • Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account).
          • All scripts must be the sole property of the writer(s).
          • All scripts will be read blind, with no names, or title pages allowed. We choose this option so that each script is judged by the work, and the words alone.
          • Pilots or features with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
          • The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” honors, or received a top 25 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition.
          • Each script may only be entered one time.
          • The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
          • All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
          • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
          • Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form.
          • General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
          • The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
          • The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
          • By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board and. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
          • During the Finalist rounds of the competitions The Launch Pad Partners and Judges will have exclusive access to entries.
          • All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writers name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants work.
          • All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.

          Feedback Notes

          • Feedback MUST be purchased with submission order and cannot be added on later.
          • Feedback notes, if purchased, will be returned to writers following the announcement of the Top 10 Finalists.

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