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Submit to the 2019 UCLA Extension Feature Film and Television Writing Competitions!

Deadline announcement for our 2018 Competition Winners

Three exclusive opportunities recognize the highest levels of screenwriting students’ skill and craft: the UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition and the UCLA Extension Television Writing (Spec and Pilot) Competitions. All three competitions provide winners with one-on-one mentoring and targeted and invaluable Hollywood-industry exposure.

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program takes enormous pride in the numbers of our students who have succeeded in developing successful entertainment industry careers. To name a few: Stuart Beattie (Derailed, Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl); Lindsey Beer (Barbie); Elissa Matsueda (Dog Days); Dorothy Blyskal (The 15:17 to Paris); David Budin (Grace & Frankie); Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones); Drew Z. Greenberg (Dexter, Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Greta Heinemann (NCIS: New Orleans); Christina Strain (The Magicians); Denise Harkavy (The Brave); Iris Yamashita (Letters from Iwo Jima); Barbara Stepansky (Flint); and Moisés Zamora (American Crime, Star).

UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition

DEADLINE is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5:00PM PST.

Click here to Apply for Feature Film!

This exclusive competition recognizes three outstanding Writers’ Program students who gain industry exposure, individual mentoring, and other prizes for their feature film scripts.

Top Three Winners receive:

  • A guaranteed read by an agent, producer, and/or creative executive
  • A one-on-one script mentorship (a $2150 value) with a professional screenwriter prior to the final judging
  • Announcements with names, script titles and placing in an industry trade magazine such as Variety or Hollywood Reporter
  • Names, loglines, and contact information sent to more than 1,000 entertainment industry executives

Eligibility:

Contest applicants must have completed two screenwriting courses in the Writers’ Program in the 36 months prior to the competition deadline in order to qualify. Winners are announced in October/November.

UCLA Extension Television Writing Competitions (Spec and Pilot)

DEADLINE is Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5:00PM PST.

Click here to Apply for Specs of Existing Series!

Click here to Apply for Original Pilots!

These two competitions offer valuable industry exposure for writers in two categories: 1) Existing one-hour dramas or half-hour comedy specs, and 2) one-hour drama or half-hour comedy pilots.

The Top Three Winners in Each Category receive:

  • A guaranteed read by an agent, producer, and/or creative executive
  • A one-on-one script mentorship (a $2150 value) with a professional screenwriter prior to the final judging
  • Announcements with names, script titles and placing in an industry trade magazine such as Variety or Hollywood Reporter
  • Names, loglines, and contact information sent to more than 1,000 entertainment industry executives

Eligibility:

Contest applicants must have completed two television writing courses in the Writers’ Program in the 24 months prior for specs and 36 months for pilots to the competition deadline in order to qualify. Winners are announced in October/November.

Click below for an archive of the winners.

Feature Film Writing Competition

Television Pilot and Spec Writing Competition

Where Are They Now? Click here to read about the successes of our previous winners and finalists.


For more information on how you can get one step closer to Hollywood, contact Chae Ko at (310) 206-2612 or cko@uclaextension.edu or Jeff Bonnett at (310) 206-1542 or jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

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