06 February, 2008

Big Break International Screenwriting Contest

FINAL DRAFT's Big Break International Screenwriting Contest Open for Entries

Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final Draft, the #1-selling scriptwriting software, announces the launch of its 9th Annual Big Break International Screenwriting Contest which opened February 1st and closes June 15.

This year, Big Break has partnered with CineStory, a non-profit organization that provides new screenwriters with opportunities to work with committed industry professionals to raise the level of their craft and career marketability. CineStory's commitment to helping writers improve their craft and gain access into the industry aligns itself perfectly with the philosophy of Final Draft's Big Break.

This partnership allows Final Draft to add to its Big Break contest prize package a mentoring component which sets its contest apart from the sea of others. While Big Break has always awarded its finalists with substantial cash and prizes, including industry meetings for the top three winners, the contest has never before offered a year-long industry mentorship as part of its grand-prize winner package. CineStory will also invite the top three Big Break finalists to participate in CineStory's annual retreat in Idyllwild.

At the CineStory retreat, writers meet with several retreat mentors to discuss their script submissions and possible personal pathways to a professional life in the business. At the conclusion of the three-day retreat, the Big Break contest winner will select two industry mentors with whom they will work for one year.

"We are very excited about this new partnership and what it brings to our prize package offerings. After building up the Big Break competition for nine years I am excited to add a mentorship component in addition to cash rewards and industry exposure," says Liz Alani, Final Draft's Contest and Events Director.

Big Break offers early registration incentives. Electronic submissions encouraged.

¶ The 2008 Prize Package Now Includes Industry Mentorship

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