Congratulations to the winner of our 2017 Screenplay Competition!

By Christopher Maloney
An unlikely friendship develops between an elderly school bus driver and a foster child on his route in rural Tennessee.


“Ace of Aces”
By Geoffrey Breuder
The true story of Richard Bong, a rookie WWII pilot who makes a brazen bet to beat the kill record of America’s top-scoring Ace.

“Across the Sound”
By Charlotte Winters
Nazi-occupied Denmark, 1943. After falling in love with a valiant Jewish leader, a young woman risks her life to help refugees sail to Sweden.

By Nicholas Collins
When a hideous gunslinger arrives at a village harassed by bandits he must help the village get rid of them to reach the woman he searches for.

“Deep Freeze”
By B.L. Clifton
Five friends trapped in a Colorado farmhouse during a 30-foot snowstorm discover that they must fight more than the elements to survive.

By Christopher Maloney
An unlikely friendship develops between an elderly school bus driver and a foster child on his route in rural Tennessee.

“The Fighting Chair”
By Trevor Lee Georgeson
After being forced to knock over a mafia money drop, a semi-retired conman hightails it to Costa Rica while being pursued by the mob, Cuban gangsters, and most importantly — his brother.

“Fly Girl”
By Patrick Byrne
A young girl struggling at home and at school, attempts flying in a glider competition to be the best junior flier in the country.

By Nick Schober
An aging widow offers her vast fortune to a local slacker in exchange for one small favor… that he kill her.

“The Good Life”
By Nathan Leon
A passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life and career when he attempts connecting with his twelve year old son.

By Nic Dressel
A recently dumped girl unwittingly redefines herself when she is forced into a road trip by her two best friends to attend her high-maintenance mother’s divorce celebration in Florida.

“Made in China”
By Timmy Morgan
A Caucasian Chinese man, adopted from the U.S. as an infant and raised in China, returns to Los Angeles where he forms an unlikely friendship.

By Chad DeMiguel
Rosa, a small-town Latina, must decide between chasing her own dreams and saving her biggest burden, the restaurant that is her mother’s legacy.

“The Mortician’s Son”
By Nathan Leon
The son of a mortician must navigate high school, love, and his ability to converse with the deceased.

“People May Be Developing”
By Tamim Almousa
A college boy falls for his photography lab partner, she suddenly loses interest in him, and he sets off on a quest, seeking answers as to why.

By Elizabeth Hansen
After losing her hearing, vocalist KATE LAWSON (18) rediscovers music through the help of a charismatic student teacher and L.A.’s Deaf culture.

“The Quest for Kidd’s Treasure”
By Nate Fleming
A family traveling in Vietnam discovers an old treasure map and enter into the deadly world of pirates and mafia as they seek the treasure.

“Two Keys”
By Laura Woodworth
Inspired by a true story, “Two Keys” is about an unlikely friendship between two teenage girls – an Israeli Messianic Jew and a Palestinian Muslim – whose worlds collide as they struggle to make their lives count in Jerusalem.

“The Unessential Necessity”
By Keegan Luther
A high school senior, with a severe case of writer’s block, tries to write about a subject he hardly believes in, love. There is only one cure.

“Universal Monster”
By Constantine Nasr
After inheriting Universal Studios as his 21st birthday present, Carl Laemmle Jr dares to defy Hollywood – and his father – by giving birth to the horror film with DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN in 1931.

By Joey Kent & Charles Owen
After 35 years of private anguish, Ruth Kilmer summons the courage to share her long kept secret and track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

The Good. The True. The Beautiful.

Values that transcend all races, cultures and religions. Throughout history, story has been a primary vehicle for bringing these things into our lives.

Your film is no different.

The industry — the world — needs films that transcend the human experience and writers that are filled with goodness, truth and beauty.

At Act One, it doesn’t matter what level of experience you are, if you’ve got potential, we want to find and help you. This is why we’ve developed the ACT ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION.

We want to give an undiscovered screenwriter, an artist that fills their work with goodness, truth and beauty, the opportunity to meet with producers and executives in Los Angeles that can help take your script and make it into a film.

This competition isn’t for cash prizes, its for something even better. In lieu of a financial prize, we want to give you relationships…relationships with individuals with decades of experience in developing new creative talent. The winner of our screenplay competition will be given the resources, contacts and knowledge to turn your passion for screenwriting into a life-long career. We want to help you build a solid foundation for a sky-high career in the entertainment industry, not just another line on your resume.

Why? Because the entertainment industry is all about relationships. Writing a great script is only the first step. The Act One screenplay competition will help you take that next step of developing relationships with key individuals that have the experience and ability to move your script and career forward.

In addition, Act One is partnering with several multimillion dollar film funds to assist them in finding original, new screenplays to be developed into major motion pictures. The winner of this screenplay competition will be automatically considered by each of these film funds for a chance to be fully financed and produced.

Don’t wait. Submit your screenplay today and see what doors open for you.

Jump on in.

Simply submit your best screenplay(s). One writer from the TOP 25 will be chosen. The judging criteria is based on overall script presentation, originality and marketability. Again, we are for looking for artists whose work represents a passion for story and is imbued with the good, the truth and the beautiful. Writers of all levels from around the world are encouraged to submit.

Dates & Prices

• Early Bird Deadline ($39) – September 1st
• Standard Deadline ($59) – October 15th
• Late Deadline ($79) – December 1st
• Announce top 25 – Sundance week (Jan 19, 2017)
• Announce winner – Oscar week (Feb 26, 2017)


• One week all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles (airfare, hotel, rental car)
• 3-5 meetings with key industry executives who will talk to you about your screenplay
• All-access pass to the two-day Act One Screenwriting Conference featuring top industry professionals in June 2017
• Partial scholarship to the Act One Writing Program for Summer 2017
• Consideration for financing by several multimillion dollar film funds

What can be submitted?

• Unproduced FEATURES
• 85-120 pages
• ALL genres
• Languages: ENGLISH

Package Discounts

Want in-depth coverage on your script? All competition entrants receive the following discounts on Act One Script Consulting.

• 20% off Coverage Package
• 20% off Basic Written Consultation

Top 25 finalists will also receive 10% off the Extended Written Consultation.