Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest Opens Feb. 1, 2011

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Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final Draft®, the #1–selling scriptwriting software and Script magazine, announces the launch of its 12th Annual Big Break International Screenwriting Contest which opens February 1st and closes June 15. Judges will read the finalists’ scripts in September, and the top–five winners will be announced at an awards event in October.

The Big Break Contest consistently lives up to its name, with a long list of success stories for its winners. The first contest’s winner, Dawg, by Ken Hastings, was produced and shot by Gold Circle Films (starring Elizabeth Hurley and Denis Leary). The 2004 winner Rylend Grant was quickly signed by CAA and secured a six–figure deal to write for an A–list actress and an Oscar®–winning director. 2005 winner Julia Van Develder’s The Escape Artist is in pre–production after being optioned by a U.K. production company with an award–winning director attached. The Big Break 2007 winner Robert Frisbee and 2009 winner Wyatt Wakeman were both quickly signed by Benderspink management. 2010 Big Break winner Tejal Desai had a manager and an option for his script Cowboys and Hindus before his three–day trip to pick up his award was over. 2010 Big Break second–place winner Mick Connolly of Melbourne, Australia took home honors for his clever, fast–paced heist comedy Crims. On returning home, he was contacted by Endeavor co–founder turned manager/producer David Greenblatt (the upcoming Battle Los Angeles). Third–place winner Larry Brenner impressed judges with his vampire–zombie apocalypse script Flesh and Blood. After his Big Break success, he was contacted and subsequently signed by Magnet Management

About the Final Draft, Inc. Big Break International Screenwriting Contest    

The Big Break is designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high–profile representation and lucrative writing deals. Since 1999, the Big Break has awarded screenwriters with over $260,000 in cash, prizes and invaluable industry exposure. Now in its 12th year, the Big Break Contest has become one of the most popular in the nation because of its generous payout and winners’ successes. This year’s deadline is June 1, 2011.    

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