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By on March 15, 2019 in About the Beats, Success Stories with 44 Comments

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All entrants receive 50 points of analysis.

Our approach is simple: a screenplay competition that uses the same language the writer, the reader and the decision makers use when analyzing your work.

A novel idea, right? Get everyone working off of the same page, literally! 🙂

We are fortunate enough that Save the Cat! and the 15 story points (our beat sheet) is part of creative culture and has become the shared language between the creator, the reader and the decision maker.

We are going to put this to use to better position you to sell your work. Plain and simple.

Introducing…. “Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT! SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE”

All entrants receive the following:

  • 50 points of analysis report adapted from the Save the Cat! Greenlight Checklist (Save the Cat! Strikes Back — pages 104-108)
  • A review by readers and judges trained in the Save the Cat! Methodology
  • Feedback grounded in structure and marketability and consistently applied to all screenplays
  • Over $495.00 worth of feedback

Grand Prize Winner(s)

  • 3-day trip to LA ($600)
  • 3-night hotel stay ($1200)
  • Live table read to bring your work to life
  • Poster/key visual development
  • In-room pitch practice sessions with industry executives
  • A real pitch to a production company in LA
  • 12-month subscription to host your work on The Black List and INKTIP on us
  • Save the Cat! 4.0 Software

All finalists will receive the following

  • 12-month subscription to host your work on The Black List and INKTIP on us
  • Save the Cat! 4.0 Software

Your Submissions

  • We want screenplays that are entertaining, that grab the audience—after all, if it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the screen
  • It’s going to be a wild and fun ride. But most importantly, we are here because we believe that you’ve got potential to develop and sell your work.

Regular Deadline – January 31, 2019: $135 USD

Late Deadline – February 22, 2019: $140 USD

Extended Deadline – March 15, 2019: $145 USD

Notification Date: April 19, 2019

Rules and Terms can be seen on the FilmFreeway site.



A producer and partner of Practical Pictures, Sheila is known for such movie franchises as American Pie, Final Destination, and Cats & Dogs, which have earned over $500 million worldwide. In 2018, Sheila produced the box-office hit Breaking In. She is also a visiting professor and lecturer at various film programs around the globe.

AlvaroRodriguezvanALVARO RODRIGUEZ
The creator and writer of the upcoming Seis Manos, Netflix’s first original anime series set in Mexico, Al has also written for NBC’s Chicago Fire and for the television series From Dusk Till Dawn. Al’s film credits include Machete and The Last Rampage. He attended the beat sheet workshop and master class taught by Blake Snyder.

berman photovanillaJULIET BERMAN
As Head of Development at Treehouse Pictures, Juliet oversees the development and packaging of the Treehouse Pictures slate. Her credits at Treehouse include Producer of Set It Up, released on Netflix this year, Executive Producer on Sand Castle also for Netflix, Co-producer on Mediterranea, and more.

Watch this space for more news.


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  1. Christopher Duff says:

    Opportunity knocks ?

  2. Paul says:

    The STC contest rules indicate a script length between 70-120 pages. I have a script thats 95 pages . On FilmFreeway, a pop up indicates the script must be between 100 – 120 pages to proceed. So what’s up with that?

    • BJ says:

      Thanks for pointing that out, Paul. We’ve fixed the discrepancy! You shouldn’t have a problem submitting now.

      • Paul says:

        Thanx! I’m entering and will be happy to see how my script plays out in STC structure.

        BTW- I read Josh’s comment – $125?!?! haha Yikes
        … perhaps you should point out how much these items would normally cost on your spec page.

        All writers will receive:
        • A review by readers and judges trained in the Save the Cat! Methodology -$$$
        • A Save the Cat! script coverage report -$$$
        • Meaningful feedback grounded in structure and marketability -$$$

        See ya! Have a good day.

  3. Dan says:

    The key to any contest being worth the price of admission is the judges. What industry people are involved? Who are the readers? Who’s going to see my script? The STC contest seems to be a bit light on this info so far. I won a film festival screenwriting competition years ago, but because there was no film industry presence, it was worthless. So who’s involved with the Save The Cat contest?

  4. BJ Markel says:

    Thanks for the question, Dan! Our readers are writers who have blogged on our website — all either directly mentored by Blake Snyder and/or fully conversant in his principles. Our judges are all either producers with real credits and/or writers who have sold scripts. We will be announcing the latter in eblasts and page updates. Please stay tuned. We’ve got great people who make things happen lined up.

  5. Matt says:

    When does all of the feedback come back? At the very end of the contest regardless if you place or not? If I were to submit my script today, do I still have to wait until May to get the feedback? How does that work? Thank you.

  6. Mark says:

    Sorry, typo: Can you enter MORE THAN ONE screenplay?

    • Jason Kolinsky says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for the question!

      You can submit more than one screenplay, we have not placed a limit on the amount of screenplays that any single individual can submit.

  7. Susan M says:

    I’m not clear on the distinctions between late and extended. If I submit by March 15, 2019, will my script be accepted? Is the only difference the fee one pays?

  8. Casey says:

    Will there be more contests in the future?

  9. Michael says:

    Hi, if I retain my rights for the script, why should it be necessary to register my screenplay at the U.S. Copyright Office? Isn’t this redundant? Greenhorn question…

  10. Jeffrey Minors says:

    What is the length of screenplay?

  11. Jason Kolinsky says:

    Hi Jeffery, the length of the screenplay is between 70-130 pages.

  12. Glenn Gannon says:

    Hi the lenght of the screenplay is between 90 & 130 pages? i feel that this should be an aprx number to give or take a few pages my screenplay is 135 pages including title page can you clear this up for me and the other writers who may have an aprx number of pages? Thanks. Glenn Gannon Author/ Screenwriter.

    • BJ says:

      Hi. Many competitions have a 120 max because it is so unlikely a longer script would sell in today’s market. We are just trying to increase the odds of your selling your work.

  13. Johnny says:

    I don’t have Final Draft. Can’t afford it right now. Do we need Final Draft? And if not, how can we format the script?

    • BJ says:

      Hi Johnny, there are some inexpensive and free script formatting apps. Google to find some.

    • Tae says:

      If you have a mobile iOS device (iPads, especially) you can get a basic edition of Final Draft on the App Store for dirt cheap. By dirt cheap, I mean $10 USD. I have it, and it’s perfect just for script writing.

  14. Steve Goodman says:

    I’m trying to submit my screenplay through film freeway and it’s form looks like it will only take finished films not screenplays.

  15. Debbie Bolsky says:

    Hi there. I submitted my screenplay on 12/19 and since you said the feedback should be coming in 6-8 weeks and I still haven’t received mine I was just wondering when I might expect it. Thanks.

    • The STC! Team says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie! We’ve had an enormous response to the Challenge and 6-8 weeks continues to be our goal and certainly no later than the 90 days stipulated in the form. That being said, the “City of Nets” 50 points of analysis will be shared this week! Thanks again for submitting and understanding. Yours Truly, the Save the
      Cat! Team

  16. Harris Reed says:

    Feedback turnaround time? How long does it take to get notes from the time of submission? Thank you.

  17. Renato Rosenberg says:

    Please, where do I put my logline? On the title page? Thank you.

  18. Scott Oberholtzer says:

    hi – doesn’t say on submission page what format file to upload.
    I use final draft. Should I submit FDX, or a PDF, etc?

    • Jason Kolinsky says:

      Hi Scott – Film Freeway does take PDFs – If any issue – please let us know!

      • Scott Oberholtzer says:

        Hi – i paid and submitted through filmfreeway. Wanted to make sure you guys got my script and it’s in the works. thanks!

        • BJ Markel says:

          Thanks, Scott. We have received your screenplay and it is indeed in the works! Looking forward to sharing the 50 points of analysis in a few weeks.

  19. Renato Rosenberg says:

    But on Film Freeway they say this: “70-130 page script plus logline”

    • BJ says:

      My bad, sorry! It’s not a requirement, but it is welcome. There is a place in the submission form for the logline.

  20. Allison M Bell Bern says:

    To be clear, this is a movie script contest, not for TV pilots, correct?

  21. Steve Goodman says:

    Where does it say who won?

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