You love movies. We love movies. They are magical and compelling, they teach us about worlds and characters we can only dream of. That’s why the WeScreenplay Feature Competition exists — to have the worlds and characters you dream of elevated to the industry folks who can take that script and get it greenlit.
And just look at our industry jury — these are the folks who can take a script and turn it into a film. They’ve done it before and they’re always looking for great writers to do it again.
PLUS, starting this competition, WeScreenplay will be inviting winners to our very first Feature Screenwriting Lab! Writers will tackle meetings with industry executives, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from working feature writers.
With EVERY SINGLE entrant getting written feedback from our professional readers, it’s a no brainer. So what are you waiting for? Send your script into the WeScreenplay Feature Competition now!
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Stephanie Smalling is a Motion Picture Literary Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA creates limitless opportunities for the storytellers, trendsetters, icons, and thought leaders who shape popular culture, representing clients Zendaya, Simu Liu, Margot Robbie, Taika Waititi and more. Smalling is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading directors and writers, including Phillip Youmans, Natasha Rothwell, and Julie Dash, among others. Her clients are known for LOVE, VICTOR, SYLVIE'S LOVE, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and more. Smalling began her career at the Home Shopping Network. She joined CAA in 2017. Smalling graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media/Communication Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Television, Radio & Film from Syracuse University.
Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram is a serial fish out of water and has a keen eye into characters coping with challenging circumstances. Her feature I'LL MEET YOU THERE was in competition at SXSW 2020 and was acquired by Abigail Disney's Level Forward. Bilal's feature WAKHRI (ONE OF A KIND) was invited to the 2019 Cannes Cinefondation L'Atelier Official Selection and is slated to go into production in 2022. Her pilot DETAINED was highlighted as one of the best unproduced pilots of TV by WeForShe and was optioned by Wayfarer Studios. Most recently, she was hired to write a pilot and break series for two seasons of a hip hop dance drama by the Emmy Award winning producers of Netflix's DELHI CRIME. Bilal has been featured on NPR, BBC, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Filmmaker Magazine and more. Bilal initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan's first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ).
Kacy Bartleigh works for Luma, a special effects and feature production company based in both Hollywood and Australia with credits that include GODZILLA V. KONG, CANDYMAN, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, and more. Luma Pictures is a globally renowned & independent creative studio bringing magic to acclaimed movies & more for nearly 20 years and Luma Features is independently developing, producing, and fully financing original films with a highly imaginative and emotionally rich creative mandate.
Stefanie Azpiazu is head of Development & Production at Likely Story, the production company behind the recent movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS. Stephanie has produced Charlie Kaufman’s I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, Tamara Jenkins PRIVATE LIFE, Nicole Holofcener’s ENOUGH SAID, amongst many other films. Prior to Likely Story, she worked in acquisitions at USA Films and October Films.
WeScreenplay Virtual Feature Writing Lab
The top scripts are read by our incredible industry jury and 3 winners will be invited to participate in WeScreenplay’s exclusive Virtual Feature Lab. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to network, get exposure for your writing, and learn from successful feature writers whose work is shaking up the industry!
Winners will take meetings with development executives, attend a notes session, and learn how to make the most of a client/rep relationship from managers and agents. It’s an exciting, hands-on schedule of events that will help you further your career — all from the comfort of your own home
Additionally, the winners get access to ongoing mentorship from WeScreenplay including an initial phone call, guidance for drafting query letters, research methods for finding the right representation, prep before big meetings, and strategic planning for next steps in their careers — all based on the writer’s specific goals.
See what some of our past Lab Mentors and Lab Winners had to say!
As an industry mentor, I witnessed WeScreenplay's incredibly effective initiative to uplift, educate, provide tools of prosperity, and help writers achieve their dreams of being working and repped storytellers. WeScreenplay is an incredible resource for screenwriters with a diverse and inclusive vision to make the landscape of the entrainment industry more representative of the world in which we live.
Literary Manager, LBI
Finding unrepped up and coming writing talent as a manager can be challenging these days as people are getting signed earlier and earlier. Programs like WeScreenplay do a great job of developing young talent and giving them access to industry professionals.
Manager/Producer, Make Good Content
It’s a great way to meet the latest wave of talent coming into the business, to get a sense of their voices, and to learn about the kinds of stories that really excite them. Every opportunity is another chance to get in front of someone who might be able to hire you someday.
Showrunner, The Expanse
You all have such interesting and great taste, that it’s been a wonderful collaboration so far finding potential clients that also fit in with our company’s vision for writers.
Manager, Stagecoach Entertainment
Working with talented writers in the WeScreenplay Lab was an unbelievably rewarding experience. In an industry where at times things can become very watered down, Screenplay was a reminder of why I decided to work in this business in the first place. The sheer passion and drive exhibited by these creators was rejuvenating, and I look forward to returning in the near future.
Asst. to Literary Partner, Grandview
Group Mentorship Meetings
1:1 Curated Meetings
Before the lab, we will share all the winning scripts with the group. During a one to two hour session, the group will share script notes verbally. While all the winning scripts are already strong, the purpose of this notes session is to refine your work, to get thoughts on next steps, and to practice giving and receiving notes.
We will have exciting workshops for winners to get hands on experience with industry professionals. Winners participate in curated workshops with screenwriters, literary managers which have included managers like AE Jones of Stagecoach Entertainment, and a Pitching Masterclass with Jim Arnoff.
The writers had group meetings with executives, literary managers and other writers to learn more about the craft, industry to get a 360 educated learning experience of a professional screenwriting career. Each session had a mentor who would share their experience and area of expertise followed by a Q&A with the writers.
WeScreenplay Development team curated 1:1 meetings for each winner keeping in mind their writing goals and strengths. Past Lab recipients had individual general meetings with execs and managers from Grandview LA, Industry Entertainment, Bellevue, Authentic, Westbrook Studios, Khalabo Ink Society, Mucho Mas Media and Gato Grande.
Check out more of our Writers’ Successes.
After placing as top Finalists in the 2021 WeScreenplay Feature competition, Alex George Pickering & Matthew Breault signed with a literary manager at ATN Entertainment after WeScreenplay set up a meeting between them.
“After placing among the Top 10 Finalists of the 2021 Feature Competition, [WeScreenplay] connected us with numerous management and production companies. As a result, we had the wonderful privilege of interviewing with several managers…[and] are excited to say that we are now signed with ATN Entertainment!”
Erica Tachoir won the WeScreenplay Feature contest and was connected to Hollywood producer Melissa Azizi, who was a juror on the contest. They met to discuss the project and after working on it together, Erica has officially attached Melissa as a producer on the project.
“Contests have deadlines. And deadlines help to give you that all-important structure to get your work done. For me, winning WeScreenplay introduced me to a great creative partnership with Melissa Azizi, who has been attached as one of the producers on my script ever since.”
After placing as a Finalist in the Spring 2021 Diverse Voices with her feature script, WeScreenplay pitched Soma to several managers, garnering multiple meetings and offers. As a direct result, she signed with Josh Goldenberg at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Considering entering a WeScreenplay competition? “Absolutely go for it! You can get invaluable feedback to polish your script and it’s an amazing opportunity to get your work in front of reps. I’d like to say a big, heartfelt thanks to WeScreenplay for helping me connect with representation. Sarah Eagen was the epitome of professionalism and courtesy. I don’t doubt that I would be much further behind in my journey to find representation if it weren’t for her help.“
After winning a WeScreenplay competition with his feature script RISING SON, WeScreenplay set Junot up with numerous meetings with literary reps. After fielding multiple offers, he signed with manager Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity and agent Halle Mariner at APA!
WeScreenplay gave me inspiration and encouragement. It just takes one person to believe in you to help you get a running start. WeScreenplay filled those shoes, and I’m grateful. The world is hungry for fresh news in the form of story, and you as the artist are their chosen messenger. Your story and voice are worth it. WeScreenplay treated us all with care, support, and insight. My first reader’s notes were the most helpful, actionable notes I’d ever received.
"WeScreenplay has been instrumental in my career. Its coverage was tough love, but honest and insightful. Their readers not only highlighted my weaknesses but always offered ways how I might improve. It gave me the confidence to get my stuff out there, and to place in a number of screenwriting competitions. After winning its 2018 Feature runner-up award, WeScreenplay’s staff took me under its wing and hooked me up with successful pros."
“It can be a cruel, lonely business, so do it only if you love it. And if you do, then persevere, persevere again and persevere some more. And never forget to network with your peers.”
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Scripts that make it to this round will be read internally by the WeScreenplay team as well as our industry jury. Scores will not be provided for this round, as judging will be discussed privately.
The top scripts selected by the Judges and WeScreenplay team! We’ll be reaching out to the winners with information about the WeScreenplay Features Lab.