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Submission is open for our 2017 breakthrough series!

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All submissions must have been workshopped in a Filmshop chapter. We encourage work that has been workshopped in the past four seasons, but we will consider pieces that were workshopped earlier on a case-by-case basis. If you'd like to submit something that was workshopped before Fall 2015, please get in touch with us first at breakthrough@thefilmshop.org.

Features and series submissions may be works-in-progress. Short films must be complete for consideration. Multiple entries are welcome, but a separate entry form must be submitted for each.  

After submitting, updated or revised films are not guaranteed to be considered.  

Have questions, please read our FAQs. Still have questions, please email breakthrough@thefilmshop.org.

Deadlines & Fees

May 15 - Early Deadline $10

June 15 - Regular Deadline $20

July 15 - Late Deadline $30

Selections will be announced in September.  

To submit:

  1. Complete the entry form for each submission.

  2. Applicable entry fee must be submitted for each entry.  Instructions are on the entry form.

  3. If submitting a finished or WIP film, include a link to the film in your submission form.

  4. If submitting a script, upload your script to breakthrough@thefilmshop.org.  Make sure your script includes your name and submission title on the cover page.


SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

NARRATIVE FILMS & SERIES

Why should you submit your work?  

You’ve completed principal photography and it’s well on its way through post production—or completed.

Your goals include some or all of the following:

  • Access to festival programmers, distributors, and/or networks

  • Industry feedback and exposure

  • Making this piece a calling card or springboard for your next project

Narrative Project Submission Requirements

Features - over 40 minutes

Submit your rough, fine, or picture locked cut.

Series - 40 minutes and under

Submit your rough, fine, or picture locked cut.

For series, multiple episodes may be submitted given that the total runtime of submitted material is under 40 minutes.  You may elect to submit a pilot or select episodes.

Shorts - 40 minutes and under

Submit your final film. For consideration in the narrative category, short films must be fully completed; rough cuts will not be considered. Music videos are also accepted.


DOCUMENTARY FILMS & SERIES

Why should you submit your work?

You’ve been filming, and you have at minimum a scene assembly, all the way through to a completed film.

Your goals include some or all of the following:

  • Finding additional funding

  • Bringing on additional collaborators

  • Access to festival programmers, distributors, and/or networks

  • Industry feedback and exposure

  • Making this piece a calling card or springboard for your next project

Documentary Project Submission Requirements

Features - over 40 minutes

Submit a link to your video along with a 1-page treatment of your vision for the full film (for works-in-progress) or a 1-page summary of the distribution plan (for completed films).

Series - 40 minutes and under

Submit a link to your video along with a 1-page treatment of your vision for the full series (for works-in-progress) or a 1-page summary of the distribution plan (for completed films). 

For series, multiple episodes may be submitted given that the total runtime of submitted material is under 40 minutes.  You may elect to submit a pilot or select episodes.

Shorts - 40 minutes and under

Short documentary films must be fully completed; rough cuts will not be considered.


SCREENPLAYS

Why should you submit your work?

You’ve written a screenplay for a feature or a series pilot or complete season.

Your goals include some or all of the following:

  • Securing funding

  • Bringing on a producer or other collaborators

  • Early access to festival programmers, distributors, and/or networks

  • Industry feedback that can help shape the viability of your project

Feature or Series Screenplay Submission Requirements

Feature Scripts - over 40 pages

You should submit your full screenplay and a 1-page treatment.

TV & Webseries Scripts

Submit a pilot or the complete season screenplay and a 1-page treatment of the series.

Scripts and 1-page treatments must be submitted in PDF form and emailed to breakthrough@thefilmshop.org.

Have questions, please read our FAQs. Still have questions, please email breakthrough@thefilmshop.org.