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Submission is open for our 2018 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 2016, please get in touch with us first at breakthrough@thefilmshop.org.

Projects may be works-in-progress or completed. However, all short films must be completed for consideration. Screenplays must have gone through at least one substantive revision. Multiple entries are welcome, but a separate entry form and entrance fee must be submitted for each.  Films may not have had their festival or online premiere before the Breakthrough event. 

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

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

Deadlines & Fees

July 1 - Early Bird Deadline: $20

August 1 - Final Deadline: $30

Selections will be announced by early October.  

To submit:

  1. Filmshop is partnering with Festivant this year to receive submissions. Complete the entry form on the Festivant platform, one for each submission. (There is no need to register first; you can submit as a "guest".)

  2. Applicable entry fee must be submitted for each entry. After completing the Festivant entry form, you will be directed to a Paypal link to make your payment.

  3. If submitting a finished or work-in-progress film, you will be asked to provide a link to the film in the entry form.

  4. If submitting a script, you will be asked to upload the file via the entry form. Scripts should be formatted as PDFs.  Make sure your script includes your name and submission title on the cover page.

  5. If you are submitting a work-in-progress (documentary or narrative), you will also be asked to submit a 1-page PDF treatment explaining your  vision for the full feature film or series, as the case may be. You can upload the file via the entry form.

  6. If you are submitting a script for a feature film or series, you will also be asked to submit a 1-page PDF treatment explaining your vision for the completed project. You can upload the file via the entry form.


SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

NARRATIVE FILMS & SERIES

What stage is your project in?

You’ve completed principal photography and it’s well on its way through post production—or completed. Your project should not have its intended festival premiere until after Breakthrough. The event aims to help propel the film to the next stage and not serve as another stop on its festival run. 

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 proof of concept or springboard for your next project

  • Securing funding

Narrative Project Submission Requirements

Features - over 40 minutes

Submit your rough, fine, or picture-locked cut, along with a 1-page treatment of your vision for the full film if applicable (for works-in-progress).

Series - 40 minutes and under

Submit your rough, fine, or picture-locked cut, along with a 1-page treatment of your vision for the full series (for works-in-progress). 

For series, multiple episodes may be submitted given that the total runtime of submitted material is under 40 minutes.  You may elect to submit either 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 project should not have its intended festival premiere until after Breakthrough. The event aims to help propel the film to the next stage and not serve as another stop on its festival run. 

Your goals include some or all of the following:

  • Bringing on additional collaborators

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

  • Industry feedback and exposure

  • Making this piece a proof of concept or springboard for your next project

  • Securing funding

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).

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). 

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

  • 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

  • Securing funding

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 should be submitted as PDFs. You will be asked to upload these as part of your Festivant submission form.

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