OFFICIAL RULES :
OPEN FOR SUBMISSION TO ALL WRITERS & FILMMAKERS.
ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST INCLUDE A PARENTAL CONSENT FORM SIGNED, NOTARIZED AND DATED TO ENTER. We require a copy of a valid ID if selected.
These Official Rules state that the process for any dispute between you and Sponsors (defined below) regarding the Script Competition must be resolved in binding arbitration on an individual basis, and in any event may not proceed on a class basis or otherwise seek class-wide relief.
To enter this skilled based script competition, complete the application, attach your Short/Documentary script, pay the submission fee, agree to these Official Rules and submit your application.
SHORT FILM CATEGORY: WINNERS RECEIVE:
Sponsor will purchase the winning short for $500.00 & Produced for $15,000.00 Guaranteed!
Winner will be able to direct their own short (contingent upon sponsor approval)
Winners will be promoted in the largest trade magazine in the industry during the top tier film festivals to help further launch and promote the writer/filmmaker’s career! (Value: Priceless)
DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY: Winners will receive:
Short Documentary script/treatment will be purchased for 500.00 & Produced for $15,000.00+ Guaranteed.
Winners will be involved in the making of the project from start to finish. Hands on experience.
Winners will be promoted on our social media and social channels.
-Open to all writers & filmmakers of all levels and ages!
-Anyone under the age of 18 must submit a parental consent form along with the script. -The consent form must be signed, dated & notarized in order for it to be accepted.
-Competition open to all creative writers with an original script can enter that complies within our rules and regulations.
-No limit on total earned income as a writer.
“Initial Submission”: To enter the competition, each participant must submit/and or acknowledge the following materials at the site during the submission period for all categories.
-Acknowledgement and acceptance of these Official Rules; and
-Acknowledgement and declaration that the screenplay submitted is your original work or you own full rights to i.p, otherwise could result in a disqualification.
-You are submitting the Script voluntarily on a non-confidential basis.
-You understand if you are under the age of 18, you must include a parental consent form with your parents signature, dated, phone number and notarized (Notarized if possible) with you submission or it will result in a disqualification.
-You have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into this agreement, and you agree to abide and be bound the terms and conditions herein.
-Include entry fee for each submission.
-Unlimited entries to how many submissions a participant can submit. Each submission must be accompanied with an entry fee. The more submissions you enter, the more chances you have to win.
-Competition or Sponsor are not responsible for submissions that are incomplete, lost, unintelligible, or misdirected.
-Once the script is submitted, that is final. No refunds.
SHORT Category: original short script can be in any of the following genres: Action / Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Thriller /Horror, Animation, etc. ALL GENRES AND SUB GENRES ACCEPTED. 40pages and under.
DOCUMENTARY Category: Original content can be in any of the genres and sub genre categories. Accepting feature and short length documentaries from across the globe.
SHORT Category: Short scripts may be in any genre, can be intended for production as a live action or animated motion picture capable of securing an MPAA rating of “R,” “PG-13,” “PG,” or “G.”
DOCUMENTARY category: Feature or Short narrative format can be intended for production as a live action or animated and capable of securing an MPAA rating of “R,” “PG-13,” “PG,” or “G.”
Script Rights / Original work:
-Scripts must not have been previously produced as a live stage production, theatrical motion picture, television or online program.
-Participant will inform competition If his or her script is a winner in another competition. Winning Grand Prize in our competition means you cannot have assigned the rights to your script to any other company or individual so it is available to YSP Studios/Sponsor to secure. Competition reserve the right to disqualify the screenplay.
-If any of the above occurs, and the writer wins the grand prize for either Feature, Tv, Short, or documentary, the competition reserves the right to remove the script from advancing to the next level and no refunds issued.
-Participant acknowledges that Sponsor and Competition Entities may have motion pictures, television programs, and other creative materials in development or production that include ideas, concepts, plots, characters, settings, and themes similar to participant’s screenplay and the participant will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with sponsor because of nay such similarities. Nothing in these official Rules or related materials shall create an implied or express contract to compensate participants for their screenplays, except as specifically described in these official rules.
“Transfer of script rights”
Participants must retain all rights to their Screenplay throughout the Competition, so that if the Participant wins the grand prize for Feature / Tv / Short /Documentary, Participant can assign rights in and to the Screenplay to sponsor/producer to be able to produce the content, free of any limitations, restrictions or third party obligations.
If the winning writer does not own the script submitted, and has optioned the script, or retained permission from the writer to submit his/her script, the writer will be disqualified only if the script cannot be assigned or purchased under the prize/awards terms, entry will be disqualified with no refunds.
-Script must be between 4 pages to 40 pages max.
-12 point Courier font
-Must be in English language only,
-Formatted to industry standards.
While we will accept all screenplays no matter the format, but we do recommend adhering to Industry format standards to help for a better read and to be competitive as a contender.
-Must submit script in PDF format ONLY.
-3 to 10 minute video pitching the story
-Must be in English language only,
-Initial submissions that do not conform to technical requirements in these official rules will be automatically disqualified with no refunds.
-Each initial submission that satisfies all the requirements in these rules will be reviewed by experienced industry script readers and ranked based on the following criteria on a scale from 1 (poor) to 10 (outstanding), with each professional script reader assigning a score for each of the listed criteria that will be added together to arrive at an average score for the submission.
-Our team along with our Founder review as many scripts as possible to avoid a reader giving low points an may miss the gem (which is a daily occurrence in the entertainment industry).
-All scripts will be read once in the initial round. Screenplay submissions with the highest average score based on the Criteria listed above will advance to the Quarter finalists. QUARTER FINALISTS CONSIST OF TOP 25%!
-Scripts in the Quarter Finalists round, will be read two times, (1) by industry script reader (2) by Your Script Produced creative team.
-Scripts that advance to the Semi Finalists round, will be read three times. (1) by Your Script Produced creative team. (2) by our Elite roster of judges (3) by our sponsor. SEMI-FINALISTS CONSIST OF THE TOP 10%!
-Scripts that advance to the FINALISTS round, will be read three times. (1) by our Elite roster of judges and industry veterans (2) by Your Script Produced creative team. (3) By our sponsor, Doval Bacall, and his creative team. FINALISTS CONSISTS OF THE TOP 3-5%!
-Scripts that advance to the FINALISTS CATEGORY, will be read exclusively by our Season judges, industry veterans, Your Script Produced creative team, and ultimately by our sponsor.
-Submissions with the highest scores and highest internal rating will win the Genre Categories which is the second highest placement in our event!
-Once the Participants reach the Finalists round, Your script produced! Studios will have the right to perform background check/Clearance for anyone that advanced to the FINALISTS round. Competition and Sponsor have the right to disqualify with no refunds any participant who may have current charges pending against him or her.
Also, If the participant speaks negatively of the competition or sponsor in any way, may be disqualified from the competition, without any refunds.
Sponsor may request a copy of proof of ownership of the script in the form of copyright or WGA registration to be emailed to validate that the writer(s) have 100 percent full ownership to the script submitted into the competition. If the participant fails to provide such document within 14 days of the time the contestant receives the email, then the participant forfeits their position within the competition and will be disqualified with no refunds.
-If the winner does not execute the Purchase Agreement for any reason, the winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize, and sponsor(s) reserve the right to award the Prize to one of the Genre Winners in the Feature Category as an alternate winner, decision based on sponsor’s choosing.
The Prize will be awarded subject to the condition that the winner is and remains in compliance with the official rules. The prize cannot be substituted, shared, assigned, transferred, or exchanged. If the winner is found to be ineligible or in violation of the representations and warranties in these official rules, winner will forfeit his or her entitlement to the prize.
If the Winner engages in (1) criminal conduct; (2) behavior (or makes statements), including, without limitation, on social media platforms that is obnoxious, inappropriate, threatening, or illegal, or which shocks, insults, or offends a substantial portion of the community or reflects unfavorably on winner and sponsor(s) in a significant and material way; (3) behavior that is intended to abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, Competition/sponsor reserves the right to terminate participants right to receive the prize. In either case, sponsor will determine in sponsors sole discretion whether to award the prize to the participant next highest score winner or one of the category finalists, or another alternative if such second place winner is disqualified.
Winner will be required to sign and deliver additional documents to confirm Winner’s grant of rights to the Screenplay and other submitted materials to producer (“Additional Documents”). If winner does not complete and return additional Documents within 14 business days after Producer’s (or its designee’s) request, Winner hereby irrevocable appoints Producer as Winner’s attorney in fact with the full power to execute, acknowledge the additional Documents and to record the additional documents in the U.S Copyright Office or elsewhere.
Winner is solely responsible for all federal state, and/or local taxes that may be come due as a result of Winner’s receipt of the prize. An IRS form 1099, or any other form necessary (if outside of U.S.A) may be issued in the name of the Winner for the value of the prize and for any other compensation or funds provided to the winner in connection with the Competition or Project.
Consent to use Name and Likeness:
Except where legally prohibited, each participant grants permission to producer, sponsor(s), competition to use participants name, address, photograph, voice, likeness, and prize information for advertising, promotional, or other purposes in all forms of media, known now or developed later, worldwide, without further compensation, notice or permission.
Anyone who submits to our competition are giving permission to YSP Competition to promote the writer whether they have won a prize or not, to producers, executives, agents, etc in the entertainment business that will help further launch the writers career in the film industry.
Representations and Warranties:
By entering the Competition, participant represents and warrants that: (a) except for elements that are in the public domain, all elements of the script are wholly original and are not a copy of imitation of other material; (b) Participant has the right to grant all rights granted to sponsor in these official rules and sponsor may exercise such rights without obligation or liability to any third party; (c) the script will not defame nor infringe the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, copyright, privacy rights, false light; (d) the script is not the subject of any threatened litigation or dispute that could give rise to a litigation.; (e) Participant has not previously sold or transferred rights to the Script to any third party; (f) Participant has satisfied all eligibility requirements in these rules at the time of entry into the competition and will notify competition and or sponsor if circumstances change which would make participant ineligible; (g) Participant created the script without knowledge of the competition.
Force Majeure Clause:
The Sponsor does guarantee the production of the grand prize winning scripts which are fully funded by the sponsor. But, The Sponsor reserves the right not to produce, release, or otherwise exhibit, distribute or exploit the winning scripts for reasons.
The sponsor have the right to suspend or terminate the performance of its obligations when certain circumstances beyond their control arise, making performance inadvisable, commercially impracticable, illegal, or impossible.
By entering the competition, participant consents to the use of any information submitted in connection with the competition as described in these official rules.
Participant will indemnify and hold harmless the released parties (competition and sponsor) from any third party claims arising from participants failure to comply with the eligibility requirements and/or breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants in these official rules.
Compliance with Rules:
All determinations by competition and sponsor shall be in their sole and absolute discretion and shall be final and binding on all participants. By entering the competition, each participant agrees to be bound by these rules and accept all decisions regarding the competition as binding, final and not subject to challenge, review or appeal.
Competition, and sponsor may, in its sole discretion, amend, delete, suspend or otherwise modify or replace these rules prior to or during the competition, whether in writing, orally, or without any notice, and participants shall be bound thereby.
All disputes concerning the interpretation, validity and enforcement of these rules or the rights and obligations of participants, Competition, sponsor or the released parties in connection with the competition will be resolved in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Michigan, USA, without giving affect to Any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application off any other laws.
Limitations of Liability:
The Released Parties, This competition is not responsible for: (a) any injury or damage to persons or property that may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Participant’s participation in the Competition; (b) technical failures of any kind; (c) technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Competition or processing of submissions; (d) incorrect information, whether caused by Participants, printing errors or any equipment used in the Competition; or (e) any inability of the Winner to accept or use any prize for any reason.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION, ENTRANT AGREES THAT COMPETITION, SPONSORS, COMPETITION ENTITIES AND THEIR PARENT COMPANY, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, LEGAL COUNSEL, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROMOTIONAL, FULFILLMENT AND MARKETING, WEBSITE PROVIDERS, WEB MASTERS, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AGENTS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETITION OR ANY COMPETITION RELATED ACTIVITY, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION, ENTRANT AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS COMPETITION OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SUCH SITE.
No Rescission or Injunctive Relief:
All rights granted to sponsor under these Official rules are irrevocably vested at the time of submission. To the maximum extent permitted by law, no breach by sponsor of these official rules will entitle participants to equitable relief, whether injunctive or otherwise; and participants explicitly waives the right to seek or obtain any form of equitable relief, including the right to enjoin the development, production, exploitation our marketing of the script/project. Participants’ sole remedy for any breach of these official rules or any other dispute related to this competition and sponsor shall be an action at law for solely for compensatory damages. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Participant expressly waives all rights to seek incidental, consequential, special, punitive damages, or lost profits.
Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these official rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Suspension / Termination:
Sponsors have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Competition, if an event beyond Sponsors’ control prevents Competition and or Sponsors from continuing with the Competition (e.g., fire, flood, labor dispute, war, terrorist threat, recession) (each, a “Force Majeure event”).
Additionally, Sponsor(s) reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition or deadlines, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Competition, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsor has the right to cancel this event without reason.
WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPETITION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE COMPETITION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Sponsors reserve the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process, any website associated with the Competition, and/or the legitimate operation of the Competition; to violate the Official Rules; or to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Competition is not capable of running as planned, Sponsors may, in their sole discretion, void any suspect entries and (a) modify the Competition or suspend the Competition to address the impairment and then resume the Competition in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) terminate the Competition altogether and not award the Prize, or select the Winner based on the non-suspect Scripts submitted as of the effective termination date and full refund would be issued for all submissions if sponsor terminates the competition.
Again, Sponsor sole reason to engage in this competition is to discover talented new writers, domestic and international, and the above needs to be mentioned to protect the competition and sponsor if any violates stated here in the Official Rules Tab.