American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s production company, has announced a call for entries for their annual screenplay contest.

Now in its fourteenth year, the competition is judged by Francis Ford Coppola himself, along with the American Zoetrope staff.

For the first time in the history of the contest, submissions are open to original one-hour television pilots, as well as feature-length films.

The contest winner receives a $5,000 cash prize, and the scripts of all the top ten finalists are sent to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration. According to the company, previous finalists and winners have consistently received representation and launched careers in the film industry as a result of their participation in this contest.

Innovative storytellers with original voices whose work will contribute to the quality, diversity, and longevity of contemporary cinema, are sought.

More details, including deadlines, are below and online at https://www.zoetrope.com/contests.


To enter, and for more information, visit zoetrope.com/contests.
Early deadline: August 15, 2016
Final deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry fees: $35 (early deadline) or $50 (final deadline)

The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. Every entry is read closely by our professional readers, and Francis Ford Coppola selects a grand prize–winner from among the top ten finalists. The grand prize–winner receives a cash prize, and the scripts of all top ten finalists are sent by Zoetrope to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.

The winner of the contest will receive the grand prize of $5000. The winner and nine honorable-mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, CAA, The Gersh Agency, Exile Entertainment, ICM, Oasis Media, UTA, The Radmin Company, Prolific Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, and Dontanville/Frattaroli. Their scripts will be considered for film option and development by leading production companies, including: American Zoetrope, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Entertainment, Paramount Classics, Verisimilitude, Lionsgate, Icon Pictures, Lleju Productions and Films, Second and 10th, Working Title, Dimension Films, Frelaine, Michael London Productions, Hope for Film, Kulture Machine, Number 9 Films, Folo Films, Pretty Pictures, Roserock Films, Benderspink, Astrakan Films, Industry Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Jim Wedaa Productions, Robert Evans Company, Fortis Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Agape Media International, FX, and Ziskin Productions.

American Zoetrope is Francis Ford Coppola’s motion picture production company. In our first thirty years, we have produced some of the most important films in American cinema, which have gone on to receive sixteen Academy Awards and seventy-two Academy Award nominations. Four Zoetrope-produced films are included in the American Film Institute’s top one hundred American films. American Zoetrope has constantly embraced the creative possibilities of technology, and is known for orchestrating alternative approaches to filmmaking and challenging Hollywood standards. American Zoetrope is headquartered in the historic Sentinel Building in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.