reprinted from a Final Draft press release:
CALABASAS, CA January 22, 2008, Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final Draft, the #1-selling scriptwriting software, announces the launch of its 9th Annual Big Break International Screenwriting Contest which opened February 1st and closes June 15. This year, Big Break has partnered with CineStory, a non-profit organization that provides new screenwriters with opportunities to work with committed industry professionals to raise the level of their craft and career marketability. CineStory’s commitment to helping writers improve their craft and gain access into the industry aligns itself perfectly with the philosophy of Final Drafts Big Break .
This partnership allows Final Draft to add to its Big Break contest prize package a mentoring component which sets its contest apart from the sea of others. While Big Break has always awarded its finalists with substantial cash and prizes, including industry meetings for the top three winners, the contest has never before offered a year-long industry mentorship as part of its grand-prize winner package. CineStory will also invite the top three Big Break finalists to participate in CineStorys annual retreat in Idyllwild.
At the CineStory retreat, writers meet with several retreat mentors to discuss their script submissions and possible personal pathways to a professional life in the business. At the conclusion of the three-day retreat, the Big Break contest winner will select two industry mentors with whom they will work for one year.
“Were pleased about this new partnership and how it aligns with our goal to support emerging creative talent. I am excited to add a mentorship component to the Big Break s prestigious industry exposure and cash rewards, says Liz Alani, Final Drafts Contest and Events Director.
Big Break offers early registration incentives. Electronic submissions encouraged.