Screenplay Contest

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Break down the walls to industry access for thriller writers

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Thrillers have always been a mainstay of Hollywood releases. We're here to break down the walls between your unique voice and talent... and the industry pros looking for the next great thriller!

Contest Prizes

  • $300 in Prizes
  • Full script sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies
  • Included in annual Best of Competition spotlight in industry newsletter with a featured bio on the writer and the winning screenplay
  • Winners will receive a 4 month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.
  • 10 Free Pitches to Industry Insiders on VPF
  • $100 in Prizes
  • Featured logline sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies
  • Considered for annual Best of Competition spotlight in industry newsletter with a brief bio on the writer and the winning screenplay
  • 5 Free Pitches to Industry Insiders on VPF
  • Loglines sent to Hollywood literary representation and production companies
  • 3 Free Pitches to Industry Insiders on VPF

Get considered by Hollywood pros looking for a screenplay like yours!

The thriller genre has been a staple of storytelling since Homer's Odyssey with 20th century filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang shaping the modern thriller subgenres.

A well-written thriller by an unproduced writer is an outstanding vehicle for a writer to showcase a combination of commerciality, unique voice, and a clear understanding of effective feature film narrative. While the industry is flooded with movies based on existing source material, original stories and characters remain dominant in a genre with universally-relatable stakes. Fear and hope. Tension and relief. Suspense and anticipation. These are films written with concepts that instantly capture the imaginations of moviegoers.

And that's who you're ultimately writing for - the moviegoing audience.

At the core of every thriller is primal human emotion. It's in our nature. An innate fascination with mystery and the desire for a surprising yet somehow inevitable ending.

Buried - Contained thriller by Chris SparlingThrillers fall into a wide range of categories - from ransoms and international espionage to psychological mind games and "contained" single-room confinement situations - but one thing remains constant: A strong thriller spec script will demonstrate your mastery of the screenwriting craft.

Prisoners - Thriller by Aaron GuzikowskiAlfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW (1954) inspired an entire bloodline of killer-next-door tales.

More recently, BURIED - from a spec screenplay by Chris Sparling - set a new standard for a contained thriller featuring a solo on-screen performance.

In 2013, Aaron Guzikowski's first spec script sale, PRISONERS, was developed with Madhouse Entertainment and the resulting film garnered box office success and critical acclaim for both its sustained tension and careful treatment of a real contemporary social issue.

So you've written the next great thriller?

Literary Reps and Production Companies

Our contacts at Hollywood literary representation and production companies - actively seeking high quality, original thriller scripts - have agreed to consider our winning script as well as all of the finalists' loglines. Hollywood is waiting in suspense and anticipation to read the best you've got.

Zero Gravity Management Magnet Management

Grindstone Entertainment - Production Company
(A subsidiary of Lionsgate)

Mad Horse Films - Production Company

Morningstar Films - Production Company

PLUS: Win a FREE InkTip Script Listing


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Winners will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

As a sponsor of the Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Competition, InkTip will provide our winners with a free redemption code.

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