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FUTURE CREATIVES INITIATIVE

Emerging Screenwriter Award 2019

 


JUDGING CRITERIA


Scripts will be awarded a score out of 5 points for each of the following criteria:


PREMISE/CONCEPT: The idea behind the story. What the movie is about. The “hook.”


PRESENTATION: Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct
margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage.


STRUCTURE: The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common),
odyssey, linear or non-linear story progression.


PLOT: The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How
the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).


PACING: The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements, and pace of character
development.


CHARACTERS: Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered and
unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.


DIALOGUE: Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.


THEME: The underlying message of the story as revealed through the plot, dialogue, and visual elements.


STYLE/TONE: Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and a narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the movie.


PRODUCTION FEASIBILITY: Whether the script be able to be produced with an award budget.