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Crash The Coast FF: Screenplay/Teleplay Contest!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 by

More news out of Crash the Coast, the new festival coming to Corpus Christi, Texas!

The Corpus Christi Film Society is now accepting submissions for screenplays and teleplays for the 1st annual Crash the Coast Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition, planned for May 10-13, 2012, in Corpus Christi, TX.

Please read the Screenplay Submission Guidelines before submitting your screenplay. Each screenplay you submit must be accompanied by a Screenplay Entry Registration Form, which includes payment information. You may pay either via PayPal or by money order made out to The Corpus Christi Film Society, sent to the address below. Your screenplay will not be reviewed until payment has been processed. All screenplays and registration forms should be sent to screenplay@crashthecoastcc.com in pdf form.

Heidi Hovda
410 SPID, Suite 200
Corpus Christi, TX 78405

Deadlines and Submission Fees

Early deadline is March 10, 2012 ($20): This means your full, complete submission packet (including via PayPal or money order confirmation number) must be emailed no later than 5:00pm CST on March 10, 2012.

Final deadline is April 6, 2012 ($30). This means your full, complete submission packet (including via PayPal or money order confirmation number) must be emailed no later than 5:00pm CST on April 6, 2012.


  • Short Form Screenplay (35 pages or less)
  • Long Form Screenplay (Over 35 pages)
  • Sitcom Spec Scripts
  • Original Web Series/Sitcom Pilots (not to exceed forecasted broadcast length of average sitcom, ~19-22 minutes).


  • All screenplays must be submitted in proper screenplay format. If you have any questions about this, please see this article and/or download Celtx, a free application for proper screenwriting format.
  • Teleplays must be in an acceptable format. If you have never written a teleplay before, teleplay format is similar to screenplay format, but can be quite variable. Final Draft has sitcom templates built into it. If you are writing a spec script, find a sample teleplay online and copy that format. Read this article for general differences.
  • Screenplays/teleplays must not have been produced, optioned, or be in pre-production.
  • If your screenplay is an adaptation, you must have attained the appropriate rights to the content.
  • Short form screenplays must be no longer than 35 full pages, not including the title page. Long form screenplays may be any length longer than 35 pages.
  • Teleplays may be either original pilots for a web series or tv sitcom–not to exceed standard ~21 minute tv runtimes–or spec scripts for existing tv shows. In the screenplay/teleplay form, you’ll see a line for “Based On”. Indicate the show you are writing a spec script for here. Teleplays must conform to traditional teleplay standards.
  • All non-english scripts, or scripts that contain a non-english language, must include copy of this script translated into English. If you are submitting a non-english script or a script with non-english in it, please submit both the original and the translated version in your submissions, and indicate in the file name which script is in what language.


The awards vary from category to category and involve the following, including but not limited to:

  • Cash prize (amount to be disclosed by April).
  • VIP festival access.
  • Paid professional script coverage.
  • Coverage by professional tv and film writers.
  • A reading/workshop at our Screenwriter’s Award ceremony.
  • We are also awarding a Young Screenwriter’s Award for screenwriter’s 21 years of age and younger.

How To Submit, and Payment

    1. Read the Submission Guidelines.
    2. Download this entry registration form (the same one linked to above).
    3. Pay Crash The Coast via PayPal or money order and enter the confirmation number into your submission form.
  1. Fill the rest of the entry form out, save it, and attach it to an open email with a pdf copy of your screenplay to screenplay@crashthecoastcc.com.
  2. Remember the subject of the email should read “SUBMISSION – [Early/Final] – [Screenplay/Teleplay] – [Category] – [Primary Author] – [Title]”
  3. Please indicate in the body of your email that your money order or PayPal payment has been sent.
  4. Send the email, and Congratulations! You’re an official entrant into the Crash The Coast Film Festival. You look so much better now!

You should receive confirmation that we have received your screenplay and/or payment within three business days.

Stay tuned for more details, and check out the festival webpage for more information.

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