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2021 Big Break Grand Prize Winner David Page on keeping the file open

David Page isn’t a stranger to prestigious screenwriting contests. As a multi-quarter finalist, semi-finalist and finalist for contests like The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, the PAGE Awards, ScreenCraft and the Austin Film Festival, Page’s scripts are...

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Screenwriter Chris Pittas proves you don't have to win, to win

Screenwriter Chris Pittas recently placed in Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest. Although the triumph didn’t lead to taking the top prize, it still opened some incredible industry doors, proving you don’t have to win a contest to win at th...

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Work Your Win: A catch up interview with Big Break winner Ben Johnson, Jr.

When television and film writer Ben Johnson Jr. found out he won Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, he was thrilled but also hit with a sudden concern: How does he get from South Africa to Los Angeles?

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Big Break: Screenwriting Contest for Career Success

Are you thinking of submitting your pilot or screenplay to a screenwriting contest? Before entering, it’s important to know which one is worth a writer’s time and money. While there are several worthwhile ones out there for their prizes and connectio...

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Write On with Big Break Winner Stacie Gancayco-Adlao

Stacie was a Grand Prize Winner in 2020 for her feature film script   Clementine. Big Break Contest Director Kala Guess talks to Stacie about what it was like winning the contest, how her network has expanded since then, and what it takes to get a sc...

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Viral' Screenwriter and Big Break finalist Joe McClean on breaking in and the long game

Screenwriting is one of countless tasks that fall under the "it’s a marathon, not a sprint," analogy. (We all learn the meaning of that analogy through the parable of the tortoise and the hare; the best telling being the Bugs Bunny version, obviously...

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Christopher J. O’Bryant on trading script reads and Twitter handles

Debt collector by day, screenwriter and professional writers champion by night, Christopher J. O’Bryant is a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist and 2020 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards finalist. But just add those prestigious cre...

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Write On with Big Break Winner Mira Z. Barnum

Mira won Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest in 2020 for her TV Pilot  Beirut. She talks to Write On about what it takes to win a screenwriting contest: "I personally suffer from perfectionism, but the most important thing is to get [your s...

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Rising Through the Ranks: Jonathan Barger

Jonathan Barger has only been in Los Angeles for six years. Still, since the move he’s optioned an original script, been hired by a production company to do a rewrite, and had a management company attach itself to a feature he co-wrote. It may seem l...

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