Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot script to FilmLab!
The winner and eight finalists will take part in an online writers room in early 2021 (three consecutive days over a weekend). (Important note: FilmLab winners normally have their pilot script produced by Willamette Writers, but due to COVID that cannot happen this year. The writers room will still take place over Zoom, giving the winner and finalists a chance to experience and work together in a professional writers room setting.)
Your web series script should be seven pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with one to four speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end and be aimed at a general audience. (See guidelines, below, for more information.)
After an initial round of judging, finalists will be chosen by industry professionals. From those finalists, a winning web series script will be chosen.
We are excited to read your script!
We want to encourage submissions from our diverse community. Consider submitting to FilmLab if you identify with a group which is not well-represented by traditional publishing. These groups include, but are not limited to, the following:
- BIPOC and other people of color
- members of the LGBTQIA+ community
- people with disabilities
- members of religious minorities
- members of different nationalities, cultures, and age groups
- people living in different geographies
- and people of different economic levels.
For the entire month of November, 2020, we will waive the submission fees for those who identify as BIPOC and other people of color. Please use the BIPOC waived-fee submission form.
Please consider this door open to you. Please don't self-reject; we want to consider your work.
If you are a college student, you do not have to be a Willamette Writers member to take advantage of the member price. We encourage your submissions! Please use separate college student submission form (unless BIPOC/LGBTQ+, in which case please use the form mentioned above for free submissions in November)
We use a simple form to gather submissions, but we understand that this is not universally accessible to people with disabilities. If you have questions related to accessibility, please email us at email@example.com with the subject line “Accessibility Query.” Accessibility Queries should only contain a request to submit by alternate means, and not be a submission.
All submissions are considered anonymously. (So be sure your name isn't on the submission, please)
Submissions Period for FilmLab:
Submission Period November 1, 2020, to December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM.
2021 Call for Submissions
Story rules in the time of COVID-19
Scripts will be judged as self-contained stories. They should have a beginning, middle, and end, but should also hold promise of the season to come. This year, all genres are accepted and you need not confine your story to one location (as is necessary in years when we produce the winning script).
This is the year to go big if you’d like—you can include fantastical or CGI-based elements that we’d never be able to produce. However, keep in mind that big budget items usually can’t make it into a web series. Consider the medium: What might you see on YouTube? Given the limitations of small budgets and short attention spans, what works? What doesn’t? How can you tell the most interesting story in three to seven minutes?
Scripts should be aimed at a general audience. No pornography or graphic violence. FilmLab and the contest judges may disqualify a script from consideration if the subject matter or content of the script is, at the judges’ sole discretion, not suitable.
How the writers room works
Led by an experienced showrunner, winning writers will make edits to the winning script, collectively write a second episode, and potentially map out an entire first season, time permitting.
General Submission Guidelines
Ages 18+ ONLY
Only one script submission allowed per person. We cannot accept scripts from writing teams. If your script was co-written with another person or group, choose one person who will retain authorship of the script. If chosen, only that one person will join the writers’ room.
All submissions should be written in English, typed in 12-point Courier or similar font, and in industry-standard screenplay format. Maximum of seven pages (as normally formatted on standard 8.5x11 paper). Scripts should be converted to and exported as PDF files. Submissions over seven pages will be rejected without refund.
Scripts will be judged on their creativity and writing, as well as their suitability to becoming a web series.
Eligibility: Members and immediate family of the Willamette Writers Board, Committees, Staff, Program Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and FilmLab judges and personnel are not eligible to participate. Previous FilmLab Grand Prize winners are not eligible to participate.
By entering the FilmLab Competition, entrants affirm that the submitted script is their own work, and that the entrants have not previously sold, assigned or licensed any rights to the script. Entrants understand their submitted work will be distributed and viewed my multiple judges and FilmLab production personnel. Scripts will not be returned. Entrants agree to hold Willamette Writers Inc. (a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization), the Willamette Writers Conference, and FilmLab production team harmless with respect to any claims (including, but not limited to, claims related to intellectual property, defamation, or any other tortuous acts) arising from the acts of any individuals not acting within the scope of their duties to Willamette Writers and its programming.