Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enter?

Any regularly enrolled student(s) (undergraduate or graduate) at UCLA. [Click here for complete rules.]

How do I apply? 

You can either apply online by filling out the application form, uploading your script and proof of enrollment, or by mailing your script and proof of enrollment to:

                        AWARDS COORDINATOR
                        SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM and TELEVISION, UCLA
                        103 EAST MELNITZ - BOX 951622
                        LOS ANGELES, CA  90095-1622

What should I do if I don’t get an auto-reply email confirmation that my script has been successfully uploaded? 

Email the webmaster at support@tft.ucla.edu to confirm your submission.

What types of scripts are eligible?

All full-length dramatic writing in script form is eligible--equivalent of a feature length screenplay, three-act stage play, or a one hour (minimum) teleplay.  If writing a half hour comedy teleplay, submit the pilot and first episode. 

What are the prizes?

First prize $15,000
Second price $7,500
Third prize $4,000
Honorable Mention $2,000
Honorable Mention $1,000

How many scripts can I enter?

Each student may enter three (3) scripts (total, whether they are screenplays, teleplays or stage plays or any combination thereof).  In addition, the following are not eligible: adaptations; works commercially produced or under contract for commercial production; works based on existing or continuing series, films or properties.

What’s the deadline?

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:59AM pacific time if applying online, by mailed postmarked by June 5, 2017.

Who are the judges?

Final judging will be done by a panel composed of prominent industry figures, generally announced in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter approximately two months prior to the awards.

What criteria do the judges use in selecting the winners?

The judges evaluate each script according to their estimation of the writing skill and storytelling ability of the entrant.  Imagination, craft and emotional power are the keys, not box office potential.  Our past winners include all genres.

When are the awards announced?

Early November, 2017 at a ceremony at UCLA. 

How can I get more information?

Email the Awards Coordinator: cheri@tft.ucla.edu