Budget Builder Short Script Contest

Aspiring screenwriters are stuck in the perpetual loop of the "chicken and egg" paradox: They can't get representation if their work has not been produced, yet often can't get their work produced if they don't have representation. Also, not everyone has the time or resources to produce an original screenplay independently. Visually Sound Pictures LLC has established its Budget Builder Short Script Contest -- now in its second year -- to help screenwriters and filmmakers achieve their big break!

This year, Visually Sound Pictures LLC has parnterd with InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. 

Our competition is seeking submissions for short scripts (45 pages or less).

  • (1) Grand Prize Winner will have his or her script funded for production. 
  • (3) Runner-Ups will receive an InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

Submission are open October 11, 2016 through September 22, 2017.

Earlybird Deadline: $45
Regular Deadline: $90
Late Deadline: $135

Contest Rules

Contestant must be 18 years of age and older.
Contestant must not have professional literary representation.
Submission must be contestant’s own original work.
Submission must be no longer than (45) pages, properly formatted for the screen.
Submission must feature English language dialogue.
Contestant can submit multiple scripts per contest.
Submissions not selected as winners during one competition can be re-submitted any following competition season.
Winning selections must provide a detailed production budget to be considered for funding. Submissions that are selected but do not provide production budget details are disqualified.

Our inaugural 2016 contest has concluded! Congratulations to this year's big winners:

Grand Prize: When You Wish 

Written by Troy Graham
Troy Harvey Graham is a communications director for an events agency in Sydney, Australia. At nights and on weekends he writes scripts with hopes and dreams of one day making them into films or working as a writer in the US entertainment industry. In 2011 his book of personal humour stories, “Diagnosis: Male” was published in Australia and made available on iTunes. This competition has given him the opportunity to start trying to turn his filmmaking dreams into reality.

Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

Prize: Panasonic GH4 Filmmaker Package (combined est. value of $4,357.98) 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
Rokinon T1.5 Cine Lens Bundle for Micro Four Thirds Mount
Zoom H5 Videographer's Audio Kit
Vidpro XM-88 Shotgun Microphone Kit

1st Runner-Up: The Duel

Justin Michael Terry

Written by Justin Michael Terry
Justin Michael Terry is an actor, writer and comedian working out of Los Angeles. He has multiple projects in development including two digital series, an online sketch comedy show and a feature length horror film. His most recent produced short SYNAPSE was released through Gearmark Pictures and can be found on YouTube. Check out his website for videos, news and updates.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Prize: Final Draft 9 Gift Certificates (est. value of $500)

2nd Runner-Up: If These Walls Could Talk

Written by Troy Graham
Troy has the distinction of winning awards for (2) separate submissions. In addition to his Grand Prize win for When You Wish, he will also receive a Final Draft 9 Gift Certificate for If These Walls Could Talk. See his bio and details above.


We wish to thank Final Draft, Hunt's Photo & Video, and everyone who submitted to our 2016 contest!