International Moving Image Society

One-Page Screenplay Competition and Rules

This document (hereinafter “The Rules” or “Rules”), equally and severely. is legally binding upon the parties thereto.

The Rules apply to any writer or writers, representative of or representing a writer or writers, and/or parent or guardian to a writer or writers (hereinafter “I” or “We” or “He” or “She” or “Submitter” or “Applicant” or “Applicants”), who submit a screenplay or screenplays, teleplay or teleplays (hereinafter “Submission” or “Material” or “Work” or “Works” or “Literary Material” or “Literary Materials”) for consideration into the International Moving Image Society’s One-Page Screenplay Competition (hereinafter “Competition” or “The Contest” or “IMIS” or or “You” or “Yours”) for an entry fee (hereinafter “fee”).

This contest is open to anyone (world wide) except all employees, directors, and, the immediate families of: BKSTS, International Moving Image Society (IMIS, contest judges, all the affiliates and sponsors.

I have supplied truthful and accurate information in my entry form.

I represent and warrant that the material that I have submitted is mine, I own full copyright. Furthermore, I own individually, or together with those other persons executing this agreement, this work, that the screenplay is free of all claims or encumbrances, and that I have the exclusive right and authority to offer the material to you for your competition, upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, and none of the rights granted herein will libel or defame any third party or otherwise violate the rights of any third party, whether under copyright or otherwise. Furthermore:

Writers must be of the age of 18 years or older.

Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors.

Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or equivalent in his/her country.

Writer has retained at least one copy of the submitted material, and understands that all material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.

Applicant understands that IMIS and its affiliates are exposed to many stories, ideas, concepts and other literary materials, through the contest, coverage service and via other means. Furthermore Writer understands that many stories, ideas, and concepts are similar or identical, and that different stories, ideas, and concepts frequently relate to one or more common underlying themes and may closely resemble other works.

Applicant understand and agree that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation or other consideration because of the use of such similar or identical material, stories, ideas, and/or concepts that may have come to or their affiliates. Writer hereby release and its affiliates from any and all claims, liabilities and demands that may be made by said writer asserting that or the affiliates have used or appropriated The Submission, or any portion thereof.

Script must be in industry standard format, in English and must be between limited to a maximum of two (2) pages including a title page and one page of screenplay. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft.

All Work must be submitted online by the Final Deadline and the appropriate fee paid and settled by due date.

IMIS is not responsible for late or lost submissions.

Submissions must be full-length film or television movie scripts in any genre but must adhere to the theme of the contest.
Multiple entries are permissible (limit of two per applicant).

Once a script has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will be considered. An applicant has the option to submit a revised draft of the work as a new submission or as a resubmission and pay the appropriate fee.

If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page.

Collaborative work is eligible. The writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize (s).

Adaptations from other works are permissible (should be noted on the title page), provided the writer’s written permission to adapt the work is secured and available upon request.

The screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold, or produced.

Applicant must not have received consideration in excess of $6,000 as a prize in a previous competition for the work being submitted; that may include: an option, a “first look” clause or any quid pro involving same.

An applicant’s single year total earnings for motion picture and TV writing may not exceed $10,000 USD. This limit applies to compensation for motion picture and TV writing services, including the sale of, or sale of an option to, Screenplays, teleplays and/or any literary material source.

Writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she/ is an independent contractor and IMIS is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state/provincial, local or federal in any country.

If writer is a finalist or semifinalist he/she/they agree to give IMIS the permission to post on any of its web sites, the script’s logline, synopsis, excerpts, photo, writer’s bio and interview (Q & A).

Writer may submit his/her/their screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, and/or organization.

Entering this contest will not limit writer’s copyright in any way. Writer retains all rights (100%) to his/her/their property.

It is writer’s responsibility to provide and check and keep personal contact information up to date, including a required valid e-mail address, etc, that writer provided to the contest during the sign-up process. IMIS has no responsibility for communications that are misdirected as a result of writer(s) failure to provide IMIS with updated contact information.

I have read and understand the Contest Rules and the IMIS Terms of Use of the Website ( ) as well as comply and agree full with all the contest Rules and the website Terms of Use. By adding my name to the online entry form, knowing that this is a legal document, and submitting my material signifies that I have completely read and agree in full with all the above terms as well as the website Terms and Conditions. I am taking full responsibility and liability for any and all my actions. Furthermore, I indemnify The British Kinematography Sound and Television Soceity and IMIS, all the affiliates, sponsors, agents, consultants, judges of and from any and all claims (direct or indirect) or third parties, loss or liability, whether or not groundless, that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any of your associates, at any time in connection with said material.

I hereby grant IMIS and its affiliates the right to read and evaluate the accompanying screenplay material (The Submission). I acknowledge that the submission was written by me (us). I also acknowledge that I (we) am (are) the sole owner(s) of this work and its copyright.

I understand that my script may be published on IMIS’s website, social media platforms, and newsletters.

Rules for submitting your one-page screenplay. Any deviation to these may result in disqualification.

  1. Your screenplay must be limited to two pages total (one title page and one page of actual screenplay.)
  2. Your screenplay must be written in the standard screenplay format.
  3. You must have written the screenplay and not copied it from any other source.
  4. You allow us the right to publish the screenplay if you win or come as a runner-up.