BET and Issa Rae’s Initiative Color Creative Are Launching a 'Script to Screen' Contest for Diverse Comedy or Drama Writers!

Are you a screenwriter who thinks they have what it takes to make it to the big screen? This contest is the one for you!

The Script to Screen Contest is being launched in partnership with the American Black Film Festival. BET will be partnering up with Issa Rae’s initiative, ColorCreative, to find an emerging and diverse writer with an original comedy or drama pilot script.  If chosen as the winner, one writer will have the opportunity to have her or his script produced for the screen.

We are looking for writers whose creative ideas best showcase their individuality and unique point of view. The pilot must explore an important and/or untapped part of the Black experience that YOU think would fit BET’s programming and audience. Your series can be about anything as long as you stay true to the culture and are specific about your theme and perspective.  

Below are the rules and guidelines:


For a successful submission, entrants must submit a one-page description of their pilot and series through the ABFF website using the guidelines below. Only quarter finalists who move past the first round will be asked to submit their pilot script.

·      One Page Pitch

o    Must include a title and a short logline (a few sentences)

o   A synopsis of the pilot script

o   A series description

o   Must be no longer than one page using Arial font size 11

o   Should not include name of contestant

o   Read and sign the submission agreement form

o   Submission period: April 20, 2018 – May 2, 2018



BET and ColorCreative will select 3 Finalists to receive a trip to the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami from June 13-17, where they will have an opportunity to network, attend round-table sessions with industry veterans, and enjoy a private luncheon with executives from both BET and ColorCreative.


Following the festival, each Finalist will be given notes on the pilot and have several weeks to submit a revised draft. The Grand Prize winner will have their pilot script purchased for $25,000 and a chance for the script to be produced by ColorCreative for BET.


Please submit all required materials listed above to 

Click here for the submission agreement form.

Click here for official contest rules.

Click here for contest date schedule.

We can’t wait to see what you creatives come up with! Keep it locked on for more updates on the contest!

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