Our Winners Work

Now in its 22nd year, the FADE IN AWARDS deliver industry recognition, career-making mentoring and unprecedented direct access to hundreds of Hollywood agents, managers, executives and producers. Established in 1996 by accredited writers and producers, the Fade In Awards have proven, year after year, that when it comes to establishing emerging artists within the Hollywood entertainment community, all it takes is a solid support network to begin your career as a working filmmaker. 

Fade In accepts screenplays, teleplays, short films and web series to compete in nine separate award categories – action, comedy, horror, sci-fi, thriller, true story/biopic, shorts and pilots – from writers and directors worldwide. Fade In then works with its finalists to bring their projects up to professional standards before making key industry introductions. Hollywood’s top agents, managers and producers have become accustomed to requesting Fade In’s award-winning material.

Executive Producer/Creator/Writer Jon Bokenkamp (The BlackList) calls his decision to enter the Fade In Awards, “The most important moment in my career.” “When CBS Studios producer Todd Nelson encouraged me to submit, my inclination was to say, ‘No.’ I remember thinking there was no way I could afford it. But my script Preston Tylk won and got me an ICM agent. It was huge for me.” Bokenkamp went on to work with Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry on Taking Lives and Perfect Stranger, respectively. 

Other notable Fade In alumni include Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Office Christmas Party, The Switch, Blades of Glory), Max Mayer (Adam, The West Wing), Matthew Healy (Clay Pigeons) and Frank Baldwin (Hard Powder). And yes, ladies, we have female alumni as well!

2013 Grand Prize award-winners Colleen Schukei and Heather Petersen want you to know “The Fade In Awards deliver! Of all the contests to enter THIS is the one. We can’t say enough about the amazing staff who took us under their wing, and prepared us to enter the professional world of screenwriting. We also received invaluable notes that went through our script – line by line – to get it ‘market ready.’ We have now landed a producer and look forward to taking the next step.”

Grand Prize winners are flown to Los Angeles to attend the Hollywood Pitch Festival, where they will meet with their choice of 200 buyers and reps. First-prize finalists receive a five-hundred dollar cash prize and 25 submissions at Greenlightmymovie.com, Hollywood’s Official Submission Platform.. Second-place finalists receive a $250 cash prize and 15 submissions at Greenlightmymovie.com.

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