True Story / Biopic Competition

Submit a script, web series or short film today to the Fade In Awards True Story/Biopic Competition.

Early Deadline

October 31, 2023

Regular Deadline

November 30, 2023


January 1, 2024


First Prize

Ryan Anker

Grand Prize

Terry Lynam

Second Prize

Lawrence Kane

1st place
2nd place

Our Winners Work!

Welcome to the 28th Annual Fade In Awards. We’ve created nine distinct contests for you to enter, specifically tailored to the genre or format of your project. Submit a script, web series or short film to the Fade In Awards True Story/Biopic Contest. With over 27 years experience discovering, mentoring and promoting emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to vital industry contacts, our winners have gone on to sign with major Hollywood talent agencies ICM, UTA, CAA & WME; write/direct hit feature films and television shows (e.g., The Marksman (2020), Your Honor, The Blacklist, Cold Pursuit (2019), Blades of Glory, Adam, Office Christmas Party, If Only) and; be nominated for Academy Awards (Culture).

“After winning [the Fade In Awards], we optioned [our award-winning] script to a prominent producer who had made one of the Speed films. The award gave us motivation and encouragement, which has huge value when starting out.” – Danny Kravitz, The Marksman

The Blacklist Executive Producer/Creator Jon Bokenkamp 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 [CAA] agent. It was huge for me.” Bokenkamp went on to work with Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry on Taking Lives and Perfect Stranger, respectively.

The Fade In Awards deliver by working closely with Grand Prize winners to make sure their contest submission gives them the best chance at launching their filmmaking career. That’s why Hollywood’s A-list buyers and reps call the Fade In Awards one of the best screenplay contests and short film competitions in the world.

“I owe my success to Fade In. These guys don’t just promise access – they deliver it!” – Frank Baldwin, Your Honor, Cold Pursuit

The Fade In Awards True Story/Biopic Competition is open to aspiring screenwriters and TV writers of screenplays and teleplays based on true stories, and filmmakers of web series and short films based on true stories. Judges are looking for award-worthy, prestige material featuring amazing minds doing amazing things, perhaps even misunderstood by society (e.g., The Imitation Game), and ironic stories about extraordinary lives (good and bad).

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