Movie Skits "Scripts For Comedy Skits" Writing Contest

Entry Period And Voting Period For This Contest Have Ended. Now in Judging. Winners to be announced June 1, 2017.

Movie Skits is Crowdsourced Skit and Sketch Entertainment. We’re running this contest to encourage talented aspiring script writers to share their short form scripts for skits with the Movie Skits community of mobile filmmakers to use for their video skit productions.

Use the script editor in the Write Scripts section of our web site to Write, Save and Publish your script for a skit to the site. You can type in easy text based fountain markup and it will get formatted into standard Hollywood movie script format.

There are no script length limits at this time, but we recommend keeping your script to "skit length", such as up to three to five scenes, enough to make a one to five minute video skit from it using a small number of characters, since "skit makeabiltiy" is one of our judging criteria and more voters will get a chance to read your script if it is not too lengthy.

Scriptwriters who publish their written scripts for skits to Movie Skits are agreeing to allow the Movie Skits community to rate and comment on them, and to allow mobile filmmakers to use the scripts for their video skit productions, as long as they post their video skit creation back to Movie Skits next to the script and give the author credit.

Mobile filmmakers can use their own equipment or our soon to be released Movie Skits Director app to make a video from the scripts. So besides the chance to win prizes by entering this contest, as a result script writers may get to see their written script put to tape and up in lights, as well as get constructive feedback and build notoriety.


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This start date of this contest is 5 Apr and the end date 10 May. You'll see an entry button between those dates.

Prizes

First Place - Dinner and Movies (Or $100 cash)

A $50 Fandango Dinner and a Movie card (good for $25 at Olive Garden plus $25 movie tickets) plus an extra $50 Fandango Gift Card. For a total value of $100.

Dinner and movie



Second Place - Fandango Dinner and A Movie Gift Card (Or $50 Cash)

One $25 Fandango gift card and one $25 Olive Garden® gift card

Dinner and movie  1



Third Place - Fandango Gift Card Worth $25 (or $25 cash)

Third Place will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card.

Fandango  1



Contest Schedule

Contest Starts on :

04/05/2017 at 12:00PM

Contest Ends on :

05/10/2017 at 12:00PM

Voting starts on :

05/11/2017 at 12:00PM

Voting ends on :

05/21/2017 at 12:00PM

Judging starts on :

05/22/2017 at 12:00PM

Judging ends on :

05/31/2017 at 12:00PM

Winners announced on :

06/01/2017 at 12:00PM


Judging

The Contest winners will be determined as follows. Immediately upon the expiration of the Contest Period, a [ten (10) day] “Voting Period” will begin. During the Contest Period plus During the Voting Period, all Submissions properly submitted during the Contest Period will be eligible to receive votes in the form of Likes/Upvotes submitted by users of the Sponsor’s website/apps. At the end of the Voting Period, those Submissions receiving the ten (10) most votes/likes will be submitted to an individual judge chosen by Sponsor who will eventually choose the winning Submissions from those ten (10) Submissions. The judge will choose the winning Submission in his/her sole discretion, taking into account the following criteria: 1)Humor 2)Creativity 3)Originality 3)Entertainment Value 4)"Makeability" As A Video Skit and 5)Storytelling.


How To Enter

During the Contest Period, sign in to your account with the Movie Skits website, if not a member, register an account, and then use our online Script Editor form in the Write Scripts section to Write, Save and Publish your script to the Platform. Then go to the Contest section to choose this Contest and click the Enter Contest button. Use the drop down selector to choose one of your Published scripts to enter.

This contest starts at 5 Apr. You'll see an entry button here at that time.




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OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

1. NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

2. GENERAL INFORMATION: The Movie Skits "Scripts For Comedy Skits" Writing Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:00PM Eastern on 04/05/2017 at 12:00PM and ends at 11:59PM Eastern on 05/10/2017 at 12:00PM (the “Contest Period”). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

3. SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by Movie Skits Inc. (“Sponsor”). Sponsor will conduct the Contest substantially as described in these Official Rules. All copyrights and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Apple IS NOT A SPONSOR OF THIS CONTEST AND IS NOT INVOLVED WITH IT IN ANY WAY.

4. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to natural persons who (i) are at least 18 years of age or older (at the time of entry), and (ii) are eligible to enter the Contest as set forth in these Official Rules. Residents of the following jurisdictions are not eligible to enter the Contest: Quebec, Australia, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Brazil, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan, and any other jurisdictions where the Contest is prohibited or restricted by applicable law. Employees of the Sponsor and their respective parent companies; affiliates; subsidiaries; advertising, promotion, fulfillment or other coordinating agencies; individuals providing services to the Sponsor through an outsourcer or temporary employment agency during the Contest Period; and their respective immediate family members and persons living in their same household are not eligible to participate in the Contest. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By participating in the Contest, entrants agree fully and unconditionally to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Eligibility to win a prize is contingent upon complying with and fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

5. HOW TO ENTER:

During the Contest Period, sign in to your account with the Movie Skits website, if not a member, register an account, and then use our online Script Editor form in the Write Scripts section to Write, Save and Publish your script to the Platform. Then go to the Contest section to choose this Contest and click the Enter Contest button. Use the drop down selector to choose one of your Published scripts to enter.

No other method of participation will be accepted. No random drawings, sweepstakes, raffles or other elements of chance are utilized to determine the Prize winners. Sponsor’s designated server’s clock will be the official time keeper for the Contest and will be used when determining eligible entrants. For purposes of this Contest, a Submission is "received" when the Sponsor’s server records the complete Submission information. All determinations of eligibility shall be final and binding. For the avoidance of doubt, Sponsor may not provide entrant with confirmation of Contest entry.

6. SUBMISSION CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS: Due to the fact that all Submissions submitted to this Contest will be uploaded to Sponsor’s website and/or apps, all Submissions will be subject to the terms and conditions of Sponsor’s Terms of Use. In addition to any other requirements set forth in those Terms of Use or these Official Rules, in order to be deemed eligible for participation, each Submission and/or the entrant submitting it must meet the following conditions and restrictions:

  • The entrant was the sole author of the Submission and owns all rights in and to the Submission, including the permission to make the Submission public without payment.
  • The Submission must not defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or proprietary rights or constitute or suggest copyright infringement.
  • The Submission must not contain any content that is sexually explicit, offensive, illegal, pornographic or obscene or that features, promotes or suggests the use or abuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms or other harmful substances or otherwise is in bad taste or is otherwise objectionable to Sponsor, determined by Sponsor in its sole and exclusive discretion.
  • The Submission must be original to the Entrant and not be based on any third party materials and must not contain any recognizable art or other copyrighted materials.
  • The Submission must not disparage the Sponsor or any other person or entity.
  • The Submission must not contain corrupted files, viruses, or any other similar files, the intent of which is to damage the operation of another’s computer.
  • The Submission must not depict material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • The Submission must not depict material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.
Sponsor in its sole discretion shall determine if any Submission or part thereof is inappropriate for any reason for public release or publication. Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify any Submissions that it deems to not meet the criteria, or due to technical, legal, clearance or other problems, or which it deems to be obscene, pornographic, demeaning or otherwise not in good taste, or otherwise in breach of the above rules, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

7. CONTEST WINNER DETERMINATION: The Contest winners will be determined as follows.

The Contest winners will be determined as follows. Immediately upon the expiration of the Contest Period, a [ten (10) day] “Voting Period” will begin. During the Contest Period plus During the Voting Period, all Submissions properly submitted during the Contest Period will be eligible to receive votes in the form of Likes/Upvotes submitted by users of the Sponsor’s website/apps. At the end of the Voting Period, those Submissions receiving the ten (10) most votes/likes will be submitted to an individual judge chosen by Sponsor who will eventually choose the winning Submissions from those ten (10) Submissions. The judge will choose the winning Submission in his/her sole discretion, taking into account the following criteria: 1)Humor 2)Creativity 3)Originality 3)Entertainment Value 4)"Makeability" As A Video Skit and 5)Storytelling.

Judging is scheduled to be completed on/about 05/31/2017 at 12:00PM. The decisions of Sponsor will be final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

8. NOTIFICATION: Sponsor will make up to two (2) attempts over the 48-hour period following the each winner’s selection to contact the potential winner via the email address associated with that user’s account. If the potential winner cannot be reached during the 48-hour period in which he/she is contacted such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected using the same winning criteria described above from among the remaining applicable eligible entries received. The return of a potential winner's notification, prize information, or the prize as undeliverable or rejection of the prize by the potential winner will result in disqualification of the potential winner and an alternate potential winner may be selected pursuant to the winning criteria. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of any alternate potential winners, if any. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the potential winner’s entry. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Service Provider, online access provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. With respect to each winning entry, the winner may be required to provide proof that the winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry and is otherwise eligible to enter the Contest.

9. PRIZES:

One First Place winner will receive a $50 Fandango Dinner and a Movie card (good for $25 at Olive Garden plus $25 movie tickets) plus an extra $50 Fandango Gift Card. For a total value of $100. Or they may choose to receive $100 cash instead. One Second Place winner will get a $50 Fandango Dinner and A Movie gift card. Or the Second Place winner may choose to receive $50 cash instead. One Third Place winner will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card or they may choose to receive $25 cash instead.

NOTE: Neither Sponsor nor the Contest is endorsed by or otherwise affiliated with Fandango or Olive Garden.

Approximate retail value of the First Prize is $100. Approximate retail value of the Second Prize is $50. Approximate retail value of the Third place prize is $25.

No transfer, or cash or other substitution of prizes allowed except that the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute a prize or prize component of comparable or greater value. Allow 8 weeks for delivery of prize. The Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes once in winner's possession.

10. PRIZE CONDITIONS: Except where prohibited by law, a potential prize winner (or the winner’s parent or legal guardian if the winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, a Publicity Release, and/or a Tax Acceptance Form ("Affidavit/Release"). Such documents, if required by Sponsor, must be signed and returned by the date and/or time indicated within such documents. If the documents are not signed and returned within that time, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or if an entrant does not comply with these Official Rules, each as determined by Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole discretion, then the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected based on the winning criteria. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. All entries are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes. Eligibility, age, and claims made by prize winners also are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes.

11. TAXES: All federal, state, provincial, and local taxes and other tax liabilities (including income taxes), if any, and other incidental costs or expenses not identified in these rules are the sole responsibilities of the winners. Each winner may be required to provide Sponsor with valid identification and a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number before any prize will be awarded. Entrants winning over $600 in prizes will receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the calendar year, and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.

12. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold Sponsor, and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, and assigns, and any other organizations/entities related to the Contest (collectively, “Releasees”) harmless from any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses, or losses to person or property and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way arise from participation in the Contest or acceptance or use of a prize or parts thereof, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond Releasees’ control that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential, or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of any prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, or from participation in the Contest; (iii) any infringement of entrant’s intellectual property rights by a user of the Platform; and (iv) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.

13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The Releasees are not responsible for (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, misdirected or undeliverable entries, responses, or other correspondence, whether through the platform, by e-mail or postal mail or otherwise; (ii) theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials; (iii) phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program, or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (iv) that acts of third parties gaining access to the Submission due to the public nature of the Platform. Prizes are awarded “as is, where is,” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or suitability for a particular purpose. Except where prohibited, by participating in the Contest and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the prize awarded, determination of a winner, or any other matter relating to the Contest that cannot be resolved between such entrant and any Releasees shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (ii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in no event shall any entrant seek or be entitled to rescission, injunctive or other equitable relief or to enjoin or restrain the production, distribution, exhibition, operation or other exploitation of Sponsor’s Platform, the Contest, any content on the Platform based on the Submission, any website, content, advertising or other materials used, displayed or issued in connection with the Contest, or any submission or entry, and such entrant’s rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover money damages, if any, in an action at law. IN NO EVENT WILL ANY OF THE RELEASEES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS OR PROFITS) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES FROM ANY CLAIM BASED UPON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER OR NOT SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE. THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF THE RELEASEES ARISING FROM ANY CLAIMS BY ENTRANT SHALL NOT EXCEED US$5,000. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO ALL ENTRANTS.

14. PUBLICITY RELEASE: Except where prohibited, an entrant’s participation in the Contest constitutes consent to the perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free use of his/her name, photo, and/or likeness, biographical information, entry, and statements attributed to him/her by any Releasee for advertising and promotional purposes, including without limitation, inclusion on Sponsor’s platform, in its e-mail blasts and any other media chosen by Sponsor without compensation or additional compensation.

15. GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in the Contest, each entrant acknowledges that he/she has read these Official Rules and agrees to be bound by them and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest. Non-compliance with these Official Rules may result in disqualification and all associated entries will be void. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without liability to the entrant, to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the Contest is compromised. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or winner, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion and without liability to the entrant or winner. The Contest is subject to these Official Rules and all applicable federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations. The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All disputes, issues and/or questions concerning the Contest, including the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, or the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Massachusetts without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Massachusetts. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings related to the Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, and each entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to the Contest. Sponsor may substitute prizes of equivalent value, amend the rules, or discontinue the Contest at any time for any reason. Sponsor disclaims any responsibility to notify entrants of any aspect related to the conduct of the Contest.

16. PRIVACY AND PERSONAL INFORMATION: Sponsor may collect personal data about entrants online and use such data in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policies at Privacy Policies (“Privacy Policies”) and as set forth in these Official Rules. Please review these Official Rules and the Privacy Policies carefully. By participating in the Contest, entrants hereby agree to such collection and use of their personal information by Sponsor, either collectively or individually, and acknowledge that they have read and accepted these Official Rules and the Privacy Policies.

17. FORCE MAJEURE: Without limiting any other provision in these Official Rules, in the event that any of the entrant’s activities, Contest’s activities or the Releasees’ operations or activities are affected, as determined by Sponsor, in their sole discretion, including, without limitation, by reason of any acts of God, any action, regulation, order or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action, regulations, order or request proves to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic or public health crisis (e.g. SARS), explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any law, rule, regulation, order or other action adopted or taken by any governmental, federal, state or local government authority, or any other cause, whether or not specifically mentioned above, subject to any governmental approval that may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest, and no Releasees shall be responsible or liable to any entrant or prize winner or any person claiming through such entrant or prize winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof. Sponsor is not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in entrant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail messages.

18. MISCELLANEOUS: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to (or decision not to) enforce any provision in these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern, and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

19. WINNER’S LIST: For the name of the official prize winners, available after the conclusion of the Contest, or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Movie Skits "Scripts For Comedy Skits" Writing Contest” - WINNERS LIST OFFICIAL RULES (PLEASE SPECIFY WHICH), Movie Skits Inc., PO Box 122, Cohasset, MA 02025. Vermont residents may omit return postage for Official Rules requests. Official Rules are also available during the Contest Period on Sponsor’s Platform.