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SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest

We’re proud to announce the Finalists, Winners and the Grand Prize Winner of the SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest!

Grand Prize Winner
The List by Lisa Gopman and Mark E. Reilly

The President’s Dick – Corey Dowd
Priority Mail – Mark S. Cummings

Del Lago – Cody Hawk Jackson, Glen Covell and A. Jake Holland
The Presidential Seal – Mike Reid
The Firecracker – Scott Gantner
The Movie Saloon – Derick O & Rebecca A
Mac and Cheez Save The World – Marshall Crawford
Strange Therapy – Dan Breen
Wurst Wedding – Todd Smolar
Asshole Poltergeist – Aaron S. Barrocas

Join us at the live reading of the Grand Prize Winning Script on November 17 at 6pm at Judy’s Beat Lounge. Check back here for more information about the live streaming of the event!


The Second City Training Center has developed, nurtured and produced some of the most prolific and talented writers and performers in the movie business. Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got! The SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest is looking for the next hit comedy feature script that’s funny and completely original. So polish up that script that’s been sitting in your drawer. Write that story that’s been bouncing around in your head.

Don’t wait until the last minute! Enter today!


The deadline has passed! Thanks to all who entered!

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

The reading of the Grand Prize Winning script will be on November 17, 2016 at Judy’s Beat Lounge at The Second City Chicago! The reading will be live streamed for those who aren’t able to come to Chicago.

Check back here for the announcement of the winners and more information about the reading!

Good luck to everyone!


Grand Prize

We are pleased to announce that Thruline Entertainment (Los Angeles) and PUNCH Films (Chicago) will be joining the SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest!

The winning script and two finalists will be sent to Thruline Entertainment and Punch Films. The winner will have a consultation with a manager at Thruline via Skype or phone as well as a consultation with Laura Hilker at Punch Films.

Thruline Entertainment

Founded in 2003, Thruline is a Beverly Hills-based management firm which boasts a roster of new voices as well as established award-winning clients comprised of actors, writers and directors working in television, film and theater. The company also has a production arm and has produced over 150 hours of scripted television for the major networks. Thruline enjoys a special relationship with The Second City and is committed to developing new comedic voices and introducing them to the professional community.


PUNCH Films is an independent production studio that develops live-action and animated comedy and drama, as well as produces commercial spots and corporate presentations.

Laura Hilker is the VP of Business and Creative Development at PUNCH Films. Hilker develops scripted content for TV, film & digital. From 2005 to 2015, Hilker worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles at such companies as FOX, Fox Television Animation, and Michael Eisner’s production company, The Tornante Company. She produced The Cleveland Show’s promo for the 2007 Upfronts in New York City and did voices for the series. Hilker helped Tornante launch its animated series for Netflix, BoJack Horseman. She loves comedy, traveling, and knowing nothing about Bitcoin. Angela Lansbury is her hero.

The Grand Prize-winning screenplay will be read by professional actors at the Beat Lounge at The Second City Chicago in front of a live audience on November 17, 2016 from 6-8pm.

An Apple iPad – perfect for writing on the go!
(Approximate value $440)

Second City Gear
(Approximate value $50)

Two Runner-up Prizes

A class at the Harold Ramis Film School – either online or in-person (A $300 value!)
Final Draft Software – the industry’s leading scriptwriting software! (A $169 value!)
Second City Gear (Approximate value $50)



The Judges of the SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest consist of Harold Ramis Film School teachers, SCTC writing instructors, Production Company professionals, working directors, producers and screenwriters who truly have a passion for film and filmmaking. Because our judges are made up of several educators, we strive to give our contestants valuable and constructive feedback to those who request it. And, our judges look at all of the script elements and critique them from an educational and business perspective along with the following criteria:

Originality Is there something out there just like it? Or is this an original concept? Perhaps it’s an original take on something that’s already been done?

Formatting Is the script formatted correctly according to industry standards? For features, it’s 80-120 pages.

Structure Does it look like a movie script? Have you committed in the structure that you’ve created? Is it consistent?

Humor Is it funny?

Character Development Do the characters each have a distinct voice? Are they funny? Do they change in a significant way?

Pacing The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development. Is the dialogue engaging?

Style/Tone Overall quality of the writing.

Commercial Appeal Does it have audience and commercial appeal for the script’s particular niche?



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