Screenwriting Competitions

2010 Big Break™ First-Place Winner Profile: Tejal Desai

“It’s definitely given my career a jump start, and it’s definitely given me a lot of great meetings,” says first-place winner Tejal Desai, the 40-year-old pharmacist from Austin, Texas. Desai’s script, Cowboys and Hindus, is about a traditional Hindu woman who discovers the meaning of true American grit when she becomes...

Big Break™ Third Place Winner Larry Brenner

2010 Big Break™ Third Place Winner Profile: Larry Brenner

“It’s exciting to have people reading my work and really considering it,” says Big Break™ third place winner Larry Brenner, the 33-year-old professor who teaches public speaking and the fundamentals of interpersonal communication at Bronx Community College in New York. His comedic horror script, Flesh and Blood, about a vampire who...

Mick Connolly

2010 Big Break™ Second Place Winner Profile: Mick Connolly

“It’s a great way to get noticed. And, you need to get noticed. This competition is a good one,” says second place winner Mick Connolly, the 48-year-old advertising director from Melbourne, Australia. His winning script is a dark comedy called Crims. The script has landed Connolly an A-list agent and a...


Sponsored by the the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship will provide a one-month residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for an emerging or established screenwriter; open to both U.S. and international screenwriters.