Scriptmag Holiday Giveaway

‘Tis the season to be giving, and all that! Our very special readers deserve some very special gifts this holiday season. Entry is easy – you don’t have to write 10 pages of witty dialogue or upload a short to YouTube; you just have to leave your comment below, telling us your favorite holiday- (or for the Scrooges among us, anti-holiday-) themed films. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via the email address provided to log in. Entries must be received by 11:59 PM PST, Friday, December 16! (That’s today!)

Peruse the list of goodies and let us know: What holiday films will be your Hannukah-through-New-Year’s viewing this year?


The Screenwriters Bible, Fifth Edition
Dave Trottier
The Screenwriter’s Bible may be the most complete screenwriting tool ever designed. It includes useful worksheets, sound marketing advice, sample scenes and treatment, the latest on the new spec style, and more. Over 300,000 copies sold.

Save the Cat! Strikes Back
Blake Snyder
The book that Blake believed was his best! Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, he delivers new tips, tactics, and techniques to help you solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate.


Save the Cat! 3.0
Structure your screenplay the Save the Cat! way as you develop a logline, choose a genre, fill in your beat sheet, work with moveable cards on “The Board,” and enjoy tips, tactics and a tutorial from Blake — and much more!


Cowboys and Aliens
Universal Home Entertainment
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford headline as adversaries obliged to join forces against a terrifying enemy, with a supporting cast that includes Olivia Wilde , Sam Rockwell, Ana de la Reguera , Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine and Noah Ringer. The script for Cowboys & Aliens is by Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, based on Platinum Studios’ graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

The Cleveland Show: Season 2
20th Century Fox
Join Cleveland Brown and his uproariously irreverent family and friends for another dose of hilarious animated madness! This time around, the Stoolbend bunch hits the road, with wild adventures in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Hawaii. Featuring 22 outrageous episodes and a stellar line-up of all-star guests, including the cast of Glee, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake – as a singing booger – Season Two of The Cleveland Show has it all!

How I Met Your Mother: Season 6
20th Century Fox
Ted’s search for “the one” continues while Marshall and Lily hope to become parents, Barney makes an uproariously awkward attempt to find his real father, and Robin  finally feels like a true New Yorker. Featuring epic guest stars like Katy Perry and Jorge Garcia as “The Blitz,” Season Six is filled with just plain awesomeness.

Queer As Folk (UK), Complete Series
Acorn Media
Hailed by critics as witty, daring, and unapologetic, the four-time BAFTA-nominated drama and inspiration for Showtime’s popular remake, Queer as Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection arrives to DVD from Acorn Media. Aidan Gillen stars as an unrepentant rake, wreaking havoc in Manchester’s gay scene in this groundbreaking series created and written by BAFTA and Hugo Award-winner Russell T. Davies and co-starring Charlie Hunnam. Produced in 1999-2000 and broadcast on the Ovation Channel in 2010, Queer As Folk celebrates gay culture while tackling universal themes of friendship, love, and self-acceptance. The 3-disc set includes all of Series 1 and 2, along with 131 min. of previously unavailable bonus materials, including deleted and extended scenes with commentary, “What The Folk…?” featurette, behind-the-scenes interviews, a 20-page booklet by the series’ creator, and more.

The Santa Incident
Vivendi Entertainment
After his sleigh is shot down while flying through restricted military airspace, an earthbound Santa is sought for questioning by a pair of overzealous Homeland Security agents. The fate of Christmas is now in the hands of the disbelieving by-the-book duo, unless their faith in Santa can be restored by two children and a trio of elves who have arrived from up North to help out a friend in need.

Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Edition
Acorn Media
The most popular and successful British drama series in television history, Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Edition arrives on DVD from Acorn Media, featuring more than 25 hours of never-before-seen extras and collectible packaging with gold foil. Winner of seven Emmy® Awards, two BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody, Upstairs, Downstairs tells the epic saga of life in Edwardian England. The series inspired the 2011 hit Downton Abbey and the PBS’ Masterpiece revival starring Jean Marsh in her original role. The beloved ITV drama series captivated viewers for five heart-tugging, humorous and satisfying seasons from 1971 to 1975 and has been seen by a billion people in 40 countries worldwide. The 21-disc collection contains all five series, in addition to a 5-part behind-the-scenes documentary, 24 episode commentaries, 25th anniversary retrospective, interviews with the stars and creators, subtitles, and much more

One Script reader will get the whole shebang; one will receive a DVD-only basket! Leave your comments below.

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88 thoughts on “Scriptmag Holiday Giveaway

  1. Michael Ravenda

    My favorite is the Grinch. It was my daughters favorite since she was a child. I can still see her sitting in front of the TV with a lot of laughter and a big smile. It brings back some wonderful moments in time.

  2. Api

    In Australia where it doesnt snow at all! I take time out to provide my kids with an escape into how it would be if they were ever left behind to take care of the home “Home Alone” a good classic of my childhood days and a reminder of how envious i am of the american winter during the holiday season.

  3. Daniel M. Wong

    Is it too late? I choose the classics, Miracle on #4th Street & It’s a Wonderful Life because it sends to messages; have faith like a child during the season and no man is a failure, when he has true friends.
    These are two very profound messages for the holiday season, that’s overlooked because of the commercialism of the holiday. The feelgood
    movies of holidays! ;D

  4. Andrew Eide

    Without a doubt it’s “Die Hard”. I know you might be thinking ‘how is a movie about money hungry terrorists holding corporte sttoges hostage’ a holiday movie. Remember, John McLean was coming out for the holidays, there are Christmas trees and santa’s abound. And the ending! John and Holly together again. A Christmas miracle!!

  5. Gino

    I know it’s late, but who cares. My favorite xmas movie is Platoon. Its realistic portrayal of a soldier’s life far from home always reminds me of the lonely holidays I spent during my tours in the Army.

  6. John Radtke

    I love Christmas Story. It has such great and true characters. I think anyone can identify with at least one character in the movie.
    It’s a FUN film with a great cast.

  7. Fay Devlin

    Oh: and The Family Stone. I saw it a year after the death of my mother. The movie gave me my first real, stomach wrenching, body heaving sobs since she died. Very therapeutic. Five years late, the movie is simply entertaining, bittersweet and brings mom to mind in good ways. Thanks, The Family Stone: you were cheaper than therapy!

  8. Fay Devlin

    My must sees: White Christmas, as much for the costumes as for the songs and innocent hokiness; Scrooged (“the bitch hit me with a toaster!”); And Die Hard with my hubby, since he insists it’s a Christmas movie.

  9. Travis Tomono

    Oddly enough…Lethal Weapon. Nothing like guns, a naked and coked out chick jumping off a building, and Mel Gibson running down the street with his shirt open and an MP 5 in hand to put me in the Christmas Spirit.

  10. Billie Van Knight

    I am a sucker for the classics of Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life but currently I’m in love with Noel. Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. It’s awesome.

  11. Kate McLeod

    It’s not Christmastime until I hear, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

    Another favourite Christmas-themed movie of mine is “One Magic Christmas,” because it is bittersweet.

    One last one, because it used to freak me out as a kid, is “Scrooged.”
    (“Which floor?” is the best part.)

    Happy holidays everyone! Now let’s go watch more movies!!!!

  12. Fred Bluhm

    For me, my favorite holiday-themed movies have always centered around Christmas.

    Years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with Frank Capra, and, like so many others before me, tell him how much “It’s A Wonderful Life, meant to me, and that it was my favorite holiday film. A close second was “White Christmas.”

    Since that time, I’ve added “The Polar Express,” “Trading Places,” “The Santa Claus,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” to the list. These films all provide a little extra boost to the holiday spirit. And, yes, I do manage to watch them all ever year.

  13. Eric Olsson

    My favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story”. I always look forward to the marathon on tv.

    For my nonChristmas holiday movie, it’s Trick’r Treat”. A great Halloween movie.

  14. James Gale

    Joyeux Noel – In 1914, World War 1, there was a brief truce between sides on Christmas day. They soldiers met in no-mans land, drank, sang, celebrated and mourned together.
    This film reminds me of the humanity that exists in the harshest of circumstances.

  15. union maid

    It’s A Wonderful Life…years ago i bought an early floppy-disc version of so-called “smart” software that was programmed with Frank Capra’s screenplay. As the writer constructed their storyline the software would interrupt with pop-up questions/suggestions. Struggling with character motivation? Suddenly you’d be urged to consider George Bailey & his motivation. Not sure about the theme of your work? Let’s consider Capra’s theme, and so forth…Took awhile to get used to the interruptions, and it was fairly primitive compared to today’s software aids. But for me there was some comfort having George, Mary, and even old man Potter pitch in to help with the lonely struggle of writing for the silver screen.

  16. Angela Mitchell

    For me, the musts are: “A Christmas Carol” (The George C. Scott version remains my favorite simply because to me he’s the scariest Scrooge — even if the Tiny Tim actor is TERRIBLE)

    “A Christmas Story” never gets old (and Darren McGavin is just fantastic in it, so subtle and funny and warm)

    And I also love the original animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” even if I will always wonder where the Whos bought those collapsible umbrella Christmas trees.

    I’m also a sucker for “Elf” and could watch Will Ferrell scream like a fanboy for Santa or do the splits on an escalator for hours at a time on endless loop. Just incredibly funny yet also with the perfect mix of sweet and sour.

    Oddly enough, “It’s a Wonderful Life” used to be my favorite movie in college. Now in my forties, I find it unbearably depressing. Make of that what you will!

    I think it’s fitting and interesting that at the darkest time of the year, whether religious or not, we instinctively gather around a warm glow. Once it was a fire. Now it’s a TV set. I know that fact horrifies some, but frankly, these days, TV is better than most of what we find in the theatre, so I’m not complaining.

    And Jill S., I want to spend the holidays at your house — awesome traditions — who wouldn’t want to spend them with Gollum and the Doctor? Now that’s fantastic!

    Cheers and Happy Holidays all…

  17. romona robinson

    Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – I have very fond memories of my family busting out into laughter every year when that squirrel flies out of the tree and Clark screams “Squirrrrell” and chaos ensues. Elf and A Christmas Story rounds out the fave holiday film triumvirate.

  18. MJ Slide

    Its a traditional in the Slide household to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol every Thanksgiving evening. All 13 of us pile into the living room with homemade dark hot chocolate and enjoy the wonderful retelling of the classic tale. And seriously can you beat the comedic duo of Gonzo and Rizzo? I think not 🙂

  19. April AustinApril Austin

    My favorite holiday film would be “Home for the Holidays.” Starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. The cast is great and I can relate to the dysfunctional family. A must see for the holiday’s!

  20. Caro Matthews

    Definitely It’s a wonderful life – which seems to be shown late on Christmas Day when everyone is too full of Christmas dinner to do anything but doze. I also have a soft spot for Bush Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (Edmund Gwenn), Love Absolutely, Come to the Stable and the song from Meet Me in St Louis

  21. Stefan

    The whole family watches “It’s a Wonderful Life” every single Christmas eve, whether we are together or alone. (usually together) Then, the next day, Die Hard 1, 2,(both movies set around christmas) and sometimes the third, always seem to be on tv so it stays on in the background throughout the day.

  22. MattWalterMatt Walter

    The obvious choice for me would have to be “A Christmas Story” but that’s a boring selection… So instead I’m going with the original 1974 slasher “BLACK CHRISTMAS”! I mean, with a tagline like this, how couldn’t I?

    “Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, a creature WAS stirring…”

  23. Scotty Pierce

    I will be watching, as I have for years, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Love Actually. Can’t wait. Perfect way to celebrate. Happy holidays.

  24. Mike

    1) “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: Entertaining for the kids, but a good reminder for the adults as to what Christmas is all about.
    2) “Christmas Vacation”: A classic, must-watch every year. “You checked all the lights, right Russ?”

  25. Rod

    Definitely It’s a Wonderful Life. As a child, I grew up watching it with my parents, and as an adult it’s one of the few things I mark the holidays by. I don’t know when it come on, who will be airing it, or what I’ll be doing at that time, but inevitably we all end up around the TV watching it, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

  26. Luke

    My favorite holiday movies, hmm that’s love so many of them, my top 7 I will be watching this year are. It’s a wonderful life, I’ll be home for Christmas, Just Friends, Home Alone 2, Jingle all the way (anger Arnold is funny), Nightmare before christmas, and of course last but not least the mother load of all A CHRISTMAS STORY, their you have it HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL SCREENWRITERS OUT THEIR.

  27. Melva G. Bennett

    My favorite has always been “It’s A Wonderful Life”. I seem to find something new in it every year. Which might be due to the number of commercial breaks increasing drastically since I was a wee bairn, requiring editors to become creative in how they fit it into our new-and-improved viewing experience. I prefer to think it’s due to my maturing with age.

  28. Erica

    Who doesn’t love A Charlie Brown Christmas… but if I am being honest, Die Hard is my favorite holiday themed movie. Christmas tape saves the day… classic.

  29. Amante

    It’s a Wonderful life. When I first saw it I thought it was pretty dark with the old shopkeeper slapping the boy silly until he bleed. But now that I’m older I see the whole story know. I try to watch it every year.

  30. Jim Kenney

    Well, can’t fight CHRISTMAS STORY or ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE, for that matter. The french CHRISTMAS TALE is not exactly traditional holiday fare, but it’s a great movie.

  31. Carlo

    This is a tough one, but I’m going with “A Christmas Story.” The film moves along at a nice clip with nary a lull or throwaway scene. It’s perfectly cast. The dialogue is chock-full of quotable lines. There’s comedy, excitement and suspense. Plus, it’s fun for the whole family.

  32. Rachel Langer

    My favourite holiday has always been Christmas, but specifically Christmas Eve. There is just something about the magic of that night that will never fade. As if something completely impossible could happen, and I could accept it, but only on Christmas Eve.

    I will be watching Elf, Home Alone, and potentially popping my “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Story” cherries this year. I’m not sure how I got to 28 without seeing either of those.

    Happy Holidays!

  33. Christopher Weaver

    A Christmas Story is by far my favorite. I think most of us have been in Ralphie’s shoes and gone through similar experiences. Whether it’s not getting the gift you want most or have a horrific experience with a shopping mall Santa, it is relatable and adds to the nostalgia of my childhood Christmases.

  34. Jill S.

    Mandatory Christmas viewing: The Doctor Who Christmas Special, Scrooged, A Christmas Story and A Nightmare Before Christmas. Also, on New Year’s Day we do a marathon viewing of The Lord of the Rings.

  35. Jeff Mooney

    Gotta be “It’s A Wonderful Life” (being shown locally on the big screen – Yay!) and “A Christmas Carol” in 3D. “We’re No Angels” and Miracle on 34th Street” too.

  36. D.J. Burrough

    Got to go classic on this one: It’s a Wonderful Life. Every character in the 1946 film is well-rounded and vibrant. Although, I always feel badly for Nick, Martini’s bartender, who in the world without George is a bar owner, albeit a surly one, rather than a mere drink slinger. Nevertheless, to the richest man in town, George Bailey.

  37. Amy Cavenaugh

    My favorite holiday movie has historically always been a Charlie Brown Christmas. I’m a huge Snoopy fan and remember watching it every year on TV as a kid through adulthood. This year, I finaly saw It’s A Wonderful Life for the first time. Can’t believe I hadn’t watched it until this year! It quickly rose into my top ten all-time films. Such a simple yet wondeful message to always be grateful for what you have, no matter how crappy life can be.

  38. Nick

    My favorite holiday themed movie is Gremlins. Fantastic contrast between the twisted humor of the antagonists against the very small town ‘it’s a wonderful life’ Christmas setting. Love it!