Breaking News: Screenwriting Competition of The Theoryof5 Book : $10,000 Will Be Awarded to the winner


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Haydenfilms Institute (HFI) Announces a Call for Submissions for the $10,000 Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition; “The Adaptation of The Theory of 5” written by Chris Saraceno open to any genre, inspired by the core philosophies of the book for the narrative of the story.

HFI is including an additional short film script competition open to all genres and subject matter which is NOT based on The Theory of 5, where the top four finalists will receive $1,000 each.

Since 2001, Haydenfilms holds the distinction of being host to one of the world’s first online film festivals. Every year, film entries were submitted through the festival’s website, where the Top 50 entries were selected, competed and voted upon by a global audience, which resulted in one winner taking the grand prize of $10,000.

Past Winners
1.0 Quinn Saunders "Fortunate Son"
2.0 John Burgess "The Powder Puff Principle"
3.0 Reda Mustafa "The Boot of War"
4.0 Johnny Ray Gill "My Turtle's Name is Dudley"
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HFI wants to empower the world’s future screenwriters in presenting their craft as we had done in the past (and into the future) with global award-winning filmmakers with our Haydenfilms Online Film Festivals and our multiple film labs hosted over a 15-year period.

HFI wants screenwriters to bring their potential in our first Screenwriting Competition, and to join the legacy of worldwide film professionals who emerged from our organization. Not only our winner will receive a grand prize, but they’ll also have the potential to meet with producers and directors to make their vision come to fruition.



The Adaptation of The Theory of 5

The Top 20 finalists of the Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition (Adaptation Categories) will be invited to New York to participate in a three-day, three-round pitch elimination event with a travel stipend included.

The Top Four Finalists will receive Final Draft Writing Software valued at $250 plus a one-year Script Magazine subscription.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 Cash Prize and an industry development meeting in Los Angeles, California.

Short Script

The Top 10 finalists of the Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition (Short Film Category) will be invited to New York to participate in a three-day, three-round pitch elimination event with a travel stipend included.

The Top Four Finalists will receive $1,000 each, plus a one-year Script Magazine subscription.



Student screenwriters and group projects are welcome. Both represented and non-represented writers are eligible.

Must be original work and property of the group or person submitting.

Adaptations and Pilot Screenplays must be adapted from the book: The Theory of 5 by Chris Saraceno (email info@haydenfilmsinstitute.org subject line “Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition” to receive your digital copy of the book to use as source material for the adaptation).

Script Length:
- Between 1 and 40 pages for Short Scripts
- Between 45 and 75 pages Maximum for The Pilot Adaptation
- Between 90 and 140 pages Maximum for The Screenplay Adaptation

All applicants must complete the official festival submission form located on FilmFreeway.com.

All entries must be received on or before midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the date of the deadline (09/18/2020) )and must be paid in full to be considered.

After submission, no drafts or revisions will be accepted.

Foreign submissions allowed, however, must be translated to English.

For Short Scripts - Unpublished or published work is accepted, any genre allowed.

Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission.

Entry fees paid in US Dollars, non-refundable.

We DO NOT offer individual feedback on script submissions.

By submitting a script you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges’ decisions are final.

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Dates & Deadlines
  • December 16, 2019
    Opening Date
  • March 27, 2020
    Early Bird Deadline
  • June 26, 2020
    Regular Deadline
  • August 28, 2020
    Late Deadline
  • September 18, 2020
    Extended Deadline
  • December 4, 2020
    Notification Date
  • January 14 – 17, 2021
    Event Date
Categories & Fees
  • The Adaptation of The Theory of 5 | Screenplay
  • The Adaptation of The Theory of 5 | Pilot
  • Short Film Script | Open to all genres and subject matter

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