See also Screenwriting Sample Page.
Submissions should be no longer than 15 pages (not including a cover page with Script Name and Writer's Name).
Font Type and Size
All scripts must use the font type Courier, size 12.
Each element of the script must be formatted with certain margin settings. See the chart below.
|Element||Left Margin||Right Margin||Width|
All measurements are in inches, based on a page size of 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
A screenplay always begins with "FADE IN:" This has nothing to do with a fading transition on the screen, but it is an international custom for how to start a script.
At the end of your script you should type "The End," either center it or double space to the far right of the page and type FADE OUT. Again, this "FADE OUT" has nothing to do with a fading transition on the screen, but it is customary to end your script this way.
Scene Headings: Location
INT/EXT: This refers to the location of the scene. If it is inside, it is INT (for interior); if it is set outside, it is EXT (for exterior). This should be followed by the location.
Scene Headings: Time
DAY/NIGHT: This refers to whether the scene occurs in the day or night. This follows the location. Note: There is no need to use terms like EVENING or MORNING. Just use DAY or NIGHT.
Introducing your characters
The first time a character appears in your script, you write the name in CAPITALS, followed by a "first impression," a description of the character. Please do not write only the character's age.
Acting instruction under dialogues
Avoid writing acting instructions under the dialogues as much as possible. The emotions should be clear from the context.
No numbering for scenes
Avoid numbering scenes. Please do number the pages, though.
Don't direct inside the script
Avoid using camera movements and directing terms in your script. Directing terms include "CUT TO," "WIDEN SHOT," "PAN ACROSS." These are used rarely and only when the moment would be completely misunderstood without it. In general, these are terms only for the shooting script.