Did you know that KIDS FIRST! also endorses screenplays? We love screenplays because they are like children themselves. One day they hope to grow up to be stories on screen. They show tons of potential, they spark our imaginations and give us a glimpse of something special before most people have ever heard of them.
Every screenplay evaluated by KIDS FIRST! receives a designation as approved or not accepted, just like the other products we review. However, whether we are able to recommend the title or not, every entry also receives a full written adult review by our specially trained screenplay jurors. This evaluation is extremely comprehensive, and screen-writers tell us, is very useful as they move forward with their project. Endorsed screenplays receive our KIDS FIRST! approved logo and recommendation letter as well.
Even better - we now accept screenplay submissions year-round! In the past, screenplays were reviewed quarterly with our film festival entries (which we now accept twice per year.) Now that we’ve moved them from our film festival to our endorsement program we are able to make the process ongoing. And, there’s just one flat fee, so no more worrying about late deadlines.
Although screenplays are no longer part of our film festival program, they are still eligible to win a KIDS FIRST! Best Award in their category!
You can submit your screenplay online - on our website or through Withoutabox. Only $55 for CQCM members; $75 for non-members and a $5 discount through Withoutabox if you are a member with them. Re-submissions are only $25 if done within 6 months of the original.
Turnaround time is quicker than ever right now, so send them in! We have great folks just waiting to read the next blockbuster film!
All endorsed screenplays must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! Baseline Criteria and be appropriate for any age group 18 and under.