A: It’s a great new opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work. It’s an online competition in which the general public evaluates your film pitch. Their favorites are then evaluated by industry experts (see www.MovieHatch.com/partners).
A: Moviehatch accepts scripts submissions for evaluation. You can submit your screenplay through the submission pages on the web site by clicking here, pay the evaluation fee and upload it with supporting information (credits, logline and synopsis). We then evaluate it and provide you with that written evaluation. If you qualify for our online competition, we will require that you submit a visual element - either a video trailer or still image to complete your "pitch". The pitch is screened for eligibility and then posted when the official competition begins. Once it’s on the site, the general public is invited to vote in a round of elimination. The top 10 audience favorites will then be presented to our gold standard panel of professional judges who will read the full scripts accompanying these pitches. The scripts are evaluated on several criteria (see Terms & Conditions). One or more could be selected for development and/or production.
A: Anyone over the age of 14.
A: Yes. We are just beginning to accept submissions for our next competition with a deadline of 11:59PM EST August 31,2012.
The online portion of the current competition will last for 2 months from the date of commencement. This is
the duration for audience evaluation/voting that counts towards the selection
A: As many as you want. But you must go through the process and pay separately for each one.
A: If your script qualifies for the online competition, you will need to submit a video trailer or still image. These will be posted on the MovieHatch website for audience evaluation. Their favorites will be presented to our panel of professional judges who will read the full script and evaluate it on criteria set forth in the Terms & Conditions. Several of them could be selected for further development or production.
A: We’ll contact you using the details you provided in the submission process, within 1 month after the deadline date . Please see the Terms & Conditions to learn all the rules involved as well as when you will have to respond to our contact.
A: There are multiple prizes and awards for the participants of the online competition...the most important is the opportunity for your work to be put in front of 20+ industry decision-makers.
A:We are currently accepting screenplays and TV scripts in all categories, or genres, of film or programming.
A: Click here for full Terms & Conditions.
A: You must own all the rights to your pitch/script.
A: You are protected with standard registering and copyright of your films. We do require you to sign off on an Ownership agreement before entering the competition. If you have not yet registered your script, we highly recommend you do it now at www.WGA.org.
A: Just go to the submission page and follow the simple instructions. You can access the submission page here or from your profile page via the link in the orange box in the center of the screen. There are only 4 steps to complete the whole process. But have your screenplay ready in PDF format before you begin. It will make things much easier for you.
A: The total fee is $60 per screenplay/script. The extended deadline is $75 and the final deadline is $95.
A: Yes. This helps people decide on whether or not to view your pitch. It also helps people find your pitch when they use our keyword search function.
A: There are no size restrictions for the PDF file for your script. But the screenplay/script MUST be in PDF format.
A: We accept PDF format for scripts/screenplays.
A: You cannot do this yourself, but if for some reason you elect to withdraw your script, please write to us at
and we’ll take care of it for you. Please know that you will not be refunded the evaluation fee once a script, film video pitch or still image has been uploaded.
A: No. Once you hit the ‘Upload’ button, that’s it! If you want to withdraw a submission, follow instructions above. You are always welcome to repeat the submission process but know that you will be charged again.
A: Please let us know and we will get into the system to correct it. If we see any blatant typos during the initial screening process, we will notify you first and then make changes if you want them. But we will not touch the information you submitted without your consent.
A: The deadline for submitting your screenplay/script is 11:59 PM EST on August 31, 2012. We strongly recommend submitting earlier rather than later to secure your position (unless your video trailer is already in the can).
A: When you upload your video trailer properly, you will get a confirmation email that it has been uploaded. After that, it should take approximately 24-48 hours for us to screen it for eligibility. It will be posted on MovieHatch.com when the official competition begins.
A: Please click here – unacceptable material – to see the exact details.
But it’s the usual: no porn, no excessive violence, no violence to
animals, young children or elderly and no blatant advertising, etc. Please note that we will not accept your video trailer or still image if you have any personal contact information in/on it or if you show a website URL.
A: 3 minutes or less per pitch.
A: We only accept files up to 100MB in size - otherwise it can take too long to upload. Please make sure your video trailer fits this requirement or it may not upload properly.
A: We accept almost all common formats, .mov, .avi,
.mp4 ... but we strongly recommend .mov or .avi. The process just seems to be easier. We only accept jpg for still images.
A: Yes, but make sure their terms don't conflict with ours.
A: No. You have final cut over your film pitch. Please edit it carefully for picture, sound, boom in frame, whatever and upload only the best representation of your genius! The only thing we do is convert it to Flash format for ease of viewing on the site. We do not make any creative changes at all.
A: The deadline for submitting your video pitch/image will be supplied in your notice of acceptance into the competition. It will generally be one month after the final submission deadline.
A: Yes! Of course –
we encourage you to promote your film pitch as much as possible. The
more people who view your film pitch, the closer you could be to seeing it produced!
Yes! In addition to our marketing, advertising and PR, we’ll help you out initially and send an email invitation to your
friends and family inviting them to see your film and vote on it. You
will have your own URL, which can be sent to as many people as you want.
It will take them to a page that specifically features your pitch!
A: We will randomly rotate the pitches in several places. First of all, it will appear on the home page of the competition. The rotation timing and duration will depend on the number of qualifying submissions.
will also have a page that specifically highlights your film pitch – this is found with the
unique URL that you will receive in an email upon entering your visual element.
And it gets even better... we will also rotate a thumbnail version of
your film on various other pages throughout the site.
A: First, they can find it with the URL we provide to
you. If they do not have access to that, they can use the Search
function on the upper right corner of almost every page of the site. They
can input the name of your film, your name or a keyword that is used in
your logline or synopsis.
A: This depends on the number of submissions. It is all handled by a computerized system with pre-set algorithms, in order to ensure the most fair and just viewing of all submissions.
A: There are voting banners at the bottom of every film pitch. When you find a film pitch that you want to vote on, simply click on the voting banner. You vote by ranking the film pitch on a 5-star rating system. The first time you rank a film pitch from each computer, you will be asked to submit your email address and register with the MovieHatch site. We do this in order to ensure fairness to our filmmakers and to ensure an accurate calculation of voting for each film pitch. We do not give out your email address. It’s just used to keep things fair. And you’re only asked once to do this.
A: Anyone over the age of 14 can vote.
A: You are given the chance to vote and give us feedback on how much you liked – or did not like – a film pitch. You have a choice of 5-stars:
1 Star = “Wouldn’t pay to see it”
2 Stars = “Only if nothing else is on”
3 Stars = “Yeah. OK. I’d watch it”
4 Stars = “Ooooh! Awwe!”
5 Stars = “Freaking Amazing”
You will see these descriptions when you hold your mouse over the stars.
A: Not at all. It’s totally free to vote or evaluate a film pitch on our 5-star system..
A: Only once per film pitch, so no ballot stuffing! But you can vote on as many different film pitches as you would like. No limits there.
A: If you know the film pitch’s URL, just enter it into your browser and you will be taken directly to a page that features that film pitch. If you do not, you can also use our Search function. Simply enter the name of the film, the filmmaker or some keywords from their logline or synopsis and a list of options will appear. The Search function can be found on the upper right hand side of most pages on the MovieHatch site.
A: Anyone over the age of 14. The first time someone votes, we’ll ask them to submit a valid email address.