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I've written this script or have this great idea for a movie. How do I get it made?

Frequently asked question for filmmaking.net

You're a new writer and you've written a script - how do you get it made? The most honest and realistic answer is, make it yourself. As harsh as that sounds, it is most likely the only chance you have at getting your work produced.

Tens of thousands of scripts are written each year and only a handful are ever made into films by the studios and major production companies. None of the big players will accept unsolicited scripts (i.e. scripts you send to them without them asking for it first), so don't waste your time. Major companies are also unlikely to work with unproven talent.

If you're serious about becoming a screenwriter, the most important thing for you to do (other than write great scripts) is to get to know producers. Producers are your gateway to production companies and potentially getting an agent. The film industry is built on trust, which in turn is derived from track record. A good producer will have the right contacts to get your script in front of the right people. And an agent will have more confidence in looking at your work if you are associated with a producer they trust. So it's worth devoting as much effort as you can to networking.

In countries other than the US there are often support programs for new writers. Check out your regional or national film commission (or similar organisation) to find out what's available. Many of these organisations can also put you in touch with producers who are willing to look at your work. Such an organisation may be the BFI, European Union MEDIA programme, Telefilm Canada, the Irish Film Board, or Screen Australia.

Last updated 24-Mar-2021

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