“Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP), which is presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is open to all screenwriters, world-wide, who submit a feature length screenplay OR an original TV pilot length screenplay that can be shot in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. All genres will be accepted. Scripts will be judged on their overall quality, and the extent to which they project “shootability” in the Greater Philadelphia region. SIP Finalist Judges are high profile Producers, Writers and Actors who have a Philadelphia connection.

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SIP 2020 opened on April 1.

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 SIP Winners:

Over the past few weeks GPFO has been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19.  To ensure we are taking the necessary measures to protect the health and well-being of all our party attendees, we have made the difficult but important decision to postpone our party event with SIP Award Presentations until it’s safe.

But let’s applaud our 2019 winners NOW!

Feature length screenplay:

Skin, written by David Chang, won the Grand, Regional and Oscar Micheaux Awards

TV Pilot:

30 Meters, written by Eric Andresen, won the TV Prime Time Award

Student Prize:

Bloom, written by Kristina Lohre, won the Student Award

See below for more about our talented writers!

The “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) is proudly presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office under its Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers program with 2019 awards sponsored by:

AKA Hotel Residences
Comcast & NBCUniversal
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia & Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Progressive Change, CDC and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution
Derek Freese Film Foundation

2020 application

Submission through Coverfly.com

Deadlines:  

EARLY: July 6, 2020 (e-submitted by 11:59PM) 

FINAL: August 3, 2020 (e-submitted by 11:59PM)

 

2020 Rules/Regulations

The Oscar Micheaux Award eligibility form.

  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org/sip
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org/sip

For the best screenplay penned by a Philadelphia area resident of the African Diaspora

  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org/sip
  • $500 Cash Prize
  • Notes from Judges
  • National Press
  • Synopsis published on www.film.org/sip

2020 Sponsors

Past Winners
SIP Judges

The 2019 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) Winners

Grand Prize, sponsored by AKA Hotel Residences,  the Regional Award, sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia & Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia & The Oscar Micheaux Award, sponsored by Progressive Change, CDC and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

Skin, written by David Chang

Logline:
Under the guidance of an undercover operative, an android with dark skin forms a social identity while searching for a ruthless extremist at a historically black university.

 TV Prime Time Award, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal

30 Meters, written by Eric Andresen, pictured in headphones with actor Don Smith and Steadicam Operator Rachel Wiseman

Logline:
A former CIA agent, after faking his own death, attempts to reunite with and protect his family from his corrupt former partner before his recently diagnosed brain cancer kills him. “

Student Award, sponsored by Derek Freese Film Foundation

Bloom, written by Kristina Lohre

Logline: Separated from her mom while fleeing Colombia, June finds solace flower-bombing her new city of Philadelphia. She couples with a fellow teen street artist to revive and save an abandoned mansion but their efforts jeopardize June’s hope of reuniting with her mom and, ultimately, her life.