“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 to 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.

SIP 2018 is open! To apply, click here. To apply electronically, click here.

Early deadline: March 5, 2018
Final Deadline, April 2, 2018

2018 Rules/Regulations

For the Oscar Micheaux Award eligibility form, click here.

Our 2017 SIP Winners had the right formula…  Will you be next?
Congratulations to our talented 2017 SIP winners!

On Tuesday, October 10th in the Black Box at the Prince Theater, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) hosted the “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition Awards to announce this year’s winners. The “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) is proudly presented by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office under its Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers program with awards sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia & the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, Comcast & NBCUniversal, Progressive Change, CDC, West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution and the Derek Freese Film Foundation.

The 2017 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) Winners

Grand Prize Winner & the Regional Award Winner, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia & the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia 

The Doan Brothers, written by Ben & Oliver Samuels

Logline: The incredible true story of five Bucks County Quakers who became folk heroes in the earliest days of the American Revolution. Pushed to fight and robbing from the British and Continentals alike with Robin Hood-daring, the Doans served no King or Congress, but fought for the beautiful, untouched land of the Native Peoples and William Penn in one of the greatest and most heart-wrenching love stories of unchanging men in a changing country ever told.

In photo: Ben & Oliver Samuels with Director of Photography Jamal Solomon at Valley Forge Military Academy & College shooting their Civil War short, Attila.


TV Prime Time Award Winner, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal

No Love Lost, written by Page Peter Wilson

Logline: A combat veteran and his partner work tirelessly to reunite teenage runaways with their families.

 

 


Inaugural Oscar Micheaux Award Winner, (for the best screenplay penned by a Philadelphia area resident of the African Diaspora) sponsored by Progressive Change, CDC and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

The Dennis Boys, written by Stephen Arthur Schaffer

Logline: Two brothers, a cynic and an optimist, struggle to find common ground when their sick mother’s condition worsens.

 

 


Student Award Winner, sponsored by the Derek Freese Film Foundation

Liberty Investigations, written by Lindsay Michel

Logline: A private investigator and his intern work outside the law to solve cases in Philadelphia.

 

 


 

For full information about SIP, 2017 SIP Prizes and Winners and their bios, click here.

  • $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 or pilot script 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

Sponsors

Past Winners
SIP Judges