“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.

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:

Comcast & NBCUniversal
Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Progressive Change, CDC and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution
Derek Freese Film Foundation

Exciting happenings with SIP 2019!  Details and 2019 materials will be posted soon! And don’t worry: Deadlines and Award Announcements will be pushed back accordingly.

2018 application here.  Electronic application, here.

2018 Rules/Regulations

For the Oscar Micheaux Award eligibility form, 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
  • $2,500 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

The 2018 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition (SIP) Winners

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

Fairview Cantata, written by Deron Albright

Logline:
Following the murder of his husband, a blind composer swears revenge, only to discover himself entangled in a much deeper conspiracy. And as he struggles to unravel the mystery, the maestro finds that it’s not just an eye for an eye, but what he hears that brings justice.

 TV Prime Time Award, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal

Alpha Female, written by Philip Malaczewski 

Logline:
After surviving a werewolf attack, a timid cyber-security engineer must escape the werewolf bounty hunter who’s been sent to kill her.

Oscar Micheaux Award, (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

Janet Leslie, written by Steven R. Berry

Logline:
A newly hired assistant building supervisor struggling to accept his sexual identity finds himself in the midst of a landlord/tenant battle and a violent bigoted co-worker.

Student Award, sponsored by Derek Freese Film Foundation

Linked, written by Caroline Puts

Logline:
A self-pressuring high school student and aspiring Mathlete gets interrupted on her path to victory when an argument leads to her mind becoming linked with the mind of a slacking stoner and musical genius.