The deadline for the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest has been extended to October 1

Francis Ford Coppola could read your screenplay in contest run by the American film studio American Zoetrope for amateur screenwriters and filmmakers.

The legendary director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now will read the top ten screenplays and select the grand winner of the contest, who will win $5,000 USD (approximately £3,690).

American Zoetrope is a film studio founded by Coppola and George Lucas, which is now run by his children, filmmakers Sofia Coppola and Roman Coppola.

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The aim of the competition is to try and promote new and fresh talent in the industry, so one of the rules is that you must have not earned more than $25,000 USD (approximately £18,450) as a screenwriter to enter.

The competition is a good chance to give your script circulation as the top ten finalists will have their screenplays sent to top production companies, including Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics and Paramount Classics.

There are no limitations on what the screenplay can be about and it can be adapted from an original work or a true story. The only caveats are that it must be submitted in U.S. Motion Picture industry standard, film scripts are between 70 and 130 pages long, one-hour television pilots are between 45 and 65 pages long and half-hour pilots are between 22 and 34 pages.

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Last year, two UK-based screenwriters were selected as semi-finalists and quarter-finalists. This is a great opportunity for amateur filmmakers and screenwriters to see if they can top that and get some exposure in the industry.

You have to be 18 years old to enter your script, which costs $50 USD (approximately £35) on the website. The deadline for entries has just been extended to October 1 and the winners will be announced by February 15, 2018.

To enter your screenplay and to find out more information about the competition, visit the American Zoetrope website. Francis Ford Coppola awaits!