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Script House


Script House is an incubator designed by Soho House to support emerging talent looking to take the next step as screenwriters and film-makers. Every year, we help two candidates turn their scripts into short films, with one of them announced as the overall winner — chosen by a panel of industry experts.

Script House 2021 is produced in partnership with Genesis Motor America. The judging panel includes Barry Jenkins, Lulu Wang, and Guneet Monga. 

This year we are looking for ideas that reflect this year’s theme: movement. Movement encapsulates potential – the potential of change, progress, and collective action. Movement has never been more relevant than now.

‘Script House enables budding storytellers to take their vision from script to screen in producing uplifting short films that resonate with a global audience’

Jo Addy, Group Film & Entertainment Director, Soho House

Applications closed


Applications are open to members and non-members globally*.

Submit your script around the theme of movement by 11:59pm PST on Sunday 4 July 2021  using the submission form below. 

The shortlist of 10 film-makers will be invited to join Film Lab, a multi-day workshop where they’ll collaborate with industry experts. Together they’ll refine their scripts, and learn about producing and directing.

The judges will choose two finalists to produce their short films, with funding from Genesis Motor America. The winner will receive a one-year lease of a Genesis car. The two finalists’ shorts will also be screened at our Houses around the world. 

*This prize is open to individual applicants only. We do not accept writing groups.

Your idea should be inspired by this year’s theme: movement. Movement reflects change, progress, and collective action. What does movement mean to you?

A man in a grey suit with a melancholic expression
A desert landscape
A child in a blue dress sitting on a pink sofa playing a video game

‘Script House was such a rare and fantastic opportunity to write and direct my own script and discover my voice. I learnt more during that time than I could have ever imagined. I met artistic collaborators and life-long peers’

Deepak Sethi, Script House 2019 winner

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Script House is an incubator designed by Soho House to support emerging talent looking to take the next step as screenwriters and film-makers. Every year, we help two candidates turn their scripts into short films, with one of them announced as the overall winner — chosen by a panel of industry experts.

We are looking for script ideas from emerging screenwriters and film-makers based anywhere in the world. Submissions are open to Soho House members and non-members. Please note that the prize is open to individual applicants only and we don’t accept submissions from writing groups.

We are looking for ideas that reflect this year’s theme: movement. Movement encapsulates potential — the potential of change, progress, and collective action. Movement has never been more relevant than now.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

The shortlist of ten will be invited to join our Film Lab, a multi-day workshop. They’ll receive mentorship from our panel of industry experts to help them refine their scripts, and learn more about producing and directing.

After Film Lab, the judges will pick two finalists to produce and execute their short films, with funding from Genesis Motor America. The winner will receive a one-year lease of a Genesis car. The two finalists’ shorts will also be screened at our Houses around the world.

These Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) govern your submission of a short film script, the “Script” to the Script House short film contest (the “Contest”). The Script House contest is run by Soho House LLC in North America and Soho House Limited in the UK, Europe and Asia (“Soho House”) and is governed by the Terms, as outlined below. By submitting your Script to the Contest, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand the Terms and agree to abide by the Terms at all times. These terms will continue to apply if you are chosen as a Script Contest Shortlist of 10 (“Shortlist of 10”), where applicable. All references to “you” and “your” shall refer to you as the submitter of the Script to the Contest. Selected Shortlist of 10 will win the opportunity to produce a short film off the Script (the “Short Film”)

Entry Requirements:

One Script entry only per applicant
The Script must be created and submitted by individuals. Scripts from writing groups will not be considered and will be disqualified
You must be at least 21 years of age to submit a Script if you’re applying within the USA and at least 18 years old if you are applying in any jurisdiction outside of the USA.

Script Guidelines and Acknowledgements:
•  All Scripts must be submitted in English
•  All Scripts must be the original work of the author without restriction from any third party
•  All Scripts must not exceed 15 pages
•  All Scripts must be in a pdf format with a title page that clearly states your title, name, and email address, and you agree to be contacted by email
•  Scripts will not be eligible if they have been sold, produced for profit or optioned
•  You can only submit scripts – loglines, taglines, synopses, casting suggestions, resumes, cover  letters, photographs or any other materials of any kind are not eligible for consideration in the Contest
•  Once a Script has been submitted, it is considered to be in final form and no revised or future drafts will be eligible for consideration
•  If selected as a Finalist, you must direct the film yourself. You may not include a co-director or any similar function
•  The run time for the finished Short Film may not exceed 10 minutes
•  In order to be eligible for consideration in the Contest, you must submit Scripts between the Kick-Off and the Contest Close Date (each as defined below)

Short Film and Finalists Guidelines:
Soho House will select two (2) Finalists each of whom will receive US $30,000 or the equivalent monetary amount in your resident currency to produce the Short Film (the “Production Funds”)
You represent that you have received consent from any individuals featured or visible in the Short Film to use such individual’s image and likeness in the manner(s) set forth herein
Finalists are responsible for their own tax liability and agree to indemnify Soho House for any tax liabilities or penalties incurred, as a result of entering the Contest or being selected as a Finalist.
Finalists who are resident in the USA must have an LLC to receive the Production Funds and provide Soho House with any necessary payment information as requested. Finalists who are resident in any jurisdiction outside of the USA, may receive the Production Funds to their nominated bank account and shall provide Soho House with any necessary payment information as requested.

Promotion:
Genesis Motor America will loan the Finalists a car to feature in the Short Film and will require a 4 weeks notice to arrange the car loan
You acknowledge and agree that in the event that you are selected as a Finalist:
Soho House & Genesis Motor America are permitted to use Finalist name and likeness for promotional purposes 
Finalists will be available for interviews with the Soho House editorial team and both parties shall promote these interviews ontheir  different social media channels.
Soho House & Genesis Motor America are permitted to use a 30 second trailer of the finished Short Film(s) on their digital platforms to promote the Script House Finalists.The car must be visible in this trailer

Key Dates*
7th June Contest submission kick-off date (the “Kick-Off”)
4th July  Contest submission close date (the “Contest Close Date”)
20th July Soho House will select ten (10) Scripts for final consideration (Shortlist of 10)
3rd-5th August Film Lab - multi-day workshop for the Shortlist of 10 who will receive mentorship from our panel of industry experts to help refine their scripts, and learn more about producing and directing
Aug to Oct Shortlist of 10 script table reads via the Script House Podcast
9th  August Finalists selection and notification (under embargo to publicise selection until 19th October)
Oct to Dec Short Film production and editing
19th October Finalists announcement on Soho House channels
4th January Finalists submit the first cut of their Short Films to Soho House
11th January Films completed and submitted for judges to review
W/C 24th January Finalists present their Short Films in New York or Los Angeles (date and city TBD) and winner is announced

*All dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed by Soho House nearer the time

Travel and Accommodation:
All travel and accommodation choices will be booked by and at the discretion of Soho House
The Finalists will be entitled to:
Round Economy trip flight to/from New York or Los Angeles
Up to 2 nights of accommodation only in a hotel in New York or Los Angeles
Transportation to and from the airport
If a Finalist resides in New York or Los Angeles at the time of selection, such Semi-Finalist will receive as accommodation - one (1) hotel night stay, including one (1) breakfast and (1) dinner. No transportation fares shall be reimbursed, including, but not limited to, taxis, Uber, trains etc.

Miscellaneous:
Soho House reserves the right to select the Finalists at Soho House’s sole and complete discretion. Soho House’s and Genesis Motor America decision is final and unchallengeable. Soho House can at its sole discretion declare the competition void without providing a reason. 
Soho House reserves the right to change or modify the Terms at any time and without prior notice or to terminate the Contest without penalty
You agree to apply with all applicable laws and regulations with respect to the Script and Short  Film
You hereby grant to Genesis Motor America and Soho House and our affiliates a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, license in the intellectual property rights in the Script and or Short Film to (a) reproduce the content for the purposes of carrying out our business; (b) include images of the content or reproduce the content for promotional, marketing, and social media purposes across all ours and our affiliates' channels whether print, digital or online
You represent and warrant that neither the Script nor the Short Film will infringe upon any intellectual property right of Soho House or any third party and that you have received consent to include any third-party intellectual property which may be feature, visible, or identifiable in your Short Film
You represent and warrant that neither the Script nor the Short Form shall contain (a) any content or information that is unlawful, fraudulent, libelous, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable, or infringes our or any third party’s intellectual property or other rights; (b) any non-public information about companies without authorization; or (c) any advertisements, solicitations, chain letters, pyramid schemes, surveys, contests, investment opportunities or other unsolicited commercial communication, or provide links to, (d) any postings containing material that could be considered harmful, obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit, indecent, lewd, violent, abusive, profane, insulting, threatening, harassing, hateful or otherwise objectionable, includes the image or likeness of individuals under 18 years of age, or contains any personal contact information or other personal information identifying any third party.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Soho House and all affiliates, assigns, employees, directors, agents, representatives, and successors from any and all claims (i) alleging infringement of any third- party rights with respect to the Script or Short Film, (ii) any breach by you of applicable law related to the Script or Short Film; and (iii) arising as a result of, or in connection with your failure to comply with these Terms
Soho House will use the personal information you provide to Soho House in connection with these Terms in accordance with our Privacy Policy which can be found at: https://www.sohohouse.com/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy
To the extent permitted by applicable law, Soho House’s entire liability with respect to the Contest under contract or tort is limited to $30,000. SOHO HOUSE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE CONTEST, REGARDLESS OF ANY NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, NOTHING IN THIS PARAGRAPH IS INTENDED TO LIMIT OR RESTRICT THE INDEMNIFICATION RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS
In the event of any dispute between you and Soho House concerning these Terms, the laws of England will apply. If you wish to take court proceedings against Soho House, you should do so within England, except to the extent that applicable law in your country of residence requires mandatory application of another law and/or jurisdiction and/or language and such requirement cannot lawfully be excluded under these Terms in which case such law and/or jurisdiction and/or language shall apply, as far as legally required.


By submitting your work, you agree to all the terms and conditions stated above

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