Cohencidence accepts unsolicited screenplay submissions for potential development, provided they meet the following criteria.
Cohencidental productions will be shot on Arri 4K cameras with a professional level crew. Most will be in the $200k-5M range. Release on DVD/Blu-Ray, VOD & Internet are assured, but our goal is always to make theatrical quality films. Compensation for the right script can include an option payment, purchase and/or back-end participation, all TBD.
1. Screenplays should be feature-length, preferably 85-100 pages, and properly formatted. In general, we are looking for roles that would appeal to A-list stars. Union or non-union writers are welcome.
2. We are open to most genres and cross-genre projects. We’re more interested in your writing style, your characters, their arcs, and their impact on the worlds around them. The darker, the better. We dig stories about people or ideas that can ultimately help society evolve. Our favorite genres include:
- Character-driven sci-fi. We like space and we like the future. Bonus if it’s in limited locations, like “Moon” or “Below”
- Post-modern fantasies (“Unbreakable” or “Being John Malkovich”)
- Suspense, like “Mr. Brooks” or “Running Scared” (2006)
- Intelligent comedy (“Igby Goes Down,” “Wag the Dog,” “Grosse Pointe Blank”)
- Intelligent horror or creature (“Alien” or “Sixth Sense”)
- Historical fiction or biographical (“Quills” or “Children of the Revolution”) We would especially like to read something on Ovid.
- Scripts set in or around a casino (“Croupier” or “The Cooler”)
- Personal dramas with far-reaching impact, like “The King’s Speech” or “Fight Club”
- Mockumentary (anything by Christopher Guest)
- Unproduced play, poem or book adaptations, especially from Antiquities (send your spec script, not just your ideas on how to adapt the source material)
- Other genres may be considered, especially if your project comes with financing or stars attached. Target ratings can be G through NC-17.
- The only genre we will NOT consider is faith-based.
3. We are already working on many of our own projects. By submitting anything to us, you acknowledge that your project may be materially similar to a project we are working on or have discussed. All submissions must include a signed release form with your script’s WGA or Copyright info. If you send us something without a release form, it will be immediately and permanently deleted.
4. We’re only interested in reading polished scripts that are in their most perfect form and ready for production. That generally means the scripts have received positive coverage and/or won awards. Please review this article on Red Flags that we look for as excuses to stop reading your material. Also, here’s a good article on submission etiquette.
If your script meets all of these requirements, please email a query with:
- Brief description of the project/story
- List of any attachments (star, director, funding, distribution, fan base…)
- Links to any of your footage, demo reels, samples, teasers, etc
- If the script has won any awards, please mention them
- Please attach the script in (.pdf) format only, along with the signed release form.
**Please DO NOT pitch us verbally, call us, or mail us hardcopies.**
We will try to read your properly-submitted project as time permits. Please do not pester us. If your script does not meet the guidelines, or we pass on your material, we are available on assignment to critique, coach, doctor, edit, polish, revise, re-write or develop your idea or script.
Thank you for being considerate of our time. We look forward to working with you.
– The Cohencidental Development Team