BET and ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest

Submissions are closed for 2018.

BET and ColorCreative

ABFF is excited to announce the 1st annual BET and ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest, launched in partnership with the American Black Film Festival.


BET, the most prominent television network for the African American audience, has partnered with Issa Rae’s initiative, ColorCreative, to find an emerging and diverse writer with an original comedy or drama pilot script. If chosen as the winner, one writer will have the opportunity to have their script produced for the screen.

We are looking for writers whose creative ideas best showcase their individuality and unique point of view. The pilot must explore an important and/or an untapped part of the Black experience that YOU think would fit BET’s programming and audience. Your series can be about anything as long as you stay true to the culture and are specific about your theme and perspective.


For a successful submission, entrants must submit a one-page description of their pilot and series through the ABFF website using the guidelines below. Only quarterfinalist who move past the first round will be asked to submit their pilot script.

  • One Page Pitch
    • Must include a title and a short logline (a few sentences)
    • A synopsis of the pilot script
    • A series description
    • Must be no longer than one page using Arial font size 11
    • Should not include name of contestant
    • Read and sign the submission agreement form
    • Submission period: April 20th, 2018 – May 2nd, 2018


BET and ColorCreative will select 3 Finalists to receive a trip to the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami from June 13-17th, where they will have an opportunity to network, attend round-table sessions with industry veterans, and enjoy a private luncheon with executives from both BET and ColorCreative.


Following the festival, each Finalist will be given notes on the pilot and have several weeks to submit a revised draft. The Grand Prize winner will have their pilot script purchased for $25,000 and a chance for the script to be produced by ColorCreative for BET.