Sheryl Lee Ralph

Tony-nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is on the judges panel of the 2019 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition. — (File photo)

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) wants to remind local screenwriters that the Aug. 5 final deadline for the 2019 “Set in Philadelphia” (SIP) Screenwriting Competition is rapidly approaching.

According to the GPFO, the competition 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.

Philadelphia is a popular film location, with successful movies such as “Trading Places,” the “Rocky” franchise, “Creed,” “Creed II,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Philadelphia” all being shot within the city limits.

All genres will be accepted and scripts will be judged on their overall quality, and the extent to which they project “shootability” in the Philadelphia region. The SIP Finalist panel of judges is comprised of high profile producers, writers and actors who have a Philadelphia connection, including Tony Award nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph. Past judges include TV/radio host Quincy “Q Deezy” Harris, Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks and Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels.

The Best Screenplay will receive a Grand Prize of $10,000, and additional prizes include the TV Prime Time Award ($5,000), Regional Award ($2,500), the Oscar Micheaux Award ($2,500) for the best screenplay or pilot script penned by a Philadelphia area resident of the African Diaspora, and the Student Award ($500).

All prizes include notes from the judges, national press, and publication of each synopsis on

For complete submission details, visit

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