Calling all film buffs, writers and movie lovers!

A nationwide competition is searching for the UK's most inventive and creative film fans to take on Hollywood and come up with an alternate ending to a movie classic for a chance to win £2,000.

If you ever thought you could do a Scorsese, Lucas or Spielberg better, then this competition - sponsored by - is for you. Whether it’s getting ET home, Bogart and Bergman at the airport, that twist in Sixth Sense, it is the ending that can truly make a movie and this is your chance to give it a rewrite. All you need to do is put pen to paper and submit 750 words, either as prose or scripted dialogue.

There are five categories to enter: best comedy or rom-com; best action or adventure; best fantasy; sci-fi or horror; best family or animation; and best drama or thriller.

Entries will be judged by jury panel of three acclaimed industry experts: Manchester Metropolitan University's senior Lecturer of Film Studies Andy Moor, Film and Theatre Critic Kevin Bourke and script writer Martin Paul Roche.

They will award the winning entry with the £2,000 prize fund to be invested as the winner desires – be it a cutting edge home cinema, an adventure to fire your creative juices or a pilgrimage to the heart of film, Hollywood, it's completely up to you. The competition just wants to reward your fun and creativity handsomely. Two runners-up will receive £250 and The Alties will also be awarding two further entries from each category a box set to the value of £30.

Entrants can get hints and tips from the judges, plus full details of how to enter, at

Judge Kevin Bourke believes everyone has got an alternate ending tucked away waiting to be unleashed.

He said: “Every film has twists and turns right up to the end, that’s why we love them so much. Imagining a different twist than the one you see on screen is something everyone has done in the cinema.

“It’s best to start with a film you really love and characters you know inside out - that will make it easier to imagine how else their story might have played out.

“After that, it really is limitless, these people are under your control and you can come up with a finale more explosive than anything Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese or Orson Welles could imagine.”

Ian Cowley, managing director of, comments: “We are massive movie fans and love the idea of challenging writers to imagine ‘what if…?’ with their favourite films from over the years.

“It’s the ultimate director’s cut - to re-do a classic movie the way they’ve always wanted to see it.”

But budding directors need to get busy, the closing date for entries is September 4.