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Fee Colors:
Feature Fee
Shorts Fee
Teleplay Fee
LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Ext Late
Jan 24, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are the world's most prestigious and fabulous screenwriting competition!!!

As one of the few screenwriting competitions for the LGBTQ community, our aim is to discover and recognize the best emerging talent and most original voices from our community in film and television writing from around the world. We are proud to be LGBTQ and even prouder to support the LGBTQ community. Members from our community have long been known for being the best artists in the world and we want to not only recognize them for that, but to support them in being talented as well as a member of our community. We go out of our way to find great new talent and place top new screenwriters firmly on the industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our competition based in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Women Who Write in Film
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Ext Late
Jan 17, 2019
$59
$59
$59
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are Women Who Write and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our Hollywood based competition.
Black Screenplays Matter
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$58
$58
$58
Ext Late
Jan 17, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are a team of artists that want nothing more than to support the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. Specifically, those storytellers that passionate about telling stories about our communities in the U.S. and abroad, from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean, to Wall Street and the streets of London to the NBA.

African-American stories are as vast and varied as any culture’s and not enough of them are being told so we want to support the artists who are telling them so we can see more of them on the silver screen. And yes, we take submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, White, Black, Latin, Asian, Arab, and everything in between. We believe in, support, and practice creating diversity in the workplace and support artists of all ethnicities.

Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, more black stories to go into production, and to connect production companies that tell our stories to the exceptionally talented storytellers who are writing them. We want to inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories that will inspire future generations to tell great stories.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$58
$58
$58
Ext Late
Jan 24, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
Welcome to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost screenwriting competition dedicated to promoting the most creative and original authors in the world. Because as Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Screenwriting Competition - SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2018
$80
$n/a
$80
Extended deadline
Dec 14, 2018
$80
$n/a
$80
Winners Notified:
Mar 21, 2019
INKDISC18 available only on Filmfreeway.com. For more information on the festival visit http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/

SCREENWRITING:
One to three best scripts from the SR script submissions are selected by a special jury for an award by InkTip in the form of a free listing on InkTip and an additional prize from Final Draft as a download of the latest scriptwriting software.

Our unique selection process offers the three-five finalists the opportunity to see/hear excerpts from their scripts read by actors. The festival was established in January 2013 and the first edition took place March 2014. Script may be dramas, historical, comedic, or any other genre, as long as they are not previously produced, they are feature length and they are written in English (translations are OK).
New York International Screenplay Awards
Regular
Dec 15, 2018
$40
$25
Late
Feb 15, 2019
$50
$30
Final Deadline
Apr 10, 2019
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2019
New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together the producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional from all over the world. The writers of the scripts chosen have a chance to meet producers in New York. In addition they will get glamourus trophies and various kinds of prizes.
The first of the award ceremonies was in 2016. All through out the years screenwriters from almost 20 countries applied to the contest. Those who won had meetings with about 10 New Yorker producers online. The screenwriters who submitted their scripts, producers and the other guests who work in the American movie industry had a chance to network at the award ceremony and the after party.
NYISA Jury members are producers, screenwriters and filmmakers who read the submissions and provide detailed feedback.
NYISA2019 award ceremony will take place in Manhattan on May 10th, submissions for the NYISA2019 will be open until April 10th.
2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2018
$70
$55
$65/60
Final
Dec 16, 2018
$70
$55
$65/60
Winners Notified:
May 7, 2019
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 21st year, is accepting submissions for its 2019 competition:

http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2019-call-for-entries/

Founded in 1998 by award-winning writer Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat has supported thousands of screenwriters through written analysis provided to all entrants, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the film and television industry. BlueCat’s Alumni include:

Aaron Guzikowski (Verve/Madhouse) wrote PRISONERS and the remake of PAPILLON, which will open in theatres on August 28th, 2018.

Fergal Rock wrote DEPARTURES starring Nina Dobrev and Maisie Williams, which opens in theatres this year. An early draft of DEPARTURES entitled Calvin & Skye won the BlueCat Fellini Award.

Ana Lily Amirpour (CAA), won Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival for THE BAD BATCH, directed by Lyle Vincent (DREAMLAND) and starring Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. She recently directed a critically acclaimed episode of LEGION.

Ashleigh Powell (Gersh/Good Fear Film), wrote THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston. Disney will release the movie on November 2nd, 2018. She’s currently writing THE ATHENA PROJECT for Warner Bros and THE PAPER MAGICIAN for Disney.

AWARDS:

Feature Screenplay Winner $10,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $1000 each.

Pilot (Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.

Pilot (Half-Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.

Short Script Winner $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 each.

The Fellini Award (Best International Screenplay) Winner $5,000.

For complete information and submission details, please visit:

http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2019-call-for-entries/

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support!

BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Website: www.bluecatscreenplay.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatWriters
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bluecatwriters/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition/
Big Apple WOMENS Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Dec 18, 2018
$70
$60
Final Deadline
Jan 8, 2019
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Jan 10, 2019
JANUARY 18TH, 2019
Big Apple Women's Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, a celebration of women filmmakers and screenwriters in NYC! Presented by the Big Apple Film Festival Year Round Screening Series. Includes Q and A and reception. Seeking feature length and short screenplays.
BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals", is dedicated to supporting emerging and established filmmakers and screenwriters.
Save the Cat! Screenplay Challenge
Early Bird
Dec 20, 2018
$125
Regular
Jan 31, 2019
$135
Late
Feb 22, 2019
$140
Extended
Mar 15, 2019
$145
Winners Notified:
Apr 19, 2019
Introducing….
“Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT! SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE”

“A screenplay competition that uses the same language the writer, the reader and the decision makers use”.

ALL Entrants to Receive: Review by judges trained in Save the Cat! Methodology. Save the Cat! script report - Over $495.00 worth of feedback

Grand Prize Winners: 3-day trip to LA ($600), 3-night hotel stay ($1200), live table read, pitch practice session, real pitch to a LA-based production company
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Dec 22, 2018
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 28, 2018
The leading screenplay competition for thriller screenwriters. Well-written thrillers are an excellent way demonstrate commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood managers and producers have agreed to receive the winning script and consider the top finalists' loglines for read requests, including:

Grindstone Entertainment, MadHorse, Magnet Management, Zero Gravity, and Morningstar Films

Plus, the winning writer gets a free InkTip listing for more pros to find your script.
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Regular
Dec 22, 2018
$49
$49
$49
Late
Jan 12, 2019
$59
$59
$59
Extended
Feb 23, 2019
$69
$69
$69
Out on Bail
Mar 16, 2019
$79
$79
$79
Final Deadline
Apr 6, 2019
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Apr 20, 2019
Festival and screenplay contest celebrating the best of indie crime and horror.

Scripts in the crime and horror sub-genres juggle genre-awareness, often times in order to subvert the expected, with natural talent and a unique voice. We aim to spotlight the voices of tomorrow's classics.

Winners will be considered by:

ZERO GRAVITY
BLOOD LIST / BRILLSTEIN
THINK TANK
TXL FILMS
... and more.

The top three screenplays also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
Scription Screenplay Competition
Student
Dec 23, 2018
$$20
Regular
Dec 23, 2018
$$25
Final Deadline
Jan 2, 2019
$$30
Late Deadline
Jan 2, 2019
$$30
Winners Notified:
Feb 4, 2019
Objective:
Scriptition Screenplay competition is dedicated to discovering new talent by increasing exposure for unproduced short film and feature narrative screenplays. Competition organizers are passionate about the writing process and telling stories, and we are seeking good stories/ scripts to produce. Hence, we started a competition.


Rules:
1. We are an 'ECO FRIENDLY' competition: To reduce waste, only electronic submissions in PDF file format are accepted. Physical submissions are NOT accepted.

2. By submitting your script, you confirm that you own 100% of the rights to the work. If the work's copyright is held by more than one person, the submitter must have the written consent of all other owners prior to submitting. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.

3. If the entrant, for any reason, prefers NOT to have their screenplay made available to Hollywood professionals for consideration, the entrant is responsible for notifying the competition administrators.

4. Scripts may originate from anywhere in the world. However, the script must be written in the English language.

5. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older. (Entrants between the ages of 13 to 18 may enter with a written letter of consent from a legal guardian.)

6. The script must be less than 40 pages in length to qualify for Shorts, and less than 120 for feature screenplays.

7. Any decisions made by the judges and/or competition administrators must be considered final and cannot be disputed.

8. The competition and its administrators shall not be liable for any typographical errors.

9. Entry fees must be paid in US Dollars and are nonrefundable. The winner is responsible for filing income taxes on any cash prizes that may be received if any is received.

10. Entry must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the date of the deadline specified.

11. All rights to the submitted material will remain with the entrant. The contest administrators and operators DO NOT claim any rights to the material submitted to the competition.

12. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.

13. Screenwriters who earn their living writing for television are ineligible.​

​14. No refunds.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Extended
Dec 28, 2018
$80
$70
Final Deadline
Jan 18, 2019
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Jan 21, 2019
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition seeks to promote and support screenwriters with unique and innovative screenplays. Winning feature scripts will be promoted on InkTip, and will receive the opportunity to pitch their script to production companies, agents and other industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more. Grand prize winning short script will be produced into a short film to premiere in NYC!
ReelHeART International Screenplay and TV Pilot Script Competition
Inktip Year-End
Dec 31, 2018
$75
$60
$65
Final Deadline
Mar 7, 2019
$95
$80
$85
Winners Notified:
Apr 7, 2019
For years, ReelHeART has been mentoring Screenwriters from around the world to get their Screenplay into the best possible shape for the next and most sought after step in their careers --- A Hollywood Option!

ALL Scripts receive FREE Valuable Industry Coverage from Industry Insiders!

If Hollywood doesn't come calling, then maybe the next step is representation from a Manager, Agent, or an Interested 3rd Party who has seen your screenplay as part of the judging process at ReelHeART or we've sent to a production house who makes the kind of films your screenplay is about.

Or maybe your ReelHeART experience gets you so inspired to make your next re-write so crisp and clean that you go on to make your Screenplay into a Film and enter it the following year and win a Prize!

Whatever the next step is for you as a Screenwriter, we mentor you by going through each and every screenplay entered with a fine tooth comb to get your script ready for that next re-write, or get your screenplay 'Table-Read' ready for a Live Festival Audience.

All Scripts entered receive valuable industry related coverage - for FREE
ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival
Inktip Year-End
Dec 31, 2018
$75
$60
$65
Final Deadline
Mar 7, 2019
$95
$80
$85
Winners Notified:
Apr 7, 2019
ReelHeART was the 1st Screenwriting competition in the WORLD that offered a Rehearsed Cast-to-Type Live Read for its Top 3 Feature Script Winners. We do that for our Top 3 Short Screenplay Winners too. And added a *Bonus* Live Read of our (Writing Competition only) TV Pilot Winner.

Winners get a semi-staged Live Script Read with Actors that go through an audition process, so they can bring your script to life right in front of your eyes.

#1: Unlike many other Screenwriting competitions, we do not charge extra for Feedback
#2: We give great, industry relevant feedback. Again, for FREE!
#3: Amazing things have happened to a large number of our Top 3 Winners. Agent representation, Options at big Hollywood studios like CAA, Paramount, and Disney. And one of our writers even became a jury member for the Golden Globes. Pretty cool huh?

Never entered a film festival before? If you have never entered a competition before for film, documentary or screenplays, ReelHeART should be your first film festival stop.

Local Film Industry pros affectionately refer to us as “The Filmmaker’s Bootcamp” as the only film festival that shows all levels of filmmakers ‘the complete indie package’ on how to hit the ground running with promotion, marketing, networking and how to garner distribution interest. Filmmakers refer to us as “The Filmmaker’s Film Festival”. We are proud to wear both banners. We invite you to find out why…

The experience you gain at ReelHeART along with the networking opportunities and the welcome you’ll receive are among our priorities and quite possibly one of the top film festival events you’ll ever experience.
Utah Film Awards
End of Year Deadline
Dec 31, 2018
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 6, 2019
It was only a matter of time before film festivals in Utah became dominant, and the Utah Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has become one of the most reputed in the film industry.

Our screenplay judges are respected industry producers on the search for great new scripts to option. By entering, you are getting your script put right in their laps.

Industry veterans, extraordinary filmmakers, and top-shelf enthusiasts are coming together in such a way that makes it hard to leave.
Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival
Earlybird
Dec 31, 2018
$50
$30
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$60
$40
Late
Apr 30, 2019
$80
$50
Final Deadline
May 31, 2019
$100
$60
Extended
May 31, 2019
$100
$60
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2019
Our screenwriting festival showcases our winners to international cinema buyers at the Cannes Film Market/ Cannes Film Festival. We also have a new division, called "Script Accessible, which is for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who write about disabled lead characters.

This was founded by Hammad Zaidi in early 2009. Originally housed at Slamdance and sponsored by WGA-West, "Script Accessible" made its mark when Gia Milani, our first winner for “All the Wrong Reasons,” went on to be produced and then won the Discovery Award of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
10th Annual New Media Film Festival Script Competition
Late
Jan 3, 2019
$85
$85
$85
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2019
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 2, 2019
CALL FOR SCRIPTS – www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

Festival Perks:
• In competition for Grand Prize - $45,000 in Awards
• Also the Top 3 Scripts get $1000.00 in Writing Industry Perks
• The Best script gets an interview in The Script Lab Magazine
• Script nominees are listed on screen during programming
• And you are part of the Q & A in that session.
• Walk the Red Carpet for Press Interviews
• Be part of the Creative Mixer, honoring the nominees.
• Highlighted in our monthly newsletter to 80,000.

All Script types and lengths considered in Script Category.
Animation – Book - Children’s – Comedy – Drama – Documentary – Episodic - Long Form - New Media – Novel – Pilot – Play – Screenplay - Scripted Reality – Series – Television – Videogame - Web Series

More About the Festival

The rationale behind the festival is clear. New media continues to show its lasting power and potential to evolve - there is scope for truly groundbreaking and compelling work in the world of storytelling. The festival is designed to both discover and cultivate highly creative work from emerging and seasoned content creators.

Put your innovative work forward and join the unique community of content creators at New Media Film Festival® - submit today!
www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com








“Worth The Entry Fee”
- Movie Maker Magazine




“Makes The Cutting Edge Accessible”
– Huffington Post




“I thank NewMediaFF for what they’ve done for young filmmakers”
-Roger Corman




”The role of this fest is bringing the Best in New Media to the World”
-Festival World




“Stories that exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform” - Hero Complex




SUBMIT TODAY http://www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com/submit.php
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
January Deadline
Jan 3, 2019
$43
$23
March Deadline
Mar 8, 2019
$47
$28
April Deadline
Apr 14, 2019
$51
$31
May Deadline
May 19, 2019
$53
$33
Final Deadline
Jun 10, 2019
$55
$34
Winners Notified:
Jul 28, 2019
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

OUR MISSION

Inspired by the idea of a cultural revival, we recognize that the digital revolution creates the conditions for a New Renaissance, opening a door for a different set of stories to be told.

OUR MISSION

Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival’s mission is to support and champion the best upcoming filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

We focus on the ARTIST, on the STORY and on building an international COMMUNITY of inspiring storytellers.

Our passion is to tell great stories.
ONE OF THE TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS TO KNOW ABOUT!

NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS among some very distinguished company, including Raindance and Aesthetica.

As of September 2016, we were ranked in the top 100 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway.

We have been privileged to screen world and UK premiers at our festival that went on to win an Oscar! We have also found that filmmakers, screenwriters and actors create new projects from meeting each other at the festival.

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS, STORIES AND STORYTELLERS

This festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF London has several categories for UK and International filmmakers and screenwriters, but very close to our hearts is the YOUNG TALENT AWARD. This is a special award for screenwriting, short films and acting that will be presented to young talent (up to 24 years of age). In 2018 the award was presented by First Flights, an initiative from Goldfinch Film Studios, a film production company which looks for new directors to work with.

NRFF LONDON 2019

2019 will be our fourth year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, features, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival (as many as we can), finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.

Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.

Key Dates:

Submissions for 2019 will begin at the end of August 2018. Please read our guidelines (see below) and competition terms before doing so. The festival will take place in August 2019, and all contestants will be notified at least 6 weeks prior to the event.

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

NRFF is growing from the ground up. Our festival was successfully launched in London 2016. Our goal is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking with these annual festivals.

Each city will engage with different themes and communities, including the LGBT community, giving independents the recognition they deserve.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Early
Jan 7, 2019
$45
$25
First
Feb 4, 2019
$50
$30
Regular
Mar 4, 2019
$55
$35
Late
Apr 15, 2019
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 29, 2019
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2019
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts.

Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
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