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Shorts Fee
Teleplay Fee
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Preliminary Deadline
Nov 20, 2018
$45
$45
$45
Regular Deadline
Jan 24, 2019
$50
$50
$50
Late Deadline
Feb 21, 2019
$55
$55
$55
Extended Deadline
Mar 21, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$70
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
We love New York and we love film! We especially loves films shot, set, about, or written and produced and starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorker, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all. (And no, you don’t have to be from here to submit your scripts).

We are a passionate group of entertainment professionals who care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York City filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.S. and around the world.

We want our screenwriting competition to launch the careers of New York’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. We want our competition to connect up and coming artists with the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives and producers around the world. We are especially passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams in the ‘Mecca’ we call home.

Our city has a long history of producing the most talented writers and filmmakers in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire and support writers at all levels to make great films in, about, or around New York (and no, your entry does not have to be about New York).

We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support the people who make them. We want to inspire an entire generation of filmmakers to tell great stories in New York, the US, and abroad.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Nov 24, 2018
$40
Late
Dec 8, 2018
$45
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.
Scription Screenplay Competition
Early Bird
Nov 29, 2018
$$20
Regular
Dec 23, 2018
$$25
Student
Dec 23, 2018
$$20
Final Deadline
Jan 2, 2019
$$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.
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Regular
Nov 30, 2018
$89
$25/48
Final Deadline
Jan 9, 2019
$89
$25/48
Late
Jan 9, 2019
$89
$25/48
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2019
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL LONDON SCRIPT COMPETITIONS 
Can you tell a screen story in 3 Minutes? 
Could your Feature Script be the next big thing?
Do you have a 10 minute (or less) script you’re really excited about?

1) THE 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION: 
We’re seeking micro-short scripts for possible production. 
As well as the associated publicity, the winning script will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and be considered for production. It should be noted that most years since the competition began the winning scripts have been produced and the resulting films have subsequently gone on to win film festivals around the world. The awards include two Crystal Bears for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in consecutive years as well Best of Festival at the Aesthetica Film Festival. One was short listed for a BAFTA. These films have been Official Selection in 31 other festivals and received prestigious distribution deals. 
For more details - http://ukfilmfestival.com/3-minute-script-competition  

2) THE FEATURE SCRIPT COMPETITION: 
The UK Film Festival places their winning scripts with directors and producers. Our 3 previous feature winning scripts COTTONTAIL, THE CIRCLE and THE DOUBLE have all been optioned. 
For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/

3) THE 10 MINUTE (OR LESS) SCRIPT COMPETITION:
First year running. Be the first winner of this brand new category.
For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/10-minute-screenplay-competition.html
ReelHeART International Screenplay and TV Pilot Script Competition
Inktip Late
Nov 30, 2018
$65
$50
$55
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 Late
Nov 30, 2018
$65
$50
$55
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.
Script Summit
Extra Earlybird
Nov 30, 2018
$35
$30
$35
Earlybird
Jan 31, 2019
$40
$35
$40
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$50
$40
$50
Late
May 31, 2019
$65
$50
$65
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
$75
$65
$75
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2019
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters.
You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event. The Summit also hosts Q&A panels, seminars, table reads of selected scripts, an awards dinner, and over $1,500 in cash prizes!

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with the famous Action on Film MEGAfest! This allows all of our writers with officially selected scripts, the chance to attend the AoF. There they will gain an all-access pass to official Action on Film seminars and film screenings. That is over an $800 value!

These events are held side by side at the Brenden Theaters in the Palms Hotel in the beautiful Palms Casino/Hotel/Resort in downtown Las Vegas! As a participant in this event, you can pitch your script and network with industry professionals. Meet and possibly attach celebrities to your projects! Gain tremendous insight into which projects get chosen, how they get made and of course...cash prizes!

Winners have announced at the Awards Dinner.
The Pitch Now Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2018
$55
$25
$55
Winners Notified:
Jan 15, 2019
As writers, we spend a lot of our precious time crafting unique scripts, yet we hardly ever employ an equal level of passion when attempting to get our work into the "right hands". The exposure and prestige one can gain from placing or winning a screenplay competition is invaluable, but what do you say this time around we also get you PITCHING!

Let's get proactive, let's pick a production company that makes sense for our project, tell them we were a Pitch Now Finalist or Winner, and get them to review our work, now not later ;)

All 100 finalists will be able to pitch to a studio or production company of their choice via Virtual Pitch Fest!

The competition is open to feature-length and short works, screenplays and teleplays. All Finalists and Winners will be announced by 1/15/19.

Cash, Expo Access, Pitch Packages, Exposure...

*Thanks to our Sponsors: InkTip, Virtual Pitchfest, and Story Expo L.A.!
Utah Film Awards
Late Deadline
Nov 30, 2018
$40
$40
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.
WriteMovies Winter 2019 Screnwriting Contest
Opens for submissions:
Nov 21, 2018
Late Entry
Dec 2, 2018
$44
$44
$44
Final Deadline
Jan 13, 2019
$49
$49
$49
Winners Notified:
Mar 3, 2019
WriteMovies has been helping writers succeed since 2000! Not only do we offer a cash prize for our contest, the top three scripts all earn a year of free script development with us and we GUARANTEE to pitch them to industry.

Our enhanced Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest features an increased Grand Prize of $2500 and grants free entry to anyone who commissions a script report from us - at discounted prices during the competition, with Judging Feedback starting from just $69!
Barnstorm Fest
Final Deadline
Dec 5, 2018
$75
$65
Winners Notified:
Jan 4, 2019
Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner receives $9500 in cash & prizes, including a PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER PRODUCED BY BARNSTORM MEDIA.

At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.

FINALIST PACKAGE
Three finalists from each category will be able to pitch their projects directly to executives from Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, and Leftfield Pictures, all via iPitch.

Every finalist also receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself.

One finalist from each category will receive an InkTip prize package. Each prize package includes an InkTip script listing and an InkTip magazine listing that will promote your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

GRAND JURY PRIZE
One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Jury Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, as well as $250, a three month listing on The Blacklist and, the kicker, BARNSTORM MEDIA WILL PRODUCE A PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER FOR YOUR SCRIPT.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular
Dec 7, 2018
$70
$60
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 established and emerging screenwriters with unique, relevant and innovative screenplays. Winning scripts will be promoted on InkTip, and grand winning short script will be produced into a short film to premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival in NYC!
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/
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








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