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Scripts - Web Series Festival Global
extended
Jun 15, 2021
$70
$70
$70
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2021
$80
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Aug 14, 2021
IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD, SINCE 2015 , WEB SERIES FESTIVAL GLOBAL CELEBRATES GREAT CONTENT.

WEB SERIES – PILOTS – SCRIPTS

7th WEB SERIES FESTIVAL GLOBAL

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5 2021 NETWORKING, SCREENINGS, Q & A, AWARDS
BestScript: Receives will receive A one year ISAConnect membership, a one year iPitch.tv membership & Total Script Express from SellAScript.com, an InkTip Script listing to promote themselves and their scripts to their entire network of producers & managers, a personalized certificate, laurels & Press.
Marina del Rey Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jun 15, 2021
$30-35
$30-35
$30-35
Winners Notified:
Jun 25, 2021
The 2021 Marina del Rey Film Festival will be held June 18th - 24th 2021. We are currently scheduled to screen films at the Cinemark 18 and XD in Los Angeles as well stream them on the Shorts Daily Roku Channel.

As part of the festival, we will have a screenplay contest.

Prizes to be announced .
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Early Bird
Jun 15, 2021
$84
$28/49
Later Bird
Jul 27, 2021
$84
$28/49
Reminder
Oct 12, 2021
$84
$28/49
Regular
Nov 23, 2021
$84
$28/49
Final Deadline
Jan 28, 2022
$90
$28/49
Winners Notified:
Mar 8, 2022
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
The UKFF Script Competitions has 3 exciting categories.
1) Feature Script - Could your Feature Script be the next big thing?
2) 3 Minute Script - Can you tell a complete screen story in 3 pages?
3) 10 Minute Script - The perfect length. Enough time to develop a short story film.
Unlike other script competitions UKFF doesn’t just give awards or money as a prize but aims to get their winning scripts into production. In fact, they are well known for successfully connecting scriptwriters to the film industry and getting the films made. With 6 of their winners’ scripts made in to films (2 of which went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival); 1 in preproduction; and a further 4 optioned - their record speaks for itself.
As a previous feature script winner, Joadie Jurgova says -
“Entering The UK Film Festival’s screenplay competition was the best chance I have ever taken. It took my script and breathed new life into it, attaching an award-winning director and placing it with a prestigious international production company in less than a year. The support since winning has been phenomenal, respectful and generous. If you are looking for a script competition that you can place your trust in, this is it.“

The UK Film Festival does more than just support feature scripts. Ever since the Short script competitions began a winning script has gone into production or preproduction and 4 of the writers' resulting films have subsequently gone on to be multi-award winning at film festivals around the world including, the Berlinale, Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire. The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals and 3 have gained prestigious distribution deals.
Winners will receive immediate marketing to the industry, winner's laurels and the associated publicity. Winners and runners up in each category will also receive the latest version of Final Draft 11 (value $250) with many new features, as well as a free script listing and placement on InkTip. Producers have made more than 400 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Regular Deadline
Jun 19, 2021
$65
Final Deadline
Aug 21, 2021
$75
Late Deadline
Aug 21, 2021
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 29, 2021
The Cynosure Screenwriting Competition seeks to reward screenplays in two categories: scripts with compelling female protagonists and scripts that showcase diversity. There will be one $5000 Grand Prize winner. This winner can come from either category. Additionally, the Grand Prize Winner will receive an advisory meeting with an established Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager. The First Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $500. The Second Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $250. For more information and additional prizes, please visit the Contest page.
Television Outreach Program (TOP)
Regular
Jun 22, 2021
$116
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 15, 2022
The Television Outreach Program (TOP) is a Scriptwriters Network program to support undiscovered television writing talent. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their work.
Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP)
Regular Deadline
Jun 22, 2021
$116
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2022
The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment. This program is for feature-length screenplays only.
High Concept Screenplay Program (HCSP)
Regular Deadline
Jun 22, 2021
$116
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 15, 2022
The High Concept Screenplay Program welcomes all genres and aims to discover, honor and reward different approaches, eclectic points of view and unique voices in screenwriting.
Screenplay Festival
Extended
Jun 30, 2021
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality — not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together — Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

The competition’s categories ensure that a truly wonderful script is not punished or ignored because it is in a genre that does not usually win awards. There is no limit to the frustration experienced by the writer who commits the crime of writing “fun” or “likeable” material. It always seems to be “important” films that win the accolades. In reality, people love dramas, but they also love comedies, family movies, action pictures, thrillers and horror flicks. Writing for a fun genre should not forbid a writer from having their talents acknowledged.
London Independent Story Prize
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
$80.17
$35.39
Extended Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
$80.17
$35.39
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2021
London Independent Story Prize (LISP) is a Writing Competition.
LISP aims to create a great networking opportunity for writers and a community that embraces multicultural differences, brave voices, unique writers, and extraordinary artistic approaches to story writing.
LISP Categories:
-Feature Screenplay
-Short Screenplay
-Flash Fiction Story
-Short Story
Submissions via Website www.londonindependentstoryprize.co.uk
OR FilmFreeway
Cosmic Film Festival
Quarter 2
Jun 30, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Quarter 3
Sep 30, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Quarter 4
Dec 31, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Winners Notified:
Jul 15, 2021
Celebrating Filmmakers from Around the World.

In 2021, we will be doing things a little differently. CFF will be hosting an online quarterly film festival with virtual streaming of winning selections. We are excited to be able to continue this festival while keeping participants and viewers safe! Submissions open on April 15th. Films created after 2018 will be accepted into the festival.

Winning films will be streamed on-demand via CosmicFilmFest.com for two weeks and be automatically entered into our annual Cosmic Film Festival event that will take place starting tentatively in Spring 2022, either virtually or live depending on the safety for our guests. This annual event will showcase the quarterly winning films in addition to selecting an overall winner from those films.

Cosmic Film Festival was founded by Ranelle Golden in 2016. Her vision was to bring passionate filmmakers of all backgrounds together with audiences eager to experience film beyond mainstream movies.

Thank you for considering Cosmic Film Festival!
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Jul 1, 2021
$60.00
$40.00
Late
Sep 1, 2021
$70.00
$50.00
Fall
Oct 1, 2021
$75.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2021
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 18, 2021
VISIONFEST is an annual online screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (commonly referred to as VF) and founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today. The Screenwriting Competition accepts feature length and short screenplays for a chance to win cash prizes, commemorative certificates, and more... Top winning feature script gets $1k cash prize - winning short $350 cash!
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Jul 3, 2021
$60
Winners Notified:
Jul 30, 2021
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.
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Early Bird
Jul 9, 2021
$45
$30
$30-40
Regular
Sep 17, 2021
$55
$40
$40-45
Late
Oct 8, 2021
$65
$50
$50-55
Extended
Nov 5, 2021
$70
$55
$55-60
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2021
$100
$85
$85-90
Winners Notified:
Mar 13, 2022
Welcome to the 17th Annual Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with virtually countless networking opportunities, increased industry visibility, and the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths and provides unique opportunities for writers to be discovered, have their work produced, and further inspire their creative fervor.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place."— Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Cinequest is dedicated to launching new screenwriters’ careers and providing a platform from which their work can take flight. Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Netflix, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), Cinequest showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest Film & VR Festival occurs in San Jose & Redwood City, California.

Past Competition writer Matthew Dixon, with his script, THE GLASS HOTEL (optioned by HBO), recalls his experience: “Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. Not only at the festival, with conferences and events for the writers, but long afterwards, when you’re back at the desk and find an email from one of the devoted people at Cinequest in your box. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward.”

Amidst the energy and excitement of the festival, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition empowers creative and innovative writers with the opportunity to interact with producers and industry professionals from around the world. Finalists will be honored during the Cinequest Writers Celebration, a day filled with a dynamic collection of Writer Meet Producer events, Business of Writing forums, Pitch Training, VIP Writers Lunch, and an awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition.

Additional Testimonials:
"My cell was ringing with options interest before I even left San Jose. The Cinequest win helped me land representation in L.A., which resulted in attaching a seasoned producer who loves the script. I'm now being read by some of the most well-known production companies and all the major studios in Hollywood." — Bill Schreiber, SWITCHBACK

“Winning the Cinequest feature screenwriting competition gave me a chance to connect with other writers and filmmakers, and provided me with amazing opportunities to open some doors. A top-notch competition!” — Stacie Shellner, SAINT CHLOE

"Cinequest offers the creme' de la creme' of screenplay competitions! All of the events were professionally run, and as a Screenwriting Finalist, I encountered wonderful networking situations, well thought out educational opportunities, and a warm embrace into this vibrant community." — Ashia Chacko, BLACK BOX

"I saw the word "maverick" and took a chance on a lark that maybe this was a venue that could help foster my own vision. I graduated from the USC Graduate Screenwriting program...whatever happens in my career from this point on, I will consider [Cinequest] as one of the key factors in my development as a writer." — George Chumo II, THE ICONOCLAST and THE BRIDGE

“I can honestly say that Cinequest is one of the most writer-friendly film festivals I've ever been to. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and, most of all, hear all of the stories. Here's hoping we all get a green light someday!” — Donna Laemmlen, SHEILA THE GILA MONSTER

"Everyone at Cinequest was great and I enjoyed the networking opportunities they provided. My screenplay is moving forward and we are seeking out investors to co-produce." — David Rich, THROUGH MARIA'S EYES

All submissions receive three lines of consolidated reader feedback upon request.
The Cinequest Screenplay Competition empowers global screenwriters through discovery, opportunity, recognition, and growth. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. Now in its 17th Year, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition promises more inspiration and opportunity than ever before! Top 10 Finalists will receive incredible benefits including, access to the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and the exclusive Storytelling Celebration, CASH prizes for each category winner, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. View Awards/Prizes detail for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition on FilmFreeway.
Script Summit
Final Deadline
Jul 18, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Extended
Jul 18, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 19, 2021
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters. As a participant in the Script Summit Screenplay Competition, you can build your network, expand your knowledge with in-depth seminars taught by professionals, gain tremendous insight from Q & A Panels, experience scene table reads with professional actors, and attend hundreds of film screenings at no additional cost! You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event.

There's even a grand prize of $1,000 in cash and TWO writers will walk away with a contract of representation by a Hollywood Talent Manager!

Winners are announced at the Awards Show which is free to attend!
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
NDE
Jul 24, 2021
$65
$65
$65
Extended
Aug 14, 2021
$69
$69
$69
Final Deadline
Sep 25, 2021
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
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!
Female Voices Rock
Late Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$65.00
$45.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Sep 22, 2021
$75.00
$55.00
$66.00
Extended Deadline
Sep 22, 2021
$75.00
$55.00
$66.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 3, 2021
The Female Voices Rock Screenplay Competition aims to support diverse female storytellers in the industry. Accepting TV Pilots, Shorts, and Features.

Female Voices Rock is dedicated to supporting diverse female storytellers in the entertainment industry. Our mission is to incite and inspire change that builds a foundation of equality and diversity, ensuring that every voice is heard and championed.

Our judges include MXN ENTERTAINMENT, CARTEL ENTERTAINMENT, APA TALENT AGENCY.
SWN Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$68.75
$37.50
$56.25
Winners Notified:
Sep 2, 2021
The SWN Screenplay Competition is a seasonal contest judged by some of the most respected in the industry.

Our Judges include Alec Sokolow, Terry Matalas and Nick Jones. Their credits include classics such as Toy Story, Garfield, Orange Is the New Black and Star Trek: Picard.

Our network of industry contacts expands to hundreds of working industry producers, creative executives and production companies.
Our network reach incorporates some of the largest production companies, including: Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, CBS, Relativity Media and many more.

Screenwriters Network (SWN) are dedicated to support all contestants, rather than just the winners. For entering alone, you will receive all three of our submission benefits:

➤ Every script submitted gets registered with SWN for free. No need to register with the writers’ guilds (WGA, WGUK etc.).

➤ FREE eBook – How to Sell Your Screenplay.

➤ You will receive a $10 gift card from us to be redeemed on our Script Coverage services.
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Early
Aug 12, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Regular
Sep 23, 2021
$70
$60
$70
Final Deadline
Nov 4, 2021
$80
$70
$80
Winners Notified:
Apr 12, 2022
Since 2009, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as a screenplay competition designed to discover, empower and promote the next generation of storytellers, writers and filmmakers. Fresh Voices experience in the industry allows us to identify and elevate writer's with a unique perspective and memorable voice that demands to be read.

Now in our 12th year, we have helped guide dozens of talented screenwriters to secure literary representation, option agreements and other work-for-hire writing assignments that have been the stepping stones to significant careers.

Through our generous industry sponsors, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 in cash & prize packages including script development, career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services, all designed to support your career and maximize the exposure of your big win.

Executives, managers and producers actively seeking new writers and projects are lined up to read this year's winners. Will you be our next success story?
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Late
Aug 31, 2021
$30
$28
$30
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2021
$35
$30
$35
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2021
​Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highligts a selection of best films from around the world, November 27th-30th 2021.
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work that take risks and move the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions and out of the box exceptional. It equally aims to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their work free of commercial constraints.
South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Normal Deadline
Aug 31, 2021
$45
$40
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
$55
$45
Late Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
$55
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 8, 2021
The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be two packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. South Carolina produced films and filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience and we will feature special awards just for SC produced projects.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to find an audience in more mainstream film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would Sundance (or any mainstream festival in SC for that matter) laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screening with visiting filmmakers and actors. The festival will end on the second night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. Because of this our film festival is FREE to the public! We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.
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