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Save the Cat! Screenplay Challenge
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
Feb 22, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Feb 28, 2019
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
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!
Stage 32's 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest
Regular Deadline
Feb 27, 2019
$59.50
$59.50
Final Deadline
Mar 27, 2019
$69.50
$69.50
Winners Notified:
Jul 12, 2019
We have officially opened up our call for entries for our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest! Our contests have a stellar reputation to give the best writers industry access and to provide opportunities that can help move the needle on their career. This year's winner will be flow to LA to meet with executives from NBC Universal, A&E Networks, Zero Gravity Management and more!

So you think you can dance write comedy?TM

Then great! Find out if you really can. Especially if the only people who've told you "you're funny" are small children. Because let's be real, they'll laugh at anything. Just any silly face. Any bad impression. Slinkies. Sure, they're great self-esteem boosters, buy they're terrible gauges for top-notch comedy content.
LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition
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.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
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!”
12th Annual StoryPros Awards
Early
Feb 28, 2019
$40
$40
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2019
The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest - an open competition recognizing 16 winners with $25,000.00 in cash and prizes, including guaranteed reads and other invaluable industry promotion! Past winners and contestants have garnered reads, gained representation, and optioned or sold their scripts! Will you be next?
100 Screenplays
Late Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$70
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2019
$75
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
Most screenwriting competitions accept as many scripts as possible, and then take months and months to select a winner. The entire time, the screenwriters are often asking, “How many scripts am I up against?” How long is this going to take?

100 SCREENPLAYS was created when one of the judges at Screenplay Festival, had an idea, “What if we hold a contest where we limited the number of entries to one hundred? We could get the judging done quickly. The writers would know who they are up against. The whole thing would be different.” This idea got kicked around the office until it grew into 100 SCREENPLAYS.

Now, instead of sending off your script and waiting ages to hear the results, you can enter your script and find out if you won in one month. And the entire time you never have to wonder how many scripts you are up against. (This is one of the most common questions Screenplay Festival receives.) On top of that, your chance of winning is greatly increased by the 100 script limit.
The Seal Beach Film Festival
Earlybird
Mar 1, 2019
$30
$30
$30
Regular
May 31, 2019
$35
$35
$35
Final Deadline
Jul 20, 2019
$40
$40
$40
Late
Jul 20, 2019
$40
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Aug 25, 2019
Imagine warm sandy beaches in the Southern California sun and cool Pacific Ocean surf as the audience excitement grows plus meeting and mingling with fellow filmmakers, directors, actors, writers and celebrity guests. Reward yourself with special VIP access to all events.

Enjoy an exciting four days in one of Southern California’s most friendly cities. Revel in having an excited audience to see your film participate in the after screenings Q & A’s. Plus we give you direct access to promotional opportunities and photo events and the benefits of having your film, script or trailer showcased before a captive audience for four exciting days.

Screenwriter prizes are proudly provided by InkTip and also the grand 1st prize finalist screenplay may have a live screenplay reading done "radio show style" with actors before a live audience.

Sponsors and local businesses also provide prizes and gifts for the filmmakers swag bags!
Huntington Beach Film Festival
Regular
Mar 1, 2019
$60
$45
$45
Late
Apr 1, 2019
$70
$55
$55
Final Deadline
May 1, 2019
$85
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2019
Join us as we celebrate the storytellers of tomorrow!

The Huntington Beach Film Festival has award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; and a distinguished panel of jury members.

"As festivals go, think of it as the equivalent of a Robert Altman ensemble picture: plenty of stars getting equal treatment and no one towering as a headliner over the rest." Michael Miller, LA Times

Open Genre. Open Form. Our goal is to exhibit well made projects regardless of genre, length or style. However, we are particularly interested in films and scripts by women, as well as films that offer diversity of voice and experience.

The 14th Annual SoCal Film Festival will take place September 27-29, 2019 in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA.

We hope to see your films and scripts!
Much More Than a Script Competition
Final Deadline
Mar 3, 2019
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
Mar 11, 2019
As part of the ÉCU 2019 film festival, the script competition’s focus is on independent screenplays, that is, scripts that aren’t aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to submit their short and feature-length scripts to the competition where they compete for the best script of the festival.

The two overall winners will receive an additional prize and the coveted title of Best Feature Script / Best Short Script 2019 – a title we are certain will help emerging writers overcome the obstacle of “representation” and get their scripts read by the right people.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
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.
The Finish Line Script Competition
Early Bird Deadline
Mar 4, 2019
$35
$35
Regular Deadline
May 16, 2019
$40
$40
Latecomers Deadline
Jul 11, 2019
$40
$40
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2019
It’s a fact that rewriting your screenplay or television pilot is an absolutely essential part of the successful process of perfecting story, character, structure, tone and theme. It’s from that reality that The Finish Line Script Competition was created.

Finish Line redefines the screenwriting competition, embracing the rewrite as an essential component in any successful screenplay or television pilot, and incentivizing every entrant to dig deeper, find their best draft, and win.  www.finishlinescriptcomp.com

"The Finish Line is a rare thing in the crowded world of screenplay competitions - it doesn't just stand by its goals, it wildly over-delivers on them, every step of the way. From the notes during the submission process to the many smart, creative and professional mentors, Finish Line gave my writing career an unexpected and welcomed shot of adrenaline that's created a lot of welcomed momentum.” – RB Ripley


• 32 Film/TV mentors will read, judge and then meet with our winner. Some of those mentors include Steven Rogers (producer/writer of I, TONYA), Karen Lunder, (SVP Imagine Entertainment, producer of ARRIVAL), Abdi Nazerian (producer of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), Joey Chavez, (SVP Drama, TNT) & more, including 13 agents and managers.

• We offer 6+ pages of comprehensive script development notes so you can rewrite your script and resubmit new drafts for FREE! Turnaround 7 days at most!

• Our winners get their script sent to ANYONE they want in the entertainment industry, Anyone. DIRECTLY. Guaranteed.
ReelHeART International Screenplay and TV Pilot Script Competition
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
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.
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
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.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Early Bird Deadline
Mar 8, 2019
$70
$60
$60
Regular Deadline
Apr 10, 2019
$80
$70
$70
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$90
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
May 2, 2019
2019 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Spring Edition), Winners and finalists receive the opportunity to pitch their script to industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more.
Feature length screenplay winners and finalists receive an InkTip Listing to promote their scripts. InkTip members include: ABC, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.
San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition
Ext Standard
Mar 14, 2019
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
We are a passionate group of writers, artists, and executives who love writers. In fact, we care so deeply about developing the next generation of filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad that we founded what we hope will be one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the world for serious writers and serious subject matter.

We work in the industry, but a lot of us come from backgrounds in journalism, publishing, and in some cases some very grisly real life experiences and we like serious subject matter. A lot of other festivals do as well, but that’s really all we are interested in. We are only really interested in finding the next Schindler’s List, Judgement at Nuremburg, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Lincoln, Reservoir Dogs, 12 Years a Slave, the Godfather, Sling Blade, Frida, or even Shine.

We want to support serious writers who take on serious subject matter. That’s what we’re all about. We are located in the heart of California and are proud to be the only international screenwriting competition in the Bay Area. We are committed to fostering the careers of local talent as well as finding the next generation of talent from New York, Hollywood, Toronto, and around the world.

We want to connect up and coming artists with the agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of the producers who will get their films made. We love movies and the artists who make them and we are committed to seeing more of you get your films made. As such, we are committed to having the most prolific distribution list of any screenwriting competition. We not only want our winner’s scripts in the hands of people who can do something with them, we want their scripts in the hands of people who will do something with them.

Men and women have been making great films for over a century now and we want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers and filmmakers to work in every facet of production. We want to support writers at all levels to make great films all over the world. We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support and inspire the next generation of filmmakers to tell great stories that will be told for generations to come.
Faith in Film: International Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
Faith in Film is designed to launch the careers of aspiring faith based writers, encourage established writers to transition into faith based film, and inspire writers of all faiths to include an element of faith in their films.

Faith in Film rewards screenwriters with various prizes, including distribution of your scripts to our database of A-list executives that represent the top agents, talent managers, and distributors in the faith based market.
The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
We are passionate about film and passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers from around the world. Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of great writers.

We want our competition to be a bridge between up and coming artists and the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives in both Canada and the US. We are also passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams that call our city their home.

We love all kinds of scripts and stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and Canada and from artists of all shapes and sizes, colors and ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city has a long history of nurturing and showcasing the most talented filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired.

We love film and we love storytellers. And we want to do everything we can to support the arts, not only locally, but around the world. Our aim is to forge a screenwriting festival that will inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres.
Women in Comedy Festival: Film and Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$45
Winners Notified:
May 4, 2019
Women in Comedy Festival is thrilled to partner with HBO on...
THE HBO PITCH YOUR FIRST 5 PAGES COMPETITION
Submit the first 5 Pages of your original 30-minute Comedy or Dramedy television pilot.
Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. FESTIVAL
Regular
Mar 15, 2019
$55
Late
Apr 10, 2019
$60
Final Deadline
May 20, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2019
The Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. aims to be one of Melbourne's leading cinema extravaganza, raising awareness and celebrating these wonderful totem animals- Mice.

It will attract filmmakers from all around the world and celebrate their brilliant creations. With a strong focus on all the millions of life saving mice who sacrifice their lives to the research and study of terminal illnesses/cancer world wide.

It is a unique platform for new talent and a celebration of cinematic creativity, innovation and extravagance with artists new creations being judged right here in Melbourne City.

Films with a focus on terminal illness will be welcomed to help, educate, raise awareness, and bring hope to all the sufferers and families.
Art, Music and Film is a dynamic, healing way to help sufferers and their families as well as entertain all those who come along to this wonderful celebration.

A celebration that will engage, entertain, enlighten and bring together local and International films and give recognition to these wonderful, remarkable, brave little animals with a big, corageous heart.

“I came up with this film festival idea whilst at my screening of my first film in my trilogy, FATE-It is what it is! This was at the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, in Time Square. New York is filled with masses of people running in all directions- like mice! Very similar to Mice in cages of scientific research and health trials. These humans were like mice, all going somewhere, doing something and 95% of them chasing their own creation and creativity. And almost 50% having suffered or been scared with terminal illness at some point in their lives. I came back to Melbourne city and saw the same thing. We are all mice and these amazing totem animals of this festival have such a significance to our lives. They are life-saving!
I want this festival to begin to bring awareness just to how lucky we are to have mice in our life and celebrate their existence in a Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza- MICE.
It was the beginnings of creating brilliance. Don't wait – Create! And we shall do just that with all the amazing courage of all of us working as a team of creative little mice, exhibiting dynamic, wonderful, International films and in turn celebrate the life-saving mice!”
R Lobosco.
Creator/Director of MICE Festival.
One of the judges in the 2016 MICE festival.
2019 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Late Entry
Mar 15, 2019
$65
$60
$65
Final Deadline
Apr 15, 2019
$75
$70
$75
Last Minute Entry
Apr 15, 2019
$75
$70
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2019
Founded in 2003, each year the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards contest presents over $50,000 in Cash & Prizes to some of the most talented new screenwriters from across the country and around the world, including a $25,000 Grand Prize and Gold, Silver & Bronze Prizes in 10 different genre categories. Most importantly, the contest has an unprecedented track record of success. Dozens of PAGE Award Winners have landed top Hollywood agents and managers, optioned and sold their winning scripts, and seen their movies and television shows produced. Enter this year's contest and you could soon join their ranks!
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
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.
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Late
Mar 21, 2019
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2019
THE LATINO SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Designed to inspire and empower emerging Latino writers and producers, and any storyteller looking to tell great stories about our varied communities.

We are a team of writers, directors, producers, and executives who are passionate about cinema and dedicated to the success of the next generation of talented Latino filmmakers from all over North and South America. We want to support storytellers who are already passionate about generating narrative content about our communities in the United States and abroad - from inner city Los Angeles, New York, and Miami to the tip of Argentina to Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, and Latinos around the world.

We value all of our stories from tales about revolution in El Salvador to the U.S. Military, from the Pope to the Governors Mansions in three states, to the favelas of Sao Paulo and the beaches of Rio. We want to support you in telling all of your stories. We want to create a platform for the stories that have shaped – and continue to shape – our lives and the communities we live in. We hope that the scripts and films generated will increase the number of Latinos working in the film industry and geometrically increase the number of stories told about our culture in both Hollywood and abroad.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Early Deadline
Mar 24, 2019
$50
Regular Deadline
May 26, 2019
$65
Final Deadline
Jul 28, 2019
$75
Late Deadline
Jul 28, 2019
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2019
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.
Script Summit
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.
Shore Scripts 2019 Short Film Fund
Early
Mar 31, 2019
$40
Final Deadline
May 2, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Jun 6, 2019
OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced.

2019’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project, with a minimum budget of $10,000. Plus, our sponsor ARRI Rental will provide free production equipment rental for the duration of the production.

The Fund welcomes submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world. We accept short scripts, animations, and proof of concept shorts for TV pilots and features. Screenplays must be in English and cannot exceed 30 Pages. The production can be filmed in any country.

We can offer end-to-end support from script development to post-production services and promotion.

Our previous Fund winners have had their films screened at Tribeca, BFI London Film Festival, Austin, Edinburgh, Encounters, and LSFF.

Awards & Prizes

- Our Grand Prize winner(s) will receive a production budget of up to $15,000, with a minimum of $10,000. And the resulting short film will be sent to our Judges, Industry and Directors Roster. That’s over a 150 of the best people working in the industry who will see your work.
- ARRI Rental will provide free camera rental equipment for the duration of the shoot.
- Top 15 Finalists will have their scripts sent out to our Short Judges, Industry and Directors Roster. As well as winning free festival tickets to one of these international festivals: Edinburgh, New Orleans, Raindance, Vancouver, Tampere, and The Macoproject LA.
- Top 5 Finalists will also receive an exclusive feedback report from one of our Short Judges on how to best develop their project.

Plus, our Grand Prize Winner will receive:
- a Free 1-Year Subscription to WriterDuet Pro
- a Free copy of Final Draft
- and a Free 6-month membership to the International Screenwriters’ Association

RULES, FAQ’s & MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.shorescripts.com/
Action on Film's Writers Celebration Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$55.00
$45.00
$45.00
Late
May 31, 2019
$70.00
$55.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Jul 1, 2019
$85.00
$70.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Aug 3, 2019
The Action on Film 15th Annual Film Festival and Writers' Celebration recognizes, celebrates and honors writers of all genres and formats like no other festival does. Now in our 15th year, our screenplay competition has garnered a solid reputation as being one of the premier competitions. The TOP winners receive over $1500 in Cash Prizes, Inktip Prizes Packages and Writing Software from Write Bros. to the Top 40 winners and Top 40 Runner-Ups. The AOF has created a solid community of writers from around the globe. We offer writing seminars, panels and workshops along with opportunities to meet and pitch your project to top Industry professionals. Get your script into the hands of those who can get it made. AOF honors writers with a 5 Star Dinner and Awards celebration. AOFFEST embraces the written word and acknowledges that it is the basis to all good films, teleplays, TV series etc. Without the Word, there would be no action. Action on Film accepts written word screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, poetry and prose in ALL GENRES. Let the AOF be your partner in getting your written works, read, recognized, celebrated and honored. Submit and be a part of the AOF Family.
10th Annual New Media Film Festival Script Competition
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 York International Screenplay Awards
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.
Scriptapalooza TV
Early
Apr 15, 2019
$45
Final Deadline
Apr 22, 2019
$50
Final
Apr 22, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2019
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1999

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include one hour existing shows, ½ hour existing sitcom, original pilots, and reality shows.

The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies. Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscovered writer.
Screenplay Festival
Early Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$35
$35
Standard Deadline
May 31, 2019
$40
$40
Extended Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2019
Established in 2002, Screenplay Festival has been rated among the most significant screenplay competitions based on reviews by actual screenwriters. Importantly, Screenplay Festival has scripts compete by genre, so that a brilliant drama, a dynamic action movie, and a hilarious comedy are not battling for the same prize. Winners receive cash, gifts from sponsors, and a series of industry leads - agents, managers and producers.
Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
regular
May 1, 2019
$55.00
$45.00
$50.00
late
Jun 1, 2019
$60.00
$50.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Jul 11, 2019
$65.00
$50.00
$60.00
Winners Notified:
Oct 6, 2019
A celebration of indie horror and scifi! This is our 19th year! We are bi-coastal festival!
Flickers' Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
May 15, 2019
$45
$45
$45
Late Deadline
Jun 1, 2019
$50
$50
$50
Extended Deadline
Jun 15, 2019
$55
$55
$55
Final Deadline
Jul 15, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Oct 31, 2019
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival is calling for Screenplay Entries for its 23rd annual competition. The Festival is accepting screenplays in all genres. Screenplays must have been written after 2017.


Screenplays entered into the competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans. The Grand Prize winner will become a central focus during ScriptBiz™ the screenplay pitch forum held during the Festival. The Grand Prize winner will also receive prizes valued at over $10,000. This includes travel, up to four nights accommodations, Final Draft software and screenplay promotions. Since the contest winners are announced following the main Festival, the Grand Prize winner’s work will be a focal point for RIIFF 2019 with the official trophy presented at the Festival's Opening Night Celebration.


Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language. The key element is that of communication and how it complements and is transformed by the language of film.


The deadline for 2018 screenplay submissions is July 15, 2018. Very Important: Winners will be announced by October 9, 2018 (over Columbus Day Weekend).



Note, as this is important: The Screenplay Competition follows the main Festival since it allows us time to read the entries carefully and discuss the reviews with our adjudicators. As this competition is designed, the grand prize screenplay then becomes a focal point for the next Festival the following August.

There are three areas in which you can submit:

• FULL-LENGTH SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Full-length screenplay competition. Scripts not to exceed 130 double-spaced pages. Feature scripts are accepted from any genre, from any lifestyle orientation and from within and/or outside the US. Please contact us directly if you have questions, or your screenplay is longer.

• TELEPLAY/SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Teleplay/Short screenplay competition. Scripts not to exceed 40 double-spaced pages for half hour programs/70 pages for a one hour teleplay. Screenplays accepted from any genre, from any lifestyle orientation and from within and/or outside the US.

• SPOTLIGHT ON RHODE ISLAND
(Full-length and short screenplay)
For screenwriters, Rhode Island’s diverse landscape can be a character all unto itself. And a state with so much character makes for great stories. Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is now accepting entries for its 2018 Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition. RIIFF invites talented screenwriters from around the world to submit their original screenplays whose characters and locations anchor the story in Rhode Island. Entries can be A. feature film (max. 130 pages), B. movie of the week (max. 100 pages), or C. television pilot (max. 40 pages for a half hour program/70 pages for a one-hour teleplay), and must be in standard industry formats. Scripts may be in any genre, present day or historic period. Adaptations of novels/books are not acceptable unless submitted by the author. Writers must also supply a log line and short synopsis. Finalist scripts will be read and judged by industry professionals.

PLEASE NOTE:
(IMPORTANT: The actual Notification Date is Columbus Day Weekend in October 2019, not as cited in WAB as August 5th. WAB's system does not allow us to list the date beyond the start of the August film festival. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to send an e-mail to: georget@film-festival.org.) Once you've entered our competition, you will receive monthly emails. Please be sure to not "spam" these eblasts as we will not be able to re-entered that email into our communication system.
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Early Bird
May 26, 2019
$35.00
$35.00
$35.00
Regular Deadline
Jul 26, 2019
$45.00
$45.00
$45.00
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$50.00
$50.00
$50.00
Late Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$50.00
$50.00
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Sep 8, 2019
PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."

Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Actor/Director, Mario Van Peebles, Actress, Ruby Dee, Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer, Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, Director, Malcolm Lee, Casting Director, Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Casting Director, Kim Hardin, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Dean Hargrove, Casting Director & Producer, Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor, Bill Nunn, Director, Kenny Leon, Humanitarian, Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta & The Great Idea" was nominated for an Academy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.
Shore Scripts Screenwriting Contest
Opens for submissions:
Mar 1, 2019
Early Deadline
May 31, 2019
$45
$45
Regular Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 10, 2019
OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

How do we do that?
- 35 Oscar, Golden Globe, EMMY & BAFTA Winning Judges will read the final round of submissions.
- 100+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers are signed up to read each year’s best scripts.
- 50+ Directors are on our roster to read the best Features, TV Pilots and Shorts.
- Over $40K in Cash & Prizes to giveaway in 2019.
- Each submission receives a Free 20-page booklet on How to Get Your Screenplay Produced.
- We’ve helped 60+ Writers gain Representation, Option, Sell and have their screenplays Produced.

Our most recent success story is setting up Feature Winner Louis Ackerman's thriller script, Flesh & Blood, with industry roster company, Blumhouse. The film is currently screening on HULU.

Take a look at the full list of our Alumni here: http://www.shorescripts.com/alumni/

Our Judges include:
- OSCAR NOMINATED PRODUCER, STEPHEN WOOLLEY - THE CRYING GAME, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
- BAFTA WINNING WRITER, TONY GRISONI - FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, TIDELAND, THE RED RIDING TRILOGY
- OSCAR NOMINATED PRODUCER, PAUL WEBSTER - EASTERN PROMISES, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

See the full list here - http://www.shorescripts.com/shore-scripts-judges/

Our Production Companies include:
BLACK PILLS, BLUMHOUSE, MADHOUSE, 3ARTS, GERSH, NUMBER 9 FILMS, WILDGAZE FILMS, WARP

See our complete Industry Roster - http://www.shorescripts.com/production-companies/ and Directors Roster - https://www.shorescripts.com/directors-roster/

Awards & Prizes

FEATURE PRIZES
* $10,000 (£7900) in cash and prizes to our 5 winners
* Your script will be sent out to our Judges, Industry & Directors Roster
* Each of our 5 winners will receive a free copy of Final Draft & Writer Duet Pro
* Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers
* Each of our 5 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Free Script Development with Shore Scripts
* A free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.
* PLUS, our Grand Prize Winner will also 2 FREE Festival Passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival.

TV PILOT PRIZES
* Our 6 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $7000 (£5500)
* 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:
° One-Hour Pilot
° Half-Hour Pilot
* Your script will be sent out to our Judges, Industry & Directors Roster
* Each of our winners will receive a free copy of Final Draft 10 & Writer Duet Pro
* Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers
* Each of our winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Free Script Development with Shore Scripts
* A free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.
* PLUS, our Grand Prize Winners will also win a FREE Festival Pass to the 2020 Series Mania International TV Festival.

RULES, FAQ’s & MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.shorescripts.com/
FANtastic Horror Film Festival
regular
Jun 30, 2019
$30
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$40
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Nov 3, 2019
screenplay competition which includes the top 3 winners a free posting on http://www.InkTip,com
Must be 18 or older to submit.

• Screenplays should be no longer than 100 pages in length.

• Your screenplay must be submitted in PDF format for judging.

• All submissions must be properly formatted and uploaded in PDF format.
For assistance please refer to this guide

• All title pages must include full title and author name.

• Only submissions in English will be accepted.

• Screenplays must be original, not plagiarized, and be the sole property of the author(s).

• No screenplay will be accepted after August 1, 2017.

• We highly recommend that authors copyright and register their screenplays with the WGA and/or through the Library of Congress before submitting them to ANY writing competition.

• Multiple entries are welcome, providing each is submitted separately.

Please note ~ regarding IMDb postings
If selected and you receive award nominations, should you decide to go into IMDb to post your nominations you will be subject to having your nominations revoked. We post all nominations as soon as possible and consider it our responsibility to do so. All changes in the postings must be communicated to us directly.

Films submitted must be in the horror genre, any sub-category. Films not considered horror will be taken out of consideration, and your entry fee will not be returned. Please use caution when submitting your film.

Films must have been completed no later than 2 (two) years before the current season begins (i.e. 2017 season begins accepting films 8/1/2017

Films completed after 8/1/2016 will be considered). Films must be available for screening during the FANtastic Horror Film Festival Halloween Weekend.

Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for FHFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival.

Films that have played in a theatrical setting to a public audience (i.e., films that cannot be shown without permission or negotiation from a commercial distributor) prior to the festival are not eligible to be screened. FANtastic Horror Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories at their discretion.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

ADDITIONAL NARRATIVE FILM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Feature narrative films must be 41 minutes or longer. Short narrative films must be 40 minutes or less. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

ADDITIONAL ANIMATED FILM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Feature films must be animated and 41 minutes or longer. Short films must be animated and 40 minutes or less. Open to any form of animation. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM REQUIREMENTS:
Feature films must be documentaries, 41 minutes or longer. Short films must be documentaries, 40 minutes or less. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

FAN FILMS
Contact fhffsd,org@gmail.com for more information.

Screenplay Competition
Must be 18 or older to submit.

• Screenplays should be no longer than 100 pages in length.

• Your screenplay must be submitted in PDF format for judging.

• All submissions must be properly formatted and uploaded in PDF format.
For assistance please refer to this guide

• All title pages must include full title and author name.

• Only submissions in English will be accepted.

• Screenplays must be original, not plagiarized, and be the sole property of the author(s).

• No screenplay will be accepted after August 1, 2017.

• We highly recommend that authors copyright and register their screenplays with the WGA and/or through the Library of Congress before submitting them to ANY writing competition.

• Multiple entries are welcome, providing each is submitted separately.

Please note ~ regarding IMDb postings
If selected and you receive award nominations, should you decide to go into IMDb to post your nominations you will be subject to having your nominations revoked. We post all nominations as soon as possible and consider it our responsibility to do so. All changes in the postings must be communicated to us directly
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