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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

For complete information and submission details, please visit:

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

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners will be considered by:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL Scripts receive FREE Valuable Industry Coverage from Industry Insiders!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More About the Festival

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

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








“Worth The Entry Fee”
- Movie Maker Magazine




“Makes The Cutting Edge Accessible”
– Huffington Post




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




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




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




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

OUR MISSION

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

OUR MISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS, STORIES AND STORYTELLERS

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

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

NRFF LONDON 2019

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

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

Key Dates:

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

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

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

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

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

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

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
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
WriteMovies Winter 2019 Screnwriting Contest
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!
Flickers' Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition
Early Bird Deadline
Jan 15, 2019
$40
$40
$40
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.
2019 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Early Entry
Jan 15, 2019
$45
$40
$45
Regular Entry
Feb 15, 2019
$55
$50
$55
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!
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Ext Reg
Jan 17, 2019
$52
$52
$52
Standard
Feb 14, 2019
$55
$55
$55
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.
San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Jan 17, 2019
$52
$52
$52
Standard
Feb 14, 2019
$55
$55
$55
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.
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
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.
Nickelodeon Writing Program
Opens for submissions:
Jan 2, 2019
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2019
$FREE
Winners Notified:
Sep 30, 2019
Nickelodeon's Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the globe, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for our live action and animated shows. Participants will have hands-on interaction with executives writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas.

The Program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for domestic writers) or up to six months (for international writers).

The Preschool Track (Domestic writers only for up to 6 months) is available for writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the Nick Jr. demographic.

The submission period runs from January 2 – January 31, 2019.
Review the submission guidelines and apply via our website at www.nickwriting.com.

For more info via email: info.writing@nick.com, Follow us on twitter @NickWriting, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickWriting

No previous writing experience is necessary. Domestic (U.S.) applicants must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). International applicants must meet J-1 visa requirements.
Script Summit
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.
Break Through Screenplay Competition
Opens for submissions:
Jan 4, 2019
Earlybird
Jan 31, 2019
$79.00
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2019
$99.00
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
The Break Through Screenplay Competition is the only competition where you have a chance to turn your script into a fully funded motion picture!

Many script writing competitions dole out prizes, cash rewards, promises of connecting you with agents and producers that have little or no chance of helping you succeed in your career. The Break Through Screenplay Competition is the first of it's kind to actually help you kickstart your career by giving you an opportunity to experience production as a writer.

Do you have that story?
Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
early
Feb 1, 2019
$45.00
$35.00
$40.00
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!
Scriptapalooza Fellowship
Final Deadline
Feb 4, 2019
$45
$45
FINAL
Feb 4, 2019
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Apr 29, 2019
Scriptapalooza Fellowship

The fellowship program was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help further their creative process and skills. Writing in itself is a journey and we would like to facilitate the process by giving the fellows the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and individuals.

Accepting screenplays and pilots.
Applicants get their feedback between Feb thru April 2019.
We announce the top 6 Fellows on April 22nd.
We announce the Fellowship recipient on April 29th.
Fellowship recipient attends the McKee Story Seminar in 2019.
Faith in Film: International Screenwriting Competition
Late
Feb 14, 2019
$60
$60
$60
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
Late
Feb 14, 2019
$60
$60
$60
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.
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.
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.
Shore Scripts 2019 Short Film Fund
Opens for submissions:
Jan 15, 2019
Early
Mar 31, 2019
$40
Final Deadline
May 2, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Jun 6, 2019
Discovering 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 $9000. 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 will support the winner(s) at whatever level they wish to be engaged in the project. We are just as open to producing the project, and finding the right director, as we are to writers who wish to direct their own project. We will offer end-to-end support from script development to post-production services and promotion.

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

SUBMIT your short screenplay into this year's Short Film Fund.

Awards & Prizes:

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A PRODUCED SCREENWRITER

Our winner(s) will receive a production budget of up to $15,000, with a minimum of $9000, plus free rental equipment from ARRI Rental.

A CALLING CARD - SHORTS OPEN DOORS!

All our Judges, Production Companies, Agents & Managers will be sent your final film. That’s over a 150 of the best people working in the industry who will see your work.

Email us at contact@shorescripts.com if you have any questions. Thanks
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.
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