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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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