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San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition

San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition

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San Francisco, CA 94103

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Contact: Chloe Goodhead, Festival Director

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Objective

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.

Hollywood is all about cinema and we want to find the next generation of talent capable of delivering great cinema for the next fifty years. We are passionate about developing artists.

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.

Great films come in all shapes and sizes, from thrillers to drams from epic blockbusters to small indies, as such we love all kinds of scripts from big studio projects to arthouse indies. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. So whether you’re new to writing, you’ve been doing it for years, or you’re just now thinking about starting, send us your script and if it’s good we’ll deliver to the people you need to read it. We accept scripts from all over the world and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

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.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early March 22, 2018 $50
Regular April 19, 2018 $52
Standard May 24, 2018 $53
Exdtended June 21, 2018 $55 4
Late August 23, 2018 $57 67
Final September 20, 2018 $60 95

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Rules

  • All entrants must be eighteen years of age.
  • All people of all shapes and sizes from anywhere in the world are eligible; however all material submitted must be in English.
  • Material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible.
  • Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • Material must be your original work.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.
  • By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
  • Please note that the San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization including, but not limited to SIFF, ACT, SFIA, the City of San Francisco, or any other civic organization.
  • By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
  • SFISC reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.
  • Only our Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded by recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.
  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites like FilmFreeway.
  • No limit to the length of the projects you submit. Projects can be in script or treatment form.
  • No limit to the number of projects you may submit. Scripts must be written in English, but can be in any film or television genre in either script or treatment form.
  • Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Entry fees for screenplay entries are posted on our partner websites and are non refundable.
  • Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.
  • All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.
  • The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.

Awards

Some of film’s biggest names are on our distribution list. Our winners are read by top agents and talent managers on both coasts and producers all over the world. And our distribution list is growing every day because people respect us for our taste and integrity. We only recognize great scripts and our recognition means a lot.

Please note that only the top three finalists receive industry distribution and semi-finalists only receive recognition like at most festivals.

San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition

Contact

San Francisco, CA 94103

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Chloe Goodhead, Festival Director

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San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition

Contact

San Francisco, CA 94103

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Chloe Goodhead, Festival Director

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San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition

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San Francisco, CA 94103

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Chloe Goodhead, Festival Director

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