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Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition


8840 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-358-3273 (voice)
310-358-3272 (fax)

Web: Click here

Contact: Rachel Belofsky, Festival Director/Founder

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Screamfest was formed in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/15/2013

Notification: October 1st


  • Screenplays can be submitted online at our website or mailing a hard copy with a postmark date of no later than May 15, 2013.
  • Online entrants can complete their application, make their credit card payment and upload a PDF version of their script.
  • Hard copy scripts must be bound with industry standard brads and formatted correctly.
  • Feature film script length should be at least 75 pages and not over 130 (there is no page limit).
  • Please include a paragraph synopsis bound with script after title page.
  • Finalist will be notified by October 1st.


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News: Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

2012 ScreamFest Results

Jeremy D. Christensen's The Gaslamp Horror has been named the "Best Screenplay" Winner of the 2012 ScreamFest Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 03/29/2013

ScreamFest Announces Contest Results

Hate Night by VJ & Justin Boyd has been named the winner of the ScreamFest Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 11/04/2009

ScreamFest Announces Contest Winners

Haunted High by MV Gerhard & Matt Verboys has been named the winner of the 2008 ScreamFest Sreenwriting Competition.

Updated: 11/14/2008

Screamfest Announces Finalists

Screamfest has announced their screenplay finalists for 2008.

Updated: 10/08/2008

ScreamFest Announces Screenplay Contest Winner

ScreamFest has has announced Paul J. Da Silva as the winner of their Best Screenplay Award for his feature script NIGHTFALL.

Updated: 10/27/2005

Interviews: Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Francisco Castro

An interview with screenwriter Francisco Castro regarding the Screamfest Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The script is called DESOLATE. It's about a truck driver who becomes stranded with a woman and baby in an abandoned rest stop in the middle of nowhere. When they discover strange creatures stalking them, the three must figure a way out or make the ultimate sacrifice.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Screamfest was the premiere horror festival. I figured if I could make semi-finalist or something close to that, then maybe I'd have some ammunition under my belt before the script went out on spec. I knew I needed that because DESOLATE was very dark and twisted like THE THING and ROSEMARY'S BABY.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: More than satisfied and thoroughly impressed. Not only did I enter the contest, I attended the screenings and Q&A's. Rachel Belofsky, the director of Screamfest, knows the genre and the people behind it.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Joseph Stefano, the writer of PSYCHO, presented the Best Screenplay award to me. We sat down after the ceremony and talked about the script. His insight were enormously helpful.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: After winning at Screamfest, my agent now had the ammunition to take the script out. I met with several production companies. The script was optioned by Candy Hearts Production and is now partnered with Stan Winston Productions.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I'm from New Iberia, Louisiana (the home of Tabasco Sauce) and came to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where I got my MFA in Screenwriting. After working on several productions as a PA and Writing Assistant, I got my break into the TV writing world when I was accepted into the Warner Bros. Dramatic Writing Program. WITHOUT A TRACE was my first writing credit. I wrote the episode "In Extremis" and received a Humanitas nomination. My dramatic comedy, OL'DOGS, was a finalist at Slamdance. It's in the vein of ABOUT SCHMIDT and SIDEWAYS. My dramatic comedy, GHOSTTOWN USA, won best pilot at PilotQuest. And my indie spy drama, DEAD LEGENDS, won third place at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. I'm producing it with my partners at UNSUB Productions. James Caan, Andre Braugher, and Michael Rappaport are committed to the project.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Yes. In LA. Just a ten minute walk to the beach.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I did a follow up to DESOLATE called CLIFF MONSTERS, a fun action-horror like TREMORS. Inspired by the sightings of giant flying reptiles during the late 80s, it's about a Latina deputy who must protect her small border town from creatures thought to be extinct. Recently, the Dallas-based visual effects studio, ReelFX (SPY KIDS 2, SAVING JESSICA LYNCH), is committed to the project.

Posted Friday, July 29, 2005