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Screenplay Contests Found: 574

Write/LA

Final Deadline: 09/02/2018

A new kind of screenplay competition presented by LA Screenwriter and LiveRead/LA. Write/LA is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft so they can find success in the ultra-competitive world of screenwriting. We will be awarding three writers of either feature or television projects the opportunity to come to Los Angeles to improve their craft, experience the industry (which means meeting people currently working in it), and have their work celebrated at an exclusive live read gala.

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ScreenCraft Drama Feature Script Contest

Final Deadline: 09/15/2018

Successful feature film dramas drive deep into the heart of what it means to be human, expressing universal themes with nuanced complexity. Our judges are looking for great stories with original voices and honest emotion. This competition celebrates great dramatic film writing. Whether you’re writing a sweeping period drama or a contained relationship movie, we want to read your script!

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 09/15/2018

New York City's longest running horror film festival. Established by MooDude Films CEO / Producer / Director / Michael J. Hein in 2001. The NYCHFF is a four-day event that takes place each November in New York City. The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe.The Hein Family is committed to keeping the festival alive in memory of the truly missed and loved founder Michael J Hein.

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Script Pipeline First Look Project

Final Deadline: 09/20/2018

To discover innovative, marketable, high-concept projects for studio-level development, including feature screenplays, TV material, and media content.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 09/20/2018

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.

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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 09/30/2018

The universe is an infinite expanse of limitless possibility, teeming with unknown worlds and untold stories. The blank page opens, a white inexhaustible void, punctuated only by the monolithic black cursor. What wonders lie in its indefinable depths? Other Worlds is dedicated to fostering and promoting creativity in Science Fiction at every stage of development, so we are proud to announce our annual SciFi Screenwriting Contest is now currently open and accepting submissions! The contest runs concurrently with the film program, and will award prizes for the top feature, short or teleplay.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Women in Film & Television Vancouver

Final Deadline: 10/01/2018

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft. We encourage you to submit a feature film script of any genre, challenging the perceptions of what stories women write, and what we want to see.

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trackingb.com Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 10/09/2018

We don't offer any of the usual screenplay contest smoke and mirrors. No coverage from someone being paid $10 per script (please ask Mom). No cash (please ask Grandma) or writing clinics from gurus who have never sold a screenplay (Dad?). What our winners do receive is: INDUSTRY ACCESS AND INDUSTRY READS.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 10/29/2018

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include 1 hour existing spec scripts, 1/2 hour existing sitcom spec scripts, original pilots, and reality programs. This competition is designed with the TV writer and crossover screenwriter in mind. The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 14 Comments

TVWriter.Com People's Pilot

Final Deadline: 11/01/2018

We are all about giving agents, showrunners, and executives exactly what they now are looking for: Spec pilot teleplays that showcase you, the new writer operating at your very best. If the suits love the writing of a spec pilot, they have the best reason in the world to trust the writer to come through in the development process. A strongly-written spec pilot shows you’re ready for the gig.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Final Deadline: 11/01/2018

Created by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder, publisher and executive producer of MOVIEGUIDE® and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and Dr. Jack Templeton, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® announces the Kairos Prize that will help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 10 Comments

San Francisco Indie Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/01/2018

For 19 years SF IndieFest has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press, and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get Variety reviews, picked up at other fests, and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanded autographs and buying them drinks. This year, we're rolling out a screenplay contest with the goal of expanding our filmmaker reach.

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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/02/2018

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global screenwriters through discovery, recognition and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: All Access passes to the Cinequest Film & VR Festival and the exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab

Final Deadline: 11/05/2018

Through personalized feedback from experienced industry professionals and other writers in the program, Screenwriting Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their scripts for production. The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

Final Deadline: 11/05/2018

The CineStory Foundation has always believed in helping writers find their voice. We’re entering a world in which the ways to tell stories are limitless. Those stories always begin with a blank page. Our goal with the TV/Digital Series Retreat is to assist writers, whether they long for the collaborative nature of Television or they dream of going out on their own to create their own web series.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/07/2018

Since 2009, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as a screenplay competition designed to discover, empower and promote the next generation of storytellers, writers and filmmakers. As the name would suggest, Fresh Voices has done this by identifying writer's with a unique and memorable voice that demands to be read. Now in our ninth year, we have helped guide dozens of talented screenwriters to secure literary representation, option agreements and other work-for-hire writing assignments that have been the stepping stones to significant careers Will you be Hollywood's next success story? Enter now and let your voice be heard!

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 37 Comments

Destiny City Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/09/2018

The Destiny City Film Festival was founded in part because we want to show great movies. And we know that at the heart of every great movie is a great story – one that is destined to inspire and entertain. Screenplays are the foundation of every memorable film, and we are dedicated to supporting the writing community and the stories they create. Thus, we are thrilled to host Tacoma’s first short screenplay competition! We know that the Northwest film community is chock full of talented writers, thinkers, and artists.

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Women's Film & Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 11/15/2018

The Women’s Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature screenplays, shorts, and television scripts that feature one of the following: Female Lead Character OR Female Writer or Co-Writer, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to development executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL SCRIPT ENTRIES RECEIVE.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 2 Comments

North American Film Awards

Final Deadline: 11/17/2018

We believe independent filmmakers deserve to get recognition for the hard work they put into their projects. That's why every eligible entry into the North American Film Awards (NAFA) receives an official nomination laurel and consideration into the award category the entrant submitted to. With over 20 award categories, it is also possible for entrants to receive multiple nominations for unlimited projects.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Circus Road Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 12/01/2018

SUCCESS! Our 2017 winner is SLATED FOR PRODUCTION in April, 2018! "Becoming" by Omar Naim won our Grand Prize and is going to hit the screens with Omar himself directing! We will keep you updated. Circus Road wants to find a great project to produce. We have produced and sold films in all genres. We will analyze all finalists with an eye towards optioning one or more screenplays for production.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Military Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 12/12/2018

The Military Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature screenplays and television scripts that feature military stories.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/21/2018

$15,000 in Cash Prizes. $10,000 1st Place Cash Prize for Feature screenplays! The Vail Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Oregon Short Film Festival

Final Deadline: 12/31/2018

The Oregon Short Film Festival is a showcase of independent short films from around the world. We accept short screenplays of all genres that are 30 pages or less. Comedy, Dark Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Horror and anything else that is well written with good character development is eligible.

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Women Who Write in Film

Final Deadline: 12/31/2018

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.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2018

Welcome to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost screenwriting competition dedicated to the odd and insane. 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!” Our aim is to launch the careers of cinema’s most original screenwriters by creating the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

International Christian Film Festival

Final Deadline: 02/13/2019

Founded on September 15, 2012, the International Christian Film Festival is one of the largest Christian Film Festival in the world. Our goal is to help filmmakers get to next level. This is the premiere choice for faith-based, family-friendly films and documentaries.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Houston Comedy Film Festival

Final Deadline: 02/28/2019

The Houston Comedy Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Houston, Texas. We are looking for fun comedy short and feature length screenplays with great characters, funny situations, clever dialogue and plenty of laughs.

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Nice International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 02/28/2019

Nice International Film Festival in our 8th Year held a few days before the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France. One of the greatest festival in the world to help filmmakers find a market to support their aims with people attending that can give good solid advice to work with established film industry professionals if you wish, screening, meetings, networking, world famous international awards ceremony, just some of what we have created over the years a unique festival with our other festivals a real platform for filmmakers to meet, network, do business festival week.

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Underground Indie Film Festival

Final Deadline: 06/05/2019

Tired of being overlooked by fests? Searching for one that truly celebrates independent work and the dedication it requires? Then you've found the right place! While Hollywood keeps regurgitating the same junk over and over, indie filmmakers strive to do something different. Something original. They may not always be successful but at least they tried.

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WriteMovies Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 06/17/2018 (expired)

Grand Prizes: Up to $1 million in option monies from the producers & studios we work with. If an established studio/production company makes an offer on your project, we will fly you to Los Angeles and cover your flight & hotel costs for three days. Through our exclusive arrangement with TALENTSCOUT INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT (TSIM) we can guarantee the contest winner representation.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 73 Comments

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 06/15/2018 (expired)

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. Writers have garnered representation due to the festival.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 10 Comments

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 06/09/2018 (expired)

To introduce writers to the decision makers of traditional broadcast television, the cable market, and multi-media outlets. Competition winners will have the chance to get their material read by experienced production companies.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

Faith in Film: International Family and Faith Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 06/07/2018 (expired)

Mission: Faith in Film is dedicated to forging a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of filmmakers focused on adding the element of faith to their films and facilitate established filmmakers in transitioning into making more faith films. Our aim is to build a festival that will introduce faith based films to mass audiences, ultimately, giving them the same multi platform release schedules and revenue streams that traditional studio films and high end independent films enjoy; and to inspire, showcase, support, and develop filmmakers of all faith’s to make great faith based films that leave others touched, moved and inspired; and filmmakers and distributors empowered to make and distribute more faith and family films.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

Writers and Filmmakers

Final Deadline: 06/05/2018 (expired)

Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot one of the top 10 scripts. Winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script! The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship

Final Deadline: 06/01/2018 (expired)

To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers. The annual submission period for the Writing Program opens during the month of May. Specific dates vary year to year.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 06/01/2018 (expired)

Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script. Our jury is looking for funny feature film screenplays with strong command of the craft, lots of heart and fresh comedic voices. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader. Our judges are some of the top comedy producers in the industry!

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Warner Bros. Writers Workshop

Final Deadline: 05/31/2018 (expired)

For over 30 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. The list of graduates who have gone on to do great things is long: Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food) to name a few.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

NBC Writers on the Verge

Final Deadline: 05/31/2018 (expired)

Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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The LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/31/2018 (expired)

The LAUNCH is a Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for college students with the mission to inspire the next generation of great screenwriters. The LAUNCH will enable one talented screenwriter to realize their dream by having their screenplay made by Hollywood producers as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD. If you’re a college student anywhere in the world currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college/university and/or graduate program and have written a feature film you think is great, The LAUNCH wants to read it! You can submit your screenplay for the early submission fee of only $20 USD and every one submitted will receive professional feedback from experienced industry screenplay readers, along with an opportunity to purchase a one-year digital subscription to Variety Premier at a huge discount (save $100 off the $129 subscription price).

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HollyShorts Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 05/25/2018 (expired)

HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films and short screenplays from around the globe. The festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less and is looking for the best short screenplays 20 pages or less.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Paris Art and Movie Awards

Final Deadline: 05/24/2018 (expired)

The Paris Art and Movie Awards is the leading independent film festival in Paris. The « PAMA » has been ranked, as soon as its second year, the second festival not to miss in Paris, by The Culture Trip Magazine. It is also listed in the TOP 100 film festivals in the world by the leading platform FilmFreeway. We accept short films and feature, in a wide range of categories.

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Toronto International Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 05/24/2018 (expired)

We are passionate about film and passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of great filmmakers and screenwriters from North America and around the world. Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. 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.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2018 (expired)

To help launch the careers of undiscovered screenwriters and give unprecedented access to studio-level executives.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 61 Comments

Script Pipeline TV Writing Competititon

Final Deadline: 05/20/2018 (expired)

The Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest has a single goal: to find the next extraordinary television writer. The talent level has risen dramatically in recent contest seasons, as a fast-growing community of aspiring TV writers have proven their skills with both specs and original pilots.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Adapted Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/19/2018 (expired)

The ONLY screenplay competition focused exclusively on adapted material. The Adapted Screenplay Competition recognizes and showcases adapted feature and television scripts in ALL genres, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to industry executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL SCRIPT ENTRIES RECEIVE.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 05/17/2018 (expired)

Creative World Awards (CWA) is an international screenwriting contest that is well known for having the writer's interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion. Production: CWA brings an exciting production opportunity to the Grand Prize Winner. This year’s winner will have a short version of their script produced by The MIX, and the film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 62 Comments

New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 05/17/2018 (expired)

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 artists who care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York City filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Black Screenplays Matter

Final Deadline: 05/17/2018 (expired)

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.

Overall rating: 1.5 stars1.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Final Deadline: 05/15/2018 (expired)

The Ultimate Runway Now in our 25th year, the Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers for over two decades. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 34 Comments

2018 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 05/15/2018 (expired)

The PAGE Awards competition was established in the fall of 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development execs. Our goal: to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the country and around the world. And due to the success of our winning writers, the PAGE Awards competition has rapidly become one of the most important sources for new screenwriting talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 66 Comments

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