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ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition

Final Deadline: 10/10/2018 (expired)

ScreenCraft is dedicated to discovering and promoting writing talent, and our inaugural play competition is searching for emerging playwrights. Hollywood has a long history of adapting plays and embracing playwriting talent. We’re seeking to celebrate the craft of writing for the theater, and connect winning writers with career opportunities and participation in ScreenCraft’s thriving community of talented writers and mentors around the world.

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Australia Independent Film Festival

Final Deadline: 10/07/2018 (expired)

Known as the “festival where stars shine,” AIFF celebrates the importance of independent film making by showcasing top independent films from across the globe and rewarding the very best. We encourage participation and actively promote top films and screenplays from all categories through social media channels. Not only will film makers be in invited to attend but also film distributors, agents, producers, industry insiders and film lovers making this one of the buzz events of the International festival circuit.

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Script Pipeline First Look Project

Final Deadline: 10/05/2018 (expired)

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

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ScreenCraft Pilot Launch

Final Deadline: 10/03/2018 (expired)

Our panel of Hollywood industry professionals is looking for the next great drama and comedy TV pilots for network, cable and online platforms! Accepting web series and non-traditional series pilots as well. Three winners will receive cash awards and introductions to industry professionals. The Industry Jury: This year's jury is our best one yet! Our industry judges are looking for fresh voices in comedy and drama writing for television and web series! Our mission is to connect great TV writers with great TV producers, managers and development executives.

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

Women in Film & Television Vancouver

Final Deadline: 10/01/2018 (expired)

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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Middlebury Script Lab

Final Deadline: 10/01/2018 (expired)

The Middlebury Script Lab invites applications for its 2019 fellowships. Our tuition-free program provides emerging screenwriters a place to focus intensely on their craft with the support of accomplished industry professionals. Six emerging screenwriters — the Fellows — will be invited to spend one week at Middlebury, in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.

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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 09/30/2018 (expired)

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

Stage 32 Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 09/26/2018 (expired)

Stage 32's screenwriting contests have gained a reputation as some of the "most worthwhile screenwriting contests to enter." The reason for this is simple: We provide unparalleled access to industry executives and work directly with our winning writers in an never ending quest to help them find success.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

Rod Serling Short Script Competition

Final Deadline: 09/17/2018 (expired)

Each script must be written in the same genre and style that would have been suitable to conform with episodes for either THE TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY. More specifically this means displaying traits of either a horror or a science fiction genre, while exhibiting strong traditional or contemporary social themes. Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 until his death in 1975.

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

ScreenCraft Drama Feature Script Contest

Final Deadline: 09/15/2018 (expired)

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!

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American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 09/01/2018 (expired)

The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. Every script is read closely by a select handful of professional readers, and Francis Ford Coppola selects a grand prize–winner from among the top ten finalists. The grand prize–winner receives a cash prize, and the scripts of all top ten finalists are sent by Zoetrope to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 16 Comments

Sherman Oaks Film Festival

Final Deadline: 09/01/2018 (expired)

Founded by longtime residents and movie veterans alike, the Sherman Oaks Film Festival looks to showcase the best undiscovered movies in the heart of Los Angeles. The neighborhood that was home the mall in Fast Times At Ridgemont High deserves a world class film festival! The Sherman Oaks Film Festival has a category for unproduced screenplays of any length, feature or short or in between.

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New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 09/01/2018 (expired)

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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Dark Matter Script Competition

Final Deadline: 09/01/2018 (expired)

Dark Matter Media is looking for the next great script to produce.

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Portland Comedy Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/31/2018 (expired)

The Portland Comedy Film Festival, ranked in the Top 100 on FilmFreeway, is a unique forum for international independent comedy filmmakers to showcase their comedy films in Portland, Oregon. The Portland Comedy Film Festival is searching for funny and engaging films and screenplays to entertain a comedy loving audience. 2018 Fall Portland Comedy Film Festival Event Scheduled for Saturday November 10, 2018.

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Hollywood Independent Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/30/2018 (expired)

The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible.

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ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 08/15/2018 (expired)

On top of cash grants and Hollywood industry introductions, the top scripts are read by this amazing jury: Trevor Kress Trevor is currently Director, Brand Content & Partnerships at Stage 13, Warner Bros.' original digital content network, showcasing a new generation of inspired talent and voices in scripted and unscripted storytelling.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Satisfied Eye International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/15/2018 (expired)

The Satisfied Eye International Film Festival is about discovery - a global forum for the discovery, promotion and exhibition of new talent, new connections, new networks and new opportunities; a place where careers can flourish and valuable collaborations can thrive.

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L.A. Femme International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/13/2018 (expired)

To continually showcase and celebrate commercially viable films Written, Directed, or Produced by women. A Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers "by women, for everyone". Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

WeScreenplay Television Pilot Competition

Final Deadline: 08/10/2018 (expired)

MISSION: To provide industry exposure and support to television screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told. FEEDBACK: We believe that writers need feedback to improve, which is why we provide the judges’ score cards to every entrant at no additional charge. PROMISE: We promise to give all scripts two rounds of scores and there will be a total of six rounds of scores to ensure fairness and transparency.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Roadmap Writers JumpStart Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 08/05/2018 (expired)

Roadmap Writers is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural JumpStart Writing Competition. The competition is open to both feature scripts and original television pilots. Roadmap Writers - a leader in screenwriting education taught by executives and literary representatives currently working in the industry - have helped 46 writers get signed to representation in just two years with companies that include Gersh, Circle of Confusion, APA, Gotham Group, Zero Gravity, and more! Much like our educational programs this competition is designed to give writers exposure to industry professionals who can help jump start their writing careers!

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Atlantic City Cinefest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 08/01/2018 (expired)

To reward the ingenuity of screenwriters creating new material.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 3 Comments

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2018 (expired)

The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Austin, Texas. For screenplays, we are looking for fun characters, quirky situations, embarrassing moments, romantic comedy, dark comedy, black comedy, and anything that will make our judges laugh. We want to recognize strong screenplays that will one day be produced as a short or feature length comedy film.

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National Lampoon & Stage 32 Search For Comedy Writing Gold Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/19/2018 (expired)

In the history of comedy, few brands have had more distinct and original voices than National Lampoon (“NL”). Founded by Harvard classmates and creative geniuses Doug Kenney and Henry Beard, NL launched the careers of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Christopher Guest, Harold Ramis, and groundbreaking writers including John Hughes.

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GenreBlast Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/12/2018 (expired)

GenreBlast is an international independent genre film festival coming to you from the awesome Alamo Drafthouse Winchester in beautiful Winchester, VA! GB3 will happen Sept. 6-9, 2018 and will feature the best of truly independent films from around the world - specializing in action, horror, sc-fi, fantasy, martial arts, grindhouse, exploitation, Korean thrillers, Japanese gangster flicks, Chinese action movies, French horror, midnight movies, shoestring budget weird cinema, and everything under the sun! We really welcome all genres of interesting, original, exciting and daring moviemaking! All countries and walks of life are welcome here! We also have a fantastic screenplay contest that is growing larger every year! In our third year, we will really highlight screenwriters by hosting a screenwriting seminar and even having live script readings with professional actors! Our discussion panels at GenreBlast 2 were a big hit and we're bringing them back again for the threequel! Raw, uncensored real talk about indie filmmaking, gender bias, distribution, criticism, and much more will come your way from the mouths of some of the best indie talent out there! After-parties, lively conversation, networking galore, TONS of movies, informative Q&A's and the chance to make new lifelong industry friends - all nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley hamlet of Winchester, VA! Your movie will be shown in front of a lively, enthusiastic crowd of cinephiles and industry peers that don't walk around with their heads up their asses 24/7! What a refreshing way to attend a film fest! Come September, you'll wish you were at GenreBlast! #alltheflavors

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ScreenCraft Public Domain Contest

Final Deadline: 07/10/2018 (expired)

One of the best ways to get your screenplay noticed by Hollywood! While it’s no secret that Hollywood loves remakes, sequels and spinoffs, it’s perhaps lesser known that Hollywood loves movies based on free intellectual property in the public domain, such as folk tales, fairy tales, mythology and books and plays published before 1923. For example, folk tales, mythology, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, famous historical figures – and the list goes on.

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Sanford Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/01/2018 (expired)

The Sanford International Film Festival is a world-wide-community event; we show some of the most compelling work from all over the world, and we invite that world in to become a part of our creative and compassionate Maine community.

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Future Femme Fest Scriptwriters Prize

Final Deadline: 07/01/2018 (expired)

A FutureFemme is someone who doesn’t ask for permission. A FutureFemme doesn’t need anyone to open doors for her. A FutureFemme ignores an irrelevant establishment. A FutureFemme knows her worth, her value, and her goals. A FutureFemme doesn’t take no for an answer. A FutureFemme creates iconic, inspirational content on no one’s terms but her own.

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Chautauqua International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 06/30/2018 (expired)

The NY CIFF CHAUTAUQUA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is an IMDb CERTIFIED FESTIVAL! All current and past winners can now record their awards. Each yearly festival is divided into two sessions of 5 months each.

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ITVFest

Final Deadline: 06/30/2018 (expired)

If instead of making a film, you've created an episodic series (aka, a TV show) and you want to showcase it to TV executives, agents and producers you have limited options. There are a thousand film festivals but they don't accept episodic shows. So where do you take your series to be seen? You take it to ITVFest. ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets.

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New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 06/29/2018 (expired)

For the first time this year, the New Orleans Film Festival is launching a screenplay competition to take place in conjunction with the festival October 17-25, 2018, and is seeking to discover bold, passionate writers telling the stories of our time. The Academy-qualifying festival has been named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for seven years in a row and was named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” last year.

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The Crime List

Final Deadline: 06/23/2018 (expired)

Accepting ALL genres of scripts, films, and manuscripts that feature Crime or Elements (such as: Murder, Mayhem, Deception, Cons, Gangland, Mafia, White Collar, Heists, Gambling, Kidnapping, Theft, Financial, Espionage, Corruption, Injustice, etc.)

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Scription Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/15/2018 (expired)

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. Everyone receives: The feedback includes a logline, genre suggestion and a small paragraph outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay.

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Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Final Deadline: 04/18/2018 (expired)

AoBFF is the only independent, international festival in the world exclusively devoted to Brooklyn film and media. AoBFF is a creative hub, platform and showcase for independent film and media makers in Brooklyn and around the world. We partner with film distributors and media organizations, host world-class talkbacks, and create innovative programming for networking and skill building.

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Sidewrite Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/16/2018 (expired)

A division of the Sidewalk Film Festival started in 2004, Sidewrite’s mission is to discover and reward talented screenwriters in Alabama and around the world. The short screenplay competition aims to foster community amongst emerging writers and reinforce cinematic artistry locally. Sidewrite allows passionate writers to enhance their craft and receive recognition for their work and creativity.

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I See You Awards

Final Deadline: 04/07/2018 (expired)

The mission of the "I See You Awards(tm) is to recognize and honor low budget independent filmmakers. The I See You Awards fill a niche and create a platform for recognizing independent filmmakers that is currently missing in mainstream Hollywood.

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Reddit Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 03/31/2018 (expired)

A free competition open to members of the Reddit Screenwriting Community.

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New York Television Festival: NYTVF Scripts Competition

Final Deadline: 03/28/2018 (expired)

The 2018 New York Television Festival is moving to July -- submit to the NYTVF for the chance to engage with more TV execs, buyers, agents, managers, and decision-makers than any other Festival! Submit your independently produced pilot or script for the opportunity to become an Official Artist next summer. Check out 2018 submission deadlines below.

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Crime/Mystery Film and Writing Festival

Final Deadline: 03/26/2018 (expired)

Crime/Mystery Film and Writing Festival offers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their stories read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS .

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Women In Cinema International Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 03/15/2018 (expired)

We are looking for standout screenplays by women. The competition awards the writer who pushes the boundaries of cinema with her original, nuanced characters and dynamic storytelling and dialogue. There are no limitations on content or genre. The main character does not have to be female, but the screenwriter does. Cash awards, as well as a Skype pitch with an executive and pitch preparation for the winning entry.

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Grave Intentions Horror Anthology & Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

One screenplay and up to ten short films will win $500 each! As filmmakers, we know that outside of the film festival circuit, most shorts will die a lonely death in the bowels of the interwebs. So to help amazing shorts get the audience they deserve, we’re creating "Grave Intentions: An Anthology of Chills, Thrills, and Kills." And your film could be a part of it! If your short would be at home on The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, The Outer Limits, or Creep Show, we want to see it.

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TV One Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/27/2018 (expired)

The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2018 is meant to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The competition is meant to: Encourage filmmakers to offer a fresh perspective and submit contemporary stories with a focus on the American black cultural experience with wide audience appeal.

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The Poe Contest/Autumn Suspense

Final Deadline: 02/02/2018 (expired)

The Poe Contest mission is to recognize and reward fresh voices and creative storytelling, and to assist writers in their quest to obtain representation and produce their work.

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IndieFest Film Awards

Final Deadline: 01/19/2018 (expired)

The IndieFEST Film Awards are unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. The IndieFEST is about helping industry professionals who create fresh, standout entertainment achieve the publicity and credibility they deserve.

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CrowdSource Studios Script Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2017 (expired)

Due to overwhelming demand, we're opening our competition to Television Pilots as well as feature scripts this year! CrowdSource Studios Script Competition was created by professional screenwriters, actors, directors & producers to give unknown screenwriters a real, fair opportunity to be discovered & have your script or pilot produced! Most script competitions offer prizes including publicity, connections & merchandise.

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ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

Final Deadline: 12/16/2017 (expired)

Our jury is looking for short stories (not screenplays) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by our network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals.

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