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Screenplay Contests Found: 253

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2016 (expired)

The Ultimate Runway For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. 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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 27 Comments

The Sitcom Mission

Final Deadline: 05/15/2016 (expired)

We're looking for the best sitcom scripts that we can develop and showcase.

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StoryPros Awards Contest

Final Deadline: 05/10/2016 (expired)

To find the best GENRE scripts. Genre scripts are bought and produced more than 10 to 1 over the serious drama, tentpole or quirky scripts that usually win screenplay contests. This contest pits genre scripts only against scripts within their genre, and seeks to identify and promote to the industry the very best in each genre -- in other words, the scripts with the very best chances in the marketplace.

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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Final Deadline: 05/02/2016 (expired)

To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest featuring Judd Payne

Final Deadline: 04/30/2016 (expired)

Win an A-List Screenwriter Experience and Gain Unparalleled Access Do you think you can turn this logline from Judd Payne, Producer of Bernie and Sleepless Night into a killer script? “With the most violent hurricane in recorded history heading straight for Manhattan, a rookie NYC detective is the only hope to bring down a group of international criminals who have planned the perfect heist.

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Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/30/2016 (expired)

The Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition is a global screenwriting contest dedicated to inspire, support, and discover innovative narrative storytellers in film and television. Our objective is to launch careers, provide recognition and facilitate networking opportunities for the best new original voices in screenwriting. We welcome screenplays from anywhere in the world.

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TV One Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/22/2016 (expired)

The 2016 TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION is now open! Created to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The program is designed 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 Writers Lab

Final Deadline: 04/14/2016 (expired)

The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, is open for submissions of screenplays by women over the age of 40 (birthdate on or before 4/14/76). ABOUT THE LAB The Writers Lab brings 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 with promising scripts together with outstanding professional female filmmakers for an intensive four-day screenwriting retreat of one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and other activities designed to inspire the artists; to prompt rigorous creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

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ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 04/11/2016 (expired)

Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script. Big or small, our jury is looking for smart feature film screenplays with strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique 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!

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Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 04/10/2016 (expired)

Exclusively for shorts, the goal of Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest is to recognize and reward the screenwriter, independent filmmaker, or ambitious writer-director who creates an exceptional artistic and innovative short screenplay. The 2016 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest will award one exceptional screenwriter the Screenwriter of the Year ScriptFest Getaway Package, a 3 day trip to Los Angeles to mingle with writers and meet with executives at the 2016 ScriptFest! Any short screenplay 20 pages or less is welcome, the more original the better! We strive to find and reward the “outside the mainstream” content, and we are open to all genres and styles.

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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Final Deadline: 04/05/2016 (expired)

CineStory is a national non-profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs. Winners of our competition have gone on to pen films such as IRON MAN, CAKE, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14. One of the main goals of the CineStory Feature Retreat is to select up-and-coming screenwriters for our four-day intensive program held in the Fall.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 33 Comments

L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Fest

Final Deadline: 03/31/2016 (expired)

Celebrate, showcase, AND sell the work of the greatest independent unknown Neo Noir novelists, filmmakers, and screenwriters from L.A. and around the world. We've done this three times. This fourth time plus YOU equals neo noir magic! If you have a neo noir story for the city of Los Angeles to see, this is the ONLY festival specifically made for you.

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Hollywood Sky Film Festival

Final Deadline: 03/07/2016 (expired)

If your work is rich in substance, has exceptional subject matter, a superior execution of story structure and you want to screen your work to a truly remarkable and global audience then this is your film festival. The festival is open to any level of filmmaker, from amateur to professional. The Hollywood Sky International Film Festival is now accepting all digitally submitted entries for moving media, screenplays, production development, and more submissions for; awards, prizes, and distribution.

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Writers and Filmmakers

Final Deadline: 02/29/2016 (expired)

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! Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.

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KCWIFT and KC Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/01/2016 (expired)

Kansas City Women in Film and Television (KCWIFT) is pleased to announce the KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. With regard to our mission of empowering, promoting, and mentoring women, we'll award a $1,000 grand prize for Best Screenplay written by a female writer or writing team. Both women and men are eligible to receive our $500 award for the script with the Best Female Protagonist.

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Narrative Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/01/2016 (expired)

Submission Requirements: 1. Must be a narrative short 2. Screenplay must be under 30 minutes 3. Can be produced on a micro-budget 4. Seeking screenplays that represent the millenial voice, whatever that means.

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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/08/2016 (expired)

The 47th annual Nashville Film Festival is proud to open its call for entries for the 2016 Screenwriting contest. With over $90,000 in cash and prizes and potential exposure to celebrated industry executives and studios, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is an incredible opportunity for talented writers to get their scripts discovered.

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Reel Time International

Final Deadline: 12/31/2015 (expired)

Please see website.

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Screenwriter Showcase Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/30/2015 (expired)

The goal of our annual screenwriting contest is to showcase talented screenwriters.

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AURA Screenwriter Awards

Final Deadline: 11/27/2015 (expired)

Welcome to the Aura Screenwriter Awards! Our mission is to recognize new and emerging screenwriters and filmmakers. We offer cash awards and competitive entry fees!

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Marquee Lights Competition

Final Deadline: 10/31/2015 (expired)

Welcome to the Marquee Lights Competition! We discover new screenwriters and filmmakers, offering affordable entry fees and a $500 cash award to the top screenplay and short film. We invite you to enter the 2015 Marquee Lights Competition!

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Writers Store Spotlight Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 10/31/2015 (expired)

Our professional studio readers will carefully read every submission. From these entries, 25 semi-finalists will make it to the next stage and enjoy an honorable mention in Script Magazine and an annual membership to ScreewritingDirectory.com. Next, we’ll narrow it down to 10 finalists who will score a consultation with a ScriptXpert Story Coach, and a one-year ISA CONNECT membership.

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Napa Valley Film Festival Pitch Panel Contest

Final Deadline: 10/15/2015 (expired)

The NVFF Pitch Panel Contest connects new writers and filmmakers with the industry's best creative executives and producers in a 2-Day competition set to discover the next blockbuster film or hit TV series. 20 semi-finalists will be invited to Thursday's "boot camp" with producer & pitch writer, Scott Manville, and industry veteran Peter Belsito to learn the ins-and-outs of successfully pitching a new TV or film project.

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Courier Awards

Final Deadline: 09/30/2015 (expired)

Welcome to the Courier Awards! Our mission is to discover new screenwriting talent and emerging filmmakers. The Courier Awards is a green and paperless competition, accepting online submissions and screeners. We invite you to enter the 2015 Courier Awards competition!

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Eerie Horror Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 08/22/2015 (expired)

The Eerie Horror Screenplay Competition offers beginning, aspiring and veteran screenwriters in the horror genre a chance to have their work recognized by people in the industry and beyond and to provide recognition and exposure for screenwriters in the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. The finalists and top 3 winning screenplays will be announced on all Eerie Horror Film Festival websites and winner's information will be forwarded to industry professionals for consideration.

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NHMC Television Writers Program

Final Deadline: 08/03/2015 (expired)

The NHMC Television Writers Program focuses on the writing of an original TV pilot or a spec episode of a series currently on TV, conducted in an environment that simulates a TV Writers Room. The five-week, total immersion workshop is guided by former NBC V.P. of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Studio City, California. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations.

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The Oaxaca FilmFest Screen Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 07/15/2015 (expired)

The Oaxaca FilmFest Screenwriter Competition Is Now Accepting Submissions. The international film festival was founded in the City of Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, in 2010 and is a uniquely successful collaboration between the private and public sector. The festival has Grown to be one of the Largest International Film Festivals in Latin America and part of this success is due to the Festival's creation of a highly competitive screen writing competition.

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Austin Revolution Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/01/2015 (expired)

The Austin Revolution Film Fest shines a light on true independent screenwriters and filmmakers. Our writing competition is sponsored by Ink Tip and Final Draft who provide excellent prizes for the writers in addition to tremendous networking opportunities.

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Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 06/30/2015 (expired)

To foster excellence in screenwriting that features gay characters, history, or themes important to the gay community, and relevant to our world. Up to four full length finalists and up to six shorts finalists will be named by September 1 annually, and those scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings at the Hoover-Leppen Theater of the Center on Halsted in Chicago.

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Film Crash Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 06/27/2015 (expired)

The mission of the Film Crash Screenplay Competition is to build community, create a platform for screenplays, and encourage writers to "crash" through barriers to self-expression. Founded by Sundance Jury Prize winning director Matthew Harrison in 1985, Film Crash has enjoyed playing a part in the creative life of stories, many of which have gone on to be produced as motion picture and television entertainment.

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Launch Pad Pilot Competition

Final Deadline: 05/31/2015 (expired)

The sole objective of the Launch Pad Competition is to recognize writers who have the passion and talent deserving of a professional Hollywood career, and with our track record we have shown that we can do just that. That is why the Launch Pad Competitions have led to 63 writers being signed in just 18 months! 9 writers have been staffed. 27 projects set up generating 3 bidding wars.

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Insight Festival Student Filmmaker Award

Final Deadline: 05/07/2015 (expired)

To find the student filmmaker in the UK with the best potential to gain the most benefit from a six-week, all-expenses-paid internship with a film production company near Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. Entrants can submit a two-page synopsis and a five-page script extract as well as filling out the online entry form.

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Extreme Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 05/01/2015 (expired)

To provide writers the opportunity to jump-start their careers by giving them direct access to industry professionals and unprecedented networking & production opportunities.

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LezPlay (formerly Women’s Words)

Final Deadline: 05/01/2015 (expired)

Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Contest has Stage, Screenplay, and Shorts categories. We aspire to honor excellence in work written by women for film or stage with lesbian characters or themes.

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DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/30/2015 (expired)

Recently named the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine, the 12th DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. The 12th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival (September 10-20, 2015) DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe.

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Pennsylvania Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/30/2015 (expired)

Pennsylvania residents: The Greater Erie Film Office, a program of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania (FSNWPA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is proud to debut its short screenwriting and filmmaking competition, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association- Greater PA Chapter. The theme will be memory and/or dementia.

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Stage 32 Happy Writers Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 04/29/2015 (expired)

Stage 32 Happy Writers is thrilled to bring you our biggest screenwriting opportunity yet in our second Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Contest. We are looking for the best undiscovered writers and scripts of 2015 to connect them directly with our industry insiders! As a result of our history with executives throughout the industry and the extent of our global reach, we are able to connect the top writers from around the world with leading executives who can make the critical difference in their career.

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theOffice Fellowship

Final Deadline: 04/15/2015 (expired)

We are once again offering a FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP to theOffice. theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace in Brentwood, CA. Our members get free coffee & tea, wifi, Aeron chairs and peace of mind, all in the company of likeminded professional writers. The fellowship works like this: You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with why you want this.

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Greenhorn Script Contest

Final Deadline: 04/01/2015 (expired)

To provide recognition and creative support to non-professional, and/or first-time, and/or amateur screenwriters, allowing them the space to compete knowing that their work will be judged in an “apples-to-apples” capacity, and not against that of pro, paid, experienced screenwriters. To that end, our contest mechanics are very simple, and our prizes, though some are cash, are less about cash and “Hollywood access” and more about helping inexperienced screenwriters develop and improve their work.

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Asbury Park Music in Film Festival Screeenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 03/20/2015 (expired)

Final judges are Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent). $2000 in prizes: $1000 for APMFF Best Drama Feature Script and $1000 for APMFF Best Genre Feature Script. We're only accepting the first 200 scripts.

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Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2015 (expired)

The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest stands with the few elite and respected screenwriting competitions that can deliver on the promises of prestige and prominence for its winners. We are extremely proud to provide a level of service above and beyond what you will find in the majority of screenplay contests. Our pride comes from our extraordinary staff that has over 30 years of experience and thrives on helping make dreams come true.

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Big Vision Empty Wallet's Screenwriters Career Lab

Final Deadline: 02/13/2015 (expired)

The Big Vision Empty Wallet Community is full of rockstar writers and we want to help you move your writing career forward now! WIN A FREE RETREAT TO COSTA RICA (March 26-29, 2015), develop relationships with badass mentors, and create an actionable career plan for this year and beyond at BVEW’s 2015 Screenwriters Career Lab.

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New Hope Film Festival Script Competition

Final Deadline: 01/30/2015 (expired)

To discover and nurture overlooked and underappreciated filmmakers from around the globe.

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Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 01/10/2015 (expired)

The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest is an international screenwriting competition dedicated to discovering and showcasing the work of the world’s best new emerging screenwriters in the city globally recognized as the center of the movie and television industries. We celebrate and share your passion for storytelling by helping to advance the careers of talented screenwriters, connecting our winners with working industry producers, agents, managers, and development executives.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 22 Comments

Script Pipeline Student Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2014 (expired)

To give the best student screenwriters a rare opportunity at studio-level industry exposure and foster new talent in the early stages of their careers.

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IFIPG Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 12/31/2014 (expired)

To find new and upcoming scriptwriters. To help promote scriptwriters and find potential future projects.

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Screenwriting Staffing Logline Contest

Final Deadline: 12/31/2014 (expired)

Posting your logline with Screenwriting Staffing is an easy way to get your screenplay noticed by industry professionals looking for their next project. Our logline pages are browsed by studios and agents on a regular basis. You only have to post your logline once with SS. It's ONLY a onetime fee (but FREE for most!), and you will never have to renew your logline.

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SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/12/2014 (expired)

The SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition seeks to encourage, recognize and promote talented screenwriters.

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Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST's focus is to promote all genres of writing focusing on scripts fifteen pages or less in length.

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Writers Place

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To assist the aspiring screenwriter in realizing his/her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. To eliminate industry chokepoints that stifle creativity and impede screenplay access to managers,agents & producers.

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