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The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/17/2021

Got a horror short screenplay? We want to read it. Our Top 10 finalists will be read by a jury of over a dozen literary managers, producers, filmmakers, and absolute horror legends. Prizes include guaranteed industry reads, career consultations, Final Draft 12, Shudder subscriptions, a killer trophy, increased rank on Coverfly's The Red List, and so much more.

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Page Turner Screenplays - First 15

Final Deadline: 03/28/2022

FIRST 15 - FEATURE & TV PILOT The FIRST 15 is a unique competition where your script will only be judged based upon your opening FIRST 15 pages. As a “Thank You” to everyone for your support during our first two years we are giving anyone who applies on Filmfreeway FREE ENTRY for the FIRST 15 Days of the competition. The FIRST 15 is a great way to kick off the New Year and jump-start your writing to prepare your script for all the upcoming top tier competitions, writers programs and residency applications.

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Virginia Screenwriting Competition

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To provide a forum for Virigina screenwriters and promote the future of filmmaking in Virginia.

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Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship

Final Deadline: 06/07/2021 (expired)

To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 08/01/2021 (expired)

Our global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live-action and animated television.

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CBS Writers Mentoring Program

Final Deadline: 05/01/2021 (expired)

In its sixteen years, over 100 emerging diverse writers have graduated from the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program. Over 75 careers have been launched. The goal of the program is to positively impact the presence of diverse writers throughout the industry.

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Rod Serling Short Script Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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.

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MARZA Story Circus Competition

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MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. (CEO: Koichi Fukazawa), the new film production arm of Sega Sammy group, and 100 Meter Films (CEO: John Williams) are pleased to launch the MARZA Story Circus competition. MARZA's company vision is to produce "Delightful stories for children all over the world!" MARZA aims to produce feature-length CGI animated films for global distribution.

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Vpype Hollywood Pitch Contest

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To help aspiring writers connect with industry professionals and have their scripts read.

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Kuzmacinema Feature Script Competition

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The objective of Kuzmacinema Feature Script Competition to discover a great independent feature script for following production. Screenplays must meet standard feature-length screenplay format. Allusions and citations from the world culture legacy are allowed as well as elements of absurdity or poetic manner. The next genres are not allowed: Crime, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller.

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Astana International Action Film Festival Screenplay and Short Film Competition

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The Astana International Action Film Festival Screenplay and Short Film Competition is a holiday of fun-filled movies. Every summer famous actors, director and producers making dynamic action films gather in the capital city of Kazakhstan.

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TV One Screenplay Competition

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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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Universal Writers Program

Final Deadline: 02/21/2021 (expired)

The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

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WarnerMedia Access Writing Program

Final Deadline: 03/21/2021 (expired)

The HBO Access Writing Program is being rebranded as the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program starting in 2021! This revamped program is being scaled across the entire enterprise to expand the talent pool of emerging voices.

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theOffice Fellowship

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

It’s easy. You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with a short email explaining why this fellowship is right for you. Our judges select a winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2700. Winner gets their own door code to access the space even when staff isn’t here.

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Athena List

Final Deadline: 09/15/2021 (expired)

The Athena List is an annual script competition that selects exceptional scripts with women leaders at the heart of the story. As the central program in the Athena Film Festival’s Parity Pipeline program, The Athena List’s goal is to raise the profile of the scripts and the writers within the industry with the purpose of getting these movies made and elevating their careers to the next level.

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NBC Writers on the Verge

Final Deadline: 05/10/2020 (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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NHMC Television Writers Program

Final Deadline: 04/16/2021 (expired)

For nearly twenty years, the NHMC Series Scriptwriters Program has helped launch the careers of more than 200 Latinx writers. Ten diverse Latinx writers nationwide are selected for a five-week intense writers lab. At the end of the program, these writers will have a half an hour original series pilot, which they will pitch to industry leaders, beginning with our partners at ABC & NBC.

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Reddit Screenwriting Competition

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

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The Script Lab's Free Contest

Final Deadline: 07/31/2021 (expired)

The Script Lab and Coverfly are offering this FREE screenplay competition to help open talent-discovery to anyone and everyone, regardless of financial ability. This contest is open to feature, TV and short screenplays. Scripts must be in English and formatted with industry-standard screenwriting software. First impressions are important: For this free competition, all scripts will receive an initial first impression read, consisting of just the first few pages of each script.

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Athena Lab

Final Deadline: 07/08/2021 (expired)

This three-day lab consists of intensive script development with seasoned mentors. It is designed for women writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong woman character(s) in leadership roles at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives.

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Stage32.com 'THAT'S A MOVIE!' Logline Contest

Final Deadline: 09/30/2020 (expired)

Is Your Logline Sabotaging Your Chances of Getting Read? Have it reviewed by an Industry Professional for FREE (and potentially win some awesome prizes)! Simply enter your logline at the bottom of this form. Does this sound familiar? You spent months - or perhaps even years - perfecting your screenplay or television pilot and now you are ready to take that project out into the world.

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Future Film Writers Youth (5-pages Read)

Final Deadline: 09/30/2021 (expired)

Future Film Writers create a 5-pages read for new beginner and long-term writers for the first time. We want to read five pages from any one of your short/feature stories. Three writers with five pages will enter our contest for free for the chance to win cash prize money. On September 20th – 30th, for one and half weeks only, one writer with a fantastic five pages could win a chance to have his or her story to enter our contest for free.

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Future Film Writers Youth (5-page)

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Future Film Writers Youth (Title Challenge 3)

Final Deadline: 09/30/2021 (expired)

Future Film Writers create a challenge for new beginner and long-term writers. It is a challenge to test the knowledge of a writer who can take a Title and change it into a fantastic story. On September 20th - 30th, 2021, for 1 1/2 weeks only. Three Youth Short stories will enter our contest for free for the chance to win cash prize money.

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Future Film Writers (Title)

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Orchard Project

Final Deadline: 03/10/2021 (expired)

For more than ten years, the Orchard Project has become the go-to new work development workshop for many of America’s boldest companies and artists. Orchard Project’s flexible, form-fitting support has provided countless artists, companies, and productions a much needed kickstart through its programs ranging across forms. To date, the Orchard Project has supported more than 1,200 artists and 250 shows from All the Way and its sequel, The Great Society, to 33 Variations to Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus to Amelie:The Musical; from work of Savion Glover to Mike Bartlett to Annie Baker to Rachel Chavkin to Taylor Mac to Dave Malloy.

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SimplyScripts Halloween One Week Challenge

Final Deadline: 10/15/2021 (expired)

You have one week to write a 12-page or less script in proper screenplay format on the theme and genre to be announced noon (edt) October 8th.

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Internet Movie Logline Creator Monthly Logline Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

To help writers hone their loglines by competing with and judging their peers.

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Talentville Script of the Month

Final Deadline: Last day of each month

A monthly competition for members of Talentville.com who have uploaded full length, drama or sitcom screenplays at the site. Script are reviewed and rated via a peer review system among the members, with the top three rated scripts becoming a finalist at the end of each month. All finalists receive professional coverage by Scriptapalooza, with the order of finish being judged solely by them.

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StoryPlanner.com Monthly Story Plan Competition

Final Deadline: Monthly.

To use a specified Story Plan screenplay template to define story structure in a compelling way.

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StoryPlanner.com Monthly

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Golden Gateway Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

Break into the Chinese market! New company looking for scripts to market to Chinese film companies. No religious themes. No pornography. No excessive violence. No political themes. No teenage pregnancy. English only. Company will pay a small fee for long-term, non-exclusive rights to represent the script to the Chinese market. Sales will be negotiated separately if and when they occur.

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SU's Monthly FREE Logline Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

A free contest to help screenwriters develop better loglines, win some cool prizes, and have a little fun.

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Uruvatti International Film Festival

Final Deadline: Monthly.

Our mission is to discover high quality and ambitious films, to promote filmmakers’ works and to help them realize their dreams.

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