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Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Screenplay Contest Category: Sci-fi

Screenwriting Contests that focus specifically on the sci-fi genre, or that offer a special award for sci-fi scripts.

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Screenplay Contests Found: 46

Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 04/28/2017

Grand Prize Winner meets with Jon Shestack Productions, The Illusionarium & The Baker Entertainment Group. Plus a 1-Year Mentorship with Award Winning Fantasy & Sci-Fi Writer Marc Zicree All Finalists have their loglines presented to 500 working industry executives! The Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest is searching for the best original Fantasy & Sci-Fi feature screenplays.

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StoryPros Awards Contest

Final Deadline: 04/30/2017

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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Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 05/04/2017

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.

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Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/15/2017

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.

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2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 05/17/2017

The PAGE Awards competition was established in 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.

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Scriptmobile Mobile Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 06/01/2017

First ever feature screenplay contest for mobile friendly screenplays. Our goal is to reach new and broader audience and readers for screenplays. With Scriptmobile Mobile Screenplay Contest, screenplays are put into a new and different perspective. Our festival encourages writers to have their screenplays formatted for mobile devices for much broader audience and readers.

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SHRIEKFEST Horror/SciFi Film & Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/10/2017

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 17th year, Shriekfest takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country.

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Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/14/2017

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

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Moondance International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/15/2017

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

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The 16th Annual FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017

To make Hollywood more accessible than ever before to more aspiring screenwriters, Filmmakers.com is forming strategic alliances with the powers that be... Championing Emerging Artists. FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards has been in existence since 2000 (formerly known as The Radmin Company / FilmMakers.com Screenplay Contest) and its association with the Radmin Company has been going on since late 2000.

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FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards Competition

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017

Season 2: The FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming screenwriters, as well as to empower and educate those talented writers still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream industry. The Filmmatic Screenplay Competiton is open to short and feature-length works, screenplays and pilots. 10 Categorical Winners, 1 Overall Winner, and 100 Finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the competition You've worked hard on your screenplay, and our staff and Judges are excited to read your work.

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Sci-Fi Horror & Fantasy Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 08/15/2017

The SciFi Horror Fantasy Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature screenplays and television scripts, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to development executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL SCRIPT ENTRIES RECEIVE... SCRIPT SHOWCASE A custom project page on the website to showcase your script to development executives, producers, managers and agents.

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Little Screenwriters Competition

Final Deadline: 10/03/2017

We are a a collective of producers, writers and union crew members who wish to see more content written by or about those under represented in American Cinema. The Little Screenwriters Competition was started by International Cinematography Union crew member Ms. Nubia Rahim. We are the industry. This is nepotism at its best. Our judges consist of industry executives, SAG actors and crew members.

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Script Pipeline First Look Project

Final Deadline: 10/15/2017

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

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International Family Film Festival (IFFF)

Final Deadline: 09/02/2016 (expired)

IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and productions companies.

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Worldfest - Houston Int'l Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Contest founded in 1988 to provide an opportunity to compete with talent from around the world. The 42nd Annual WorldFest offers Cash Awards, Special Screenplay Master Classes, significant mentoring and project development opportunities during the ten-day festival. More than 550 international filmmakers and writers attend each year. All Remi Nominees receive VIP Gold All Access Passes to the Festival and the Master Classes (A $800 value).

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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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International Horror and Sci Fi Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To discover the best un-produced short screenplays by talented writers and present their work to LEADING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS.

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Rod Serling Short Script Competition

Final Deadline: 08/14/2015 (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.

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Zed Fest Schlock Horror Short Sreenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Zed Fest was formed to acknowledge and encourage new independent filmmakers and screenwriters. We noticed that there are a lot of talented and promising filmmakers and screenwriters that tend to get snubbed by other festivals and competitions simply because they are low budget or less polished. We want to give them the recognition that they deserve and try to help them build upon their abilities.

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Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/03/2016 (expired)

Now in our 7th year, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as one of Hollywood's leading screenplay competitions. We offer every screenwriter FREE PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT FEEDBACK plus winning writers receive CASH & PRIZE PACKAGES worth over $20,000 and GUARANTEED SCRIPT CONSIDERATION from top Hollywood Production Companies. Fresh Voices strives to identify, nurture and bring to market the most promising new voices in screenwriting and has developed a successful track record of discovering new screenwriters with many of our past winners now signed by representation, produced, and staffed on TV series.

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Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Our aim, quite simply, is to discover and recognize the brightest new talent and original voices in storytelling from around the world. We identify emerging talent and place top new writers firmly on the industry's radar directly in the heart of the motion picture capital of the world.

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Smashcut Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To passionately deliver industry exposure to the best unknown screenplays each season. (and ship our winner and his screenplay out to Sundance!)

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New York Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world's best new voices in screenwriting for film and television. The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with cash, prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals.

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Roswell International Film Festival and Digital Shootout

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Roswell International Sci-Fi Film Festival and Digital-shootout (RISF) is looking for your short scripts to make into a movie. The RISF 2013 Digital Film Shoot-Out is the only filmmaking experience dedicated to bringing a screenwriters vision from “script to screen” in one week. The RISF Digital Film Shoot-Out will provide crew and equipment (A $50,000 dollar value) to five filmmakers who have the opportunity to direct their winning short that will screen at the RISF Digital Film Gala at the end of the week! This is a non-union, non-pay opportunity, but the RISF committee will be provided lodging, on-set meals, IMDB credit and “significant exposure” at the international film festival.

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Horror Hotel International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 03/01/2017 (expired)

Recognition for bloody good scripts and writers.

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World Series of Screenwriting

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Storytelling is your passion. Ours is amplifying your voice. The World Series of Screenwriting is dedicated to recognizing and advancing the work of the world's most talented and compelling storytellers in film and television screenwriting. We recognize and award the work of the best new voices in screenwriting from around the world. The World Series of Screenwriting is thrilled to share your unsurpassed commitment toward getting your talent recognized and your stories heard.

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Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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.

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Prototype

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

"Prototype" is an online film program in partnership with New Regency Productions, the studio behind "Fight Club" and "The Internship." The program will utilize Break Media’s vast digital platforms to discover up and coming directorial talent and connect them directly with Hollywood. Eight promising filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 each to direct their own action, sci-fi or effects-driven short film.

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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/06/2017 (expired)

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NaFF draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians and industry to ten days of films, panels, red carpet events, live music showcases and parties. NaFF draws more film entries than almost every other film festival in the country, in part, because it is an Academy® Award Qualifying Festival in three short film categories.

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Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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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FilmQuest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Do you have an unproduced screenplay? Is it genre based? Then let’s have a look! We’re looking for FEATURE screenplays in this submission category, and those that are based in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror. No time for romantic comedies here… unless they involve alien love. Then we're digging it.

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IFIPG Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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

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Golden Blasters

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Golden Blasters (The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards) is a film festival dedicated to short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories. We aim to bring the best speculative fiction around and expose more people to the wonderful art of the short film.

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Zed Fest Horror/Sci-Fi/Action/Suspense Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Screenplays must be feature length no less than 80 pages and no more than 120 pages. All screenplays must be written in English. Screenplays should be in 12 point Courier font and pages must be numbered. Only online PDF submissions will be accepted. Any revisions after submission will not be accepted. Genres may only be HORROR SCI-FI ACTION SUSPENSE

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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 08/31/2016 (expired)

From the birth of cinema, screenwriters have stretched our imaginations with stories from Other Worlds, taking us on a Trip to the Moon, following the adventures of Flash Gordon, or frightening us with The Day the Earth Stood Still. On the page, anything is possible, and really, what's more 'future' than writing a screenplay for something you hope will get made someday? Even a short that you intend to shoot yourself is an unrealized opportunity in the writing stage.

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ScreenCraft SciFi Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 03/30/2017 (expired)

We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Contest! Whether you’re writing a contained science fiction drama or an epic fantasy saga, we want to read your feature film script. The jury is out of this world — with judges who love sci-fi movies — from top companies including 20th Century Fox, Sony and Lionsgate! Don’t miss the industry’s #1 sci-fi & fantasy feature screenplay contest.

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Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival

Final Deadline: 11/22/2015 (expired)

The intent of MiSciFi is to showcase the best in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, and other imaginatively-themed films from around the world. This celebration is set in the trendy and progressively global megalopolis of Miami Florida. Our creative and inspirational environment is ideal to explore films that ponder the infinite possibilities our multiverse holds.

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GenreBlast Film Festival

Final Deadline: 06/15/2016 (expired)

GenreBlast is a brand new film festival coming to you from the revitalized state-of-the-art State Theatre in wonderful downtown Culpeper, Virginia. We want to celebrate the finest in true genre cinema and we're looking for your best features, shorts, music videos and screenplays in the categories of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, exploitation, grindhouse, international, experimental and more! A festival for filmmakers, by filmmakers.

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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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New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)

Final Deadline: 07/06/2016 (expired)

The Renaissance in the 15th century was a time when art was at its height. With the digital revolution artists have a golden opportunity, once again, to shape culture and to create art for the sake of beauty or truth, to reflect, to question and to enhance peace. This is why we have established the New Renaissance Film Festival, in LONDON, one of Europe’s greatest film cities – to support and champion the first wave of independent filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era.

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Cannes Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/26/2017 (expired)

The Cannes Screenplay Contest presents a top-level screenwriting competition for aspiring newcomers and seasoned veterans alike seeking to be read, recognized and rewarded for their storytelling talent. This dedicated scriptwriting contest is a rare opportunity for screenwriters to submit their work to be read, judged, and critiqued solely on their ability to captivate and entertain through the written word.

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StarGate Galactic International Sci-Fi- Fantasy and Horror Film Festival

Final Deadline: 04/22/2016 (expired)

Our Mission is to promote up-and-coming filmmakers by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the entertainment industry. We shine a light on the unknown talent of today, helping them become the future celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow. Not only do we actively champion indie and independent filmmaking, we are one of the few film festivals in the world that offers a film distribution seminar to help filmmakers guide their cinematic vision toward profitability.

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Screenwriters' Capital Fall Feature Script Competition

Final Deadline: 09/30/2016 (expired)

The Screenwriters Capital is based in Greater Sacramento. We are looking for talented screenwriters near and far to help great aspiring writers realize their dreams. We look forward to reading your scripts and wish you luck!

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Shiver International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/15/2016 (expired)

We are accepting Feature Screenplay and Short Script entries worthy of the title: 'Best Horror', 'Best Sci-Fi' and 'Best Thriller'.

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CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 10/28/2016 (expired)

CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition is an International Young Talents Project dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talents. We welcome scenarios from anywhere in the world. We are looking forward to reading your scenario! WHY FANTASY? Fantastic films push the boundaries of the imagination to another realm where anything in this world, other worlds, or even the entire universe, can exist.

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