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A list of contests that accept or specialize in short screenplays, or any scripts that are less than feature-length.

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Screenplay Contests Found: 190

Filmshift Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Filmshift is committed to advancing the craft of screenwriting as well as the progress of independent screenwriters themselves through our annual screenplay competition. We offer awards including Final Draft screenwriting software, InkTip access awards, and a variety of awards from Script Pipeline . We accept both feature-length and short film scripts of all genres and styles that tell strong and original stories.

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Spirit Quest Film Festival

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To provide both aspiring and seasoned screenwriters with an opportunity to have their scripts brought to the attention of industry professionals and to further the opportunities and careers of our winning screenwriters.

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Great Gay Screenplay Contest

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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.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

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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Dixie Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Call for Submissions now open for the 7th annual Dixie Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Festival Dates: September 27 - October 3, Morton Theatre, downtown Athens, Georgia.

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Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/07/2018 (expired)

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!

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Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Soggy Mops Production will be having a short screenwriting competition. The screenplay must be between 5 and 30 pages. The winning script(s) will be produced and promoted in film festivals nationwide in 2011.

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3 x 3

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3-page, 3-minute, 3-character screenplays to be shot by multiple student teams in a custom-designed studio set that changes yearly.

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L.A. Comedy Festival and Screenplay Competition

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LA Comedy Festival and Screenplay Competition is now celebrating its 10th season. It is the largest combined live comedy and film festival in the United States with a mission of ''Finding the Funny''. We pride ourselves in being the premier DISCOVERY festival for the next great comedic talents of both stage and screen. Premiered short films have gone on to with the OSCAR, a premiered web series is currently in development for network TV and films that we premiered have received theatrical distribution and many have continued on to festivals around the globe including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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QuickFilmBudget.com Short Film Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

QuickFilmBudget.com is now accepting short scripts (5 pages or less) that present an effective story with a beginning, middle, and end, which can easily be produced. Screenplays can be any genre or subject. Quick Film Budget will judge each submission based on screenplay, budget and a one page filmmaker's statement. All budgets must be created by QuickFilmBudget.

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Rocky Mountain Splendor Short Script Contest

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The purpose of this contest is to showcase the beauty of Colorado. The story should be set around a place in Colorado.

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Hollywood Screenplay Contest

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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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How To Get My Screenplay Produced

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To give honest, in depth feedback to writers that they can actually use. Winning writer gets 30% of the entry fees so that they can hopefully produce their film. We offer free advice on how to create a low/no budget feature that can get your script produced, go to film festivals, win awards and get distribution.

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Ventura Film Festival

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The Ventura Film Festival is a 100% volunteer based organization that raises money and awareness for forest and ocean preservation.

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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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Smashcut Screenplay Contest

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

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

New York Screenplay Contest

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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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London Film Awards

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As a distinguished international film competition, the London Film Awards celebrates and awards independent film's best and brightest talent spanning the globe. The London Film Awards is a medium for both fresh and masterful talent to have their extraordinary work recognized and honored before their industry peers.

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Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 08/31/2018 (expired)

Discovering new screenwriting talent from around the world. Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition is focused on finding the best scripts from around the world and getting them into the hands of the producers and production companies who have the ability to get them made. Patrick Tobin, the writer of CAKE starring Jennifer Aniston is just one of our successes.

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DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

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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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Write Reality TV

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Write Reality is a competition dedicated to finding the next hit reality show idea. Entrants are asked to write a short summary of their idea for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $2200 and consideration by top reality production companies such as MPH Entertainment (The Dog Whisperer), 44 Blue Productions (Lock Up), GRB Entertainment (Intervention), Buck Productions (Cake Walk), T Group Productions (Storage Wars) and Paper Route Productions (Yukon Men).

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KCWIFT and KC Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition

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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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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

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Our intention is to run an event that will be about encouraging Welsh independent film making and screenplay writing both in Welsh and English. Not only within Wales but also Internationally through working with Welsh expat film makers all over the world.Also we very much like to work with and encourage film makers and writers from the rest of the UK and internationally.

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LezPlay (formerly Women’s Words)

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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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George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The festival, presented in a university setting and around the beautiful Shoals area, provides attendees with an exceptional lineup of quality workshops, panels, screenings, networking opportunities and informal interaction among filmmakers and all guests. Our priority is to discover emerging talent and promote their work by reaching, educating, inspiring, and entertaining audiences with the best in cinematic art.

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Metropolitan Film Festival of New York

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The Metropolitan Film Festival takes pleasure in acknowledging independent filmmakers and writers by providing them with an opportunity to be awarded for their work.

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Roswell International Film Festival and Digital Shootout

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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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Eddie Bauer Jr. Screenplay Competition

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The EDDIE BAUER JR AND TRUSTFUNDPUNKFILMS SCREENPLAY CONTEST was created to uncover hidden talent, and to help writers get their screenplays in front of industry professionals on the hunt for great content. Grandson of the famed outdoorsman, Eddie Bauer Jr. wrote CASA DEL AGUA about his tumultuous life experiences, and now wants to help fellow screenwriters complete the journey to see their short or feature-length script play out on the big screen.

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72 Script Fest

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Write a short 8-10 page script in 72 hours! The Winning script will be produced in September 2014 and premiere at 72 Film Fest 2014 in October.

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Willamette Writers FiLMLaBtv

Final Deadline: 11/16/2018 (expired)

Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot for our script to screen competition. The web series script should be 7 pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with 1-4 speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end, and be aimed at a general audience. After an initial round of judging in Portland, Oregon, 10 finalists will be chosen by our industry professionals in LA.

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Los Angeles Cinema Film Festival of Hollywood

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>The goal of the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood is to recognize and award talented independent filmmakers and Writers, therefore helping them to increase their distribution and project funding opportunities.

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United Film Festival - Screenwriting Contest

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The United Film Festival Screenwriting Contest, now in its third year, is an opportunity for the United Film Festival to continue to grow our expansive United network and provide a forum for those who often get overlooked in the world of film production - "the screenwriter." The United Film Festival screens cutting-edge independent films and highly acclaimed classic movies with the audience in mind in six unique cities -Los Angeles, New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tulsa.

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Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)

Final Deadline: 10/30/2018 (expired)

The 8th annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that accepts feature and short screenplays, teleplays, and screens more than 120 international cutting edge film premiers making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. RIFF provides six days of industry panels, Q&As, industry mixers, live music performances, the FLOW Creative & Pitch Conference, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the Bowtie Criterion/Movieland and the historic Byrd Theatre.

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FilmColumbia Screenwriting Lab

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This independent film lab will provide a five-day long intensive in an idyllic setting in Chatham, New York, to refine and perfect your screenplay. Room and board will be included. The influence of a new generation of filmmaking, the web, the change in platform viewing, the difficulty in finding finance and the need for succinct and powerful storytellers is forcing the industry to take notice of the short film.

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Red Eye Writing Contest

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The goal of the Red Eye Writing is to discover and build relationships with talented screenwriters.

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World Series of Screenwriting

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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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Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC

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From page to production, from production to profession, the Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC (BSFFNYC) is dedicated to helping filmmakers get their films seen, distributed and grow their career paths by showcasing short films under 20 minutes competing for cash awards in the categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Animation. The BSFFNYC presents a Short Screenplay Competition where short screenplays 15 pages and under have staged reading and compete for cash awards in the categories of Comedy and Drama.

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Write To Rebuild

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Write to Rebuild (W2R) is a global screenwriting contest designed to shed light on the individuals and communities that survive natural disasters. The competition will not only provide writers with an opportunity to see the winning script developed into a produced short film, it will positively influence the lives of those impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

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Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

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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: 25 Comments

Hoboken International Film Festival

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Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally. Now in its ninth year, the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") is being held May 30 to June 5, 2014 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, New York.

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Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

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Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 82nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries will also be on display in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

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American Movie Awards

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The American Movie Awards were originally founded in 1980 with winners such as Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. The event's mission is to award and recognize the very best in independent filmmaking and screenwriting and to help launch the careers of talented new filmmakers and screenwriters. The American Movie Awards have reemerged to become one of indie film's most respected symbols of success.

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A Film Writer Character Challenge Contest

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A unique character contest challenge to help writers create great characters for their Screenplays, TV Scripts and Shorts. All entries receive feedback on characters.

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Comedy Ninja Film and Screenplay Festival

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L.A.'s COMEDY NINJA Film Festival aims to be an uproarious three-day comedy free-for-all that will have audiences rolling in the aisles as it showcases the funniest work of comedic performers, directors and writers from around the globe.

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R.I.P Horror Film Festival Script Contest

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To promote and celebrate all things horror and to foster new horror voices.

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AFC Storytelling International Screenplay Competition

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The AFC Storytelling International Screenwriting Competition was conceived to promote understanding of African life through screenplays and documentary projects and to create greater international cooperation in bringing African subject matters and locales to the screen. First held in 1998, this Competition inspired writers from around the world to creatively contribute to a better cultural understanding of Africa.

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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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Courier Awards

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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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Hill Country Film Festival

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Where raw talent meets raw beauty. HCFF is a five-day independent film festival in the heart of the picturesque Hill Country in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Hill Country Film Festival accepts short and feature films as well as hosts a Short Screenplay Competition (10 pages or less) and a Feature Screenplay Competition (70-120 pages).

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Snake Alley Festival of Film

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The Snake Alley Festival of Film is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Films will screen at the beautifully restored Capitol Theater in the heart of downtown Burlington, Iowa. The theater boasts state of the art equipment and can comfortably seat more than 400 people. A town with a rich history dramatically situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Burlington is a growing center for commerce and culture.

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