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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: 188

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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Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

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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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Palm Street Films Annual Script Contest

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Palm Street Films is a Los Angeles-based production company owned and operated by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Fields, who has over 20 years experience having worked for such companies as Lucas Film, Twentieth Century Fox, TriStar and NBC Universal. We offer a $1,000 cash prize for best feature and $500 for best short. The contest is in its FIFTH year and we are thrilled to announce that FOUR of the winning short film scripts have gone into production! In addition to winning cash prizes! YEAR ONE WINNER, Carly Street's Fragile Storm was produced starring legendary Hollywood actor Lance Henriksen! YEAR TWO WINNER, John Whetstone's The Interrogation was produced and went on to premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as well as Dances With Films.

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Marquee Lights Competition

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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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West Field Screenwriting Awards

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The West Field Screenwriting Awards were created in 2011 by award winning screenwriter Jim Powers for the simple purpose of awarding others for the merit of their work. To do this he enlisted the help of industry insiders, multi-award winning directors, producers, professional writers, and actors to read and select. Your screenplay will be read by these film professionals, who will evaluate the script based on an 8 point grading system, complete with checks and balances, the entire team will find the script that they see fit to be awarded "The Birch" Its easy to get lost in the world of screenwriting, so thats why WFSA was started.

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AURA Screenwriter Awards

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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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HollyShorts Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 05/25/2018 (expired)

HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films and short screenplays from around the globe. The festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less and is looking for the best short screenplays 20 pages or less.

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NYC PictureStart Film Festival

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The NYC PictureStart Film Festival (NYCPSFF) showcases short films from all over the world from emerging filmmakers as well as those already established in the industry. NYCPSFF accepts short films of all genres, narrative and documentaries. Submissions of short films and short film scripts are sought from filmmakers and screenwriters of all backgrounds and levels of experience and entries are accepted year-round.

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

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

It's been hailed by L.A. Weekly as the festival with "THE WORLD'S SEXIEST DARKEST CRIME SHORT FILMS." Saturday, May 27th, Dave and Buster's hosts THE L.A. NEO NOIR, NOVEL, FILM, AND SCRIPT FEST V (LANNEFF). This festival is brought to you by Carey Westbrook and Associates, whose students include the Academy Award nominated producers of Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond The Pines, Men of Honor, and Soul Food.

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New Hope Film Festival Script Competition

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

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FilmQuest

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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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Golden Blasters

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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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SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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

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APM Short Screenplay Competition

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The APM Short Screenplay Competition creates opportunities for screenwriters around the globe to get their short screenplay PRODUCED, made into a movie and SEEN by audiences and industry professionals all over the world! Our goal is to discover and promote the original works and talents of emerging screenwriters by making their scripts into films that get audiences talking.

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Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles

Final Deadline: 04/15/2017 (expired)

With so few spots available at the bigger film festivals, independent filmmakers struggle to get noticed. After all the hard work of making a movie, there's nothing like seeing it on the big screen. Sunset Film Festival seeks hidden gems bigger fests often overlook. Sunset Film Festival programmers are looking for visionary filmmakers with fresh voices to share with an audience hungry for independent film.

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Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/15/2016 (expired)

Media images represents the most recognizable commodity in the world. The implied messages of media form the world views of millions. In the United States and globally, African, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics and Latinos are severely underrepresented in mass media, and are most often shown in marginal roles when featured. As independent content creators, we can the talents and creativity to change the narrative of the diaspora stories.

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168 Write of Passage

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Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition is a one-week, mentored competition, which instructs writers as they compete. Industry pros (called Development Executives or DE's) critique writers and judge the 1st round of competition. All submissions are 12-pages and are written in 168 hours (1 week), based on the theme given out at the beginning of the writing week.

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Austin Revolution Film Festival

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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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Screenwriting Staffing Logline Contest

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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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Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 05/01/2017 (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 Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest will choose between two prize packages: 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 2017 ScriptFest, or the Filmmaker Production Gear Package: A two week free rental of all the production gear you need! 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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Pennsylvania Short Screenplay Competition

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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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The 4th Annual 1st TV Script Writing Competition: Presented by Filmmakers.com

Final Deadline: 07/31/2018 (expired)

The 1st TV Script Writing Competition is presented by FilmMakers.com . It wasn't that long ago that for a writer to be discovered he or she had to reside in or around Hollywood. The Film Industry is changing rapidly and so are the players as well as the playground. All you need is a break and it starts with you getting your GEM out there. Submit your work to an organization that stood the test of time.

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Film Crash Screenplay Competition

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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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Scriptamation

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Scriptamation is a short screenplay and scene contest with a very unique element - the winning screenplays and scenes will be voice recorded by actors and turned into a produced 3-D CG animation. If your screenplay wins and is chosen to be animated, you will own all of the rights to the finished product and are free to do whatever you want with it.

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Screenplay Incubation : 5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival

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Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-15 screenplay incubation provides chance to filmmakers to showcase their creativity. While the festival is open to writers of all age, we feel that just as it is imperative that we should support and encourage participation by filmmaking community members & professional, it is also important that we find and cultivate the future members of the entertainment industry.

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Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition

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Based in the Hollywood Hills – home to many of the world’s top screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers – the Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition offers screenwriters the opportunity to show they belong with the other masters of their craft! With over $1,000 dollars in prizes for feature and short screenplays, our mission is to discover and reward screenwriters who excel in the art of storytelling.

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Too Short to Die Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/01/2017 (expired)

There are a lot of scripts written around the world and very few of them get made into films. What happens with all the other scripts aren’t they also hard work, shouldn’t they have a chance to be read, to be found, to be noticed? We think they do! That is why we decided to create an interactive and transparent system - short screenplay competition.

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Hang onto Your Shorts Film Festival

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Chris J. Cullen, Rich Lello and Brian Kopack are three Jersey boys who enjoy going to events on the Jersey Shore. After Hurricane Sandy the shore was hit very hard and many people came together to help rebuild the shore. Though many artistic events and film festivals have left the area. We all work in the entertainment industry in some form and we all love the art of film making.

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Brightside Tavern Film Festival

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Filmmakers Chris J. Cullen and Chris Capaci have come together to create this event, a one day shorts film festival. Celebrating the short film in many different categories on two screens with a fun award show at the end of the night. A small shorts fest in Jersey City at a great venue where people can meet up, screen their films and celebrate their work.

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Insight Festival Student Filmmaker Award

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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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Depth of Field International Film Festival

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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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13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 04/13/2018 (expired)

13Horror.com is back with THE go-to contest for horror screenwriters and film-makers! The categories for the contest are: Feature-length screenplays Short screenplays Feature-length movies Short movies Winning entrants will receive some truly awesome prizes, including: Cash Publishing deals Movie distribution offer Film-making classes Contacts with horror movie industry insiders Horror merchandise And much more Each screenplay and movie entrant receives a comprehensive feedback form from one of our Hollywood judges, explaining how their screenplay or film did against the judging criteria.

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Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition

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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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FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards Competition

Final Deadline: 06/30/2018 (expired)

Season 3: 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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New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)

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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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Karmic Shorts

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Karmic Shorts is a unique short film competition. In addition to being seen by our award-winning board of filmmakers, the winning script will receive a fully realized production. Beyond the connections and resume boosts offered by other competitions, Karmic Shorts gives you the opportunity to bypass the often endless circuit of talks and red tape between competition winners and their production, and jumps right to the part that matters most to you, bringing your script to life.

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Veer West Screenplay Festival

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The Veer West Shorts Series encourages writers and artists to submit screenplays and stage plays under 8 pages. Having workshopped and produced scripts and new material in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles, since 2003, our goal is to launch new work by exceptional screenwriters, writers, filmmakers, and artists.

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Ukrainian International Short Film Festival

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The Ukrainian international short film festival is a platform for independent filmmakers, where they can show their films a large audience and to know the opinion of the audience and their colleagues. The aim of our festival - give to all independent filmmakers opportunity to express themselves.

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GEFO Short Screenplay Competition

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The Greater Erie Film Office and the Greater Erie Arts Rental at Penn State Behrend Short Screenplay Competition is open to all Pennsylvania residents. This year’s screenwriting and filmmaking competition is themed immigration. Entry scripts must be the original work of the writer(s). The Greater Erie Film Office Screenwriting Competition is the first part of an annual two-contest combo.

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Joshua Tree International Short Screenplay Contest

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The JTIFF is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 20 pages or less. Two finalists are invited to attend the JTIFF and, with the assistance of directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors.

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Mini Movie Fest

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MINI MOVIE FEST is an International Film Festival for Less--than-15-minute movies and a Screenplay Contest for less-than -30-page screenplays. We accept any genres films not more than 15 minutes duration. Trailers, webseries, shorts are available.

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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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Outlantacon

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If you are a filmmaker and would like to be a part of our film festival in Atlanta, Georgia then please submit your work for our consideration. Outlantacon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience! You'll find all the usual convention fare here, the difference is that it all has a queer 'bent' to it. Here you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you're free to be yourself! Let it not be said that this convention is just for LGBT.

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North Country (Snowtown) Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/01/2016 (expired)

To highlight the work of screenwriters with a connection to Northern New York, work that is set in Northern New York, or that could use Northern New York as a filming location.

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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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