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Shorts Fee
Teleplay Fee
Scripts - Web Series Festival Global
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2021
$80
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Aug 14, 2021
IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD, SINCE 2015 , WEB SERIES FESTIVAL GLOBAL CELEBRATES GREAT CONTENT.

WEB SERIES – PILOTS – SCRIPTS

7th WEB SERIES FESTIVAL GLOBAL

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5 2021 NETWORKING, SCREENINGS, Q & A, AWARDS
BestScript: Receives will receive A one year ISAConnect membership, a one year iPitch.tv membership & Total Script Express from SellAScript.com, an InkTip Script listing to promote themselves and their scripts to their entire network of producers & managers, a personalized certificate, laurels & Press.
Female Voices Rock
Late Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$65.00
$45.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Sep 22, 2021
$75.00
$55.00
$66.00
Extended Deadline
Sep 22, 2021
$75.00
$55.00
$66.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 3, 2021
The Female Voices Rock Screenplay Competition aims to support diverse female storytellers in the industry. Accepting TV Pilots, Shorts, and Features.

Female Voices Rock is dedicated to supporting diverse female storytellers in the entertainment industry. Our mission is to incite and inspire change that builds a foundation of equality and diversity, ensuring that every voice is heard and championed.

Our judges include MXN ENTERTAINMENT, CARTEL ENTERTAINMENT, APA TALENT AGENCY.
Screenplay Festival
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality — not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together — Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

The competition’s categories ensure that a truly wonderful script is not punished or ignored because it is in a genre that does not usually win awards. There is no limit to the frustration experienced by the writer who commits the crime of writing “fun” or “likeable” material. It always seems to be “important” films that win the accolades. In reality, people love dramas, but they also love comedies, family movies, action pictures, thrillers and horror flicks. Writing for a fun genre should not forbid a writer from having their talents acknowledged.
Television Outreach Program (TOP)
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 15, 2022
The Television Outreach Program (TOP) is a Scriptwriters Network program to support undiscovered television writing talent. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their work.
Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP)
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2022
The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment. This program is for feature-length screenplays only.
High Concept Screenplay Program (HCSP)
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 15, 2022
The High Concept Screenplay Program welcomes all genres and aims to discover, honor and reward different approaches, eclectic points of view and unique voices in screenwriting.
SWN Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$68.75
$37.50
$56.25
Winners Notified:
Sep 2, 2021
The SWN Screenplay Competition is a seasonal contest judged by some of the most respected in the industry.

Our Judges include Alec Sokolow, Terry Matalas and Nick Jones. Their credits include classics such as Toy Story, Garfield, Orange Is the New Black and Star Trek: Picard.

Our network of industry contacts expands to hundreds of working industry producers, creative executives and production companies.
Our network reach incorporates some of the largest production companies, including: Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, CBS, Relativity Media and many more.

Screenwriters Network (SWN) are dedicated to support all contestants, rather than just the winners. For entering alone, you will receive all three of our submission benefits:

➤ Every script submitted gets registered with SWN for free. No need to register with the writers’ guilds (WGA, WGUK etc.).

➤ FREE eBook – How to Sell Your Screenplay.

➤ You will receive a $10 gift card from us to be redeemed on our Script Coverage services.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Jul 31, 2021
$40
Late
Aug 14, 2021
$45
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2021
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 29, 2021
The leading screenplay competition for thriller screenwriters. Well-written thrillers are an excellent way demonstrate commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood managers and producers have agreed to receive the winning script and consider the top finalists' loglines for read requests, including:

Grindstone Entertainment, MadHorse, Magnet Management, Zero Gravity, and Morningstar Films

Plus, the winning writer gets a free InkTip listing for more pros to find your script.
Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$55
$25
$55
Final
Jul 31, 2021
$55
$25
$55
Winners Notified:
Sep 15, 2021
The Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming comedic writers, as well as to empower and educate those talented screenwriters still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream industry.

Kathy Muraviov, lit manager at The Muraviov Company, will guest judge this season, and will also provide our overall winner with a zoom consultation regarding their project and career.

The COMEDY Competition is open to feature-length and short works, screenplays and teleplays.

All Finalists and Winners will be announced by September 15, 2021.

MAKE US LAUGH! (Please!)

(All Entrants receive an invite to Filmmatic's 2022 Sundance Networking Event)
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Early
Aug 12, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Regular
Sep 23, 2021
$70
$60
$70
Final Deadline
Nov 4, 2021
$80
$70
$80
Winners Notified:
Apr 12, 2022
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. Fresh Voices experience in the industry allows us to identify and elevate writer's with a unique perspective and memorable voice that demands to be read.

Now in our 12th 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.

Through our generous industry sponsors, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 in cash & prize packages including script development, career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services, all designed to support your career and maximize the exposure of your big win.

Executives, managers and producers actively seeking new writers and projects are lined up to read this year's winners. Will you be our next success story?
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Extended
Aug 14, 2021
$69
$69
$69
Final Deadline
Sep 25, 2021
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
Festival and screenplay contest celebrating the best of indie crime and horror.

Scripts in the crime and horror sub-genres juggle genre-awareness, often times in order to subvert the expected, with natural talent and a unique voice. We aim to spotlight the voices of tomorrow's classics.

Winners will be considered by:

ZERO GRAVITY
BLOOD LIST / BRILLSTEIN
THINK TANK
TXL FILMS
... and more.

The top three screenplays also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards
Late
Aug 20, 2021
$30
$50
Final Deadline
Sep 20, 2021
$35
$55
Winners Notified:
Nov 15, 2021
The Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming TV and web-series writers, as well as to empower and educate passionate and talented writers still waiting for their invitation into the mainstream television industry.

Season 6 results will post by November 15, 2021.

*Dan Seco, lit manager/partner at Empirical Evidence will guest judge this season, and will also provide our overall winner with a zoom consultation regarding their project and career.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Final Deadline
Aug 21, 2021
$75
Late Deadline
Aug 21, 2021
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 29, 2021
The Cynosure Screenwriting Competition seeks to reward screenplays in two categories: scripts with compelling female protagonists and scripts that showcase diversity. There will be one $5000 Grand Prize winner. This winner can come from either category. Additionally, the Grand Prize Winner will receive an advisory meeting with an established Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager. The First Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $500. The Second Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $250. For more information and additional prizes, please visit the Contest page.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Late
Aug 31, 2021
$30
$28
$30
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2021
$35
$30
$35
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2021
​Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highligts a selection of best films from around the world, November 27th-30th 2021.
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work that take risks and move the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions and out of the box exceptional. It equally aims to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their work free of commercial constraints.
South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Normal Deadline
Aug 31, 2021
$45
$40
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
$55
$45
Late Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
$55
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 8, 2021
The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be two packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. South Carolina produced films and filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience and we will feature special awards just for SC produced projects.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to find an audience in more mainstream film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would Sundance (or any mainstream festival in SC for that matter) laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screening with visiting filmmakers and actors. The festival will end on the second night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. Because of this our film festival is FREE to the public! We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.
Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 14, 2021
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival's mission is to celebrate the independent motion picture and literary arts by providing a platform for filmmakers and writers to have their work awarded and recognized. The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival offer more than just a handful of award possibilities. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of award opportunities between our various screenwriting and film categories.
Screenwriting contest at 8th Firenze FilmCorti Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 1, 2021
$25
$25
$100
Winners Notified:
Oct 30, 2021
Screenplays: it is possible to submit screenplays for both short films or feature films. Original screenplays for short films must be no longer than 30 pages, whereas screenplays for feature films must be longer than 30 pages.
Screenplays must be in English or in Italian.
Awards:
Award for Best Screenplay: € 500 and Ink Tip Package.
2nd place and 3rd place: InkTip Package (it means the screenplay will be sent to the film production companies) and a personalized plate.
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Late
Sep 1, 2021
$70.00
$50.00
Fall
Oct 1, 2021
$75.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2021
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 18, 2021
VISIONFEST is an annual online screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (commonly referred to as VF) and founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today. The Screenwriting Competition accepts feature length and short screenplays for a chance to win cash prizes, commemorative certificates, and more... Top winning feature script gets $1k cash prize - winning short $350 cash!
Script Competition - New Media Film Festival
early
Sep 3, 2021
$60
$60
$60
pre
Nov 3, 2021
$65
$65
$65
regular
Jan 3, 2022
$70
$70
$70
late
Mar 3, 2022
$5
$75
$75
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2022
$80
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Apr 9, 2022
CALL FOR SCRIPTS – www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
2020 – Best Script – The Real Thing by Matthew Papadopoulos
2019 - Best Script – Poughkeepsie by Joe Kelly
2018 Best Script – Rust by Justin Moran
2017 – Best Script Render by Kirill Kiselev

HBO has requested meetings with writers that have submitted to our festival.

Festival Perks:
• In competition for Grand Prize - $45,000 in Awards
• Also the Top 3 Scripts get $1000.00 in Writing Industry Perks
• Script nominees are listed on screen during programming
• And you are part of the Q & A in that session.
• Walk the Red Carpet for Press Interviews
• Be part of the VIP Soiree, honoring the nominees.
• Highlighted in our monthly newsletter to 80,000.

All Script types and lengths considered in Script Category.
Animation – Book - Children’s – Comedy – Drama – Documentary – Episodic - Long Form - New Media – Novel – Pilot – Play – Screenplay - Scripted Reality – Series – Television – Videogame - Web Series

More About the Festival

The rationale behind the festival is clear. New Media Film Festival® continues to show its lasting power and potential to evolve - there is scope for truly groundbreaking and compelling work in the world of storytelling. The festival is designed to both discover and cultivate highly creative work from emerging and seasoned content creators.

Put your innovative work forward and join the unique community of content creators at New Media Film Festival® - submit today!
www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

“Worth The Entry Fee”
- Movie Maker Magazine

“Makes The Cutting Edge Accessible”
– Huffington Post

“I thank NewMediaFF for what they’ve done for young filmmakers”
-Roger Corman

”The role of this fest is bringing the Best in New Media to the World”
-Festival World

“Stories that exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform” - Hero Complex

SUBMIT TODAY http://www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com/submit.php
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Sep 17, 2021
$55
$40
$40-45
Late
Oct 8, 2021
$65
$50
$50-55
Extended
Nov 5, 2021
$70
$55
$55-60
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2021
$100
$85
$85-90
Winners Notified:
Mar 13, 2022
Welcome to the 17th Annual Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with virtually countless networking opportunities, increased industry visibility, and the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths and provides unique opportunities for writers to be discovered, have their work produced, and further inspire their creative fervor.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place."— Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Cinequest is dedicated to launching new screenwriters’ careers and providing a platform from which their work can take flight. Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Netflix, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), Cinequest showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest Film & VR Festival occurs in San Jose & Redwood City, California.

Past Competition writer Matthew Dixon, with his script, THE GLASS HOTEL (optioned by HBO), recalls his experience: “Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. Not only at the festival, with conferences and events for the writers, but long afterwards, when you’re back at the desk and find an email from one of the devoted people at Cinequest in your box. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward.”

Amidst the energy and excitement of the festival, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition empowers creative and innovative writers with the opportunity to interact with producers and industry professionals from around the world. Finalists will be honored during the Cinequest Writers Celebration, a day filled with a dynamic collection of Writer Meet Producer events, Business of Writing forums, Pitch Training, VIP Writers Lunch, and an awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition.

Additional Testimonials:
"My cell was ringing with options interest before I even left San Jose. The Cinequest win helped me land representation in L.A., which resulted in attaching a seasoned producer who loves the script. I'm now being read by some of the most well-known production companies and all the major studios in Hollywood." — Bill Schreiber, SWITCHBACK

“Winning the Cinequest feature screenwriting competition gave me a chance to connect with other writers and filmmakers, and provided me with amazing opportunities to open some doors. A top-notch competition!” — Stacie Shellner, SAINT CHLOE

"Cinequest offers the creme' de la creme' of screenplay competitions! All of the events were professionally run, and as a Screenwriting Finalist, I encountered wonderful networking situations, well thought out educational opportunities, and a warm embrace into this vibrant community." — Ashia Chacko, BLACK BOX

"I saw the word "maverick" and took a chance on a lark that maybe this was a venue that could help foster my own vision. I graduated from the USC Graduate Screenwriting program...whatever happens in my career from this point on, I will consider [Cinequest] as one of the key factors in my development as a writer." — George Chumo II, THE ICONOCLAST and THE BRIDGE

“I can honestly say that Cinequest is one of the most writer-friendly film festivals I've ever been to. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and, most of all, hear all of the stories. Here's hoping we all get a green light someday!” — Donna Laemmlen, SHEILA THE GILA MONSTER

"Everyone at Cinequest was great and I enjoyed the networking opportunities they provided. My screenplay is moving forward and we are seeking out investors to co-produce." — David Rich, THROUGH MARIA'S EYES

All submissions receive three lines of consolidated reader feedback upon request.
The Cinequest Screenplay Competition empowers global screenwriters through discovery, opportunity, recognition, and growth. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. Now in its 17th Year, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition promises more inspiration and opportunity than ever before! Top 10 Finalists will receive incredible benefits including, access to the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and the exclusive Storytelling Celebration, CASH prizes for each category winner, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. View Awards/Prizes detail for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition on FilmFreeway.
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