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Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
Final Deadline
Oct 15, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Feb 17, 2020
Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include one hour existing shows, ½ hour existing sitcom, original pilots, and reality shows.

The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies. Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote you.
Garden State Screenplay Competition
Regular
Oct 15, 2019
$40
$40
Late
Nov 10, 2019
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Dec 1, 2019
$60
$60
Extended
Dec 1, 2019
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Feb 1, 2020
The GSFF Screenplay Competition was instituted to recognize the importance of the writer as the foundation for a really great film. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the winning screenplay. The Feature length winner will receive a live stage reading by professional actors, to create an atmosphere conducive to industry professionals and investors attending and supporting your endeavors during our festival weekend.

(Please note: the descriptive part of the screenplay is edited for length of the reading, preserving the story.)
KAIROS PRIZE for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Late Entry
Oct 20, 2019
$100
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$150
Winners Notified:
Jan 24, 2020
The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is unlike any other script contest. The Kairos Prize not only offers a substantial cash prize of $15,000 for both new and established screenwriters, but it gets your screenplay into the hands of top studio executives and production houses looking to purchase inspiring scripts.
Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search
Regular
Oct 25, 2019
$45
Late
Nov 22, 2019
$60
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2019
$75
Winners Notified:
Mar 6, 2020
The Phoenix Film Festival is looking for top-notch UNPRODUCED short screenplays. Screenplays must be yours, original and under 25 pages. So let's see what you've got!
International Horror and Sci-Fi Screenplay Challenge
Regular
Oct 25, 2019
$40
Late
Nov 22, 2019
$50
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Mar 6, 2020
The Annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Screenplay Challenge will coincide with the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. All screenplays should fall within the Horror or Sci-Fi genres and be no longer than 25 pages. So go ahead! Put pen to paper and see what you can scare up. We dare you!
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Oct 26, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 28, 2019
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.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Oct 28, 2019
$90
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2019
2019 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Fall Edition), Winners receive the opportunity to pitch their script to industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more.
Feature length screenplay winners receive an InkTip Listing to promote their scripts. InkTip members include: ABC, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.
Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival
Earlybird
Oct 31, 2019
$45
$35
Regular
Feb 28, 2020
$55
$45
Late
Apr 30, 2020
$75
$55
Extended
May 31, 2020
$90
$65
Winners Notified:
Jul 8, 2020
Our screenwriting festival showcases our winners to international cinema buyers at the Cannes Film Market/ Cannes Film Festival. We also have a new division, called "Script Accessible, which is for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who write about disabled lead characters.

This was founded by Hammad Zaidi in early 2009. Originally housed at Slamdance and sponsored by WGA-West, "Script Accessible" made its mark when Gia Milani, our first winner for “All the Wrong Reasons,” went on to be produced and then won the Discovery Award of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Russian International Horror Film Festival and Awards
Early Bird
Oct 31, 2019
$80
$35
$80
Final Deadline
Feb 29, 2020
$100
$50
$100
Winners Notified:
Mar 28, 2020
DROP is a Russian International Horror Award Show. Set in Moscow since 2010. During the festival we are showing both the newest horror films and the horror classics of old. We also hold the Star Master-class featuring some of the greatest horror masters of Russia and all over the world. The Award Ceremony includes three cathegories of awards (distribution, competition and special contribution awards). Our prizes: precious awards statue and diploma + valuable sponsor gifts.
13th Annual StoryPros International
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 15, 2019
The StoryPros International Screenplay Contest seeks to recognize 5 screenwriters for overall excellence and quality. The contest is open to any writer at any level, for any unproduced feature-length screenplay. Past entrants and winners have gone on to representation, options and sales...why not you?
The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival
Late
Oct 31, 2019
$60.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2019
$70.00
$70.00
Extended
Nov 30, 2019
$70.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Apr 23, 2020
Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Our sixth edition marks a continued celebration of powerful women taking action onscreen. From female action heroes to female activists, we shine a spotlight on women in narrative, documentary and animated films who are fearless, fierce, and revolutionary.

AWIAFF extols the women who kick ass and change culture! Film has both the power to entertain and to awaken - to awaken awareness of the dynamic and powerful roles of women in our society and throughout the world. Our festival mission is to both kick ass and open minds.

Submit all narrative, animated, and documentary FILMS in any genre featuring women starring or co-starring as a physical action and/or empowerment characters.

Submit all MUSIC in any genre that is a film score, composition, song, or theme song created by female composers, female led bands, and female solo artists.

All categories are competition categories with awards in each category.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS
So many thanks to Paul Feig for presenting our 2019 edition. He was joined by sponsors Agenda Magazine, Bella Composers, Action Factory, Santa Monica Daily Press, The Argonaut, Final Draft, ActorsGuru, New York Film Academy, Entertainment Partners, Complete Production Group Hollywood, Habibi Bath & Body, and others.

From stunt panels to screening marathons, the Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Fifth Edition was an incredible experience lasting four days. On April 25, 2019, actress Chase Masterson hosted the Artemis Awards Gala, in recognition of industry pros that represent female action and empowerment heroes at their best. 2019 Honorees were director Kimberly Peirce, actresses Daniela Ruah, Dot-Marie Jones, Levy Tran; stunt performers/coordinators/action designers Jeannie Epper, Melissa R. Stubbs, Shauna Duggins, Lisa Hoyle, Mahsa Ahmadi, Crystal Michelle, and Dejay Roestenberg.

The festival expanded to include music competitions for female solo artists, bands and composers. The music competition was sponsored by Bella Composers.

Saturday and Sunday, April 25th-26th, were filled with panel discussions centering on topics of women in the film business, women in music, the business of female driven content, stuntwomen, writing, creating action, anti-bullying , etc. Festival attendees and filmmakers were served an incredible lineup of screenings, industry networking, and social interactions. Festival participants enjoyed panel discussions featuring Teresa Huang, Chase Masterson, Cady McClain, Kiki Ebsen, Debbie Evans, and many other respected industry professionals.

Opening films for the 5th edition were: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY, SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT, REEL WOMEN SEEN and RANGE RUNNERS. The atmosphere was electric as Artemis moviegoers lined up for the opening night attractions.

And for the very first time, Agenda Magazine commemorated AWAIFF in a special collectors edition.

80 films were screened at our 2019 edition, submissions came in from approximately 35 countries, approximately 5% of filmmakers in official selections were in attendance and 100% percent of the screened content prominently featured women (as ALWAYS!).
The Finish Line Script Competition
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2019
It’s a fact that rewriting your screenplay or television pilot is an absolutely essential part of the successful process of perfecting story, character, structure, tone and theme. It’s from that reality that The Finish Line Script Competition was created.

Finish Line redefines the screenwriting competition, embracing the rewrite as an essential component in any successful screenplay or television pilot, and incentivizing every entrant to dig deeper, find their best draft, and win.  www.finishlinescriptcomp.com

"The Finish Line is a rare thing in the crowded world of screenplay competitions - it doesn't just stand by its goals, it wildly over-delivers on them, every step of the way. From the notes during the submission process to the many smart, creative and professional mentors, Finish Line gave my writing career an unexpected and welcomed shot of adrenaline that's created a lot of welcomed momentum.” – RB Ripley


• 32 Film/TV mentors will read, judge and then meet with our winner. Some of those mentors include Steven Rogers (producer/writer of I, TONYA), Karen Lunder, (SVP Imagine Entertainment, producer of ARRIVAL), Abdi Nazerian (producer of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), Joey Chavez, (SVP Drama, TNT) & more, including 13 agents and managers.

• We offer 6+ pages of comprehensive script development notes so you can rewrite your script and resubmit new drafts for FREE! Turnaround 7 days at most!

• Our winners get their script sent to ANYONE they want in the entertainment industry, Anyone. DIRECTLY. Guaranteed.
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 7, 2019
VISIONFEST is an annual, IMDb qualifying, online film festival and 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 portion of VISIONFEST accepts feature length and short screenplays for a chance to win cash prizes, commemorative statuettes, and more...
People's Pilot 2019 Writing Contest
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Mar 23, 2020
Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK!

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Enter’ Page for Details!

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Prizes’ Page for Details

ALL ENTRANTS CAN REPLACE ENTERED DRAFTS W/REV VERSIONS Until Contest Closes!

We are all about giving agents, showrunners, and executives exactly what they now are looking for: Spec pilot teleplays that showcase you, the new writer operating at your very best. If the suits love the writing of a spec pilot, they have the best reason in the world to trust the writer to come through in the development process. A strongly-written spec pilot shows you’re ready for the gig.

Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s past contests are or recently have been on the staffs of:

STRANGER THINGS
THE GOOD DOCTOR
LETHAL WEAPON
WESTWORLD
MOM
NARCOS
TIME AFTER TIME
GREY’S ANATOMY
THE LEFTOVERS
THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER
ANIMAL PRACTICE
KILLER WOMEN
NTSF:SD:SUV
GIRLFRIENDS
FILTHY PREPPY TEENS
MELROSE PLACE
SNEAKY PETE
CHICAGO PD
CHICAGO FIRE
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE WALKING DEAD
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
COLONY
ONCE UPON A TIME
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
SMALLVILLE
ROME
PRIVATE PRACTICE
SNOWFALL (upcoming)

And that doesn’t include various TV movie assignments & other one-offs!

The PEOPLE’S PILOT COMPETITION is held yearly, opening for entries June 1 and closing November 1. We do our best to announce the Winners, starting with Semi-Finalists, over a two week period in January and February of the following year.

The contest is for scripted series intended for just about any media you can think of. Broadcast TV. Cable and satellite TV. Internet series on major sites from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu through YouTube, Vimeo and other popular uploading channels and venues, to your own personal website.

Categories

The PP is divided into 2 prize-giving categories:

Scripted Comedy Series – intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length of any length required for telling your story

Scripted Drama & Action Series – intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length required for telling your story

All categories are open to any imaginable sub-genres, including:

Drama
Comedy
Action
Dramedy
Anthology
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Children’s
Soap Opera
Medical
Legal
Police & Detective
Historical
Live Action
Animation
Puppetry
Anything else we haven’t mentioned that you want your series to be.
In other words, the PEOPLE’S PILOT is wide open to whatever you want to express and whatever expresses you as a creative force best.
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
$70
$55
$55-60
Winners Notified:
Mar 15, 2020
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, Indiegogo, 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 presents a dynamic 13-day festival with 500+ screenings and events with over 700 artists, innovators, and professionals representing 50 countries. Over 100,000 attend the festival annually. Cinequest Film & VR Festival occurs March 3 – 15, 2020 in San Jose & Redwood City, California.

"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

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

"I've been submitting to Cinequest since 2013. The Cinequest judges' feedback and scorecards have always been top notch. I had a fantastic experience attending this year. The producers and staff do an amazing job. It's incredible...I'm over the moon to be working with Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan, Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson at The Solution, and with the crew at CAA. — Jeremy Rush, Feature Winner, WHEELMAN (Sold to Netflix in May 2016)"

"My cell was ringing with option 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.

Announcements
Top 50 and Top 10 Notified in December 2019.
Top 10 Finalists listed on Website January 22nd, 2020.
Top 3 and Winners Announced in March 2020 at Script to Screen Event and in the Festival Awards Press Release.

Awards & Prizes
FEATURE-LENGTH SCRIPTS:
1st Place - Receives $5000 USD cash prize.
SHORT SCRIPTS:
1st Place - Receives $1000 USD cash prize.
TELEPLAY 60:
1st Place - Receives $1000 USD cash prize.
TELEPLAY 30:
1st Place - Receives $5000 USD cash prize.
Additional prizes and amenities featured at https://filmfreeway.com/cinequestscreenwritingcompetition
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Nov 7, 2019
$75
$60
$75
Winners Notified:
Jan 27, 2020
Since 2009, Fresh Voices has been proud to provide a microphone to exciting new voices that deserve to be heard and memorable stories that must be told.

Now celebrating our big 10th Annual Screenplay Competition, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to help guide dozens of talented writers to secure literary representation, option agreements and other writing assignments, providing the stepping stones and advancing the careers of many of our winning writers.

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?
Screenwriting Competition - SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York 2020
Late
Nov 14, 2019
$60
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2019
$70
Extended
Dec 14, 2019
$70
Winners Notified:
Mar 22, 2020
INKDISC20 available only on Filmfreeway.com. For more information on the festival visit http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/
SCREENWRITING:
One to three best scripts from the SR script submissions are selected by a special jury for an award by InkTip in the form of a free listing on InkTip and an additional prize from Final Draft as a download of the latest scriptwriting software.
Our unique selection process offers the three-five finalists the opportunity to see/hear excerpts from their scripts read by actors. The festival was established in January 2013 and the first edition took place March 2014. Script may be dramas, historical, comedic, or any other genre, as long as they are not previously produced, they are feature length and they are written in English (translations are OK)
Barnstorm Fest
Extended Deadline
Nov 15, 2019
$70
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Dec 6, 2019
$80
$75
$75
Winners Notified:
Jan 4, 2019
Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner receives $9500 in cash & prizes, including a PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER PRODUCED BY BARNSTORM MEDIA.

At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.

FINALIST PACKAGE
Three finalists from each category will be able to pitch their projects directly to executives from Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, and Leftfield Pictures, all via iPitch.

Every finalist also receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself.

One finalist from each category will receive an InkTip prize package. Each prize package includes an InkTip script listing and an InkTip magazine listing that will promote your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

GRAND JURY PRIZE
One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Jury Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, as well as $250, a three month listing on The Blacklist and, the kicker, BARNSTORM MEDIA WILL PRODUCE A PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER FOR YOUR SCRIPT.
BLASTOFF Los Angeles
Phase 3
Nov 30, 2019
$19
Final Deadline
Feb 1, 2020
$25
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2020
ONE TRULY OUTSTANDING SCRIPT MAY BE SELECTED FOR PRODUCTION (value up to approximately $125,000) and worldwide distribution by the multi award-winning LunarSea® Studios. BUT... it must be a truly outstanding script. The selected script will be made as an animated CGI film. It doesn't necessarily have to be written for animation - the last LunarSea® production-script was written for live action, and was beautifully adapted by LunarSea® for CGI animation. See the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZK6kR7dwMs
The UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Regular
Nov 30, 2019
$94
$26/50
Final Deadline
Jan 9, 2020
$94
$26/50
Winners Notified:
Mar 16, 2020
The UKFF Script Competitions have 3 exciting categories.
1) Feature Script - Could your Feature Script be the next big thing?
2) Micro Script - Can you tell a complete screen story in 3 pages?
3) 10 Minute Screenplay - The perfect length. Enough time to develop a short story film.
The Deadline for all three categories is 9 January 2020.

Unlike other script competitions UKFF doesn’t just give awards or money as a prize but aims to get their winning scripts into production. In fact, they are well known for successfully connecting scriptwriters to the film industry and getting the films made. With 5 of their winners’ scripts made in to films (2 of which went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival); 1 in preproduction; and a further 4 optioned - their record speaks for itself.
As 2018 winner Joadie Jurgova says -
“Entering The UK Film Festival’s screenplay competition was the best chance I have ever taken. It took my script and breathed new life into it, attaching an award-winning director and placing it with a prestigious international production company in less than a year. The support since winning has been phenomenal, respectful and generous. If you are looking for a script competition that you can place your trust in, this is it.“
Joadie Jurgova (2018 winner - The Canadian)
They continue to place scripts with well-known production companies. Last year’s winner, THE CANADIAN by Joadie Jurgova (quoted above) is now in pre-production with the producers of RUSH, Egoli Tossell with a twice Berlinale winning director, Petros Silvestros.
The UK Film Festival does more than just support feature scripts. Ever since the 3 Minute script competition began the winning script has gone into production or preproduction and 4 of the writers' resulting films have subsequently gone on to be multi-award winning at film festivals around the world including, the Berlinale, Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire. The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals and 2 have gained prestigious distribution deals.
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