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New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Extended Deadline
Mar 21, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$70
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
We love New York and we love film! We especially loves films shot, set, about, or written and produced and starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorker, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all. (And no, you don’t have to be from here to submit your scripts).

We are a passionate group of entertainment professionals who care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York City filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.S. and around the world.

We want our screenwriting competition to launch the careers of New York’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. We want our competition to connect up and coming artists with the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives and producers around the world. We are especially passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams in the ‘Mecca’ we call home.

Our city has a long history of producing the most talented writers and filmmakers in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire and support writers at all levels to make great films in, about, or around New York (and no, your entry does not have to be about New York).

We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support the people who make them. We want to inspire an entire generation of filmmakers to tell great stories in New York, the US, and abroad.
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Late
Mar 21, 2019
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2019
THE LATINO SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Designed to inspire and empower emerging Latino writers and producers, and any storyteller looking to tell great stories about our varied communities.

We are a team of writers, directors, producers, and executives who are passionate about cinema and dedicated to the success of the next generation of talented Latino filmmakers from all over North and South America. We want to support storytellers who are already passionate about generating narrative content about our communities in the United States and abroad - from inner city Los Angeles, New York, and Miami to the tip of Argentina to Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, and Latinos around the world.

We value all of our stories from tales about revolution in El Salvador to the U.S. Military, from the Pope to the Governors Mansions in three states, to the favelas of Sao Paulo and the beaches of Rio. We want to support you in telling all of your stories. We want to create a platform for the stories that have shaped – and continue to shape – our lives and the communities we live in. We hope that the scripts and films generated will increase the number of Latinos working in the film industry and geometrically increase the number of stories told about our culture in both Hollywood and abroad.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Early Deadline
Mar 24, 2019
$50
Regular Deadline
May 26, 2019
$65
Final Deadline
Jul 28, 2019
$75
Late Deadline
Jul 28, 2019
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2019
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.
Stage 32's 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest
Final Deadline
Mar 27, 2019
$69.50
$69.50
Winners Notified:
Jul 12, 2019
We have officially opened up our call for entries for our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest! Our contests have a stellar reputation to give the best writers industry access and to provide opportunities that can help move the needle on their career. This year's winner will be flow to LA to meet with executives from NBC Universal, A&E Networks, Zero Gravity Management and more!

So you think you can dance write comedy?TM

Then great! Find out if you really can. Especially if the only people who've told you "you're funny" are small children. Because let's be real, they'll laugh at anything. Just any silly face. Any bad impression. Slinkies. Sure, they're great self-esteem boosters, buy they're terrible gauges for top-notch comedy content.
Script Summit
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$50
$40
$50
Late
May 31, 2019
$65
$50
$65
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
$75
$65
$75
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2019
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters.
You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event. The Summit also hosts Q&A panels, seminars, table reads of selected scripts, an awards dinner, and over $1,500 in cash prizes!

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with the famous Action on Film MEGAfest! This allows all of our writers with officially selected scripts, the chance to attend the AoF. There they will gain an all-access pass to official Action on Film seminars and film screenings. That is over an $800 value!

These events are held side by side at the Brenden Theaters in the Palms Hotel in the beautiful Palms Casino/Hotel/Resort in downtown Las Vegas! As a participant in this event, you can pitch your script and network with industry professionals. Meet and possibly attach celebrities to your projects! Gain tremendous insight into which projects get chosen, how they get made and of course...cash prizes!

Winners have announced at the Awards Dinner.
Shore Scripts 2019 Short Film Fund
Early
Mar 31, 2019
$40
Final Deadline
May 2, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Jun 6, 2019
OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced.

2019’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project, with a minimum budget of $10,000. Plus, our sponsor ARRI Rental will provide free production equipment rental for the duration of the production.

The Fund welcomes submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world. We accept short scripts, animations, and proof of concept shorts for TV pilots and features. Screenplays must be in English and cannot exceed 30 Pages. The production can be filmed in any country.

We can offer end-to-end support from script development to post-production services and promotion.

Our previous Fund winners have had their films screened at Tribeca, BFI London Film Festival, Austin, Edinburgh, Encounters, and LSFF.

Awards & Prizes

- Our Grand Prize winner(s) will receive a production budget of up to $15,000, with a minimum of $10,000. And the resulting short film will be sent to our Judges, Industry and Directors Roster. That’s over a 150 of the best people working in the industry who will see your work.
- ARRI Rental will provide free camera rental equipment for the duration of the shoot.
- Top 15 Finalists will have their scripts sent out to our Short Judges, Industry and Directors Roster. As well as winning free festival tickets to one of these international festivals: Edinburgh, New Orleans, Raindance, Vancouver, Tampere, and The Macoproject LA.
- Top 5 Finalists will also receive an exclusive feedback report from one of our Short Judges on how to best develop their project.

Plus, our Grand Prize Winner will receive:
- a Free 1-Year Subscription to WriterDuet Pro
- a Free copy of Final Draft
- and a Free 6-month membership to the International Screenwriters’ Association

RULES, FAQ’s & MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.shorescripts.com/
12th Annual StoryPros Awards
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2019
The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest - an open competition recognizing 16 winners with $25,000.00 in cash and prizes, including guaranteed reads and other invaluable industry promotion! Past winners and contestants have garnered reads, gained representation, and optioned or sold their scripts! Will you be next?
100 Screenplays
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2019
$75
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
Most screenwriting competitions accept as many scripts as possible, and then take months and months to select a winner. The entire time, the screenwriters are often asking, “How many scripts am I up against?” How long is this going to take?

100 SCREENPLAYS was created when one of the judges at Screenplay Festival, had an idea, “What if we hold a contest where we limited the number of entries to one hundred? We could get the judging done quickly. The writers would know who they are up against. The whole thing would be different.” This idea got kicked around the office until it grew into 100 SCREENPLAYS.

Now, instead of sending off your script and waiting ages to hear the results, you can enter your script and find out if you won in one month. And the entire time you never have to wonder how many scripts you are up against. (This is one of the most common questions Screenplay Festival receives.) On top of that, your chance of winning is greatly increased by the 100 script limit.
Huntington Beach Film Festival
Late
Apr 1, 2019
$70
$55
$55
Final Deadline
May 1, 2019
$85
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2019
Join us as we celebrate the storytellers of tomorrow!

The Huntington Beach Film Festival has award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; and a distinguished panel of jury members.

"As festivals go, think of it as the equivalent of a Robert Altman ensemble picture: plenty of stars getting equal treatment and no one towering as a headliner over the rest." Michael Miller, LA Times

Open Genre. Open Form. Our goal is to exhibit well made projects regardless of genre, length or style. However, we are particularly interested in films and scripts by women, as well as films that offer diversity of voice and experience.

The 14th Annual SoCal Film Festival will take place September 27-29, 2019 in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA.

We hope to see your films and scripts!
10th Annual New Media Film Festival Script Competition
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2019
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 2, 2019
CALL FOR SCRIPTS – www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

Festival Perks:
• In competition for Grand Prize - $45,000 in Awards
• Also the Top 3 Scripts get $1000.00 in Writing Industry Perks
• The Best script gets an interview in The Script Lab Magazine
• 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 Creative Mixer, 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 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
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Apr 6, 2019
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Apr 20, 2019
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!
New York International Screenplay Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 10, 2019
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2019
New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together the producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional from all over the world. The writers of the scripts chosen have a chance to meet producers in New York. In addition they will get glamourus trophies and various kinds of prizes.
The first of the award ceremonies was in 2016. All through out the years screenwriters from almost 20 countries applied to the contest. Those who won had meetings with about 10 New Yorker producers online. The screenwriters who submitted their scripts, producers and the other guests who work in the American movie industry had a chance to network at the award ceremony and the after party.
NYISA Jury members are producers, screenwriters and filmmakers who read the submissions and provide detailed feedback.
NYISA2019 award ceremony will take place in Manhattan on May 10th, submissions for the NYISA2019 will be open until April 10th.
Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. FESTIVAL
Late
Apr 10, 2019
$60
Final Deadline
May 20, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2019
The Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. aims to be one of Melbourne's leading cinema extravaganza, raising awareness and celebrating these wonderful totem animals- Mice.

It will attract filmmakers from all around the world and celebrate their brilliant creations. With a strong focus on all the millions of life saving mice who sacrifice their lives to the research and study of terminal illnesses/cancer world wide.

It is a unique platform for new talent and a celebration of cinematic creativity, innovation and extravagance with artists new creations being judged right here in Melbourne City.

Films with a focus on terminal illness will be welcomed to help, educate, raise awareness, and bring hope to all the sufferers and families.
Art, Music and Film is a dynamic, healing way to help sufferers and their families as well as entertain all those who come along to this wonderful celebration.

A celebration that will engage, entertain, enlighten and bring together local and International films and give recognition to these wonderful, remarkable, brave little animals with a big, corageous heart.

“I came up with this film festival idea whilst at my screening of my first film in my trilogy, FATE-It is what it is! This was at the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, in Time Square. New York is filled with masses of people running in all directions- like mice! Very similar to Mice in cages of scientific research and health trials. These humans were like mice, all going somewhere, doing something and 95% of them chasing their own creation and creativity. And almost 50% having suffered or been scared with terminal illness at some point in their lives. I came back to Melbourne city and saw the same thing. We are all mice and these amazing totem animals of this festival have such a significance to our lives. They are life-saving!
I want this festival to begin to bring awareness just to how lucky we are to have mice in our life and celebrate their existence in a Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza- MICE.
It was the beginnings of creating brilliance. Don't wait – Create! And we shall do just that with all the amazing courage of all of us working as a team of creative little mice, exhibiting dynamic, wonderful, International films and in turn celebrate the life-saving mice!”
R Lobosco.
Creator/Director of MICE Festival.
One of the judges in the 2016 MICE festival.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Apr 10, 2019
$80
$70
$70
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$90
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
May 2, 2019
2019 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Spring Edition), Winners and finalists 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 and finalists 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.
Scriptapalooza TV
Early
Apr 15, 2019
$45
Final Deadline
Apr 22, 2019
$50
Final
Apr 22, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2019
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1999

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 careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscovered writer.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Late
Apr 15, 2019
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 29, 2019
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2019
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts.

Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
2019 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 15, 2019
$75
$70
$75
Last Minute Entry
Apr 15, 2019
$75
$70
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2019
Founded in 2003, each year the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards contest presents over $50,000 in Cash & Prizes to some of the most talented new screenwriters from across the country and around the world, including a $25,000 Grand Prize and Gold, Silver & Bronze Prizes in 10 different genre categories. Most importantly, the contest has an unprecedented track record of success. Dozens of PAGE Award Winners have landed top Hollywood agents and managers, optioned and sold their winning scripts, and seen their movies and television shows produced. Enter this year's contest and you could soon join their ranks!
San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
We are a passionate group of writers, artists, and executives who love writers. In fact, we care so deeply about developing the next generation of filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad that we founded what we hope will be one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the world for serious writers and serious subject matter.

We work in the industry, but a lot of us come from backgrounds in journalism, publishing, and in some cases some very grisly real life experiences and we like serious subject matter. A lot of other festivals do as well, but that’s really all we are interested in. We are only really interested in finding the next Schindler’s List, Judgement at Nuremburg, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Lincoln, Reservoir Dogs, 12 Years a Slave, the Godfather, Sling Blade, Frida, or even Shine.

We want to support serious writers who take on serious subject matter. That’s what we’re all about. We are located in the heart of California and are proud to be the only international screenwriting competition in the Bay Area. We are committed to fostering the careers of local talent as well as finding the next generation of talent from New York, Hollywood, Toronto, and around the world.

We want to connect up and coming artists with the agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of the producers who will get their films made. We love movies and the artists who make them and we are committed to seeing more of you get your films made. As such, we are committed to having the most prolific distribution list of any screenwriting competition. We not only want our winner’s scripts in the hands of people who can do something with them, we want their scripts in the hands of people who will do something with them.

Men and women have been making great films for over a century now and we want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers and filmmakers to work in every facet of production. We want to support writers at all levels to make great films all over the world. We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support and inspire the next generation of filmmakers to tell great stories that will be told for generations to come.
Screenplay Festival
Early Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$35
$35
Standard Deadline
May 31, 2019
$40
$40
Extended Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2019
Established in 2002, Screenplay Festival has been rated among the most significant screenplay competitions based on reviews by actual screenwriters. Importantly, Screenplay Festival has scripts compete by genre, so that a brilliant drama, a dynamic action movie, and a hilarious comedy are not battling for the same prize. Winners receive cash, gifts from sponsors, and a series of industry leads - agents, managers and producers.
Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
regular
May 1, 2019
$55.00
$45.00
$50.00
late
Jun 1, 2019
$60.00
$50.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Jul 11, 2019
$65.00
$50.00
$60.00
Winners Notified:
Oct 6, 2019
A celebration of indie horror and scifi! This is our 19th year! We are bi-coastal festival!
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