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Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
May 26, 2018
$40
Late
Jun 9, 2018
$45
Final Deadline
Jun 23, 2018
Winners Notified:
Jul 28, 2018
Breaking Walls is the leading screenplay competition for writers in the thriller genre. Well-written thrillers are an excellent way for writers to show the pros a combination of commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood literary representation and production companies have agreed to receive each round's winning script as well as consider all of the finalists' loglines for read requests.

Plus: Cash prizes for the winner and runner-up... and winner gets a free Inktip listing.
The Finish Line Script Competition
Regular
May 30, 2018
$40
$40
Late
Jul 17, 2018
$40
$40
Rewriting Deadlines
Sep 5, 2018
$90
$90
Final Deadline
Oct 23, 2018
Winners Notified:
Nov 8, 2018
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.
Writers Competition @ The Seal Beach Film Festival
Regular
May 31, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Late
Jun 23, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jun 23, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2018
The Seal Beach Film Festival is proud to support independent films and screenwriters. We are honored to showcase you the filmmakers and writers and your creative visions. We work to give your film or script the best industry exposure we can by partnering with and personally inviting industry shakers and movers as our guests along with masters in the crafts and celebrity guests who truly appreciate the independent films and screenplays created.

Awards are presented in 30 categories including "Best of Show", "Best Feature", "Best Short" etc. We also present awards for "Best Actor & Actress and Best Supporting Actor & Actress" and "Best Screenplay". We also present audience choice awards.

Screenwriter prizes are proudly provided by InkTip
Sponsors and local businesses also provide prizes and gifts for the filmmakers swag bags!
Shore Scripts
Feature, TV & Short Early
May 31, 2018
$45
$37
$45
Feature, TV & Short Regular
Jul 31, 2018
$50
$43
$50
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$60
$49
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2018
Shore Scripts is a screenwriting competition focused on discovering the best scripts from around the world. Our goal is to get scripts into the hands of the production companies and agents who can get them made.

JUDGES
These are just some of the 35+ judges who will read the winning scripts:

OSCAR WINNING ACTOR, JEREMY IRONS - THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DIE HARD +

PRODUCER, LIZA MARSHALL – TABOO, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

MICHELLE WRIGHT - IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION @ WORKING TITLE FILMS

OSCAR NOMINATED PRODUCER, STEPHEN WOOLLEY - THE CRYING GAME, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE +

BAFTA WINNING WRITER, TONY GRISONI - FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, TIDELAND, THE RED RIDING TRILOGY +

OSCAR NOMINATED PRODUCER, PAUL WEBSTER - EASTERN PROMISES, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN +

Eligibility: Anyone, anywhere.
Entry Fee: $37 - $60
Type: Screenplay, Short Screenplay, TV Scripts
Start Date: 1/15/2018
Submission Deadlines: 8/31/2018

Winners Announced:
* Short Film Fund 6/6/2018
* Feature, Short Screenplay & TV-Pilot Categories 11/30/2018

Prizes and Awards:

SHORT FILM FUND
Shore Scripts will be commissioning at least one short film with a budget between $9000-$15,000.

FEATURE PRIZES

* $10,000 (£7950) in cash and prizes to our 5 winners
* Your script will be sent out to all 80+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
* Each of our 5 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Plus, each of our 5 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

TV PILOT PRIZES

* Our 5 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $7000 (£5500)
* Your script will be sent out to 42+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
* Each of our 5 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Plus, each of our 5 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

SHORT SCRIPT PRIZES

* Our 3 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $3000 (£2400).
* Your script will be sent out to 30+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
* Each of our 3 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Plus, each of our 3 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.shorescripts.com/

Rules:

To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be in English.

The script must be the writers original work. They must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.

All ages are welcome.

Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 (£24,000 approx.) in writing fees since 2010. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.

You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There is a small additional fee. You may re-enter you script through the Shore Scripts Resubmission page.

If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then that script will no longer be eligible for the awards. The entry fee will not be refunded.

Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

The script file formats we accept for upload are: .PDF (preferred) Final Draft, MovieMagic, .RTF, .DOC, .TXT

We accept all genres.

The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.

If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.

Entrants understand that the concept and characters in your script may contain similar elements to projects being developed by any individual or company working with Shore Scripts; and that you will not attempt to claim against Shore Scripts, or their associates and judges, at any time.

If you have any questions, please email us contact@shorescripts.com
Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, Season 3
Late
May 31, 2018
$50
$25
$50
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2018
$55
$25
$55
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2018
The Filmmatic Sceenplay Awards (Season 3) are open to short and feature-length works, screenplays and teleplays. Competiton judging is broken down into 10 genre's listed on the official competition website.

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.

You've worked hard on your screenplay, and our staff and industry judges are excited to read your work. Entries can be made via the form on our site, or through the FilmFreeway system.

Laurels will be awarded to 10 Categorical Winners, 1 Overall Winner, and 100 Honorable Mentions. All Winners and Honorable mentions will be announced by August 15, 2018.

Many thanks to our sponsors: InkTip, McKee Seminars, Virtual Pitchfest, Creators Vault and StudioBinder.
WriteMovies Spring 2018 Screenwriting Competition Extension
Final Deadline
Jun 7, 2018
$49
$49
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 10, 2018
Grand Prizes: Up to $1 million in option monies from the producers & studios we work with.
If an established studio/production company makes an offer on your project, we will fly you to Los Angeles and cover your flight & hotel costs for three days.

Through our exclusive arrangement with TALENTSCOUT INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT (TSIM) we can guarantee the contest winner representation.

Furthermore, the top ten projects will be considered for representation. Through its wide reaching agency contacts, TSIM can also help find you a literary agent. TSIM is a boutique management company which concentrates on representing international clients – whose work sells in the US and EU.

Over the last 18 years HUNDREDS of writers have found representation and writing assignments through us, gotten THOUSANDS of pitch meetings, had their projects optioned, sold and produced just because they excelled in the WriteMovies Contest. Let us open doors for you.

We succeed, when you succeed!

Here’s the full list of categories:

Screenplays
Shorts
Stageplays (theatre)
Teleplays (long and short form pilots)
Spec scripts
Books, including comic books and graphic novels
Video game scripts

Check out the PRIZES, RESULTS DATES, and JUDGES INFO at https://writemovies.com/spring-2018-screenwriting-contest/.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Regular Deadline
Jun 9, 2018
$65
Late Deadline
Aug 11, 2018
$75
Final Deadline
Aug 11, 2018
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 21, 2018
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.
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
Final Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$59
$46
Winners Notified:
Jul 6, 2018
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

Inspired by the idea of a cultural revival, we recognize that the digital revolution creates the conditions for a New Renaissance, opening a door for a different set of stories to be told.

OUR MISSION

Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival’s mission is to support and champion the best upcoming filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

We achieve this by:

(1) actively finding new gems and discovering excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us;
(2) promoting talented filmmakers and screenwriters on our social media, with initiatives such as Film of the Week, interviews, and panel discussions during our festivals in London and Amsterdam;
(3) being open to a diversity of different voices and points of view;
(4) providing screenwriters, directors and producers with top industry judges, professional masterclasses and expert script analysis and development to enable them to achieve success;
(5) hosting award-winning films on our pay-per-view distribution platform which benefits the filmmakers; and
(6) attracting sponsors who are passionate about indie film and can help us to nurture the artists we showcase.
ONE OF THE TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS TO KNOW ABOUT!

NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS, alongside Raindance and Aesthetica. Our top industry judges from the UK and USA enable us to keep standards consistently high.

As of September 2016, NRFF is ranked in the top 20 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway. This platform serves more than 5,000 film festivals around the world. What makes this special is that the ranking (currently #14) is determined by reviews from the filmmakers and screenwriters who have participated in our festival.

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS, STORIES AND STORYTELLERS

This three-day festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF London has several categories for UK and International filmmakers and screenwriters, but very close to our hearts is the YOUNG TALENT AWARD. This is a special award for screenwriting and for short films that will be presented to young talent between the ages of 18-24.

We feel it is important to give those starting out in film a chance to discover their own unique voice and vision, as an artist, and to communicate with a larger audience.

NRFF LONDON 2017

2018 will be our third year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival, finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.
Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.
Fantastic Horror Film Festival
Main
Jun 30, 2018
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 3, 2018
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, CA is dedicated to bringing the latest and cutting edge Indie Horror films to the local community, It is a 3 day festival over Halloween and shows 30 + Indie Horror Short and Feature films. Following the Fest we have an Award Ceremony to celebrate our award nominees and winners. We are an official event on IMDb. For more information please go to our website http://www.fhffsd.org

Top Prizes for at least the top 3 screenplays with an additional 3 honorable mention awards
Lake Charles Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jun 30, 2018
$30
$15
Late Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$40
$20
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$40
$20
Winners Notified:
Oct 6, 2018
The Lake Charles Film Festival is an annual event founded to bring the very best of independent film and video, screenplays and music to Calcasieu Parish (in Southwest Louisiana.) It's 2 days of independent film screenings, seminars & workshops on filmmaking, acting, and screenwriting, celebrity appearances, parties, cajun food, live music, and much more!
We also have a unique award trophy called the "Scallywag" award. Does your film or screenplay have what it takes to bring home a Scallywag?
Shriekfest Film Festival
late
Jul 1, 2018
$60
$55
$60
ultra late
Jul 10, 2018
$65
$55
$65
Final Deadline
Jul 10, 2018
$65
$55
$65
Winners Notified:
Oct 7, 2018
Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in it's 18th year, Shriekfest L.A takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country. The second Shriekfest Orlando takes place at the famous Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, which was originally founded in 1923! We offer filmmakers and film fans alike an ideal setting in 2 world-famous cities. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region's diverse audiences, and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as horror and scifi fans. Every film accepted into Shriekfest has the opportunity to screen on both coasts for the price of one admission! Over the past Seventeen years, Shriekfest has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family and we are always looking to add to the Shriekfest Family!

We are looking for original films and screenplays. We are accepting films/screenplays in five categories: narrative feature, narrative short, narrative super short, music video, feature screenplay, and short screenplay. And these genres: horror, comedy horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy
Hamilton Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular
Jul 2, 2018
$50
Late
Jul 31, 2018
$65
Winners Notified:
Sep 24, 2018
SCRIPT
The top three (3) screenwriting contest winners get a prize package that includes one (1) InkTip script listing and one (1) InkTip magazine listing to promote yourself and your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

You will also get a free pass to the industry events Nov 9 / 10 at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel where you can meet industry professionals and network with filmmakers from around the world. See our PAST GUESTS in the description on Film Freeway.

Every InkTip producer has been vetted via resume and references and demonstrated the ability to get movies made. Companies who are InkTip members include ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, and 20th Century Fox.
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jul 6, 2018
$40
$40
$40
Late Deadline
Aug 3, 2018
$50
$50
$50
Extended Deadline
Aug 17, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Final Deadline
Aug 22, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Winners Notified:
Aug 22, 2018
PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Reminder
Jul 24, 2018
$89
$25/48
Regular
Nov 30, 2018
$89
$25/48
Late
Jan 9, 2019
$89
$25/48
Final Deadline
Jan 9, 2019
$89
$25/48
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2019
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL LONDON SCRIPT COMPETITIONS 
Can you tell a screen story in 3 Minutes? 
Could your Feature Script be the next big thing?
Do you have a 10 minute (or less) script you’re really excited about?

1) THE 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION: 
We’re seeking micro-short scripts for possible production. 
As well as the associated publicity, the winning script will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and be considered for production. It should be noted that most years since the competition began the winning scripts have been produced and the resulting films have subsequently gone on to win film festivals around the world. The awards include two Crystal Bears for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in consecutive years as well Best of Festival at the Aesthetica Film Festival. One was short listed for a BAFTA. These films have been Official Selection in 31 other festivals and received prestigious distribution deals. 
For more details - http://ukfilmfestival.com/3-minute-script-competition  

2) THE FEATURE SCRIPT COMPETITION: 
The UK Film Festival places their winning scripts with directors and producers. Our 3 previous feature winning scripts COTTONTAIL, THE CIRCLE and THE DOUBLE have all been optioned. 
For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/

3) THE 10 MINUTE (OR LESS) SCRIPT COMPETITION:
First year running. Be the first winner of this brand new category.
For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/10-minute-screenplay-competition.html
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Comeptition
Regular
Aug 4, 2018
$55
$35
Late
Sep 1, 2018
$65
$45
End of Summer
Sep 22, 2018
$70
$50
Final Deadline
Oct 13, 2018
$80
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2018
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...
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Early
Aug 14, 2018
$55
$45
$55
Regular
Sep 12, 2018
$60
$50
$60
Late
Oct 10, 2018
$65
$55
$65
Final Deadline
Nov 7, 2018
$70
$60
$70
Winners Notified:
Apr 8, 2019
Since 2009, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as a screenplay competition designed to discover, empower and promote the next generation of storytellers, writers and filmmakers. As the name would suggest, Fresh Voices has done this by identifying writer's with a unique and memorable voice that demands to be read.

Now in our 9th 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.

This year, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 cash & prizes. Through our generous sponsors, Fresh Voices gives away prize packages designed to support your career including cash prizes, script development and career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services designed to maximize the exposure of your big win. All the tools guidance & opportunity you need to develop a great screenplay and pursue a successful career.
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