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Beyond: The Cary Film Festival
Final Deadline
May 31, 2022
$15
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2022
BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is an annual short film and screenplay festival that takes place in the heart of the Triangle, Cary, North Carolina. Each fall, engaged audiences, new and established filmmakers, industry professionals, and special guests from around the country come together to celebrate the art and craft of short filmmaking, participate in panel discussions and workshops, and experience a live table read by our screenplay winner.
Page Turner Awards
Final Deadline
May 31, 2022
$40.00
$40.00
$40.00
Winners Notified:
Oct 31, 2022
The Page Turner Screenplay Award is open to all completed scripts and screenplays. See our judging panel, which includes film producers who are looking to option scripts and produce them: https://pageturnerawards.com/2022-screenplay-award

As well as an overall winner, there will be winners in each screenplay category, which includes documentaries, film, television, and book adaptation.

Our judges are looking for captivating stories with the potential to be adapted to film. These can be novels, novellas, true stories, memoirs and true stories. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

In 2021, Jonny King won the TV series category, Martin Keady won the feature film category, Phil Vengrinovich won the short film category and LM Latham won the book adaptation needed category.

As well as winning the overall Screenplay Award, Jonny King won literary management from Sean Dubravac from Entertainment Lab. That could be you later this year when the winners are announced at our online ceremony in October!

Don't miss the chance to get your writing in front of publishers, literary agents, film producers and literary experts.

The 2022 Awards are now open.

Entering is a two-step process where you register to set up an account as an author or writer. Open now until the end of May.
Ojai Film Festival Table Read Screenplay Competition
Late Submission
May 31, 2022
$45
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2022
$55
Extended Submission
Jun 30, 2022
$55
Winners Notified:
Aug 7, 2022
The Ojai Film Festival is an intimate festival within easy reach of the film industry power center of Los Angeles. It has built a reputation for presenting world-class independent films to a savvy, sophisticated audience.

The winning script will be chosen by a panel of accomplished industry professionals, and will be presented at the festival as a table read, by a cast of professional actors under the guidance of an experienced director. The winning writer will be honored at our festival's awards ceremony with a trophy and public celebration. Note: For the past two years during the pandemic, we have recorded the table reads of the winning screenplays with actors participating over Zoom. We then presented the edited performance to our festival audience. This more polished presentation pleased the winning writers, and we have decided to continue with this method for the foreseeable future.

The writers of each of the five finalist screenplays will receive filmmaker passes to the festival and recognition at the awards ceremony.
Screamfest Horror Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
Final
Jun 2, 2022
$62
Final Deadline
Jun 15, 2022
$77
Extended
Jun 15, 2022
$77
Winners Notified:
Oct 20, 2022
Screamfest® was founded in 2001 to give talented writers a platform to further their careers. The competition is open to all feature scripts in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres. Screenwriters have been optioned and/or sold their screenplays as a result of the competition. Winner receives general meetings with literary managers/producers & $1,000. Top finalists are read by leading industry/producers such as Ghost House Pictures, Hulu, Impossible Dream Entertainment, Gotham Group and more.

Writers who submit screenplays to Screamfest will have the option to receive feedback from our readers.

Winning Screenwriter will receive:
-$1,000 cash prize

-General meeting with literary managers/producers.

-10 free pitches on VPF, the platform for TV/Film professionals seeking scripts and writers to represent. With VPF, writers can submit written pitches to 500+ networks/studios, producers and agents with the assurance of a guaranteed response.

-3 months of Roadmap Writers On Ramp program and 2 Open Pitch Sessions. Value $337

- Amazing gold skull trophy designed by Stan Winston

-Movie Magic Screenwriting software

-InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. 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.

Top 5 Finalist will receive:

-Read by leading industry/producers such as Ghost House Pictures, Hulu, Impossible Dream Entertainment, Gotham Group and more.

-One full festival pass to Screamfest 2022, including all screenings and parties,

-Movie Magic Screenwriting software.

-5 free pitches on VPF, the platform for TV/Film professionals seeking scripts and writers to represent. With VPF, writers can submit written pitches to 500+ networks/studios, producers and agents with the assurance of a guaranteed response.

-1 Roadmap Writers' Open Pitch Session. Value $175

-InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. 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.

Semi-Finalists Receive:
-1 free pitch on VPF, the platform for TV/Film professionals seeking scripts and writers to represent. With VPF, writers can submit written pitches to 500+ networks/studios, producers and agents with the assurance of a guaranteed response.
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Regular
Jun 4, 2022
$49
$49
$49
NDE
Jul 16, 2022
$65
$65
$65
Extended
Aug 6, 2022
$69
$69
$69
Final Deadline
Sep 17, 2022
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 1, 2022
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!
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Jun 4, 2022
$40
Late
Jun 14, 2022
$45
Final Deadline
Jun 25, 2022
$60
Winners Notified:
Jul 29, 2022
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.
The Pitch
Late Submission
Jun 5, 2022
$35
$35
$35
Final Deadline
Jun 19, 2022
$45
$45
$45
Extended Submission
Jun 19, 2022
$45
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Oct 1, 2022
To compete in The Pitch, filmmakers must submit a title & logline, 200-300 word synopsis, and concept art at filmfreeway.com/stxiff and agree to attend the festival in person. Participants may submit a script but it is not required. The Pitch competition will take place during the festival. Selected writers must be present on the day of the event in order to qualify for a prize. The winner will be announced that same day at the STXIFF Award Ceremony. The complete guidelines for The Pitch are available at www.STXIFF.com
WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2022
Final Deadline
Jun 5, 2022
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Jul 22, 2022
Science fiction and fantasy have been some of the most profitable genres in recent years. From MARVEL to LORD OF THE RINGS, from GAME OF THRONES to STRANGER THINGS, they’ve been conquering both the big and the small screen.

Here at WriteMovies, we’re always on the hunt for the next big thing. If you’ve written a script that could be a franchise-starter and take the world by storm, something unique that will make audiences sit up and take notice, we want to read it!

On top of the great prizes on offer, all submissions to our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award will also receive feedback on their first 10 pages, plus free and automatic entry to the WriteMovies 2022 Screenwriting Contest, giving them the chance to win the Grand Prize of $3500!
WriteMovies 2022 Writing Contest
Final Deadline
Jun 12, 2022
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Jul 29, 2022
WriteMovies has been helping writers succeed since 1999. We are currently accepting entries to our Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest!

The Grand Prize winner will receive $3500, and the top five scripts all receive a year of free script development and guaranteed pitching to industry.

Plus, get free entry by entering the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award, or by buying a script report from us, with Studio Coverage for $99 or comprehensive Development Notes for $149.
Open Gate International Film Festival
Sixth
Jun 19, 2022
$65
$50
$65
Final Deadline
Jul 9, 2022
$70
$54
$70
Winners Notified:
Nov 13, 2022
Open Gate International Film Festival (OGIFF) is devoted to exhibiting the best of both short films and feature films from across New England and around the globe. We believe in the concept of assisting and nurturing the "up and coming filmmakers" who proffer the essence of bold and diverse filmmaking. Our goal is to display the multitude of artfully crafted works in front of a live audience with the sole passion for filmmaking in the heart of Boston.

We strive for our multiple categories to bring together different experiences, cultures, and talents to emphasize the shared passion for film. Included with being an Official Selection at the Open Gate International Film Festival are in-depth panels with both locally and internationally recognized filmmakers, actors, and crew members from across the New England area. Additionally, we will be holding filmmaker Q&As and an award show with the intention of supporting the best of up-and-coming filmmakers from around the globe.

Our festival will run from November 11-13th, 2022, but due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, our capacity will be reduced until further notice.

OPEN GATE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

We are currently accepting both short and feature film scripts for our first annual Open Gate Screenwriting Competition. The Open Gate Screenwriting Competition empowers both creative and visionary writers with a plethora of opportunities to link with professional filmmakers, writers, actors, and producers who share a common passion for film.

The best of both categories (Best Short Script & Best Feature Script) will be announced at our LIVE awards show during the festival. The winning scripts (if filmed) are guaranteed to screen at the 2023 Open Gate Film Festival (Dates TBA).
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Regular Deadline
Jun 26, 2022
$65
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2022
$75
Late Deadline
Aug 28, 2022
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 27, 2022
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.
Scriptation Showcase | Features + Shorts Competition
Late
Jun 26, 2022
$64
$59
Final Deadline
Jul 24, 2022
$74
$69
Final
Jul 24, 2022
$74
$69
Winners Notified:
Dec 20, 2022
The Scriptation Showcase is officially open for submissions! Emerging writers can now enter their best screenplay, teleplay, or short.

The Scriptation Showcase is the screenwriting competition that circulates winners’ scripts to the directors, showrunners, and producers behind your favorite movies and TV shows.

Why submit to the Scriptation Showcase?

UNPRECENDENTED EXPOSURE
Never before has a screenwriting competition made your script so accessible to working industry professionals. Fifteen scripts will be featured for a full year in Scriptation, the script app used on thousands of productions worldwide.

ANNOTATED FEEDBACK
Script coverage doesn’t give your story the complete story. The competition offers feedback via PDF markup (highly recommended). Entrants have the unique opportunity to review notes directly within their script and better understand the thought process behind each suggestion. This is how script competition feedback was meant to be.

PROFESSIONAL READERS
All script competition entries are read by professional script readers and story analysts. All finalists are read by some of the best executives, managers, and writers who will determine winners for top overall screenplay, teleplay, and short.

WRITER FOUNDED
Having won script contests and written for shows like Black-ish and Hot in Cleveland, Steve Vitolo knows how hard it is to get noticed. That’s why he made a script competition that directly connects screenwriters to working industry talent.
Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival
Late
Jun 30, 2022
$50.00
$35.00
$35.00
Extended
Aug 15, 2022
$55.00
$45.00
$45.00
Final Deadline
Sep 15, 2022
$60.00
$50.00
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Nov 12, 2022
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.

We are an IMDB qualifier!
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Jul 1, 2022
$60.00
$40.00
Late
Sep 1, 2022
$70.00
$50.00
Fall
Oct 1, 2022
$75.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2022
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, -0001
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!
Cinequest Screenwriting Compeition
Earlybird
Jul 8, 2022
$45
$35
$40
Regular
Sep 16, 2022
$55
$40
$45
Late
Oct 7, 2022
$65
$50
$55
Extended
Nov 4, 2022
$70
$55
$60
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2022
$100
$85
$90
Winners Notified:
Apr 1, 2023
Welcome to the 18th Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with prestigious recognition, engagement with industry leaders, connection to encouraging community, plus the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths. Cinequest inspires creative fervor and provides dynamic opportunities for writers to get discovered and have their work produced.

"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.

“What unites them all under the festival’s big tent is clear: Being a part of Cinequest is not to follow industry trends, but to witness the moment they’re being set.” — Max Weinstein, MovieMaker

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 awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition. The prestigious Maverick Spirit Award will also be presented to a renowned writer during the Celebration. Past honorees include: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Darren Star, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Arndt, and Diablo Cody.

ADDITIONAL TESTIMONIALS
"I've been submitting to Cinequest since 2013. The Cinequest judges' feedback has 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 The Solution and with the crew at CAA. — Jeremy Rush, Cinequest Feature Winner, WHEELMAN (Sold to Netflix )"

"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

"It's a surreal experience to see Our Lady Lupe go from CINEQUEST finalist script to screen with its premiere on national television! I learned so much from the writer's celebration, which definitely helped prepare me for this opportunity!" — Dominique Nieves, OUR LADY LUPE

"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
New York International Screenplay Awards
Early Bird
Jul 11, 2022
$35
$20
$30
Regular
Nov 28, 2022
$40
$25
$35
Late
Feb 13, 2023
$50
$30
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 17, 2023
$60
$35
$50
Extended
Apr 17, 2023
$60
$35
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 27, 2023
New York International Screenplay Awards is an international screenplay competition for screenwriters who aspire to connect with the USA industry workers and explore the US markets. NYISA 2022 winners will be connected to the US film industry by InkTip and Script Mailer. They’ll have free Screenwriting software by the Final Draft! They’ll be registered for free at CreatersVault, and will receive free screenwriting courses from Script Reader Pro, plus, page-by-page script analysis, a half-hour follow-up phone call, and an e-book, “Common Screenwriting Mistakes”, and some other services by UpLift Script… And much more!
NYISA’s valued jury members are industry professionals such as Producers, Script Doctors, Directors, Actors, and Screenwriters. We accept submissions via Filmfreeway!
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, NY - Scriptwriting Contest
Opens for submissions:
Jun 1, 2022
Early Bird Deadline
Jul 14, 2022
$25
Regular Deadline
Sep 14, 2022
$$35
Extended Deadline
Nov 14, 2022
$55
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2022
$75
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2022
$75
Winners Notified:
Mar 26, 2023
SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY ’s 10th annual edition is scheduled to run March 15-26, 2023, as a hybrid festival with in-person and online events www.ratedsrfilms.org.

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit film festival. It was founded in 2013 by actress/filmmaker Nora Armani as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling, and to honor the memory of a violent attack against members of her family who lost their lives.

The scriptwriting contest is about non-produced feature-length narrative scripts, that are selected from the submissions and 3-5 finalists are designated. The finalists are offered a 10-minute table read with actors, and the International just chose amongst the finalists the winner, second and third place.

The first three winners are offered one listing each on InkTip.

Our contest is unique in that it offers an opportunity to the screenwriter to hear their dialogues and scenes out loud by real actors. and engage in a discussion with the jury members as well as invited industry guests. This helps them in eventual rewrites and changes if any.
Script Summit
Final Deadline
Jul 15, 2022
$60
$50
$60
Extended
Jul 15, 2022
$60
$50
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 18, 2022
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters. As a participant in the Script Summit Screenplay Competition, you can build your network, expand your knowledge with in-depth seminars taught by professionals, gain tremendous insight from Q & A Panels, experience scene table reads with professional actors, and attend hundreds of film screenings at no additional cost! You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event.

There's even a grand prize of $1,000 in cash and TWO writers will walk away with a contract of representation by a Hollywood Talent Manager!

Winners are announced at the Awards Show which is free to attend!
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Jul 20, 2022
$57
$57
$57
Standard Late
Aug 24, 2022
$60
$60
$60
Late
Sep 22, 2022
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Oct 19, 2022
$68
$68
$68
Winners Notified:
Dec 28, 2022
We love New York and we love film! We especially love 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).

The object of our festival is to promote aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in all genres.

Winners get introduced to 3 separate top industry pros
San Francisco Screenwriting Competition
regular
Aug 10, 2022
$57
$57
$57
standard
Sep 7, 2022
$59
$59
$59
extended
Oct 5, 2022
$61
$61
$61
Final Deadline
Nov 9, 2022
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2022
We are San Francisco and we love film and we love writers. In fact, we care so deeply about developing the next generation of filmmakers from around the world 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 are dedicated to promoting great cinema and we are only interested in recognizing great scripts based on serious subject matter like the Godfather, Shawshank, Frida, or Pulp Fiction.
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