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Television Outreach Program (TOP)
Final Deadline
Jul 16, 2019
$164
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2020
The Television Outreach Program (TOP) is a Scriptwriters Network program to support undiscovered television writing talent. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their work.
The Seal Beach Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jul 20, 2019
$40
$40
$40
Late
Jul 20, 2019
$40
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Aug 25, 2019
Imagine warm sandy beaches in the Southern California sun and cool Pacific Ocean surf as the audience excitement grows plus meeting and mingling with fellow filmmakers, directors, actors, writers and celebrity guests. Reward yourself with special VIP access to all events.

Enjoy an exciting four days in one of Southern California’s most friendly cities. Revel in having an excited audience to see your film participate in the after screenings Q & A’s. Plus we give you direct access to promotional opportunities and photo events and the benefits of having your film, script or trailer showcased before a captive audience for four exciting days.

Screenwriter prizes are proudly provided by InkTip and also the grand 1st prize finalist screenplay may have a live screenplay reading done "radio show style" with actors before a live audience.

Sponsors and local businesses also provide prizes and gifts for the filmmakers swag bags!
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Late Deadline
Jul 20, 2019
$59
$59
$59
Extended Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$69
$69
$69
Out on Bail Deadline
Sep 21, 2019
$79
$79
$79
Final Deadline
Oct 12, 2019
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 19, 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!
Hamilton Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular
Jul 22, 2019
$50
Final Deadline
Aug 12, 2019
Late
Aug 12, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Nov 10, 2019
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.
Final Draft Big Break Contest
Final Deadline
Jul 23, 2019
$75
Last Chance
Jul 23, 2019
$75
Winners Notified:
Feb 10, 2020
The Big Break Screenwriting Contest offers film and TV writers in 11 genres the chance to win up to $100,000 in cash and prizes. Grand prize winners also get flown to Los Angeles to meet with managers, producers and executives.

This year we are celebrating 20 years of launching careers. Is this your year?
The UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Reminder
Jul 24, 2019
$94
$26/50
Regular
Nov 30, 2019
$94
$26/50
Final Deadline
Jan 9, 2020
$94
$26/50
Winners Notified:
Mar 16, 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.
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jul 26, 2019
$45.00
$45.00
$45.00
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$50.00
$50.00
$50.00
Late Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$50.00
$50.00
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Sep 8, 2019
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."

Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Actor/Director, Mario Van Peebles, Actress, Ruby Dee, Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer, Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, Director, Malcolm Lee, Casting Director, Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Casting Director, Kim Hardin, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Dean Hargrove, Casting Director & Producer, Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor, Bill Nunn, Director, Kenny Leon, Humanitarian, Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta & The Great Idea" was nominated for an Academy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
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.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Jul 28, 2019
$40
Late
Aug 17, 2019
$45
Final Deadline
Sep 6, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 27, 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.
Shore Scripts Screenwriting Contest
Regular Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$50
$45-50
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$60
$55-60
Winners Notified:
Dec 10, 2019
OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

How do we do that?
- 34 Oscar, Golden Globe, EMMY & BAFTA Winning Judges will read the final round of submissions.
- 120+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers are signed up to read each year’s best scripts.
- 50+ Directors are on our roster to read the best Features, TV Pilots and Shorts.
- Over $40K in Cash & Prizes to giveaway in 2019.
- Each writer that enters will receive a Free 20-page booklet on How to Get Your Screenplay Produced.
- We’ve helped 60+ Writers gain Representation, Option, Sell and have their screenplays Produced.

Our most recent success story is setting up Feature Winner Louis Ackerman's thriller script, Flesh & Blood, with industry roster company, Blumhouse. The film is currently screening on HULU.

Take a look at the full list of our Alumni here: http://www.shorescripts.com/alumni/

Our Judges include:
- 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

See the full list here - http://www.shorescripts.com/shore-scripts-judges/

Our Production Companies include:
BLACK PILLS, BLUMHOUSE, MADHOUSE, 3ARTS, GERSH, NUMBER 9 FILMS, WILDGAZE FILMS, VERVE and many more.

See our complete Industry Roster - http://www.shorescripts.com/production-companies/ and Directors Roster - https://www.shorescripts.com/directors-roster/

Awards & Prizes

FEATURE PRIZES
* $10,000 (£7900) in cash and prizes to our 5 winners
* Your script will be sent out to our Judges, Industry & Directors Roster
* Each of our 5 winners will receive a free copy of Final Draft & Writer Duet Pro
* Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers
* 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.
* Free Script Development with Shore Scripts
* A free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.
* PLUS, our Grand Prize Winner will also 2 FREE Festival Passes to the 2020 Moscow International Film Festival.

TV PILOT PRIZES
* Our 6 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $7000 (£5500)
* 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:
° One-Hour Pilot
° Half-Hour Pilot
* Your script will be sent out to our Judges, Industry & Directors Roster
* Each of our winners will receive a free copy of Final Draft 10 & Writer Duet Pro
* Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers
* Each of our winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Free Script Development with Shore Scripts
* A free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.
* PLUS, our Grand Prize Winners will also win a FREE Festival Pass to the 2020 Series Mania International TV Festival.

Dates & Fees

Opening Date - March 1, 2019
TV ½ Hour Pilot $40
TV 1 Hour Pilot $45
Feature Screenplay $45

Early Deadline - May 31, 2019
TV ½ Hour Pilot $40
TV 1 Hour Pilot $45
Feature Screenplay $45

Regular Deadline - July 31, 2019
TV ½ Hour Pilot $45
TV 1 Hour Pilot $50
Feature Screenplay $50

Late Deadline - August 31, 2019
TV ½ Hour Pilot $55
TV 1 Hour Pilot $60
Feature Screenplay $60

RULES, FAQ’s & MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.shorescripts.com/
Screenplay Festival
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.
Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$55
$25
$55
Extended/Final
Jul 31, 2019
$55
$25
$55
Winners Notified:
Sep 15, 2019
The Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming comedic screenwriters, as well as to empower and educate those talented writers still waiting for their invitation into the mainstream film and television industries.

The Comedy competition is open to feature-length and short works, screenplays and teleplays.

Prizes include cash, script-listing memberships, and a filmed table read featuring the L.A. Groundlings!
Rome Independent Film Festival - RIFF Awards
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
late
Jul 31, 2019
$35
$10
Winners Notified:
Nov 22, 2019
This year as well, filmmakers from all over the world will have the possibility to present their original works as a first-ever preview in the section “New Frontiers” dedicated to the first work of an artist. The program of the RIFF will be enriched by retrospectives and seminars on different aspects of the Indie film industry. At the end of the Festival, the winners will be presented with RIFF Awards worth over 50.000 €.
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Aug 1, 2019
$60.00
$40.00
Late
Sep 1, 2019
$70.00
$50.00
Fall
Oct 1, 2019
$75.00
$60.00
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
Early Bird
Aug 1, 2019
$35
Special Deadline 1
Sep 1, 2019
$40
Special Deadline 2
Oct 1, 2019
$45
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.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Aug 3, 2019
$90
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Aug 9, 2019
2019 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Summer 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.
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Early
Aug 13, 2019
$60
$45
$60
Regular
Sep 10, 2019
$65
$50
$65
Late
Oct 8, 2019
$70
$55
$70
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?
Barnstorm Fest
Earlybird Deadline
Aug 23, 2019
$40
$35
$35
Official Deadline
Oct 4, 2019
$55
$50
$50
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 2
Aug 24, 2019
$17
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
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Sep 20, 2019
$55
$40
$40-45
Late
Oct 11, 2019
$65
$50
$50-55
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
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