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The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Feb 28, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Extended
Apr 3, 2017
$60
$60
$60
Late
May 1, 2017
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Jun 6, 2017
$70
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2017
We are a team of Canadian artists and industry professionals who are passionate about film and passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from Toronto and around the world. Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. Our team of industry professionals is passionate about developing artists. We want our competition to be a bridge between up and coming artists and the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives in both Canada and the US. We are also passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams that call our city their home. We love all kinds of scripts and stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and Canada and from artists of all shapes and sizes, colors and ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations. Our city has a long history of nurturing and showcasing the most talented filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired. We love film and we love storytellers. And we want to do everything we can to support the arts, not only locally, but around the world. Our aim is to forge a screenwriting festival that will inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories in the US, Canada, and abroad. Our aim is to open doors for aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres.
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Nickelodeon Writing Program
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2017
$FREE
Winners Notified:
Sep 30, 2017
Nickelodeon's Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the globe, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for our live action and animated shows. Participants will have hands-on interaction with executives writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas. The Program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers). The submission period runs from January 2 – February 28, 2017. We've gone digital! Access the online application and review the submission guidelines on our website at www.nickwriting.com. Information via email: info.writing@nick.com, Follow us on twitter @NickWriting, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickWriting No previous writing experience is necessary. Domestic (U.S.) applicants must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). International applicants must meet all passport and visa requirements for traveling to and working in the United States.
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International Family & Faith Film Festival
Regular
Feb 28, 2017
$50
$50
$50
Extended Reg
Mar 28, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Late Deadline
Apr 25, 2017
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
May 16, 2017
$75
$75
$75
Winners Notified:
Jun 9, 2017
The International Family and Faith Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is already the World’s Premier Family and Faith Screenwriting Competition. Our judges have produced and distributed some of the biggest faith based films in Hollywood and around the world. By competing and being named a finalist in our sister screenwriting competition it gives our writer’s a big leg up when approaching faith based production companies who are vying to get their films into our festival. The International Family and Faith Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is designed to launch the careers of aspiring faith based writers, encourage established writers to transition into faith based film, and inspire writers of all faiths to include an element of faith in their films. Our aim is to open doors for aspiring faith based writers and filmmakers in all genres.
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Discount Code: n/a
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10th Annual StoryPros Awards
Early Deadline
Feb 28, 2017
$40
Regular Deadline
Mar 31, 2017
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2017
$60
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2017
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?
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Discount Code: INK10
$10 off entry fee! Enter discount code at checkout time.
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Preliminary Deadline
Feb 28, 2017
$45
$45
$45
Regular Deadline
Mar 22, 2017
$50
$50
$50
Late Deadline
Apr 19, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Extended Deadline
May 17, 2017
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Jun 7, 2017
$75
$75
$75
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2017
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. Our team is passionate about developing artists. 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. We love so many of the great films set in New York and made by New Yorkers. As such we love all kinds of scripts from studio blockbusters to little indies. No two paths are ever the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations. 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. Our aim is to open doors for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in all genres.
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Black Screenplays Matter
Regular Deadline
Feb 28, 2017
$45
$45
$45
Extended Regular Deadline
Mar 22, 2017
$50
$50
$50
Late Deadline
Apr 19, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Extended Deadline
May 17, 2017
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Jun 7, 2017
$75
$75
$75
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2017
We are a team of artists, writers, directors, and producers that want nothing more than to support the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. Specifically, those storytellers that passionate about telling stories about our communities in the U.S. and abroad, from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean, to Wall Street and the streets of London to the NBA. Our stories are as vast and varied as any culture’s and not enough of them are being told so we want to support the artists who are telling them so we can see more of them on the silver screen. And yes, we take submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, White, Black, Latin, Asian, Arab, and everything in between. We believe in, support, and practice creating diversity in the workplace and support artists of all ethnicities. Our aim is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of filmmakers. We are passionate about developing artists. We want our competition to bridge the gap between up and coming artists and the talent representation that will ultimately put them in front of production executives that make black films in the United States and abroad. And we love all kinds of stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare; from silly Tyler Perry films to outrageous Ice Cube comedies. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. And again, we accept scripts from people of all shapes and sizes, colors, ethnicities, sexes, and sexual orientations from all over the world, not just African Americans. As long as your script is about the black community or issues affecting the black community, where ever that black community might be, be it in the U.S., Africa, or outer space. We just want to see more stories about our communities. Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, more black stories to go into production, and to connect production companies that tell our stories to the exceptionally talented storytellers who are writing them. We want to inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories that will inspire future generations to tell great stories.
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Horror Hotel 2017 Script Competition
Late
Mar 1, 2017
$40
$40
$40
Final Deadline
Mar 1, 2017
$40
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Apr 15, 2017
We accept short, feature, TV pilot and web episode scripts in the following genre categories: fantasy, horror, horror-comedy, sci-fi, slasher and suspense-thriller.
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Discount Code: HH17Ink
To redeem the InkTip discount, please pay via PayPal to Ray@WorldEOnline.com with your submission details included in the note section of your payment. After you have paid, please e-mail your registration form (found here: http://horrorhotel.net/scriptreg.doc), PayPal receipt and script in .PDF format to Kristina@WorldEOnline.com.
SCTC Original Sitcom Contest
Early Deadline
Mar 1, 2017
$55
Final Deadline
Apr 1, 2017
$65
Winners Notified:
May 15, 2017
The Second City Training Center has developed, nurtured and produced some of the most prolific and talented writers in the television business. Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got! Three selected scripts will be sent to Thruline Entertainment, Los Angeles, MomentumTV, Los Angeles and Laura Hilker Productions, Chicago and L.A.. Our Grand Prize Winner will meet with all three! (More production companies may be added) The SCTC Original Sitcom Contest is looking for the next hit TV Comedy Pilot, Animated Pilot or Webseries that’s funny and completely original. So polish up that script that’s been sitting in your drawer. Write that story that’s been bouncing around in your head. Your script could be selected to be read onstage by some of Chicago’s most talented comedy performers at Judy's Beat Lounge at The Second City, Chicago! New Categories! Original Sitcom Pilots Animated Pilots Comedy Webseries Start writing!
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Academy Nicholl Fellowship
Early
Mar 7, 2017
$45
Regular
Apr 10, 2017
$60
Final Deadline
May 1, 2017
$85
Winners Notified:
Oct 31, 2017
Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature length screenplay and entry fee via the online application when the competition is open for submissions. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year. Qualifications Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible. Entry Deadline There are three deadlines for 2017: early is March 7 ($45 entry fee), regular is April 10 ($60 entry fee), and late is May 1 ($85 entry fee). The online application form must be completed and a PDF version of the script uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1. NEW FOR 2017: Full-time students at an accredited college/university are eligible for a discount on their entry fee in 2017. Indicate your status in the demographic section of your online application. The discount will be offered in the payment section. Prizes Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2016, $4.090 million has been awarded to 160 writers. Fellowship Obligations Up to five fellows in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. Fellowship recipients will be expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the fellowship year. Fellowship payments will be made quarterly subject to satisfactory progress of the recipient’s work, as judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee. The Academy reserves the right to grant no awards if, in the opinion of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, no entry is of sufficient merit.
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Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Mar 10, 2017
$55
Late Deadline
Apr 17, 2017
$60
Final Deadline
May 1, 2017
$65
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2017
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. We will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
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Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Late
Mar 10, 2017
$45
Final Deadline
Mar 24, 2017
$60
Winners Notified:
Apr 28, 2017
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.
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Final Draft Big Break Contest
Early Bird Deadline
Mar 13, 2017
$40
$40
Regular Deadline
Jun 26, 2017
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Jul 14, 2017
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Dec 31, 2017
Big Break Contest Launches Careers!

Enter your screenplay or TV script and launch your career:

11 Feature Genre and TV Format Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television

2 Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for the Final Draft Annual Award Event

Join past winners who scored representation with A-list executives and have seen their scripts optioned.
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2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Late Entry Deadline
Mar 17, 2017
$59
$59
$59
Final Deadline
Apr 17, 2017
$69
$69
$69
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2017
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, over the past decade the contest has built 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 TV shows produced. Enter this year's contest and you could be next!
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Much More Than a Script Competition
Final Deadline
Mar 19, 2017
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 23, 2017
As part of the ÉCU 2017 film festival, the script competition’s focus is on independent screenplays, that is, scripts that aren’t aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to submit their short and feature-length scripts to the competition where they compete for the best script of the festival. The two overall winners will receive an additional prize and the coveted title of Best Feature Script / Best Short Script 2017 – a title we are certain will help emerging writers overcome the obstacle of “representation” and get their scripts read by the right people.
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Action on Film's Writers Celebration Screenwriting Competition
Regular Deadline
Mar 31, 2017
$55
$45
$55
Late Deadline
May 31, 2017
$70
$55
$70
Final Deadline
Aug 4, 2017
$85
$70
$85
Winners Notified:
Aug 24, 2017
The Action on Film 13th Annual Film Festival and Writers' Celebration recognizes, celebrates and honors writers of all genres and formats like no other festival does. Now in our 13th year, our screenplay competition has garnered a solid reputation as being one of the premier competitions. The AOF has created a solid community of writers from around the globe. AOFFEST embraces the written word and acknowledges that it is the basis to all good films, teleplays, TV series etc. Without the Word, there would be no action. Action on Film accepts written word screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, poetry and prose in ALL GENRES. Let the AOF be your partner in getting your written works, read, recognized, celebrated and honored. Submit and be a part of the AOF Family.
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Discount Code: AOFlovesWriters
Please use the discount Code AOFlovesWriters on Filmfreeway.com using the following the link. https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ActionOnFilmInternatiionalFilmFestival and get $5 off Every Submission. If submitting more than 5 projects please contact us at info.aoffest@gmail.com for an additional discount or special offer.
CayFilm - Cayman Island's International Film Festival
Regular
Apr 1, 2017
$25
Final Deadline
Apr 14, 2017
$30
Late Deadline
Apr 14, 2017
$30
Winners Notified:
Jul 3, 2017
CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival is an annual multi-day spectacular event designed to create new interest and excitement about the Cayman Islands as a world-class filming destination. Included in the festival will be daily film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, an exclusive premiere screening and a celebrity gala event. It is our vision to open up the Cayman Islands to the film industry around the world whilst opening up the world to Cayman’s young and aspiring filmmakers.
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Discount Code: inktip2017
This code will get you $5 off your submission price
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition
Extended
Apr 1, 2017
$69
$59
$59
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2017
$75
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2017
CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS SCREENPLAY CONTEST (CWA) is an international screenwriting event known for championing writers and opening doors. Through established relationships with some of the industry's most sought-after companies, CWA plays a critical role in connecting talented writers with agents and producers in search of fresh, new material. More than $30,000 awarded in cash and prizes, including a production opportunity for the Grand Prize Winner & CWA promotes beyond just the winning scripts.
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Discount Code: INKFRIEND5
Discount only good when entering through the CWA website. Input code into promo area of the entry form.
Zed Fest Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Early Bird Deadline
Apr 21, 2017
$45
$30
Regular Deadline
Jul 21, 2017
$55
$35
Late Deadline
Sep 22, 2017
$65
$40
Final Deadline
Oct 27, 2017
$75
$45
Final Screenplay Deadline
Oct 27, 2017
$75
$45
Winners Notified:
Dec 15, 2017
ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 Screenplays must be feature length no less than 60 pages and no more than 120 pages. All screenplays must be written in English. Screenplays should be in 12 point Courier font and pages must be numbered. Only online PDF submissions will be accepted. Any revisions after submission will not be accepted. TOP PRIZES 1st PLACE $500 2nd PLACE $300 ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 Short Screenplays must be no less than 10 pages and no more than 20 pages. All screenplays must be written in English. Screenplays should be in 12 point Courier font and pages must be numbered. Only online PDF submissions will be accepted. Any revisions after submission will not be accepted. TOP PRIZES 1st PLACE $100 2nd PLACE $50 Additional Sponsor Prizes: *ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL CERTIFICATE *Bonus Top Prize winners Movie Magic Screenwriter software *InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps. *Script Pipeline - Membership *Virtual Pitchfest- Free Pitch -Logline & Contact Info on Zed Fest "Script's For Sale" web page. Submission Info: GENRES: Horror Suspense Science Fiction Supernatural Action Adventure Drama Fantasy
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Discount Code: ZFINK17
Please email us, and mention this 10% discount code you will have to enter through us. we will invoice you through Paypal. Discount code is good from Jan 1, 2017 to July 21, 2017.
The Indie Gathering
Standard
Apr 24, 2017
$40
$40
$40
Final Deadline
May 8, 2017
$45
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2017
2017 celebrates The Indie Gathering International Film Festival's 22nd anniversary! Our mission is to inspire and encourage screenwriters, while presenting a great networking opportunity for anyone involved in the industry. The Indie Gathering was previously voted as one of the Top 25 film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and chosen as Best Festival for Networking. We bring together writers, directors, producers, actors, stunt people and more, making this an event you don't want to miss. Awards to attending winners include trophies, plaques, medals and certificates. Our Top 3 scripts (best feature/best short/best pilot or series) will receive copies of Movie Outline 3.0 from Nuvotech, and our Top 12 features receive listings on InkTip.com and InkTip magazine. We have separate categories for features, shorts, pilots and web episodes. Features and shorts are further broken down by genre.
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Discount Code: TIG17Ink
To enter your script into our competition, you can pay the registration fee through PayPal to Ray@WorldEOnline.com, and e-mail your registration form (found on our submission page), script in .PDF format and PayPal receipt to Kristina@WorldEOnline.com.
New Media Scripts - 8th Annual New Media Film Festival
Final Deadline
Apr 25, 2017
$95
$95
$95
Winners Notified:
May 1, 2017
New Media SCRIPTS: All stories in text format. All Genres and lengths welcomed. If you write stories worth telling, this is the category for you. Whether it is short of long form, features, shorts, docs, reality, live, TV, pilots, animation, comedy, sitcom, drama, web series, books, ebooks, anything scripted, this is for you. WGA and Non WGA accepted. The script must be either registered with Federal Copyright Office or the WGA.
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Discount Code: twitter10
good in any category when you submit directly www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
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