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New York International Screenplay Awards
Regular Deadline
Dec 15, 2017
$40
$25
Late Deadline
Feb 15, 2018
$50
$30
Extended Late Deadline
Apr 15, 2018
$60
$35
Final Deadline
Apr 15, 2018
$60
$35
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2018
The New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional, from all over the world. Winners will have a chance to meet with producers in New York, as well as other rewards.
Winners and Official Finalists of the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards will be announced officially May 10th, 2018. The Call for Entries for the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards is currently open and accepting submissions.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Standard
Dec 15, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Extended
Jan 11, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Late
Feb 8, 2018
$62
$62
$62
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 20, 2018
Welcome to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost screenwriting competition dedicated to promoting the most creative and original authors in the world. Because as Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Much More Than A Script Competition
Early Bird Deadline
Dec 17, 2017
$60
$40
Regular Deadline
Jan 14, 2018
$65
$45
Late Deadline
Apr 2, 2018
$70
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 2, 2018
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
May 6, 2018
As part of the ÉCU 2018, the script competition’s focuses on independent screenplays, those 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. We read scripts in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian before making an official selection of the very best. The winners will receive the coveted title of Best Feature Script/Best Short Script.
Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search
Final Deadline
Dec 18, 2017
$70
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2018
The Phoenix Film Festival is looking for the best unproduced short film scripts out there. Screenplays must be yours, original and under 25 pages. So let's see what you've got!
PRIZES:
FIRST PLACE:
$250 cash from the Phoenix Film Foundation
One InkTip.com Script Listing on InkTip.com.
A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack and two VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).
SECOND PLACE:
One InkTip Script Listing on InkTip.com.
A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack and 2 VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).
THIRD PLACE:
One InkTip Script Listing on InkTip.com.
Two VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).

All scripts in the top 10 will be listed on the Phoenix Film Festival website with contact information for producers to request copies of their scripts.
International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival Short Screenplay Challenge
Final Deadline
Dec 18, 2017
$55
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2018
The Annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Screenplay Challenge will coincide with the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. All screenplays should fall within the Horror or Sci-Fi genres and be no longer than 25 pages.

PRIZES:
First Place:
$250 cash from the Phoenix Film Foundation
One InkTip.com Script Listing
A IHSFF prize pack and Two VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).
Second Place:
One InkTip Script Listing,
A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack
Two VIP Passes to the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included)
Third Place:
One InkTip Script Listing,
Two VIP Passes to the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included)
Top Ten Finalists receive a listing on the IHSFF website
Black Screenplays Matter
Final Deadline
Dec 21, 2017
$67.50
Winners Notified:
Dec 21, 2017
The mission of the ‘Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition’ is to bridge the gap between emerging black screenwriters and producers who want to make films that represent the black experience. By shining a light on the culture and historical perspective that has shaped – and continues to shape – the lives of the black population in both the United States and abroad, we hope that the scripts and films generated will bring about a greater representation of black talent and a greater assimilation of black stories into the film industry.
We are a team of artists, writers, directors, and producers who are dedicated to the success of the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. We look for storytellers who are passionate about creating narratives about our communities in the U.S. and abroad – from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Wall Street and the NBA; and from Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean to the streets of London.
Because we believe that these stories are part of the incredible tapestry of our world culture, we welcome submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, white, black, Latin, Asian, and everything in between in order to create diversity in the film industry. We are passionate about discovering promising artists and we love all kinds of stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare; from silly comedies to gritty dramas. No two paths are the same and no two stories are alike. 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.
We specifically hope that our ‘Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition’ will inspire more talented black authors to submit their work so that we will have the opportunity to introduce more films about the black experience to the industry. Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, to see 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.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Dec 22, 2017
$60
Winners Notified:
Jan 26, 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.
WriteMovies Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition
Late
Dec 24, 2017
$49
$49
$49
Extended Late
Jan 14, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Final Deadline
Jan 14, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Mar 16, 2018
Welcome everybody to the latest WriteMovies main contest – the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition!

We’re really enjoying the progress of our contests and winners, and all you writers out there, so it brings us great joy whenever a new contest starts!

After a satisfying response to the Summer Contest we decided to keep on our new special awards – the “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best teleplay or Pilot” will remain a part of the Winter contest! (By the way, the Summer winners of these cool prizes will be announced this Friday. Exciting times!)

You might be familiar with our fabulous prizes: $2000 in cash for our grand prize winner, one free year of script development for our top three winners as well as guaranteed pitching to industry, and exclusive script and logline listings in InkTip’s script Directory and in their very popular magazine (sent to 1000s of producers and executives!).

Get involved with one of the few screenwriting contests that gets writers produced! And give yourself the best chance of success by checking our Writing Tips and Submissions Tips (CLICK HERE) before you submit...
Creative World Awards
Regular
Dec 30, 2017
$49
$39
$39
Late
Feb 15, 2018
$59
$49
$49
Final 1
Apr 5, 2018
$69
$59
$59
Final Deadline
May 17, 2018
$79
$69
$69
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2018
Now in its eleventh year, CWA is a leading international screenwriting contest well known for having the writer’s interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion.

The CWA vision is to help writers garner the exposure, development, and recognition they need to propel their projects and careers forward. CWA has built relationships with many of the industry’s most recognized companies.

With several options and deals signed for past entrants, CWA has firmly established itself worldwide as a leading source for discovering talent in the entertainment industry.
The UK Film Festival Script Competitions 2017
Opens for submissions:
Dec 31, 2017
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2017
$70
$25
Winners Notified:
Feb 11, 2018
We run two script competitions - one for MICRO-SHORT SCRIPTS and one for FEATURE SCRIPTS.

1) Can you tell a screen story in 3 Minutes?

2) Or do you have a Feature Script that could be the next big thing?

1) THE 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION 2017:
As well as the associated publicity, the winner will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and through our associates including InkTip we will get your script read by producers and directors. We are proud to say that every year since the competition began in 2013 the winning scripts have been produced or are currently in production. So far the resulting films have subsequently gone on to win awards at film festivals around the world. These awards include two Crystal Bears for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in consecutive years as well as Best Thriller and Best of Fest at the Aesthetica Film Festival and 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 2017/18:
Could your feature script be the next big thing?
As well as the associated publicity, the winner will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and through our associates including InkTip we will get your script read by producers and directors. Over the two years of the UK Film Festival Feature Script Competition’s existence both years’ winning scripts COTTONTAIL and THE CIRCLE have been optioned by production companies.

For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/
Fantastic Horror Film Festival
Early Bird
Dec 31, 2017
$25
$$25
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
Screenwriting Competition - SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2017
$80
$n/a
$80
Winners Notified:
Mar 22, 2018
SR Socially Relevant Film Fest NY™ is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant human interest stories and raises awareness to social problems by offering positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. Shorts, docs, features, AR/VER 360 films, and feature film scripts are showcased in competition with prizes offered to the winning films and scripts.

SCREENWRITING:
One to three best scripts from the SR script submissions are selected by a special jury for an award by InkTip in the form of a free listing on InkTip and an additional prize from Final Draft as a download of the latest scriptwriting software.

Our unique selection process offers the three-five finalists the opportunity to see/hear excerpts from their scripts read by actors. The festival was established in January 2013 and the first edition took place March 2014. Script may be dramas, historical, comedic, or any other genre, as long as they are not previously produced, they are feature length and they are written in English (translations are OK).
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship
Regular
Dec 31, 2017
$45
$45
$45
Late
Jan 31, 2018
$50
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2018
COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL SCREENPLAYS AND PILOTS:

Fly to Los Angeles, attend the famed Robert Mckee Story Seminer, and have one-on-one meetings with Hollywood producers, managers, and entertainment attorneys.

Laurels to be awarded to: 100 FINALISTS + 10 HONOREES + 1 FELLOW...

The INROADS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP competition was created to locate, expose and nurture up-and-coming screenwriters who have yet to receive their invitation to the mainstream industry. The competition is proudly sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar, InkTip.com and Filmmatic.com.

Its not what you know, its who you know, and the Inroads staff wants you to meet the right people, right now.
BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Jan 1, 2018
$60
$50
$55/50
Final Deadline
Feb 20, 2018
$65
$55
$60/55
Winners Notified:
Jun 28, 2018
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 20th year, is accepting submissions for its 2018 competition.

Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world.

BlueCat’s Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

NEW PILOT AWARDS

Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will now be offering awards for both hour and half hour pilot scripts.

WRITTEN FEEDBACK TO ALL ENTRANTS

BlueCat remains committed to the undiscovered writer, and will continue its tradition of providing written analysis on every script submitted.

THE FELLINI AWARD

Our international award, the Fellini Award, will be given to the best feature screenplay by a writer living outside the U.S.

AWARDS

Feature Screenplay Winner $10,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $1000 each.
Short Script Winner $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 each.
Pilot (Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
Pilot (Half-Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
The Fellini Award $1000.
New Media Script Competition - all stories in text format
late
Jan 3, 2018
$85
$85
$85
Final Deadline
Apr 25, 2018
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 14, 2018
SCRIPTS - New Media: 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 TOP 3 Script winners receive:

INKTIP Listing to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip's extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

THE HATCHERY PRESS One month free membership to take your screenwriting to the next level at the Larchmont based writing workspace & community It has 24/7 access, multiple different spaces to work in, free tea and coffee, printing, free classes & events and a range of cool discounts and perks. On top of that you get access to a community of writers of all levels, from Emmy Award winning TV writers to aspiring scribes.

SELL A SCRIPT One Year free listing in our Script Marketplace - Six month access to our Writers Rolodex $800 value each.

IPITCH.TV Term Membership
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
January
Jan 3, 2018
$43
$29
Regular
Mar 8, 2018
$47
$36
Late
May 1, 2018
$53
$40
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.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Early
Jan 5, 2018
$45
$25
First
Feb 1, 2018
$50
$30
Regular
Mar 8, 2018
$55
$35
Late
Apr 16, 2018
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2018
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2018
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

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

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

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
Women Who Write in Film
Extended
Jan 11, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 10, 2018
We are Women Who Write and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our Beverly Hills based competition in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Standard
Jan 11, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Ext Reg
Jan 11, 2018
$52
$52
$52
Late
May 11, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Jun 7, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Jul 11, 2018
THE LATINO SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Designed to inspire and empower emerging Latino writers and producers, and any storyteller looking to tell great stories about our varied communities.

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

We value all of our stories from tales about revolution in El Salvador to the U.S. Military, from the Pope to the Governors Mansions in three states, to the favelas of Sao Paulo and the beaches of Rio. We want to support you in telling all of your stories. We want to create a platform for the stories that have shaped – and continue to shape – our lives and the communities we live in. We hope that the scripts and films generated will increase the number of Latinos working in the film industry and geometrically increase the number of stories told about our culture in both Hollywood and abroad.
LGBT Amsterdam
Final Deadline
Jan 12, 2018
$40
$35
Winners Notified:
Jan 20, 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

LGBT Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

We are looking for FILMS and SCREENPLAYS with an LGBT theme to be part of the New Renaissance Film Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam, next March (2018).

Different lengths and different genres are welcome, and we especially love quality drama shorts with strong emotional themes.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The New Renaissance Film Festival had its successful inaugural event in Amsterdam in March 2017, and is part of larger festival which takes place in London. NRFF Amsterdam and LGBT NRFF Amsterdam will be held at the arthouse cinema LAB111, which is close to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen up to 100 films in two cinemas over the course of three days. The event will include professional MASTER CLASSES, Filmmakers Q&A's, Panel Discussions, a fun COCKTAIL HOUR and AWARDS CEREMONY.

The festival will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and ticket sales will be announced on the website in due course.
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