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Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Apr 7, 2020
$80
$70
$70
Final Deadline
Apr 27, 2020
$90
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
May 11, 2020
2020 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Spring 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.
New York International Screenplay Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 10, 2020
$60
$35
$60
Extended
Apr 10, 2020
$60
$35
$60
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2020
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 2020 winners will be connected to the US film industry by InkTip Magazine, iPitch. tv, and Script Mailer. They’ll be registered for free at CreatersVault, and will receive free screenwriting courses from Script Reader Pro, plus, detailed analysis and free consultations by Coverage Ink… 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!
Winners and Official Finalists of the 2020 New York International Screenplay Awards will be announced officially on May 10th, 2020.
NYISA also offers the workshops “How to write An Award-winning Screenplay” and “Advanced Screenwriting Development Programs”.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Apr 13, 2020
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 17, 2020
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.
Scriptapalooza Fellowship
Final Deadline
Apr 13, 2020
$45
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2020
The fellowship program was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help further their creative process and skills. Writing in itself is a journey and we would like to facilitate the process by giving the fellows the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and individuals.
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2020
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
May 2, 2020
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.

Industry contacts who will consider winners include:

ZERO GRAVITY
BLOOD LIST / BRILLSTEIN
THINK TANK
TXL FILMS
... and more.

Top winning screenplays also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2020
$60
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2020
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.
2020 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 20, 2020
$75
$70
$75
Last Minute Entry
Apr 20, 2020
$75
$70
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2020
Founded in 2003, 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, the contest has 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 television shows produced. Enter this year's contest and you could soon join their ranks!
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Apr 21, 2020
$95
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Jun 7, 2020
Enter the 10th Annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival! Our annual screenplay competition welcomes scripts in all genres, features, shorts, series and pilots, in film or TV format. We accept entries via FilmFreeway, and writers from all over the world are eligible.

Our prize package includes a live staged reading of your script, a consultation with a professional story analyst, a listing on InkTip and more.
Zed Fest Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Early Bird
Apr 24, 2020
$45
$30
Regular
Jul 24, 2020
$50
$35
Final
Oct 7, 2020
$55
$40
Final Deadline
Nov 12, 2020
$65
$45
Extended
Nov 12, 2020
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2020
ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2020
Screenplays must be feature-length no less than 35 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 2020

Short Screenplays must be no less than 10 pages and no more than 30 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 $150
2nd PLACE $75

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
Art House
Comedy
Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival
Late
Apr 30, 2020
$75
$55
Extended
May 31, 2020
$90
$65
Winners Notified:
Jul 8, 2020
Our screenwriting festival showcases our winners to international cinema buyers at the Cannes Film Market/ Cannes Film Festival. We also have a new division, called "Script Accessible, which is for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who write about disabled lead characters.

This was founded by Hammad Zaidi in early 2009. Originally housed at Slamdance and sponsored by WGA-West, "Script Accessible" made its mark when Gia Milani, our first winner for “All the Wrong Reasons,” went on to be produced and then won the Discovery Award of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards
Opens for submissions:
Dec 31, 2020
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
$55
$25
$55
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2020
The Filmmatic Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming screenwriters, as well as to empower and educate those talented writers still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream industry.

The DRAMA Competition is open to feature-length and short works, screenplays and teleplays.
13th Annual StoryPros Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2020
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?
Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival
Early Bird
May 1, 2020
$35.00
Regular
Jul 3, 2020
$35.00
Final Deadline
Sep 4, 2020
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Sep 14, 2020
THE FIRST ANNUAL SLEEPY HOLLOW International Film Festival (SHIFF) debuted in October 2019 and was an official partner in the Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY’s Bicentennial celebration of Washington Irving’s immortal story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. SHIFF '19 unveiled four days of memorable programming at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall and Warner Library, thrilling attendees with feature film premieres, live stage events, special guest panels and discussions and film and original screenplay competitions. Entertainment entities such as Disney, Universal Pictures and others participated in SHIFF’s launch, presenting special events and screenings, and they, along with other noteworthies will be participating in 2020 as well!

SHIFF 2020 continues its celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the very cradle of the American Supernatural, taking place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY, on October 15-18, 2020, and is now accepting film and script submissions! Be a part of this wondrous exploration of creative cinema, right in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley region, during its legendary Halloween season!

Once again, exciting premiere feature films and groundbreaking new films in competition will screen alongside thrilling retrospectives, live events and panels. Venues include the historic Tarrytown Music Hall, the Warner Library and others to be announced.

The festival's advisory board, selection committees and jury will include film and literary professionals with industry experience who will program and award new films of quality, of all genres, and that touch upon, relate to or simply explore the otherworldly or unknown.

SHIFF 2019's offerings included U.S. and regional premieres of THE WRETCHED, PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG and MAKING APES as well as a special advance screening of acclaimed director Peter Strickland’s IN FABRIC and more! Renowned actor Jeffrey Combs brought down the house with his live-on-stage one man Edgar Allan Poe show NEVERMORE, and Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Hodgman and an all-star comedy cast killed with a live stage reading of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE! We can't wait to unleash what is in store for 2020 -- and we're excited to make this year's film and script submission selections the backbone of the experience!

Special lifetime awards are bestowed upon artists whose influential work recalls the spirit of Irving's creativity. SHIFF '19 honored legendary actor/songwriter/performer Paul Williams (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE) with its first Washington Irving Legend Award and iconic producer Edward R. Pressman (THE CROW, AMERICAN PSYCHO, WALL STREET) with a Horseman Award for lifetime achievement in producing.

SHIFF19's "Unproduced Original Screenplay" winners were presented with cash awards and received mention in renowned trade publication, Variety.

There is no more perfect place to launch such a celebration than in the actual, historic Sleepy Hollow, New York—the very cradle of the American supernatural. Filmmakers and fans alike are welcome to participate October 15-18 2020, for the inception of a new legend, where the breathtaking whirl of unthinkable sounds and visions witnessed will inspire us all for centuries to come!
Script Summit
Late
May 16, 2020
$50
$40
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 18, 2020
$60
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Sep 13, 2020
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters. You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event. The Summit also hosts Q&A panels, seminars, table reads of selected scripts, and a $1,000 in cash!

As a participant in this event, you can pitch your script and network with industry professionals. Gain tremendous insight on what makes a project appealing to a producer, hone your craft at seminars hosted by professional screenwriters and filmmakers, and of course ... cash prizes!

Winners are announced at the Awards Show.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Regular
May 31, 2020
$25
$20
$25
Late
Jul 31, 2020
$35
$25
$30
Extended
Sep 30, 2020
$45
$40
$45
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2020
$50
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2020
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highlights a selection of best films from around the world, November 27th-30th 2020
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work that take risks and move the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions and out of the box exceptional. It equally aims to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their work free of commercial constraints.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes is an IMDB
Awards listing Qualifier.
Screamfest Horror Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
Final
Jun 1, 2020
$62
Extended
Jun 15, 2020
$77
Final Deadline
Oct 22, 2020
Winners Notified:
Oct 22, 2020
Screamfest® was founded in 2001 to give talented writers a platform to further their careers. he 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.

Top 4 Finalist will receive:

Movie Magic Screenwriting software

A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
Publish your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers.

Winning Screenwriter will receive:

$1,000 cash prize
Our amazing gold skull trophy
Movie Magic Screenwriting software
A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
Publish your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Regular Deadline
Jun 13, 2020
$65
Final Deadline
Aug 15, 2020
$75
Late Deadline
Aug 15, 2020
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 21, 2020
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.
The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival
Late
Oct 31, 2020
$60.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2020
$70.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Apr 23, 2021
Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Our sixth edition marks a continued celebration of powerful women taking action onscreen. From female action heroes to female activists, we shine a spotlight on women in narrative, documentary and animated films who are fearless, fierce, and revolutionary.

AWIAFF extols the women who kick ass and change culture! Film has both the power to entertain and to awaken - to awaken awareness of the dynamic and powerful roles of women in our society and throughout the world. Our festival mission is to both kick ass and open minds.

Submit all narrative, animated, and documentary FILMS in any genre featuring women starring or co-starring as a physical action and/or empowerment characters.

Submit all MUSIC in any genre that is a film score, composition, song, or theme song created by female composers, female led bands, and female solo artists.

All categories are competition categories with awards in each category.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS
So many thanks to Paul Feig for presenting our 2019 edition. He was joined by sponsors Agenda Magazine, Bella Composers, Action Factory, Santa Monica Daily Press, The Argonaut, Final Draft, ActorsGuru, New York Film Academy, Entertainment Partners, Complete Production Group Hollywood, Habibi Bath & Body, and others.

From stunt panels to screening marathons, the Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Fifth Edition was an incredible experience lasting four days. On April 25, 2019, actress Chase Masterson hosted the Artemis Awards Gala, in recognition of industry pros that represent female action and empowerment heroes at their best. 2019 Honorees were director Kimberly Peirce, actresses Daniela Ruah, Dot-Marie Jones, Levy Tran; stunt performers/coordinators/action designers Jeannie Epper, Melissa R. Stubbs, Shauna Duggins, Lisa Hoyle, Mahsa Ahmadi, Crystal Michelle, and Dejay Roestenberg.

The festival expanded to include music competitions for female solo artists, bands and composers. The music competition was sponsored by Bella Composers.

Saturday and Sunday, April 25th-26th, were filled with panel discussions centering on topics of women in the film business, women in music, the business of female driven content, stuntwomen, writing, creating action, anti-bullying , etc. Festival attendees and filmmakers were served an incredible lineup of screenings, industry networking, and social interactions. Festival participants enjoyed panel discussions featuring Teresa Huang, Chase Masterson, Cady McClain, Kiki Ebsen, Debbie Evans, and many other respected industry professionals.

Opening films for the 5th edition were: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY, SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT, REEL WOMEN SEEN and RANGE RUNNERS. The atmosphere was electric as Artemis moviegoers lined up for the opening night attractions.

And for the very first time, Agenda Magazine commemorated AWAIFF in a special collectors edition.

80 films were screened at our 2019 edition, submissions came in from approximately 35 countries, approximately 5% of filmmakers in official selections were in attendance and 100% percent of the screened content prominently featured women (as ALWAYS!).
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