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2020 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Regular Entry
Feb 20, 2020
$55
$50
$55
Late Entry
Mar 20, 2020
$65
$60
$65
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!
Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival
Regular
Feb 28, 2020
$55
$45
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.
Russian International Horror Film Festival and Awards
Final Deadline
Feb 29, 2020
$100
$50
$100
Winners Notified:
Mar 28, 2020
DROP is a Russian International Horror Award Show. Set in Moscow since 2010. During the festival we are showing both the newest horror films and the horror classics of old. We also hold the Star Master-class featuring some of the greatest horror masters of Russia and all over the world. The Award Ceremony includes three cathegories of awards (distribution, competition and special contribution awards). Our prizes: precious awards statue and diploma + valuable sponsor gifts.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Early
Feb 29, 2020
$15
$10
$15
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.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Feb 29, 2020
$60
Winners Notified:
Mar 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.
Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards
Opens for submissions:
Dec 31, 2020
Regular
Feb 29, 2020
$45
$20
$45
Late
Mar 31, 2020
$50
$25
$50
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
Early
Feb 29, 2020
$40
$40
Regular
Mar 31, 2020
$50
$50
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?
WriteMovies Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest
Final Deadline
Mar 1, 2020
$49
$49
$49
Winners Notified:
May 1, 2020
WriteMovies has been helping writers succeed since 1999. We are currently accepting entries to our Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest!

The Grand Prize winner will receive $2000, and the top three scripts all receive a year of free script development and guaranteed pitching to industry.

You can also get free entry by commissioning a script report from us, with Studio Coverage for $99 or comprehensive Development Notes for $149.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Late
Mar 2, 2020
$60
$40
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.
Long Island International Film Expo - LIIFE
Final Deadline
Mar 3, 2020
$35
Dropdead
Mar 3, 2020
$35
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2020
LIIFE is going into its 23rd year in July 2020. Rules and guidelines are on our Filmfreeway page. LIiFE has a convenient filmmakers' lounge where Filmmakers can congregate and network. Celebrities have been hired for indie film projects at LIIFE. LIiFE is more than a film festival, it's a film community.
** You must submit a treatment first. If you are one of the top contenders, then the feature script must be submitted within the week.
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Extended Deadline
Mar 7, 2020
$69
$69
$69
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!
BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival
Final Deadline
Mar 13, 2020
$15
Screenwriting Competition
Mar 13, 2020
$15
Winners Notified:
Apr 13, 2020
BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is a celebration of the beauty of storytelling through short films and screenplays. We pride ourselves in offering the sweetest Southern hospitality we can muster alongside stimulating workshops taught by Hollywood screenwriters who relish sharing their experience in community with you.

Our festival takes place in the heart of North Carolina. With many opportunities for veteran and newly-minted creatives to exchange ideas and celebrate the magic of filmmaking. Our friendly audiences offer an engaged community that’s passionate about the arts and excited to experience films from talented folks like you.
Script Summit
On-Time
Mar 14, 2020
$45
$35
$40
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.
Screamfest Horror Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
Regular
Mar 15, 2020
$52
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.
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Late
Apr 1, 2020
$85
$70
$70
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.
11th New Media Film Festival
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2020
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 4, 2020
“Top 6 festivals for content creators” – Backstage Magazine
“Stories that exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform” –Los Angeles Times- Hero Complex
“Makes The Cutting Edge Accessible”– Huffington Post
“Worth The Entry Fee”- Movie Maker Magazine
“I thank NewMediaFF for what they’ve done for young filmmakers” -Roger Corman
”The role of this fest is bringing the Best in New Media to the World”-Festival World

11th Annual New Media Film Festival
Honoring Stories Worth Telling
$45,000 in awards. Judges from HBO, Marvel, Emmys and more.



In a world where technology is ever-evolving, it is a story that will satiate the soul of humans.
Not just any story, but stories worth telling.

It is a big event which has the transformative power of the cinematic arts that reaches across all cultural bridges to wed story and technology for everyone. They have over the years been well known for donating to various non-profit organizations and giving free tickets to students. They also offer some giveaways via their newsletter.

“New Media Film Festival has helped make the City of Los Angeles a better place in which to live and create with the jury including representatives from the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys among others” said Paul Koretz- Los Angeles City Council Member

The festival’s culture is honoring stories worth telling by bringing the best of story and technology together with content creators from around the world. Innovative, compelling: People, Panels, Q & A, Networking, Screenings with leading decision makers, implementers all in one place. The must submit & attend festival. www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
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 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.
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!
FANtastic Horror Film Festival
regular
Jun 30, 2020
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2020
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2020
We also have a screenplay competition which includes prizes for the top 3 winners,
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