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Feature Fee
Shorts Fee
Teleplay Fee
Much More Than A Script Competition
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.
Creative World Awards
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 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Late
Apr 8, 2018
$85
$70
$70
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2018
$95
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Jun 10, 2018
If your screenplay has a connection to Brooklyn through its writer, characters or setting, we want it! AoBFF is the only festival in the world exclusively devoted to Brooklyn's independent film scene. Our annual screenplay competition welcomes unproduced scripts in all genres, features, shorts, series and pilots, in film or TV format. We accept entries via FilmFreeway, Withoutabox and directly on our website.

Our prize package includes a live staged reading of your script, a consultation with a professional story analyst, a listing on InkTip and more.
New York International Screenplay Awards
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.
New Media Script Competition - all stories in text format
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
Shriekfest Film Festival
regular
May 1, 2018
$55
$45
$55
late
Jul 1, 2018
$60
$55
$60
ultra late
Jul 10, 2018
$65
$55
$65
Final Deadline
Jul 10, 2018
$65
$55
$65
Winners Notified:
Oct 7, 2018
Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in it's 18th year, Shriekfest L.A takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country. The second Shriekfest Orlando takes place at the famous Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, which was originally founded in 1923! We offer filmmakers and film fans alike an ideal setting in 2 world-famous cities. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region's diverse audiences, and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as horror and scifi fans. Every film accepted into Shriekfest has the opportunity to screen on both coasts for the price of one admission! Over the past Seventeen years, Shriekfest has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family and we are always looking to add to the Shriekfest Family!

We are looking for original films and screenplays. We are accepting films/screenplays in five categories: narrative feature, narrative short, narrative super short, music video, feature screenplay, and short screenplay. And these genres: horror, comedy horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy
Shore Scripts
Short Film Fund Final
May 2, 2018
$50
Feature, TV & Short Early
May 31, 2018
$45
$37
$45
Feature, TV & Short Regular
Jul 31, 2018
$50
$43
$50
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$60
$49
$60
Winners Notified:
Oct 25, 2018
Shore Scripts is a screenwriting competition focused on discovering the best scripts from around the world. Our goal is to get scripts into the hands of the production companies and agents who can get them made.

JUDGES
These are just some of the 35+ judges who will read the winning scripts:

OSCAR WINNING ACTOR, JEREMY IRONS - THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DIE HARD +

LIZA MARSHALL - HEAD OF FILM @ RIDLEY SCOTT'S, SCOTT FREE

MICHELLE WRIGHT - IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION @ WORKING TITLE FILMS

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 +

Eligibility: Anyone, anywhere.
Entry Fee: $37 - $60
Type: Screenplay, Short Screenplay, TV Scripts
Start Date: 1/15/2018
Submission Deadlines: 8/31/2018

Winners Announced:
* Short Film Fund 6/6/2018
* Feature, Short Screenplay & TV-Pilot Categories 10/25/2018

Prizes and Awards:

SHORT FILM FUND
Shore Scripts will be commissioning at least one short film with a budget between $9000-$15,000.

FEATURE PRIZES

* $10,000 (£7950) in cash and prizes to our 5 winners
* Your script will be sent out to all 80+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* 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.
* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

TV PILOT PRIZES

* Our 5 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $7000 (£5500)
* Your script will be sent out to 42+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* 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.
* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

SHORT SCRIPT PRIZES

* Our 3 winners will receive cash and prizes valued at over $3000 (£2400).
* Your script will be sent out to 30+ Production Companies, Agents & Managers
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Each of our 3 winners will also receive a free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you.
* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association.

MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.shorescripts.com/

Rules:

To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be in English.

The script must be the writers original work. They must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.

All ages are welcome.

Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 (£24,000 approx.) in writing fees since 2010. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.

You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There is a small additional fee. You may re-enter you script through the Shore Scripts Resubmission page.

If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then that script will no longer be eligible for the awards. The entry fee will not be refunded.

Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

The script file formats we accept for upload are: .PDF (preferred) Final Draft, MovieMagic, .RTF, .DOC, .TXT

We accept all genres.

The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.

If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.

Entrants understand that the concept and characters in your script may contain similar elements to projects being developed by any individual or company working with Shore Scripts; and that you will not attempt to claim against Shore Scripts, or their associates and judges, at any time.

If you have any questions, please email us contact@shorescripts.com
Latino Screenwriting Competition
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.
Fantastic Horror Film Festival
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
Titles: 21 - 29 of 29
Per page: 20 | 40