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Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Jan 27, 2020
$90
$80
$80
Final Deadline
Jan 27, 2020
$90
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2020
2020 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Winter 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.
Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards
Opens for submissions:
Dec 31, 2020
Early
Jan 31, 2020
$40
$20
$40
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.
BLASTOFF Los Angeles
Final Deadline
Feb 1, 2020
$25
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2020
ONE TRULY OUTSTANDING SCRIPT MAY BE SELECTED FOR PRODUCTION (value up to approximately $125,000) and worldwide distribution by the multi award-winning LunarSea® Studios. BUT... it must be a truly outstanding script. The selected script will be made as an animated CGI film. It doesn't necessarily have to be written for animation - the last LunarSea® production-script was written for live action, and was beautifully adapted by LunarSea® for CGI animation. See the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZK6kR7dwMs
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Regular
Feb 3, 2020
$55
$35
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.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Late
Feb 8, 2020
$45
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.
Long Island International Film Expo - LIIFE
Extended
Feb 10, 2020
$29
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.
New York International Screenplay Awards
Late
Feb 15, 2020
$50
$30
$50
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”.
Script Summit
Earlybird
Feb 15, 2020
$40
$30
$45
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.
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular
Feb 15, 2020
$65
$55
$55
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.
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
NDE Deadline
Feb 15, 2020
$65
$65
$65
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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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