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Shorts Fee
Teleplay Fee
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Extended Deadline
Aug 17, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Final Deadline
Aug 22, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Winners Notified:
Aug 22, 2018
PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."
Faith in Film: International Screenwriting Competition
Early
Aug 23, 2018
$50
$50
$50
Regular
Oct 18, 2018
$53
$53
$53
Standard
Nov 15, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Late
Feb 14, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
Faith in Film is designed to launch the careers of aspiring faith based writers, encourage established writers to transition into faith based film, and inspire writers of all faiths to include an element of faith in their films.

Faith in Film rewards screenwriters with various prizes, including distribution of your scripts to our database of A-list executives that represent the top agents, talent managers, and distributors in the faith based market.
The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition
Early
Aug 23, 2018
$52
$52
$52
Regular
Oct 18, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Standard
Nov 14, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Late
Feb 14, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
We are a team of artists who are passionate about film and passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world.

Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. Our team of industry professionals is passionate about developing artists.

We want our competition to be a bridge between up and coming artists and the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives in both Canada and the US. We are also passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams that call our city their home.

We love all kinds of scripts and stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and Canada and from artists of all shapes and sizes, colors and ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city has a long history of nurturing and showcasing the most talented filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired.

We love film and we love storytellers. And we want to do everything we can to support the arts, not only locally, but around the world. Our aim is to forge a screenwriting festival that will inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Aug 24, 2018
$60
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2018
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.
Barnstorm Fest
Regular Deadline
Aug 24, 2018
$30
$30
Late Deadline
Sep 14, 2018
$35
$35
Extended Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
$40
$40
Last Minute Deadline
Nov 15, 2018
$70
$60
Final Deadline
Dec 5, 2018
$75
$65
Winners Notified:
Jan 4, 2019
Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner receives $9500 in cash & prizes, including a PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER PRODUCED BY BARNSTORM MEDIA.

At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.

FINALIST PACKAGE
Three finalists from each category will be able to pitch their projects directly to executives from Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, and Leftfield Pictures, all via iPitch.

Every finalist also receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself.

One finalist from each category will receive an InkTip prize package. Each prize package includes an InkTip script listing and an InkTip magazine listing that will promote your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

GRAND JURY PRIZE
One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Jury Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, as well as $250, a three month listing on The Blacklist and, the kicker, BARNSTORM MEDIA WILL PRODUCE A PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER FOR YOUR SCRIPT.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Aug 24, 2018
$70
$60
Late Deadline
Sep 14, 2018
$80
$70
Final Deadline
Sep 14, 2018
$80
$70
Winners Notified:
Oct 7, 2018
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Prizes Include Cash Awards, Promotion in Industry Trades, and Winning Short Script will be Produced into a short film to premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival!
BLASTOFF
Final Deadline
Aug 25, 2018
$25
Winners Notified:
Sep 4, 2018
Screenwriters are challenged to write a short-film animation. The winning script will get a production deal, and the completed project submitted for a profit-sharing worldwide digital distribution deal.

There is also a "Master of the Logline" category. Submission fee for all deadlines is $6.
Shore Scripts
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$60
$49
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 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 +

PRODUCER, LIZA MARSHALL – TABOO, WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

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 11/30/2018

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
* Each of our 5 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Plus, 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
* Each of our 5 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Plus, 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
* Each of our 3 winners will also receive a Free download of Final Draft 10
* Grand Prize Winner will receive a free copy of Good In A Room’s How To Network in Hollywood
* Plus, 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
12th Annual StoryPros International
Early
Aug 31, 2018
$40
$40
Regular
Sep 30, 2018
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2018
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 15, 2018
The StoryPros International Screenplay Contest seeks to recognize 5 screenwriters for overall excellence and quality. The contest is open to any writer at any level, for any unproduced feature-length screenplay. Past entrants and winners have gone on to representation, options and sales...why not you?
People's Pilot 2018 Writing Contest
August Special Discount
Sep 1, 2018
$40.00
September Special Discount
Oct 1, 2018
$45.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2018
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Feb 21, 2018
Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK!

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Enter’ Page for Details!

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots – See ‘Prizes’ Page for Details

ALL ENTRANTS CAN REPLACE ENTERED DRAFTS W/REV VERSIONS Until Contest Closes!

We are all about giving agents, showrunners, and executives exactly what they now are looking for: Spec pilot teleplays that showcase you, the new writer operating at your very best. If the suits love the writing of a spec pilot, they have the best reason in the world to trust the writer to come through in the development process. A strongly-written spec pilot shows you’re ready for the gig.

Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s past contests are or recently have been on the staffs of:

STRANGER THINGS
THE GOOD DOCTOR
LETHAL WEAPON
WESTWORLD
MOM
NARCOS
TIME AFTER TIME
GREY’S ANATOMY
THE LEFTOVERS
THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER
ANIMAL PRACTICE
KILLER WOMEN
NTSF:SD:SUV
GIRLFRIENDS
FILTHY PREPPY TEENS
MELROSE PLACE
SNEAKY PETE
CHICAGO PD
CHICAGO FIRE
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE WALKING DEAD
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
COLONY
ONCE UPON A TIME
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
SMALLVILLE
ROME
PRIVATE PRACTICE
SNOWFALL (upcoming)

And that doesn’t include various TV movie assignments & other one-offs!

The PEOPLE’S PILOT COMPETITION is held yearly, opening for entries June 1 and closing November 1. We do our best to announce the Winners, starting with Semi-Finalists, over a two week period in January and February of the following year.

The contest is for scripted series intended for just about any media you can think of. Broadcast TV. Cable and satellite TV. Internet series on major sites from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu through YouTube, Vimeo and other popular uploading channels and venues, to your own personal website.

Categories

The PP is divided into 2 prize-giving categories:

Scripted Comedy Series – intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length of any length required for telling your story

Scripted Drama & Action Series – intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length required for telling your story

All categories are open to any imaginable sub-genres, including:

Drama
Comedy
Action
Dramedy
Anthology
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Children’s
Soap Opera
Medical
Legal
Police & Detective
Historical
Live Action
Animation
Puppetry
Anything else we haven’t mentioned that you want your series to be.
In other words, the PEOPLE’S PILOT is wide open to whatever you want to express and whatever expresses you as a creative force best.
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Comeptition
Late
Sep 1, 2018
$65
$45
End of Summer
Sep 22, 2018
$70
$50
Final Deadline
Oct 13, 2018
$80
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2018
VISIONFEST is an annual, IMDb qualifying, online film festival and screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (commonly referred to as VF) and founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today. The Screenwriting Competition portion of VISIONFEST accepts feature length and short screenplays for a chance to win cash prizes, commemorative statuettes, and more...
10th Annual New Media Film Festival Script Competition
Early
Sep 3, 2018
$70
$70
$70
Regular
Nov 3, 2018
$80
$80
$80
Late
Jan 3, 2019
$85
$85
$85
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2019
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 2, 2019
CALL FOR SCRIPTS – www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

Festival Perks:
• In competition for Grand Prize - $45,000 in Awards
• Also the Top 3 Scripts get $1000.00 in Writing Industry Perks
• The Best script gets an interview in The Script Lab Magazine
• Script nominees are listed on screen during programming
• And you are part of the Q & A in that session.
• Walk the Red Carpet for Press Interviews
• Be part of the Creative Mixer, honoring the nominees.
• Highlighted in our monthly newsletter to 80,000.

All Script types and lengths considered in Script Category.
Animation – Book - Children’s – Comedy – Drama – Documentary – Episodic - Long Form - New Media – Novel – Pilot – Play – Screenplay - Scripted Reality – Series – Television – Videogame - Web Series

More About the Festival

The rationale behind the festival is clear. New media continues to show its lasting power and potential to evolve - there is scope for truly groundbreaking and compelling work in the world of storytelling. The festival is designed to both discover and cultivate highly creative work from emerging and seasoned content creators.

Put your innovative work forward and join the unique community of content creators at New Media Film Festival® - submit today!
www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com








“Worth The Entry Fee”
- Movie Maker Magazine




“Makes The Cutting Edge Accessible”
– Huffington Post




“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




“Stories that exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform” - Hero Complex




SUBMIT TODAY http://www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com/submit.php
The Finish Line Script Competition
Rewriting Deadlines
Sep 5, 2018
$90
$90
Final Deadline
Oct 23, 2018
Winners Notified:
Nov 8, 2018
It’s a fact that rewriting your screenplay or television pilot is an absolutely essential part of the successful process of perfecting story, character, structure, tone and theme. It’s from that reality that The Finish Line Script Competition was created.

Finish Line redefines the screenwriting competition, embracing the rewrite as an essential component in any successful screenplay or television pilot, and incentivizing every entrant to dig deeper, find their best draft, and win.  www.finishlinescriptcomp.com

"The Finish Line is a rare thing in the crowded world of screenplay competitions - it doesn't just stand by its goals, it wildly over-delivers on them, every step of the way. From the notes during the submission process to the many smart, creative and professional mentors, Finish Line gave my writing career an unexpected and welcomed shot of adrenaline that's created a lot of welcomed momentum.” – RB Ripley


• 32 Film/TV mentors will read, judge and then meet with our winner. Some of those mentors include Steven Rogers (producer/writer of I, TONYA), Karen Lunder, (SVP Imagine Entertainment, producer of ARRIVAL), Abdi Nazerian (producer of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), Joey Chavez, (SVP Drama, TNT) & more, including 13 agents and managers.

• We offer 6+ pages of comprehensive script development notes so you can rewrite your script and resubmit new drafts for FREE! Turnaround 7 days at most!

• Our winners get their script sent to ANYONE they want in the entertainment industry, Anyone. DIRECTLY. Guaranteed.
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Regular
Sep 12, 2018
$60
$50
$60
Late
Oct 10, 2018
$65
$55
$65
Final Deadline
Nov 7, 2018
$70
$60
$70
Winners Notified:
Apr 8, 2019
Since 2009, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as a screenplay competition designed to discover, empower and promote the next generation of storytellers, writers and filmmakers. As the name would suggest, Fresh Voices has done this by identifying writer's with a unique and memorable voice that demands to be read.

Now in our 9th year, we have helped guide dozens of talented screenwriters to secure literary representation, option agreements and other work-for-hire writing assignments that have been the stepping stones to significant careers.

This year, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 cash & prizes. Through our generous sponsors, Fresh Voices gives away prize packages designed to support your career including cash prizes, script development and career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services designed to maximize the exposure of your big win. All the tools guidance & opportunity you need to develop a great screenplay and pursue a successful career.
Screenwriting Competition - SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York
Next deadline
Sep 14, 2018
$60
$n/a
$60
Late deadline
Nov 14, 2018
$70
$n/a
$70
Extended deadline
Dec 14, 2018
$80
$n/a
$80
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2018
$80
$n/a
$80
Winners Notified:
Mar 21, 2019
INKDISC18 available only on Filmfreeway.com. For more information on the festival visit http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/

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).
International Screenplay Competition ISC@JIFF
Regular Deadline
Sep 15, 2018
$40
$40
$40
Late Deadline
Oct 15, 2018
$50
$50
$50
Extended Deadline
Oct 30, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Nov 15, 2018
$100
$100
$100
Winners Notified:
Jan 22, 2019
Till 15 November 2018, experienced & new producers/directors/writers from all over the world can register or submit their script/s.

The ISC Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators.

Our goal is to discover new exciting screenwriting talent from around the world. Top finalists will get their scripts read by industry professionals.

Top finalists will get their scripts read by industry professionals.

Way to SCRIPT BANK.

CATEGORIES: Features & Shorts:-

AWARDS FOR SCREENPLAYS

For features: First, Second & Third prize & for Shorts: First, Second & Third prize .

Certificates will be presented to the top 3 winning feature-length & short length scripts. Finalists also get their scripts read by industry professionals.

Visit: http://www.jiffindia.org/coproduction.html

Result will announce for screenplays on 22th January, 2019
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Sep 21, 2018
$55
$35
$40
Late
Oct 12, 2018
$60
$50
$55
Final Deadline
Nov 2, 2018
$65
$55
$60
Winners Notified:
Mar 17, 2019
WRITERS CELEBRATION

Celebrating the Screenplay Competition's Top 10 Finalists, the electrifying Writers Celebration occurs during the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and includes opportunities for writers to connect with producers and enhance their careers, networks and opportunities. Writers Celebration events will include:

Business of Writing Forum
Writer Meets Producer Mixer to connect with industry leaders
Pitch Training with expert pitch coaches
Pitch Challenge to a panel of industry powerhouses
An inspiring Maverick Spirit luminary event.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT
Submissions through Withoutabox accepted from MAY 1ST - NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 (Extended Deadline)
Cinequest direct submissions accepted MAY 1ST - OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 (Late Deadline)

See fee schedule and all deadline dates below.

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS

A $5,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning feature-length script. Finalists will also get their scripts read by industry professionals. Previous industry readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, Entertainment One, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Lupovitz Productions, Echo Lake Entertainment, Verve, and Popular Films. This year the jury will include executives from Netflix, HBO, CBS, Vimeo, Music Box Films, Film Movement, Bond 360 and Women Make Movies. (Rules and More Information)

“After the Cinequest Writers Celebration, an angel investor has swooped in and offered to finance my film. WorkingMan will begin immediate pre-production and will be shot next winter/early spring. Thanks so much to everyone at Cinequest for opening doors to filmmakers and artists everywhere!” -- Robert Jury, Feature Finalist, WorkingMan
SHORT SCREENPLAYS

Our short-film script category continues to attract a diverse international pool with a $1,000 cash prize and a future screening opportunity at Cinequest Film & VR Festival for the winning script. (Rules and More Information)

“We had an incredible time at the festival, and are very much still in complete awe of the amazing response to the film…pretty much everything you’d ever want as a filmmaker. It was a very surreal experience.” -- Travis Neufeld, Shorts Winner, Tinwife (premiered at Cinequest in 2017)

TELEPLAYS (60 Minutes)

A $1,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning 60 minute teleplay and an opportunity to be read by some of today’s top television studios. (Rules and More Information)

"I was thrilled when Cinequest selected my pilot script as a finalist for the teleplay competition. Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. Not only at the festival, with conferences and events for the writers, but long afterwards, when you’re back at the desk and find an email from one of the devoted people at Cinequest in your box. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward." -- Matthew Dixon, Teleplay Finalist, The Glass Hotel (optioned by HBO in 2016)
TELEPLAYS (30 Minutes)

Our 30 minute teleplay category offers writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! $1,000 cash prize to the winner.

“I loved the artist/writer events. It was a pleasure getting to speak with other finalists— writers who are so very creative, talented and diverse in outlook…The importance of Cinequest is that it brings us together, not despite our crazy aspirations as artists, but because of them… and best of all, their encouragement stokes the fire to keep us going.” -- Ada Lee Halofsky, Teleplay Winner, Throwing Shade

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Top 50 and Top 10 Notified in December 2018.
Top 10 Finalists listed on Website January 23rd, 2019.
Top 3 and Winners Announced in March 2019 at Script to Screen Event and in the Festival Awards Press Release.
Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Regular Price Ends
Oct 1, 2018
$75
Late Entry
Nov 1, 2018
$$100
Winners Notified:
Jan 16, 2019
Kairos Prize for Beginning Screenwriters - $15,000
Kairos Pro Prize for Established Screenwriters - $15,000

Established by MOVIEGUIDE® in 2005, the primary purpose of the KAIROS PRIZE is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, the prize was founded to inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Since its inception in 2005, the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays has given a voice to new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting.

Since its inaugural year in 2006, the Kairos Prize has helped to open doors for its winners as they have gone on to sign with top agencies and have their scripts optioned and produced. The prize, now in its 14th season, has witnessed several winning scripts head into production. 2012 alone saw the completion of principal photography for 2 previous winners… both are set for release by year’s end. Coupled with the fact that another one is currently in the final stages of pre-production and 2 others are on the same path, the Kairos Prize is quickly becoming one of the most successful screenwriting competitions (faith-based or secular) with an exceedingly high winner to production ratio. The future of the Kairos Prize is bright as we continue in our efforts to bring scripts to Hollywood that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.
Scriptapalooza TV
Early
Oct 8, 2018
$45
Final
Oct 29, 2018
$50
Final Deadline
Oct 29, 2018
$50
Winners Notified:
Feb 15, 2019
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1999

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include one hour existing shows, ½ hour existing sitcom, original pilots, and reality shows.

The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies. Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscovered writer.
LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Oct 18, 2018
$53
$53
$53
Standard
Nov 15, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Ext Late
Jan 24, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are the world's most prestigious and fabulous screenwriting competition!!!

As one of the few screenwriting competitions for the LGBTQ community, our aim is to discover and recognize the best emerging talent and most original voices from our community in film and television writing from around the world. We are proud to be LGBTQ and even prouder to support the LGBTQ community. Members from our community have long been known for being the best artists in the world and we want to not only recognize them for that, but to support them in being talented as well as a member of our community. We go out of our way to find great new talent and place top new screenwriters firmly on the industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our competition based in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Women Who Write in Film
Regular
Oct 18, 2018
$53
$53
$53
Standard
Nov 15, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Ext Late
Jan 17, 2019
$59
$59
$59
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
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 Hollywood based competition.
Black Screenplays Matter
Regular
Oct 18, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Standard
Nov 15, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$58
$58
$58
Ext Late
Jan 17, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are a team of artists that want nothing more than to support the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. Specifically, those storytellers that passionate about telling stories about our communities in the U.S. and abroad, from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean, to Wall Street and the streets of London to the NBA.

African-American stories are as vast and varied as any culture’s and not enough of them are being told so we want to support the artists who are telling them so we can see more of them on the silver screen. And yes, we take submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, White, Black, Latin, Asian, Arab, and everything in between. We believe in, support, and practice creating diversity in the workplace and support artists of all ethnicities.

Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, 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.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Oct 18, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Standard
Nov 15, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Late
Dec 13, 2018
$58
$58
$58
Ext Late
Jan 24, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
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!”
Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. FESTIVAL
Earlybird
Oct 30, 2018
$45
Regular
Mar 15, 2019
$55
Late
Apr 10, 2019
$60
Final Deadline
May 20, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2019
The Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. aims to be one of Melbourne's leading cinema extravaganza, raising awareness and celebrating these wonderful totem animals- Mice.

It will attract filmmakers from all around the world and celebrate their brilliant creations. With a strong focus on all the millions of life saving mice who sacrifice their lives to the research and study of terminal illnesses/cancer world wide.

It is a unique platform for new talent and a celebration of cinematic creativity, innovation and extravagance with artists new creations being judged right here in Melbourne City.

Films with a focus on terminal illness will be welcomed to help, educate, raise awareness, and bring hope to all the sufferers and families.
Art, Music and Film is a dynamic, healing way to help sufferers and their families as well as entertain all those who come along to this wonderful celebration.

A celebration that will engage, entertain, enlighten and bring together local and International films and give recognition to these wonderful, remarkable, brave little animals with a big, corageous heart.

“I came up with this film festival idea whilst at my screening of my first film in my trilogy, FATE-It is what it is! This was at the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, in Time Square. New York is filled with masses of people running in all directions- like mice! Very similar to Mice in cages of scientific research and health trials. These humans were like mice, all going somewhere, doing something and 95% of them chasing their own creation and creativity. And almost 50% having suffered or been scared with terminal illness at some point in their lives. I came back to Melbourne city and saw the same thing. We are all mice and these amazing totem animals of this festival have such a significance to our lives. They are life-saving!
I want this festival to begin to bring awareness just to how lucky we are to have mice in our life and celebrate their existence in a Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza- MICE.
It was the beginnings of creating brilliance. Don't wait – Create! And we shall do just that with all the amazing courage of all of us working as a team of creative little mice, exhibiting dynamic, wonderful, International films and in turn celebrate the life-saving mice!”
R Lobosco.
Creator/Director of MICE Festival.
One of the judges in the 2016 MICE festival.
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Regular
Nov 30, 2018
$89
$25/48
Late
Jan 9, 2019
$89
$25/48
Final Deadline
Jan 9, 2019
$89
$25/48
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2019
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL LONDON SCRIPT COMPETITIONS 
Can you tell a screen story in 3 Minutes? 
Could your Feature Script be the next big thing?
Do you have a 10 minute (or less) script you’re really excited about?

1) THE 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION: 
We’re seeking micro-short scripts for possible production. 
As well as the associated publicity, the winning script will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and be considered for production. It should be noted that most years since the competition began the winning scripts have been produced and the resulting films have subsequently gone on to win film festivals around the world. The awards include two Crystal Bears for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in consecutive years as well Best of Festival at the Aesthetica Film Festival. 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: 
The UK Film Festival places their winning scripts with directors and producers. Our 3 previous feature winning scripts COTTONTAIL, THE CIRCLE and THE DOUBLE have all been optioned. 
For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/

3) THE 10 MINUTE (OR LESS) SCRIPT COMPETITION:
First year running. Be the first winner of this brand new category.
For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/10-minute-screenplay-competition.html
New York International Screenplay Awards
Regular
Dec 15, 2018
$40
$25
Late
Feb 15, 2019
$50
$30
Final Deadline
Apr 10, 2019
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2019
New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together the producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional from all over the world. The writers of the scripts chosen have a chance to meet producers in New York. In addition they will get glamourus trophies and various kinds of prizes.
The first of the award ceremonies was in 2016. All through out the years screenwriters from almost 20 countries applied to the contest. Those who won had meetings with about 10 New Yorker producers online. The screenwriters who submitted their scripts, producers and the other guests who work in the American movie industry had a chance to network at the award ceremony and the after party.
NYISA Jury members are producers, screenwriters and filmmakers who read the submissions and provide detailed feedback.
NYISA2019 award ceremony will take place in Manhattan on May 10th, submissions for the NYISA2019 will be open until April 10th.
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