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The Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards
Ready on Set
Jul 6, 2022
$54
$54
$54
Final Deadline
Jul 27, 2022
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Aug 8, 2022
The ONLY screenplay competition created and managed by award-winning WGA writers, producers, showrunners, and DGA directors.

The ONLY screenplay competition whose senior judging panel has a total of more than 1,000 PRODUCED film and television writing/producing/directing credits.

The ONLY screenplay competition offering live online "Line Notes and Consultation" sessions to winning contestants.

Santa Barbara--where the film industry began--has always attracted Hollywood's leading writers, producers, agents, managers, stage, television, and movie talent. Featuring Oscar-Emmy-WGA Award-winning judges with vital industry connections. those decision-makers are HERE in search of today's most promising writers.

Every word of every page of your script will be read and analyzed by established Hollywood film and television professionals.
Cinequest Screenwriting Compeition
Earlybird
Jul 8, 2022
$45
$35
$40
Regular
Sep 16, 2022
$55
$40
$45
Late
Oct 7, 2022
$65
$50
$55
Extended
Nov 4, 2022
$70
$55
$60
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2022
$100
$85
$90
Winners Notified:
Apr 1, 2023
Welcome to the 18th Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with prestigious recognition, engagement with industry leaders, connection to encouraging community, plus the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths. Cinequest inspires creative fervor and provides dynamic opportunities for writers to get discovered and have their work produced.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place."— Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Cinequest is dedicated to launching new screenwriters’ careers and providing a platform from which their work can take flight. Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Netflix, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), Cinequest showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators, and audiences. Cinequest Film & VR Festival occurs in San Jose & Redwood City, California.

“What unites them all under the festival’s big tent is clear: Being a part of Cinequest is not to follow industry trends, but to witness the moment they’re being set.” — Max Weinstein, MovieMaker

Past Competition writer Matthew Dixon, with his script, THE GLASS HOTEL (optioned by HBO), recalls his experience: “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.”

Amidst the energy and excitement of the festival, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition empowers creative and innovative writers with the opportunity to interact with producers and industry professionals from around the world. Finalists will be honored during the Cinequest Writers Celebration, a day filled with a dynamic collection of Writer Meet Producer events, Business of Writing forums, Pitch Training, VIP Writers Lunch, and awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition. The prestigious Maverick Spirit Award will also be presented to a renowned writer during the Celebration. Past honorees include: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Darren Star, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Arndt, and Diablo Cody.

ADDITIONAL TESTIMONIALS
"I've been submitting to Cinequest since 2013. The Cinequest judges' feedback has always been top-notch. I had a fantastic experience attending this year. The producers and staff do an amazing job. It's incredible...I'm over the moon to be working with The Solution and with the crew at CAA. — Jeremy Rush, Cinequest Feature Winner, WHEELMAN (Sold to Netflix )"

"My cell was ringing with option interest before I even left San Jose. The Cinequest win helped me land representation in L.A., which resulted in attaching a seasoned producer who loves the script. I'm now being read by some of the most well-known production companies and all the major studios in Hollywood." — Bill Schreiber, SWITCHBACK

“Winning the Cinequest feature screenwriting competition gave me a chance to connect with other writers and filmmakers and provided me with amazing opportunities to open some doors. A top-notch competition!” — Stacie Shellner, SAINT CHLOE

"It's a surreal experience to see Our Lady Lupe go from CINEQUEST finalist script to screen with its premiere on national television! I learned so much from the writer's celebration, which definitely helped prepare me for this opportunity!" — Dominique Nieves, OUR LADY LUPE

"Cinequest offers the creme' de la creme' of screenplay competitions! All of the events were professionally run, and as a Screenwriting Finalist, I encountered wonderful networking situations, well thought out educational opportunities, and a warm embrace into this vibrant community." — Ashia Chacko, BLACK BOX

"I saw the word "maverick" and took a chance on a lark that maybe this was a venue that could help foster my own vision. I graduated from the USC Graduate Screenwriting program...whatever happens in my career from this point on, I will consider [Cinequest] as one of the key factors in my development as a writer." — George Chumo II, THE ICONOCLAST and THE BRIDGE

“I can honestly say that Cinequest is one of the most writer-friendly film festivals I've ever been to. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and, most of all, hear all of the stories. Here's hoping we all get a green light someday!” — Donna Laemmlen, SHEILA THE GILA MONSTER
Open Gate International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jul 9, 2022
$70
$54
$70
Winners Notified:
Nov 13, 2022
Open Gate International Film Festival (OGIFF) is devoted to exhibiting the best of both short films and feature films from across New England and around the globe. We believe in the concept of assisting and nurturing the "up and coming filmmakers" who proffer the essence of bold and diverse filmmaking. Our goal is to display the multitude of artfully crafted works in front of a live audience with the sole passion for filmmaking in the heart of Boston.

We strive for our multiple categories to bring together different experiences, cultures, and talents to emphasize the shared passion for film. Included with being an Official Selection at the Open Gate International Film Festival are in-depth panels with both locally and internationally recognized filmmakers, actors, and crew members from across the New England area. Additionally, we will be holding filmmaker Q&As and an award show with the intention of supporting the best of up-and-coming filmmakers from around the globe.

Our festival will run from November 11-13th, 2022, but due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, our capacity will be reduced until further notice.

OPEN GATE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

We are currently accepting both short and feature film scripts for our first annual Open Gate Screenwriting Competition. The Open Gate Screenwriting Competition empowers both creative and visionary writers with a plethora of opportunities to link with professional filmmakers, writers, actors, and producers who share a common passion for film.

The best of both categories (Best Short Script & Best Feature Script) will be announced at our LIVE awards show during the festival. The winning scripts (if filmed) are guaranteed to screen at the 2023 Open Gate Film Festival (Dates TBA).
New York International Screenplay Awards
Early Bird
Jul 11, 2022
$35
$20
$30
Regular
Nov 28, 2022
$40
$25
$35
Late
Feb 13, 2023
$50
$30
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 17, 2023
$60
$35
$50
Extended
Apr 17, 2023
$60
$35
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 27, 2023
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 2022 winners will be connected to the US film industry by InkTip and Script Mailer. They’ll have free Screenwriting software by the Final Draft! They’ll be registered for free at CreatersVault, and will receive free screenwriting courses from Script Reader Pro, plus, page-by-page script analysis, a half-hour follow-up phone call, and an e-book, “Common Screenwriting Mistakes”, and some other services by UpLift Script… 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!
Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Extended
Jul 12, 2022
$69
$69
Final Deadline
Aug 2, 2022
$79
$79
Winners Notified:
Jan 1, 2023
Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest is an annual, international feature film and television screenwriting contest designed to help launch the careers of aspiring writers. Writers who have entered Big Break have had their screenplays optioned, sold, and have secured high-profile representation.
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, NY - Scriptwriting Contest
Early Bird Deadline
Jul 14, 2022
$25
Regular Deadline
Sep 14, 2022
$$35
Extended Deadline
Nov 14, 2022
$55
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2022
$75
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2022
$75
Winners Notified:
Mar 26, 2023
SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY ’s 10th annual edition is scheduled to run March 15-26, 2023, as a hybrid festival with in-person and online events www.ratedsrfilms.org.

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit film festival. It was founded in 2013 by actress/filmmaker Nora Armani as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling, and to honor the memory of a violent attack against members of her family who lost their lives.

The scriptwriting contest is about non-produced feature-length narrative scripts, that are selected from the submissions and 3-5 finalists are designated. The finalists are offered a 10-minute table read with actors, and the International just chose amongst the finalists the winner, second and third place.

The first three winners are offered one listing each on InkTip.

Our contest is unique in that it offers an opportunity to the screenwriter to hear their dialogues and scenes out loud by real actors. and engage in a discussion with the jury members as well as invited industry guests. This helps them in eventual rewrites and changes if any.
London Independent Story Prize
Late Deadline
Jul 14, 2022
$55.50
$22.5
Extended Deadline
Sep 26, 2022
$60.50
$24.5
Final Deadline
Oct 24, 2022
$65.50
$29.5
Winners Notified:
Dec 20, 2022
The London Independent Story Prize (LISP) aims to create a great networking opportunity for writers and a community that embraces multicultural differences, brave voices, unique writers, and extraordinary artistic approaches to story writing.
Script Summit
Final Deadline
Jul 15, 2022
$60
$50
$60
Extended
Jul 15, 2022
$60
$50
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 18, 2022
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters. As a participant in the Script Summit Screenplay Competition, you can build your network, expand your knowledge with in-depth seminars taught by professionals, gain tremendous insight from Q & A Panels, experience scene table reads with professional actors, and attend hundreds of film screenings at no additional cost! You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event.

There's even a grand prize of $1,000 in cash and TWO writers will walk away with a contract of representation by a Hollywood Talent Manager!

Winners are announced at the Awards Show which is free to attend!
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
NDE
Jul 16, 2022
$65
$65
$65
Extended
Aug 6, 2022
$69
$69
$69
Final Deadline
Sep 17, 2022
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 1, 2022
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.

Winners will be considered by:

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

The top three screenplays also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Jul 20, 2022
$57
$57
$57
Standard Late
Aug 24, 2022
$60
$60
$60
Late
Sep 22, 2022
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Oct 19, 2022
$68
$68
$68
Winners Notified:
Dec 28, 2022
We love New York and we love film! We especially love films shot, set, about, or written and produced and starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorker, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all. (And no, you don’t have to be from here to submit your scripts).

The object of our festival is to promote aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in all genres.

Winners get introduced to 3 separate top industry pros
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Jul 23, 2022
$40
Extended
Aug 13, 2022
$45
Final Deadline
Sep 3, 2022
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 30, 2022
The leading screenplay competition for thriller screenwriters. Well-written thrillers demonstrate commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood managers and producers will 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 it and 10 free pitches to other pros at VPF.
Faith in Film Screenwriting Competition
regular
Jul 28, 2022
$52
$52
$52
standard
Aug 25, 2022
$54
$54
$54
extended
Sep 29, 2022
$56
$56
$56
Final Deadline
Apr 7, 2023
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 14, 2023
Faith in Film is a boutique film festival and screenwriting competition that takes place in historic downtown Tucson.

Our aim is to forge a film festival that will ultimately launch the careers of faith filmmakers and to introduce faith based films to larger audiences, and to inspire, showcase, and support writers and filmmakers of all faith’s to make great faith based films.
Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP)
Regular Deadline
Jul 29, 2022
$116
Final Deadline
Aug 29, 2022
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2023
The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment. This program is for feature-length screenplays only.
High Concept Screenplay Program (HCSP)
Regular Deadline
Jul 29, 2022
$116
$116
Final Deadline
Aug 29, 2022
$141
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2023
The High Concept Screenplay Program welcomes all genres and aims to discover, honor and reward different approaches, eclectic points of view and unique voices in screenwriting.
Television Outreach Program (TOP)
Regular Deadline
Jul 29, 2022
$116
Final Deadline
Aug 29, 2022
$141
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2023
The Television Outreach Program (TOP) is a Scriptwriters Network program to support undiscovered television writing talent. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their work.
San Francisco Screenwriting Competition
regular
Aug 10, 2022
$57
$57
$57
standard
Sep 7, 2022
$59
$59
$59
extended
Oct 5, 2022
$61
$61
$61
Final Deadline
Nov 9, 2022
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2022
We are San Francisco and we love film and we love writers. In fact, we care so deeply about developing the next generation of filmmakers from around the world that we founded what we hope will be one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the world for serious writers and serious subject matter.

We are dedicated to promoting great cinema and we are only interested in recognizing great scripts based on serious subject matter like the Godfather, Shawshank, Frida, or Pulp Fiction.
Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival
Extended
Aug 15, 2022
$55.00
$45.00
$45.00
Final Deadline
Sep 15, 2022
$60.00
$50.00
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Nov 12, 2022
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival's mission is to celebrate the independent motion picture and literary arts by providing a platform for filmmakers and writers to have their work awarded and recognized. The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival offer more than just a handful of award possibilities. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of award opportunities between our various screenwriting and film categories.

We are an IMDB qualifier!
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2022
$75
Late Deadline
Aug 28, 2022
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 27, 2022
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.
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Late
Sep 1, 2022
$70.00
$50.00
Fall
Oct 1, 2022
$75.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2022
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, -0001
VISIONFEST is an annual online 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 accepts feature length and short screenplays for a chance to win cash prizes, commemorative certificates, and more... Top winning feature script gets $1k cash prize - winning short $350 cash!
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest
Early
Sep 2, 2022
$30
$25
Regular
Jan 30, 2023
$35
$30
Late
Feb 17, 2023
$50
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 1, 2023
$60
$50
Winners Notified:
May 21, 2023
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest is South Carolina's first and largest horror film festival! The 2023 festival will take place over three days in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina and will feature some of the best independent horror films from all over the world. We will be screening all of our Official Selections at South of Broadway Theater located in the heart of Park Circle.

Forget the Oscars! We have the "Crimmy's"! All Official Selections (films and screenplays) will be competing at a chance for a Crimmy in over 20 categories. Our Crimmy trophies are designed by "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle" special effects artist Tony Rosen, who also designed the famous "Annabelle" doll for both films. Each trophy is handmade and signed by Tony himself.

Sponsored in part by ShortsTV, the world's largest distributor of short films, all submitted and accepted short films have the chance for worldwide broadcast deals on their cable channel, ShortsTV, which plays Oscar winning short films all over the globe. Screenplay winners will also compete to win scriptwriting software from FinalDraft as well as free listings on InkTip, where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 300 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

In 2017 "Best of South Carolina" named Crimson Screen one of the top 10 festivals in South Carolina and in 2015 readers of HORROR SOCIETY voted us their 2nd favorite horror film festival in the USA! Festival attendees come out to walk the "dREaD Carpet" dressed in their favorite costumes and get to meet the filmmakers during our mixers and Q&A sessions after film screenings.

Crimson Screen is a filmmakers film festival. You will get to meet other filmmakers from all over the globe, create lasting friendships and share your experiences with a captive audience. Professional to novice, first time filmmakers to well established, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest showcases a wide variety of horror films from all over the globe.

We are seeking all genres of films and screenplays that contain horror element such as sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, underground, experimental and more...as long as there are horror elements. We take pride in the variety of horror selections at our annual festival and encourage filmmakers to submit any type of film and screenplay with horror, thriller, and suspense elements and themes! If you are lucky enough to be chosen as an official selection, you definitely will want to attend! We are not like any other film festival out there! We provide our attending filmmakers with two free VIP passes, a bag of swag, a personal welcome letter with wax sealed envelope embedded with our logo, and lots of other goodies also!

Filmmakers and VIP pass holders also have access to mixers as well as discounts at various bars and restaurants during the fest. At past festivals we have held "Maverick Filmmaking" workshops by such filmmakers as Steve Balderson, lectures on H.P. Lovecraft by authors such as W. Scott Poole, and have also awarded our new annual "Horror Icon" award to Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) in 2016 and Joe Bob Briggs in 2017!
Changing Face International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Oct 20, 2022
$25
$$20
Winners Notified:
Dec 3, 2022
Currently in our 6th season! We are looking for thought-provoking, challenging, and engaging films, web series, and screenplays that are part of the changing face of film.
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