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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Sep 17, 2021
$55
$40
$40-45
Late
Oct 8, 2021
$65
$50
$50-55
Extended
Nov 5, 2021
$70
$55
$55-60
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2021
$100
$85
$85-90
Winners Notified:
Mar 13, 2022
Welcome to the 17th Annual Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with virtually countless networking opportunities, increased industry visibility, and the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths and provides unique opportunities for writers to be discovered, have their work produced, and further inspire their creative fervor.

"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.

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 an awards ceremony announcing the winners of the competition.

Additional Testimonials:
"My cell was ringing with options 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

"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

"Everyone at Cinequest was great and I enjoyed the networking opportunities they provided. My screenplay is moving forward and we are seeking out investors to co-produce." — David Rich, THROUGH MARIA'S EYES

All submissions receive three lines of consolidated reader feedback upon request.
The Cinequest Screenplay Competition empowers global screenwriters through discovery, opportunity, recognition, and growth. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. Now in its 17th Year, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition promises more inspiration and opportunity than ever before! Top 10 Finalists will receive incredible benefits including, access to the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and the exclusive Storytelling Celebration, CASH prizes for each category winner, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries. View Awards/Prizes detail for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition on FilmFreeway.
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Sep 17, 2021
$90
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Oct 5, 2021
2021 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition(Fall Edition),

Screenplay winners in each category will receive small group meetings with established producers and other industry representatives. These meetings are designed to provide winning screenwriters with direct access and live interaction with industry professionals to provide strategies, guidance and mentorship to emerging screenwriters. Conferences take place virtually allowing participants to join remotely. BAFF's network of speakers have included representatives from: HBO, NBCUniversal, Academy Award winning Killer Films, William Morris Endeavor Agency, The Gersh Agency, Magnolia Pictures, Film Rise(distributor of numerous Oscar Award winning and Emmy Award winning films), Emmy Award winning Gigantic Productions, Cinepointe Advisors(legal counsel on numerous Oscar nominated films), Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmakers, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning screenwriters, Fimmakers with projects released through Sony, Disney, Lions Gate, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Hulu, and theatrically, as well as staff writers for CBS, ABC, Lifetime, and more...

Winning screenplays will be promoted to Big Apple Film Festival's list of alumni filmmakers, many of which include filmmakers who have had film released theatrically, as well as on numerous major distribution platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, iTunes, NBCUniveral and more...

Screenplay Competition winners will receive a complimentary all access badge to Big Apple Film Festival events, including screenings, networking conferences and receptions.

Winners will receive a complimentary InkTip Pro Membership, which will provide access to InkTip's entire database of producers, filmmakers and agents.
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Final Deadline
Sep 18, 2021
$75
Extended Deadline
Sep 18, 2021
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 29, 2021
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.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Sep 18, 2021
$40
Late
Oct 9, 2021
$45
Final Deadline
Oct 30, 2021
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2021
The leading screenplay competition for thriller screenwriters. Well-written thrillers are an excellent way demonstrate commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood managers and producers have agreed to receive the winning script and consider the top finalists' loglines for read requests, including:

Grindstone Entertainment, MadHorse, Magnet Management, Zero Gravity, and Morningstar Films

Plus, the winning writer gets a free InkTip listing for more pros to find your script.
Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards
Final Deadline
Sep 20, 2021
$35
$55
Winners Notified:
Nov 15, 2021
The Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming TV and web-series writers, as well as to empower and educate passionate and talented writers still waiting for their invitation into the mainstream television industry.

Season 6 results will post by November 15, 2021.

*Dan Seco, lit manager/partner at Empirical Evidence will guest judge this season, and will also provide our overall winner with a zoom consultation regarding their project and career.
Final Draft Big Break Contest
Regular
Sep 21, 2021
$55
Extended
Oct 19, 2021
$65
Final Deadline
Nov 9, 2021
$75
Winners Notified:
Jan 28, 2022
The Big Break Screenwriting Contest offers film and TV writers in 11 genres the chance to win up to $100,000 in cash and prizes. Grand prize winners also get flown to Los Angeles to meet with managers, producers and executives.

This year we are celebrating 20 years of launching careers. Is this your year?
Female Voices Rock
Final Deadline
Sep 22, 2021
$75.00
$55.00
$66.00
Extended Deadline
Sep 22, 2021
$75.00
$55.00
$66.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 3, 2021
The Female Voices Rock Screenplay Competition aims to support diverse female storytellers in the industry. Accepting TV Pilots, Shorts, and Features.

Female Voices Rock is dedicated to supporting diverse female storytellers in the entertainment industry. Our mission is to incite and inspire change that builds a foundation of equality and diversity, ensuring that every voice is heard and championed.

Our judges include MXN ENTERTAINMENT, CARTEL ENTERTAINMENT, APA TALENT AGENCY.
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Regular
Sep 23, 2021
$70
$60
$70
Final Deadline
Nov 4, 2021
$80
$70
$80
Winners Notified:
Apr 12, 2022
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. Fresh Voices experience in the industry allows us to identify and elevate writer's with a unique perspective and memorable voice that demands to be read.

Now in our 12th 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.

Through our generous industry sponsors, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 in cash & prize packages including script development, career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services, all designed to support your career and maximize the exposure of your big win.

Executives, managers and producers actively seeking new writers and projects are lined up to read this year's winners. Will you be our next success story?
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Sep 25, 2021
$89
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
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!
South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
$55
$45
Late Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
$55
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 8, 2021
The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be two packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. South Carolina produced films and filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience and we will feature special awards just for SC produced projects.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to find an audience in more mainstream film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would Sundance (or any mainstream festival in SC for that matter) laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screening with visiting filmmakers and actors. The festival will end on the second night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. Because of this our film festival is FREE to the public! We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.
Cosmic Film Festival
Quarter 3
Sep 30, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Quarter 4
Dec 31, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Winners Notified:
Jul 15, 2021
Celebrating Filmmakers from Around the World.

In 2021, we will be doing things a little differently. CFF will be hosting an online quarterly film festival with virtual streaming of winning selections. We are excited to be able to continue this festival while keeping participants and viewers safe! Submissions open on April 15th. Films created after 2018 will be accepted into the festival.

Winning films will be streamed on-demand via CosmicFilmFest.com for two weeks and be automatically entered into our annual Cosmic Film Festival event that will take place starting tentatively in Spring 2022, either virtually or live depending on the safety for our guests. This annual event will showcase the quarterly winning films in addition to selecting an overall winner from those films.

Cosmic Film Festival was founded by Ranelle Golden in 2016. Her vision was to bring passionate filmmakers of all backgrounds together with audiences eager to experience film beyond mainstream movies.

Thank you for considering Cosmic Film Festival!
IndieBoom Script Contest
Early Bird
Sep 30, 2021
$35
Regular
Oct 24, 2021
$45
Late
Nov 13, 2021
$55
Final Deadline
Dec 3, 2021
$65
Extended
Dec 3, 2021
$65
Winners Notified:
Dec 21, 2021
The IndieBoom Script Contest is open to all produced or unproduced short scripts (40 pages max) in all formats and genres. Everyone who enters receives a free webinar from Roadmap Writers, our Top 3 scripts receive a 4-month membership on InkTip Pro, and our Winner receives a package of 3 industry pitches from Virtual Pitchfest!
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Fall
Oct 1, 2021
$75.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2021
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 18, 2021
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!
Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
early-bird
Oct 11, 2021
$45.00
Final Deadline
Oct 25, 2021
$50.00
Winners Notified:
Feb 15, 2022
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 you.
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
Reminder
Oct 12, 2021
$84
$28/49
Regular
Nov 23, 2021
$84
$28/49
Final Deadline
Jan 28, 2022
$90
$28/49
Winners Notified:
Mar 8, 2022
THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITIONS
The UKFF Script Competitions has 3 exciting categories.
1) Feature Script - Could your Feature Script be the next big thing?
2) 3 Minute Script - Can you tell a complete screen story in 3 pages?
3) 10 Minute Script - The perfect length. Enough time to develop a short story film.
Unlike other script competitions UKFF doesn’t just give awards or money as a prize but aims to get their winning scripts into production. In fact, they are well known for successfully connecting scriptwriters to the film industry and getting the films made. With 6 of their winners’ scripts made in to films (2 of which went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival); 1 in preproduction; and a further 4 optioned - their record speaks for itself.
As a previous feature script winner, Joadie Jurgova says -
“Entering The UK Film Festival’s screenplay competition was the best chance I have ever taken. It took my script and breathed new life into it, attaching an award-winning director and placing it with a prestigious international production company in less than a year. The support since winning has been phenomenal, respectful and generous. If you are looking for a script competition that you can place your trust in, this is it.“

The UK Film Festival does more than just support feature scripts. Ever since the Short script competitions began a winning script has gone into production or preproduction and 4 of the writers' resulting films have subsequently gone on to be multi-award winning at film festivals around the world including, the Berlinale, Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire. The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals and 3 have gained prestigious distribution deals.
Winners will receive immediate marketing to the industry, winner's laurels and the associated publicity. Winners and runners up in each category will also receive the latest version of Final Draft 11 (value $250) with many new features, as well as a free script listing and placement on InkTip. Producers have made more than 400 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/
The Golden Script Competition
Earlybird
Oct 26, 2021
$49.99
$35.99
$44.99
Late
Mar 19, 2022
$59.99
$45.99
$54.99
Final Deadline
Mar 29, 2022
$69.99
$55.99
$64.99
Winners Notified:
Jul 5, 2022
The Golden Script Competition is a yearly competition founded in Glasgow, UK, of short, feature and TV pilot screenplays from all around the world.

You will be submitting to the 2022 edition, and the best scripts of this edition will be read by some of the most renowned production companies and literary agencies (including some that have won several OSCARS and BAFTAS), giving you the chance to have your script produced or represented 🎬. 2022 Edition Mentors include Paul Haggis, the two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter.

One script will receive a $10,000 option fund from Lucky Elephant Media (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Pieces of a Woman). The best scripts of 2022 will also be read and could be potentially considered for further options and development by the same company.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2021
$35
$30
$35
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2021
​Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highligts a selection of best films from around the world, November 27th-30th 2021.
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.
15th Annual StoryPros International
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2021
$60
Winners Notified:
Dec 15, 2021
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?
Script Competition - New Media Film Festival
pre
Nov 3, 2021
$65
$65
$65
regular
Jan 3, 2022
$70
$70
$70
late
Mar 3, 2022
$5
$75
$75
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2022
$80
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Apr 9, 2022
CALL FOR SCRIPTS – www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
2020 – Best Script – The Real Thing by Matthew Papadopoulos
2019 - Best Script – Poughkeepsie by Joe Kelly
2018 Best Script – Rust by Justin Moran
2017 – Best Script Render by Kirill Kiselev

HBO has requested meetings with writers that have submitted to our festival.

Festival Perks:
• In competition for Grand Prize - $45,000 in Awards
• Also the Top 3 Scripts get $1000.00 in Writing Industry Perks
• 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 VIP Soiree, 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 Film Festival® 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
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