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Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Late
Apr 12, 2021
$85
$70
$70
Final Deadline
May 2, 2021
$95
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
May 9, 2021
All unproduced film or TV scripts in any genre, 120 pages max are welcome! Entries will be scored by a team of professional script readers, managed by our Script Contest Director, Gina Leone. We will announce Official Selections for all accepted screenplays.

We will award laurels for the winners of the following categories:
• Features: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Horror
• Pilots: Drama, Comedy
• Shorts: A winning Short Screenplay (not genre-specific.)
PRIZES:
• All our Accepted Screenplays receive a VIP Pass to #AoBFF21, including our Launch party.
• Our 10 Semi-Finalists each also receive ONE FREE PITCH from Virtual Pitch Fest.
• Our 3 Finalists each also receive FIVE FREE PITCHES from VPF, plus one FREE SCRIPT LISTING on InkTip so producers and reps can find you. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
• Our Grand Prize winner will also receive a LIVE STAGED READING cast with professional actors.

* Anyone applying under the Student Discount MUST attach proof of current student status. Thank you!
2021 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 15, 2021
$75
$70
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2021
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!
London Independent Story Prize
Regular Deadline
Apr 15, 2021
$51.28
$26.72
Late Deadline
May 15, 2021
$65.73
$31.78
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
$80.17
$35.39
Extended Deadline
Jun 30, 2021
$80.17
$35.39
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2021
London Independent Story Prize (LISP) is a Writing Competition.
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.
LISP Categories:
-Feature Screenplay
-Short Screenplay
-Flash Fiction Story
-Short Story
Submissions via Website www.londonindependentstoryprize.co.uk
OR FilmFreeway
Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Apr 16, 2021
$60
$50
$50
Final Deadline
May 21, 2021
$70
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.
FREE Reader Comments for all entrants!
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Early Deadline
Apr 17, 2021
$$50
Regular Deadline
Jun 19, 2021
$65
Final Deadline
Aug 21, 2021
$75
Late Deadline
Aug 21, 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.
Dallas International Film Festival
Regular
Apr 25, 2021
$85
$65
$75
Final Deadline
May 2, 2021
Final
May 30, 2021
$95
$75
$85
Winners Notified:
Jul 2, 2021
The Broaden Your Horizons screenwriting competition is designed to inspire writers to keep writing. One great story simply isn't enough to advance in this industry. That is why we make the multiple submissions process easier and more affordable. Our winners also enjoy a cultural escape to work on their next big hit.

DIFF's Screenplay Competition is currently accepting submissions for feature films, short films, and TV pilots.

All entries are eligible for optional feedback from professional readers (highly recommended).
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Apr 28, 2021
$75
$65
$65
Extended
Apr 28, 2021
$75
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Aug 21, 2021
CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS SCREENPLAY CONTEST (CWA) is an international screenwriting event known for championing writers and opening doors. Through established relationships with some of the industry's most sought-after companies, CWA plays a critical role in connecting talented writers with agents and producers in search of fresh, new material. More than $30,000 awarded in cash and prizes, including a production opportunity for the Grand Prize Winner & CWA promotes beyond just the winning scripts.
BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2021
$15
Screenwriting Competition
Apr 30, 2021
$15
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2021
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.
Sedona International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Late
Apr 30, 2021
$70.00
$60.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Jun 12, 2021
The Sedona International Film Festival — now in its 27th year — provides a unique natural backdrop and an enlightening festival experience for our three SCREENPLAY COMPETITION winners. Meeting filmmakers, producers and executives from all over the world in conversations at lunch and dinner, with cuisine provided by Sedona’s finest restaurants for all VIP personnel are just the beginning. Parties at Sedona’s best hotels, restaurants and clubs will allow mingling with Industry contacts to continue. Between going to panels, films, Q&As, meals and parties, you’ll explore the red rocks of Sedona, undoubtably, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Besides the prizes (below) you’ll come away with an unforgettable experience that could kick-start your budding screenwriting journey, and become SIFF alumni forever!


SCREENPLAY COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
• Feature Screenplays
• Short Screenplays
• One-Hour TV Pilots
• 1/2-Hour TV Pilots
• Arizona Screenplays


DEADLINES:
Earlybird: October 31, 2020
Regular: November 30, 2020
Late: December 31, 2020


AWARDS AND PRIZES:
1st place FEATURE SCRIPT: One VIP pass, up to 4 nights in hotel, awards bruncheon, an hour consultation with an executive, a festival TV interview, full script coverage and feedback meeting.
1st place TV PILOT (1/2 hr. or 1 hr.): One VIP pass, up to 4 nights in hotel, awards bruncheon, an hour consultation with an executive, a festival TV interview, full script coverage and feedback meeting.
1st place SHORT: One VIP pass, up to 4 nights in hotel, awards bruncheon, an hour consultation with an executive, a festival TV interview, full script coverage and feedback meeting.

EACH First place winner above will be given a plaque at the awards bruncheon in front of hundreds of industry creatives. Who knows? Maybe they’re looking for an award-winning writer!


WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY:
Quarterfinalist: January 15, 2021
Semifinalist: January 30, 2021
Finalist: February 7, 2021
Female Voices Rock
Regular Deadline
Apr 30, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
$45.00
Late Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$65.00
$45.00
$55.00
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.
14th Annual StoryPros Awards
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2021
$60
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2021
The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest - an open competition recognizing 16 winners with $25,000.00 in cash and prizes, including guaranteed reads and other invaluable industry promotion! Past winners and contestants have garnered reads, gained representation, and optioned or sold their scripts! Will you be next?
Screenplay Festival
Early
Apr 30, 2021
$35
$35
Standard
May 31, 2021
$40
$40
Extended
Jun 30, 2021
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 23, 2021
By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality — not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together — Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

The competition’s categories ensure that a truly wonderful script is not punished or ignored because it is in a genre that does not usually win awards. There is no limit to the frustration experienced by the writer who commits the crime of writing “fun” or “likeable” material. It always seems to be “important” films that win the accolades. In reality, people love dramas, but they also love comedies, family movies, action pictures, thrillers and horror flicks. Writing for a fun genre should not forbid a writer from having their talents acknowledged.
South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Spring Deadline
Apr 30, 2021
$40
$35
Normal Deadline
Aug 31, 2021
$45
$40
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.
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2021
$54
$45
Last Chance
Apr 30, 2021
$54
$45
Winners Notified:
May 24, 2021
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest is South Carolina's first and largest horror film festival! The 2021 festival will take place over three days in beautiful Charleston, 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!
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Spring
May 1, 2021
$55.00
$35.00
Regular
Jul 1, 2021
$60.00
$40.00
Late
Sep 1, 2021
$70.00
$50.00
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!
Just for Laughs ComedyPro Stand Up & Pitch
Final Deadline
May 14, 2021
$50
$50
Final
May 14, 2021
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 2, 2021
STAND UP & PITCH offers five finalists, in two format categories, the opportunity to pitch their short (up to 15 minutes) or long (half hour) digital or TV concepts to a panel of senior development and production executives in a room filled with accredited comedy industry professionals. Our partners in this program include Stareable and Project 10. Executives that have participated in recent years came from Amazon, Hulu, Fox, HBO, NBC, Comedy Central, IFC, truTV, FX, TBS, Adult Swim, Above Average, Big Breakfast, Bell Media, and CBC. Submissions are now being accepted until May 14, 2021.
Script Summit
Late
May 16, 2021
$50
$40
$50
Final Deadline
Jul 18, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Extended
Jul 18, 2021
$60
$50
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 19, 2021
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!
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Regulat
May 31, 2021
$28
$25
$28
Late
Aug 31, 2021
$30
$28
$30
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.
Page Turner Awards
Final Deadline
May 31, 2021
$41
$41
$41
Winners Notified:
Oct 1, 2021
Our Awards give writers the chance to enter their screenwriting to be read by a high-profile judging panel, including producers who are actively looking for work to option.

Success stories from the 2020 awards include three writers winning literary representation, six writers winning a writing mentorship, five writers winning a publishing contract and thirteen independent authors winning an audiobook production.

For 2021, we are so excited to be introducing a dedicated Screenplay Award, with a judging panel of carefully curated industry professionals including film producers actively seeking work to option, and the celebrated actor Paul Michael Glaser of Starsky and Hutch.

Our successful awards programme has changed the lives and careers of many budding and aspiring writers with high-value support prizes. This is a super exciting opportunity for writers to share their work and potentially be offered life and career changing opportunities in getting their screenwriting optioned.

Our mission is to change the lives and careers of as many writers as possible by providing high-value support prizes to writers and screenwriters at any stage of their career.

That's getting new unpublished writers discovered, helping published authors get their writing recognized and celebrated, so they can find new reading audiences and giving screenwriters the chance to have their scripts placed in front of film professionals.

Page Turner Awards is different than other writing awards. Beyond the life-changing prizes, Page Turner Awards writers have been most impressed with the scope of support offered to them — a rarity in the world of writing awards, which usually offer little beyond a letter confirming your submission. Page Turner Awards offers so much more than a simple prize, but instead has created a supportive writing community and a “movement” focused on growth and development.
Scripts - Web Series Festival Global
extended
Jun 15, 2021
$70
$70
$70
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2021
$80
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Aug 14, 2021
IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD, SINCE 2015 , WEB SERIES FESTIVAL GLOBAL CELEBRATES GREAT CONTENT.

WEB SERIES – PILOTS – SCRIPTS

7th WEB SERIES FESTIVAL GLOBAL

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5 2021 NETWORKING, SCREENINGS, Q & A, AWARDS
BestScript: Receives will receive A one year ISAConnect membership, a one year iPitch.tv membership & Total Script Express from SellAScript.com, an InkTip Script listing to promote themselves and their scripts to their entire network of producers & managers, a personalized certificate, laurels & Press.
Screenwriting contest at 8th Firenze FilmCorti Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 1, 2021
$25
$25
$100
Winners Notified:
Oct 30, 2021
Screenplays: it is possible to submit screenplays for both short films or feature films. Original screenplays for short films must be no longer than 30 pages, whereas screenplays for feature films must be longer than 30 pages.
Screenplays must be in English or in Italian.
Awards:
Award for Best Screenplay: € 500 and Ink Tip Package.
2nd place and 3rd place: InkTip Package (it means the screenplay will be sent to the film production companies) and a personalized plate.
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