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New Media Script Competition - all stories in text format
late
Jan 3, 2018
$85
$85
$85
Final Deadline
Apr 25, 2018
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 14, 2018
SCRIPTS - New Media: All stories in text format. All Genres and lengths welcomed. If you write stories worth telling, this is the category for you. Whether it is short of long form, features, shorts, docs, reality, live, TV, pilots, animation, comedy, sitcom, drama, web series, books, ebooks, anything scripted, this is for you. WGA and Non WGA accepted.

The TOP 3 Script winners receive:

INKTIP Listing to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip's extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

THE HATCHERY PRESS One month free membership to take your screenwriting to the next level at the Larchmont based writing workspace & community It has 24/7 access, multiple different spaces to work in, free tea and coffee, printing, free classes & events and a range of cool discounts and perks. On top of that you get access to a community of writers of all levels, from Emmy Award winning TV writers to aspiring scribes.

SELL A SCRIPT One Year free listing in our Script Marketplace - Six month access to our Writers Rolodex $800 value each.

IPITCH.TV Term Membership
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
January
Jan 3, 2018
$43
$29
Regular
Mar 8, 2018
$47
$36
Late
May 1, 2018
$53
$40
Final Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$59
$46
Winners Notified:
Jul 6, 2018
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

Inspired by the idea of a cultural revival, we recognize that the digital revolution creates the conditions for a New Renaissance, opening a door for a different set of stories to be told.

OUR MISSION

Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival’s mission is to support and champion the best upcoming filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

We achieve this by:

(1) actively finding new gems and discovering excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us;
(2) promoting talented filmmakers and screenwriters on our social media, with initiatives such as Film of the Week, interviews, and panel discussions during our festivals in London and Amsterdam;
(3) being open to a diversity of different voices and points of view;
(4) providing screenwriters, directors and producers with top industry judges, professional masterclasses and expert script analysis and development to enable them to achieve success;
(5) hosting award-winning films on our pay-per-view distribution platform which benefits the filmmakers; and
(6) attracting sponsors who are passionate about indie film and can help us to nurture the artists we showcase.
ONE OF THE TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS TO KNOW ABOUT!

NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS, alongside Raindance and Aesthetica. Our top industry judges from the UK and USA enable us to keep standards consistently high.

As of September 2016, NRFF is ranked in the top 20 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway. This platform serves more than 5,000 film festivals around the world. What makes this special is that the ranking (currently #14) is determined by reviews from the filmmakers and screenwriters who have participated in our festival.

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS, STORIES AND STORYTELLERS

This three-day festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF London has several categories for UK and International filmmakers and screenwriters, but very close to our hearts is the YOUNG TALENT AWARD. This is a special award for screenwriting and for short films that will be presented to young talent between the ages of 18-24.

We feel it is important to give those starting out in film a chance to discover their own unique voice and vision, as an artist, and to communicate with a larger audience.

NRFF LONDON 2017

2018 will be our third year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival, finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.
Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Early
Jan 5, 2018
$45
$25
First
Feb 1, 2018
$50
$30
Regular
Mar 8, 2018
$55
$35
Late
Apr 16, 2018
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2018
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2018
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts.

Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Standard
Jan 11, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Ext Reg
Jan 11, 2018
$52
$52
$52
Late
May 11, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Jun 7, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Jul 11, 2018
THE LATINO SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Designed to inspire and empower emerging Latino writers and producers, and any storyteller looking to tell great stories about our varied communities.

We are a team of writers, directors, producers, and executives who are passionate about cinema and dedicated to the success of the next generation of talented Latino filmmakers from all over North and South America. We want to support storytellers who are already passionate about generating narrative content about our communities in the United States and abroad - from inner city Los Angeles, New York, and Miami to the tip of Argentina to Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, and Latinos around the world.

We value all of our stories from tales about revolution in El Salvador to the U.S. Military, from the Pope to the Governors Mansions in three states, to the favelas of Sao Paulo and the beaches of Rio. We want to support you in telling all of your stories. We want to create a platform for the stories that have shaped – and continue to shape – our lives and the communities we live in. We hope that the scripts and films generated will increase the number of Latinos working in the film industry and geometrically increase the number of stories told about our culture in both Hollywood and abroad.
LGBT Amsterdam
Final Deadline
Jan 12, 2018
$40
$35
Winners Notified:
Jan 20, 2018
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

LGBT Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

We are looking for FILMS and SCREENPLAYS with an LGBT theme to be part of the New Renaissance Film Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam, next March (2018).

Different lengths and different genres are welcome, and we especially love quality drama shorts with strong emotional themes.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The New Renaissance Film Festival had its successful inaugural event in Amsterdam in March 2017, and is part of larger festival which takes place in London. NRFF Amsterdam and LGBT NRFF Amsterdam will be held at the arthouse cinema LAB111, which is close to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen up to 100 films in two cinemas over the course of three days. The event will include professional MASTER CLASSES, Filmmakers Q&A's, Panel Discussions, a fun COCKTAIL HOUR and AWARDS CEREMONY.

The festival will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and ticket sales will be announced on the website in due course.
New Renaissance Film Festival Amsterdam
Final Deadline
Jan 12, 2018
$40
$35
Winners Notified:
Jan 20, 2018
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS AND STORYTELLERS

This three day festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF had its successful inaugural festival in London in August 2016, and then in Amsterdam in March 2017. The second edition of NRFF Amsterdam will be held in March 2018, at the arthouse cinema LAB111, which is close to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts.

NRFF Amsterdam has several categories for International, Benelux and LGBT filmmakers. We especially love quality drama shorts with strong emotional themes.

We will screen up to 100 films in two cinemas over the course of three days. This event includes a screenwriting competition, professional MASTER CLASSES by industry professionals, Filmmaker Q&A's, Panel Discussions, a fun COCKTAIL HOUR and AWARDS CEREMONY. The festival will be open to the public and ticket sales will be announced on the website in due course.
2018 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Early Entry Discount
Jan 15, 2018
$45
$40
$45
Regular Entry
Feb 15, 2018
$55
$50
$55
Late Entry
Mar 15, 2018
$65
$60
$65
Last Minute Entry
Apr 16, 2018
$75
$70
$75
Final Deadline
Apr 16, 2018
$75
$70
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2018
Founded in 2003, each year 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 built 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!
Nickelodeon Writing
Opens for submissions:
Jan 2, 2018
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$FREE
Winners Notified:
Sep 15, 2018
Nickelodeon's Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the globe, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for our live action and animated shows. Participants will have hands-on interaction with executives writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas.

The Program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for domestic writers) or up to six months (for international writers).

The Preschool Track (Domestic writers only for up to 6 months) is available for writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the Nick Jr. demographic.

The submission period runs from January 2 – January 31, 2018.
Review the submission guidelines and apply via our website at www.nickwriting.com.

For more info via email: info.writing@nick.com, Follow us on twitter @NickWriting, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickWriting

No previous writing experience is necessary. Domestic (U.S.) applicants must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). International applicants must meet all passport and visa requirements for traveling to and working in the United States.
Writers Competition @ The Seal Beach Film Festival
Early Bird
Mar 1, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Regular
May 31, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Late
Jun 23, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jun 23, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2018
The Seal Beach Film Festival is proud to support independent films and screenwriters. We are honored to showcase you the filmmakers and writers and your creative visions. We work to give your film or script the best industry exposure we can by partnering with and personally inviting industry shakers and movers as our guests along with masters in the crafts and celebrity guests who truly appreciate the independent films and screenplays created.

Awards are presented in 30 categories including "Best of Show", "Best Feature", "Best Short" etc. We also present awards for "Best Actor & Actress and Best Supporting Actor & Actress" and "Best Screenplay". We also present audience choice awards.

Screenwriter prizes are proudly provided by InkTip
Sponsors and local businesses also provide prizes and gifts for the filmmakers swag bags!
Scriptapalooza Fellowship
FINAL
Mar 12, 2018
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Mar 12, 2018
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2018
Scriptapalooza Fellowship

The fellowship program was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help further their creative process and skills. Writing in itself is a journey and we would like to facilitate the process by giving the fellows the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and individuals.

Accepting screenplays and pilots. Deadline is March 12, 2018.
Applicants get their feedback between March thru May 2018.
We announce the top 6 Fellows on May 15th.
We announce the Fellowship recipient on May 30th.
Fellowship recipient attends the McKee Story Seminar in 2018.
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