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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Contact

San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 995-5033 x125 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@cinequest.org

Contact: Antonea Colon, Screenwriting Competition Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
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Objective

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global screenwriters through discovery, recognition and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird July 15, 2016 $45 Features;$30 Short;$35 Teleplay (60min):$30 Teleplay (30min)
Regular September 23, 2016 $55 Features;$35 Short;$40 Teleplay (60min):$35 Teleplay (30min) 60
Late October 14, 2016 $60 features;$50 Short;$55 Teleplay (60min):$50 Teleplay (30min) 81
Extended Late (WAB only) November 4, 2016 $65 Features; $55 Shorts; $60 Teleplay (60min): $55 Teleplay (30min) 102

Submissions are accepted via www.cinequest.org and Withoutabox.com

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Notification: Finalists will be notified January 2017. Winners revealed at Writers Celebration during Cinequest Film Festival, February 28-March 12, 2017.

Rules

SUBMISSION FORMAT
  • All genres are accepted. Especially seeking drama, comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material.
  • Contestants from all countries are eligible.
  • Feature-length screenplays must be between 70 -125 pages (not including title page).
  • Short Film screenplays must be 20 pages or less (not including title page).
  • Teleplay (60 minute) must be between 45-70 pages, approx. 1 hour show (not including title page).
  • Teleplay (30 minute) scripts should be 40 pages or less(not including title page).
  • Any script over the indicated page limit will receive automatic point deductions per page over. Maximum points achievable are 50 per round.
  • Script must be properly formatted according to industry standards.
  • Digital submissions in PDF format only.
  • Cover Page Instructions:
    • Withoutabox Submission: Please include ONLY your script’s title on your cover page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. You tracking number will automatically be assigned to your uploaded script.
    • Cinequest Website Submissions: Please include ONLY your script’s title and tracking number on your cover page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. Your tracking number is automatically assigned once you complete the registration and payment process. You will be able to update your script file before submitting.
  • Rewritten/corrected pages WILL NOT be accepted once the entry has been received.
RESTRICTIONS
  • There are no entry fee refunds.
  • Any script that becomes purchased, optioned, or put into production before the Final Jury decision on February 24, 2017 will be eliminated from the competition with no entry fee refund.
  • Scripts written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.
PAYMENT OPTIONS
  • ONLY Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit and debit cards accepted for submission payment.
  • Please DO NOT send cash or checks.

FEEDBACK & NOTIFICATIONS

All contestants will receive 2-4 lines of generalized feedback for improvement on their script. Full script coverage services are not available at this time.

Writers will be notified on their status in the competition via the email address provided at time of registration. Please included screenplay@cinequest.org in your contact lists to receive these notifications. See below for selection process:

  • Quarter Finalists notifications sent in Dec 2016
  • Semi-Finals notifications sent in Jan 2017
  • Finals (Top 10) notifications sent week of Jan 23, 2017
  • Winners Announced during Writers Celebration (TBD Date) at the Cinequest Film Festival, February 28 – March 12, 2017.

Awards

TOP TEN FINALISTS (Feature, Short & Teleplays)
  • Recognition on Cinequest website and press release.
  • Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two (2) Artist festival passes (all-access passes valued at $1,000).
  • Participate in Writers Celebration March 2017 (date to be determined), which includes:
  • Writer Meets Producer Mixer
  • Pitch Practice session
  • Pitch Challenge to industry professionals
  • Business of Writing Forum
  • Maverick Spirit Event & Competition Awards Ceremony (past Maverick Spirit honorees: J. J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Denise Lehane, and more).
  • Special discounts and rates on hotel accommodations.
  • Opportunity to have script read by industry professional.
  • Six month membership to ISA Network.
FEATURE-LENGTH WINNER
  • $5000 Cash Prize. The winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Amenities listed above for Top Ten Finalists.
  • IMDb’s listing on Cinequest Event page.
  • InkTip Prize membership package to help promote your script.
  • ISA Network one year complimentary membership.
SHORT FILM WINNER
  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Option to screen winning short film at future Cinequest Film Festival (runtime no longer than 20 minutes and must be independently produced, Cinequest is not responsible for production).
  • Amenities listed above for Top Ten Finalists.
  • IMDb’s listing on Cinequest Event page.
  • ISA Network one year complimentary membership.
TELEPLAY (60 MINUTE) WINNER
  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Amenities listed above for Top Ten Finalists.
  • IMDb’s listing on Cinequest Event page.
  • ISA Network one year complimentary membership.
TELEPLAY (30 MINUTE) WINNER
  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Amenities listed above for Top Ten Finalists.
  • IMDb’s listing on Cinequest Event page.
  • ISA Network one year complimentary membership.

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Contact

San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 995-5033 x125 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@cinequest.org

Contact: Antonea Colon, Screenwriting Competition Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Contact

San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 995-5033 x125 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@cinequest.org

Contact: Antonea Colon, Screenwriting Competition Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Cinequest Names Contest Winners

Wheelman by Jeremy Rush has been named the Feature Script Winner of the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. Shiva by Vishnu Sekar won the Short Script Competition, and the TV Script Winners were Brooklyn Bus by RJ Marx (60-minutes) and Patient by M. Rowan Meyer (30-minutes).

Updated: 05/16/2016

Cinequest Names Contest Winners

Saint Chloe by Stacie Shellner (Feature), The Yard by Eugenie Carabatsoshas (Short), and Awareness by Sean Corrigan (Teleplay) have been named the winners of the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition for 2014-2015.

Updated: 03/12/2015

CineQuest Announces Screenplay Competition Winners

Breathe has been named the winner of the 2014 CineQuest Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Travis Neufeld's The Tinwife was the winner of the Short Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 05/15/2014

Cinequest Announces Screenwriting Contest Winners

Cinequest has announce that The Imperfect Cell, Mister Dunbury’s Exotic Lunatic Caravan, and Marcus were the winners of the Cinequest 14 Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 04/14/2004

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Contact

San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 995-5033 x125 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@cinequest.org

Contact: Antonea Colon, Screenwriting Competition Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter M. Rowan Meyer

An interview with screenwriter M. Rowan Meyer regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 05/18/2016

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Eugenie Carabatsos

An interview with screenwriter Eugenie Carabatsos regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 04/05/2015

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Sean Corrigan

An interview with screenwriter Sean Corrigan regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 03/22/2015

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Allen Wolf

An interview with screenwriter Allen Wolf regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 03/11/2015

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Stacie Shellner

An interview with screenwriter Stacie Shellner regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 03/04/2015

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Joey Perotti

An interview with screenwriter Joey Perotti regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 05/15/2014

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Stephen Warren

An interview with screenwriter Stephen Warren regarding the Cinequest Writing Competition.

Updated: 04/09/2004
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