The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Entering it’s eleventh year, the competition retains a stellar reputation that hinges in no small part on its knack for exhibiting a compelling mix of stories from around the globe and providing opportunities for writers to tap into a network recognized for accelerating their drive towards success.
Winners and finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival (Feb 23- Mar 8, 2015).
Submit today for a chance at $7000 in cash prizes! Seeking all genres, including comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material for features, short-films, and teleplays. Submissions accepted June 1 – November 7, 2014
FEATURES: A $5000 cash prize will be presented to the winning feature-length script. Finalists also get their scripts read by industry professionals. Past participating readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Goldstein Company, Big Bad Wolf Production, Popular Films, and Occupant Films.SHORTS: Back by popular demand is the short-film category with $1000 cash prize and screening opportunity at a future Cinequest Film Festival for the winning script. TELEPLAYS (NEW): New to this year’s mix is our teleplay category offering writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! This category offers a $1000 cash prize to the winner.
|Deadline||Date||Entry Fee||Days till Deadline|
|Early Bird||July 18, 2014||$45 Features;$30 Short;$35 Teleplay|
|Regular||September 26, 2014||$50 Features;$35 Short;$40 Teleplay||3|
|Late||October 17, 2014||$60 features;$50 Short;$55 Teleplay||24|
|Extended Late (WAB only)||November 7, 2014||$65 Features; $55 Shorts; $60 Teleplay||45|
Submissions are accepted via www.cinequest.org and Withoutabox.
Notification: Top Ten: February 2015.
First Place Receives (1) $5000 USD cash prize. Winning script by more than one writer will have cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team. (2) Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film Festival 25. (3) All Amenities listed in Top Ten Finalists section.SHORT-FILM SCREENPLAY AWARDS:
(1) Receives $1000 USD cash prize. Winning script by more than one writer will have cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team. (2) Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film Festival 25. (3) Invitation to screen winning short at a future Cinequest Film Festival. Film is limited to a 20-minute run time (maximum). Cinequest is not responsible for the production of the film. (4) All Amenities listed in Top Ten Finalists section.TELEPLAY AWARDS:
(1) Receives $1000 USD cash prize. Winning script by more than one writer will have cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team. (2) Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film Festival 25. (3) All Amenities listed in Top Ten Finalists section.
TOP TEN FINALISTS
(1) Recognition on Cinequest website and through a press release. (2) Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival 25 with two Artist festival passes. (3) Invitation to VIP Screenwriters Lunch and Pitch Session. (4) Participation in Writers Celebration. (5) Special discounts and rates on accommodations during Cinequest Film Festival 25.
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