The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Now in its tenth 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 the drive towards success.
Cinequest's SCREENWRITING COMPETITION accepts feature and short film screenplays and is open to any writer with a flair for storytelling and originality. The competition offers a $5000 cash prize to the winning feature-length script and the Top Ten Finalists get the opportunity to have their script read by industry professionals, such as: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, and XYZ Films. NEW THIS YEAR: A short-film screenplay category (20 pages or less) welcoming all genres. One short-film script will be selected for the $1,000 cash prize and invited to screen at a future Cinequest Film Festival.
All genres accepted, especially seeking feature-length scripts in comedy, thriller/mystery, drama, sci-fi, action, and highly original material.
Notification: Top Ten: February 2014.
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 24. (3) All Amenities listed in Top Ten Finalists section.
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. DollarTop Ten Finalists
(1) Recognition on Cinequest website and press-release. (2) Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with 2 Artist festival passes (all access). (3) Invitation to VIP Screenwriters Lunch and private Pitch-Session with industry leaders. (4) Participate in special forum focused on screenwriters. (5) Special discounts and rates on accommodations. (6) Opportunity to have script read by literary agencies, studios and influential producers.SHORT-FILM SCREENPLAY AWARDS:
First Place (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 24. (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) Recognition on Cinequest website and press-release. (5) Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two (2) Artist festival passes. (6) Invitation to VIP Screenwriters Lunch and private Pitch-Session with industry leaders. (7) Participate in special forum focused on screenwriters. (8) Special discounts and rates on accommodations.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
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