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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Contact

San Jose, CA 95172-0040
(408) 995-5033 x125 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: screenplay@cinequest.org

Contact: Antonea Colon, Screenwriting Competition Coordinator

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Objective

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.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 11/11/2013

Notification: Top Ten: February 2014.

Rules

  • Please include ONLY Withoutabox (WAB) Tracking number and Screenplay title on your submitted manuscript so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. WAB Tracking number is assigned when you register your project with them.
  • Maintain your full contact information in your WAB registration. Do not include it in your submitted script.
  • Script must be in English.
  • Feature-length scripts should be between 70 and 125 pages, excluding title page. Any script over 125 pages will have points deducted.
  • Short film scripts should be 20 pages or less, excluding title page. Any script over 20 pages will have points deducted.
  • All genres accepted. Especially seeking comedy, thriller/mystery, drama, sci-fi, action, animation and highly original material.
  • Script must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced.
  • Any script that becomes purchased, optioned or put into production before the Final Jury decision of February 24, 2014 will be eliminated from the competition with no entry fee refund.
  • Once the entry is received, no rewritten/corrected pages will be accepted.
  • Scripts written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.
  • A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Submission fees are collected by Withoutabox. We do not accept payment by check, money order or postal money order. DO NOT send cash.

Awards

FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAY AWARDS:

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. Dollar

Top 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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