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Screenplay Contests Found: 94

San Francisco Indie Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/28/2017

For 19 years SF IndieFest has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press, and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get Variety reviews, picked up at other fests, and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanded autographs and buying them drinks. This year, we're rolling out a screenplay contest with the goal of expanding our filmmaker reach.

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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017

This season we're taking the Feature/Pilot winner to Park City during Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Like those Table Read winners who have received Oscar Nominations, or have premiered their produced scripts at a major film festival like Cannes, Table Read My Screenplay will help to motivate your passion for writing through the film festival and showcase experience, put some cash in your pocket, give you the opportunity to confidently network with the title of “Grand Prize Winner,” and a support mechanism for layering a long-term career with an invitation to be a part of the elite ISA Development Program Slate.

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Limbo Script Awards

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017

LIMBO screenplay contest is now open for the second year! This year LIMBO will announce two winners. Submit your screenplay for a chance to win $500 cash and a chance to sell your screenplay to the producers. If your script is already in perfect shape, great! Submit it as is. We are looking for the best writer in the bunch. Enter the LIMBO Script Competition and come out a winner!

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Macoproject Online Film Festival

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017

We are an online film/screenplay competition open internationally to all filmmakers who thrive on the art and passion of filmmaking and screenwriting.

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Roadmap Writers & Route 1 Entertainment

Final Deadline: 12/06/2017

Roadmap Writers and Route One Entertainment are looking for the next great feature, pilot or short script, from un-produced screenwriters. Winning Script will be optioned by Route One Entertainment, put on their high profile development slate for production and, to further show commitment to the project, Route One will also have a proof of concept short produced.

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Screenwriting Goldmine Awards

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017

Get noticed by the British TV industry. More than 40 key players from the industry are on the final judging panel, including producers, Heads of Development, script editors and agents from companies such as BBC, C4, HBO Europe, STV, Kudos, Left Bank, Abbotvision, Bad Wolf, Tiger Aspect, Hat Trick, Bentley and World Productions. This means the five shortlisted finalists get an extraordinary simultaneous distribution of their writing into the upper reaches of the industry.

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Toronto International Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017

We are a team of Canadian artists and industry professionals who are passionate about film and passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from Toronto and around the world. Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of writers and filmmakers.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Faith in Film: International Family and Faith Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017

Mission: Faith in Film is dedicated to forging a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of filmmakers focused on adding the element of faith to their films and facilitate established filmmakers in transitioning into making more faith films. Our aim is to build a festival that will introduce faith based films to mass audiences, ultimately, giving them the same multi platform release schedules and revenue streams that traditional studio films and high end independent films enjoy; and to inspire, showcase, support, and develop filmmakers of all faith’s to make great faith based films that leave others touched, moved and inspired; and filmmakers and distributors empowered to make and distribute more faith and family films.

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New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017

We love New York and we love film! We especially loves films shot, set, about, or written and produced and starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorker, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all. (And no, you don’t have to be from here to submit your scripts). We are a passionate group of entertainment professionals who care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York City filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.

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Black Screenplays Matter

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017

We are a team of artists, writers, directors, and producers that want nothing more than to support the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. Specifically, those storytellers that passionate about telling stories about our communities in the U.S. and abroad, from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean, to Wall Street and the streets of London to the NBA.

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The WeScreenplay Feature Competition

Final Deadline: 12/15/2017

MISSION: To provide industry exposure and support to feature screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told. FEEDBACK: We believe that writers need feedback to improve, which is why we provide the judges’ scorecards to every entrant at no additional charge. PROMISE: We promise to give all scripts two rounds of scores and there will be a total of six rounds of scores to ensure fairness and transparency.

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Military Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 12/15/2017

The Military Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature screenplays and television scripts that feature military stories, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to development executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL ENTRIES RECEIVE... SCRIPT SHOWCASE A custom project page on the website to showcase your script to development executives, producers, managers and agents.

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BOLT

Final Deadline: 12/15/2017

BOLT is an innovative new screenplay competition from the creators of Barnstorm Fest. The rules are simple: Pick a prompt. Write a 1-10 page screenplay based on the prompt. Then Barnstorm Media chooses the winner and makes your movie. You get to be the Executive Producer. Also, every submission receives feedback from the producers at Barnstorm Media.

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ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

Final Deadline: 12/16/2017

Our jury is looking for short stories (not screenplays) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by our network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals.

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Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search

Final Deadline: 12/18/2017

We want to see the best short screenplays from around the globe.

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Destiny City Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/18/2017

The Destiny City Film Festival was founded in part because we want to show great movies. And we know that at the heart of every great movie is a great story – one that is destined to inspire and entertain. Screenplays are the foundation of every memorable film, and we are dedicated to supporting the writing community and the stories they create. Thus, we are thrilled to host Tacoma’s first short screenplay competition! We know that the Northwest film community is chock full of talented writers, thinkers, and artists.

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Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 12/22/2017

Breaking Walls is a contest for thriller screenplays with contacts at established Hollywood literary representation and production companies who have agreed to consider the full winning script and the top finalists' loglines. Well-written thrillers are always an excellent way for writers to show Hollywood pros a combination of commerciality, unique voice, and a clear understanding of effective feature film narrative.

Overall rating: 1.5 stars1.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Script Pipeline Great Movie Idea Competition

Final Deadline: 12/27/2017

To discover original, high-concept feature film ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for studio circulation.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Script Pipeline Great TV Show Idea Contest

Final Deadline: 12/27/2017

To discover original, high-concept TV show ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for circulation network execs and television producers.

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ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 12/30/2017

Calling all family-friendly feature film screenplays! Families are the most influential moviegoing audience, yet there’s a surprising lack of high-quality films that appeal to the WHOLE family. This contest avoids the genre-bias of some other contests by seeking exclusively screenplays that are life-affirming stories of faith, courage, hope and love.

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ScreenCraft $30,000 Film Fund

Final Deadline: 12/30/2017

Now accepting Features, Shorts, Pilots and Docs! Every 6 months, at least one filmmaker will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. We announce the winner(s) 6 weeks after each final deadline. We are accepting applications from around the world (in English). Whether you have a simple screenplay or a film, pilot or documentary that’s already in production, we want to consider your short screenplay or in-production short film project.

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CrowdSource Studios Script Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2017

Due to overwhelming demand, we're opening our competition to Television Pilots as well as feature scripts this year! CrowdSource Studios Script Competition was created by professional screenwriters, actors, directors & producers to give unknown screenwriters a real, fair opportunity to be discovered & have your script or pilot produced! Most script competitions offer prizes including publicity, connections & merchandise.

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Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 01/04/2018

We are looking for innovative and compelling storytelling, for characters that surprise and challenge you, for words that pop off the page, and for narratives that twist and turn like a country back road. This year we’re accepting both feature scripts and pilot scripts; you’re more than welcome to submit in both categories.

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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/12/2018

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NaFF draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians and industry to ten days of films, panels, red carpet events, live music showcases and parties. NaFF draws more film entries than almost every other film festival in the country, in part, because it is an Academy® Award Qualifying Festival in three short film categories.

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WriteMovies Winter 2018 Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 01/14/2018

Welcome everybody to the latest WriteMovies main contest – the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition! We’re really enjoying the progress of our contests and winners, and all you writers out there, so it brings us great joy whenever a new contest starts! After a satisfying response to the Summer Contest we decided to keep on our new special awards – the “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best teleplay or Pilot” will remain a part of the Winter contest! (By the way, the Summer winners of these cool prizes will be announced this Friday.

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Sundance Feature Film Program

Final Deadline: 01/17/2018

The Sundance Institute is interested in supporting original, compelling, human stories that reflect the independent vision of the writer and/or writer/director.

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IndieFest Film Awards

Final Deadline: 01/19/2018

The IndieFEST Film Awards are unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. The IndieFEST is about helping industry professionals who create fresh, standout entertainment achieve the publicity and credibility they deserve.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 01/31/2018

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's General Track, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers).

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The Poe Contest

Final Deadline: 02/02/2018

The Poe Contest mission is to recognize and reward fresh voices and creative storytelling, and to assist writers in their quest to obtain representation and produce their work.

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2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/20/2018

Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today. We provide each writer who enters BlueCat one written analysis while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require.

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Writers and Filmmakers

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot one of the top 10 scripts. Winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script! The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.

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L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Fest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

It's been hailed by L.A. Weekly as the festival with "THE WORLD'S SEXIEST DARKEST CRIME SHORT FILMS." Saturday, May 27th, Dave and Buster's hosts THE L.A. NEO NOIR, NOVEL, FILM, AND SCRIPT FEST V (LANNEFF). This festival is brought to you by Carey Westbrook and Associates, whose students include the Academy Award nominated producers of Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond The Pines, Men of Honor, and Soul Food.

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Grave Intentions Horror Anthology & Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

One screenplay and up to ten short films will win $500 each! As filmmakers, we know that outside of the film festival circuit, most shorts will die a lonely death in the bowels of the interwebs. So to help amazing shorts get the audience they deserve, we’re creating "Grave Intentions: An Anthology of Chills, Thrills, and Kills." And your film could be a part of it! If your short would be at home on The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, The Outer Limits, or Creep Show, we want to see it.

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Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

Fly to Los Angeles, attend the famed Robert Mckee Story Seminer, and have one-on-one meetings with Hollywood producers, managers, and entertainment attorneys. Laurels will be awarded to: 100 FINALISTS + 10 HONOREES + 1 FELLOW ...The INROADS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP competition was created to locate, expose and nurture up-and-coming screenwriters who have yet to receive their invitation to the mainstream industry.

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Horror Hotel International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 03/01/2018

Recognition for bloody good scripts and writers.

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ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship

Final Deadline: 03/01/2018

The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship has quickly become one of the most important screenwriting talent discovery platforms for the entertainment industry. The chosen recipients will receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings and introductions to key entertainment executives, producers and representatives.

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Scriptapalooza Fellowship

Final Deadline: 03/12/2018

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. Application Requirements: Completed application and fee.

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Women In Cinema International Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 03/15/2018

We are looking for standout screenplays by women. The competition awards the writer who pushes the boundaries of cinema with her original, nuanced characters and dynamic storytelling and dialogue. There are no limitations on content or genre. The main character does not have to be female, but the screenwriter does. Cash awards, as well as a Skype pitch with an executive and pitch preparation for the winning entry.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

First 10 Pages Script Contest

Final Deadline: 03/15/2018

The First 10 Pages Script Competition recognizes and showcases exceptional feature and television writing in all genres, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to industry executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL SCRIPT ENTRIES RECEIVE... SCRIPT SHOWCASE A custom project page on the website to showcase your script to development executives, producers, managers and agents.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 5 Comments

Hollywood International Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 03/20/2018

We are the home of the entertainment industry and we get our winners the exposure they deserve. Our goal is to connect writers with agents, managers, and producers. Most great films are made in Hollywood. Most Award winning films have been made in Hollywood and the majority of Award winning artists live in Hollywood so it makes sense to get your script read by the people who have access to the people who can get it made and get it made right! We don’t care where you’re from or what sort of past you have, if you’ve written a great script, we want to read it.

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Cannes Golden Plume Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 03/22/2018

Cannes has long been the Mecca of the entertainment industry. It is the place to showcase the best of the best films. It’s as if the city was founded for the sole purpose of showcasing timeless classics. And now, it is also the home of the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition that will showcase the next generation of great writers.

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Women Who Write in Film

Final Deadline: 03/22/2018

We are Women Who Write and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world.

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Diversity Film & Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 03/31/2018

The Diversity Film & Script Showcase recognizes and showcases screenplays with a PERSON OF COLOR REPRESENTED as one of the following: Lead Character OR Writer or Co-Writer. The competition recognizes and showcases feature screenplays, shorts, and television scripts, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to development executives, producers, agents, and managers.

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100 Screenplays

Final Deadline: 04/01/2018

"100 Screenplays" is a unique contest brought to you by "Screenplay Festival," one of the longest running and highest rated screenplay competitions on MovieBytes. We accept one hundred scripts into each contest, and quickly get the results to you. "!00 Screenplays" is a fast, targeted screenplay contest where every writer who enters goes in knowing exactly how many scripts will be in the competition, and every writer knows that there will be results less than a month after the contest closes.

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Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 04/16/2018

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include 1 hour existing spec scripts, 1/2 hour existing sitcom spec scripts, original pilots, and reality programs. This competition is designed with the TV writer and crossover screenwriter in mind. The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies.

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Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 04/27/2018

Welcome to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost screenwriting competition dedicated to the odd and insane. Because as Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes “Awww!” Our aim is to launch the careers of cinema’s most original screenwriters by creating the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition.

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True Story Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/29/2018

The True Story Screenplay Competition recognizes and showcases true story feature screenplays and television scripts, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to development executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL SCRIPT ENTRIES RECEIVE... SCRIPT SHOWCASE A custom project page on the website to showcase your script to development executives, producers, managers and agents.

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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Final Deadline: 04/30/2018

Scriptapalooza was founded in 1998 with the goal of helping as many writers as possible through the competition. We have over 90 production companies, agents and managers reading all the entered scripts. (A complete list of participants is on Scriptapalooza's website.) We actively push the Semifinalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners for a full year with the intention of creating opportunities for the writers.

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The Indie Gathering's Screenwriter Contest

Final Deadline: 05/08/2018

To recognize excellence in screenwriting of shorts and features in a wide variety of genres.

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Adapted Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/15/2018

The ONLY screenplay competition focused exclusively on adapted material. The Adapted Screenplay Competition recognizes and showcases adapted feature and television scripts in ALL genres, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to industry executives, producers, agents, and managers. ALL SCRIPT ENTRIES RECEIVE.

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