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Screenwriting Contests that focus specifically on the family, or that offer a special award for family scripts.

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Screenplay Contests Found: 32

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.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

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.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

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).

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

2018 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 04/16/2018

The PAGE Awards competition was established in the fall of 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development execs. Our goal: to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the country and around the world. And due to the success of our winning writers, the PAGE Awards competition has rapidly become one of the most important sources for new screenwriting talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 65 Comments

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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 05/17/2018

Creative World Awards (CWA) is an international screenwriting contest that is well known for having the writer's interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion. Production: CWA brings an exciting production opportunity to the Grand Prize Winner. This year’s winner will have a short version of their script produced by The MIX, and the film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 59 Comments

GenreBlast Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/12/2018

GenreBlast is an international independent genre film festival coming to you from the awesome Alamo Drafthouse Winchester in beautiful Winchester, VA! GB3 will happen Sept. 6-9, 2018 and will feature the best of truly independent films from around the world - specializing in action, horror, sc-fi, fantasy, martial arts, grindhouse, exploitation, Korean thrillers, Japanese gangster flicks, Chinese action movies, French horror, midnight movies, shoestring budget weird cinema, and everything under the sun! We really welcome all genres of interesting, original, exciting and daring moviemaking! All countries and walks of life are welcome here! We also have a fantastic screenplay contest that is growing larger every year! In our third year, we will really highlight screenwriters by hosting a screenwriting seminar and even having live script readings with professional actors! Our discussion panels at GenreBlast 2 were a big hit and we're bringing them back again for the threequel! Raw, uncensored real talk about indie filmmaking, gender bias, distribution, criticism, and much more will come your way from the mouths of some of the best indie talent out there! After-parties, lively conversation, networking galore, TONS of movies, informative Q&A's and the chance to make new lifelong industry friends - all nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley hamlet of Winchester, VA! Your movie will be shown in front of a lively, enthusiastic crowd of cinephiles and industry peers that don't walk around with their heads up their asses 24/7! What a refreshing way to attend a film fest! Come September, you'll wish you were at GenreBlast! #alltheflavors

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International Family Film Festival (IFFF)

Final Deadline: 09/02/2016 (expired)

IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and productions companies.

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

Worldfest - Houston Int'l Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Contest founded in 1988 to provide an opportunity to compete with talent from around the world. The 42nd Annual WorldFest offers Cash Awards, Special Screenplay Master Classes, significant mentoring and project development opportunities during the ten-day festival. More than 550 international filmmakers and writers attend each year. All Remi Nominees receive VIP Gold All Access Passes to the Festival and the Master Classes (A $800 value).

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

Fade In Awards

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Industry exposure, WGAw writer assistance in polishing winning scripts and $15,000 in cash prizes for up to 19 finalists.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 84 Comments

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/14/2017 (expired)

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 22 Comments

The 16th Annual FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017 (expired)

To make Hollywood more accessible than ever before to more aspiring screenwriters, Filmmakers.com is forming strategic alliances with the powers that be... Championing Emerging Artists. FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards has been in existence since 2000 (formerly known as The Radmin Company / FilmMakers.com Screenplay Contest) and its association with the Radmin Company has been going on since late 2000.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 33 Comments

Moondance International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017 (expired)

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 15 Comments

StoryPros Awards Contest

Final Deadline: 05/10/2017 (expired)

To find the best GENRE scripts. Genre scripts are bought and produced more than 10 to 1 over the serious drama, tentpole or quirky scripts that usually win screenplay contests. This contest pits genre scripts only against scripts within their genre, and seeks to identify and promote to the industry the very best in each genre -- in other words, the scripts with the very best chances in the marketplace.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 28 Comments

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/07/2017 (expired)

Now in our 8th year, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as one of Hollywood's leading screenplay competitions. We offer every screenwriter FREE PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT FEEDBACK plus winning writers receive CASH & PRIZE PACKAGES worth over $20,000 and GUARANTEED SCRIPT CONSIDERATION from top Hollywood Production Companies. Fresh Voices strives to identify, nurture and bring to market the most promising new voices in screenwriting and has developed a successful track record of discovering new screenwriters with many of our past winners now signed by representation, produced, and staffed on TV series.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 25 Comments

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Our aim, quite simply, is to discover and recognize the brightest new talent and original voices in storytelling from around the world. We identify emerging talent and place top new writers firmly on the industry's radar directly in the heart of the motion picture capital of the world.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 20 Comments

Smashcut Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To passionately deliver industry exposure to the best unknown screenplays each season. (and ship our winner and his screenplay out to Sundance!)

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

New York Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world's best new voices in screenwriting for film and television. The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with cash, prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 8 Comments

World Series of Screenwriting

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Storytelling is your passion. Ours is amplifying your voice. The World Series of Screenwriting is dedicated to recognizing and advancing the work of the world's most talented and compelling storytellers in film and television screenwriting. We recognize and award the work of the best new voices in screenwriting from around the world. The World Series of Screenwriting is thrilled to share your unsurpassed commitment toward getting your talent recognized and your stories heard.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest is an international screenwriting competition dedicated to discovering and showcasing the work of the world’s best new emerging screenwriters in the city globally recognized as the center of the movie and television industries. We celebrate and share your passion for storytelling by helping to advance the careers of talented screenwriters, connecting our winners with working industry producers, agents, managers, and development executives.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 24 Comments

Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest stands with the few elite and respected screenwriting competitions that can deliver on the promises of prestige and prominence for its winners. We are extremely proud to provide a level of service above and beyond what you will find in the majority of screenplay contests. Our pride comes from our extraordinary staff that has over 30 years of experience and thrives on helping make dreams come true.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

IFIPG Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To find new and upcoming scriptwriters. To help promote scriptwriters and find potential future projects.

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

The 3rd Annual 1st TV Script Writing Competition: Presented by Filmmakers.com

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017 (expired)

The 1st TV Script Writing Competition is presented by FilmMakers.com . It wasn't that long ago that for a writer to be discovered he or she had to reside in or around Hollywood. The Film Industry is changing rapidly and so are the players as well as the playground. All you need is a break and it starts with you getting your GEM out there. Submit your work to an organization that stood the test of time.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards Competition

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017 (expired)

Season 2: The FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming screenwriters, as well as to empower and educate those talented writers still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream industry. The Filmmatic Screenplay Competiton is open to short and feature-length works, screenplays and pilots. 10 Categorical Winners, 1 Overall Winner, and 100 Finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the competition You've worked hard on your screenplay, and our staff and Judges are excited to read your work.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)

Final Deadline: 07/06/2016 (expired)

The Renaissance in the 15th century was a time when art was at its height. With the digital revolution artists have a golden opportunity, once again, to shape culture and to create art for the sake of beauty or truth, to reflect, to question and to enhance peace. This is why we have established the New Renaissance Film Festival, in LONDON, one of Europe’s greatest film cities – to support and champion the first wave of independent filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era.

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Cannes Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/26/2017 (expired)

The Cannes Screenplay Contest presents a top-level screenwriting competition for aspiring newcomers and seasoned veterans alike seeking to be read, recognized and rewarded for their storytelling talent. This dedicated scriptwriting contest is a rare opportunity for screenwriters to submit their work to be read, judged, and critiqued solely on their ability to captivate and entertain through the written word.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Pitch-2-Script Faith & Family Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2016 (expired)

To encourage the writing of faith and family screenplays by offering a tournament style single elimination pitch and story structure screenplay competition that awards a cash prize to the winning screenplay as well as a cash prize to the entry with the best Pitch.

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Faith & Family Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 02/15/2017 (expired)

The Faith & Family Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature screenplays and television scripts in any genre featuring faith and family stories, 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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Faith in Film: International Family and Faith Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017 (expired)

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.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

Scriptmobile Mobile Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 06/01/2017 (expired)

First ever feature screenplay contest for mobile friendly screenplays. Our goal is to reach new and broader audience and readers for screenplays. With Scriptmobile Mobile Screenplay Contest, screenplays are put into a new and different perspective. Our festival encourages writers to have their screenplays formatted for mobile devices for much broader audience and readers.

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Film Daily - Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 08/31/2017 (expired)

Film Daily is looking for the voices of the new generation. Each month, we launch a new opportunity in a genre for talented screenwriters to win, and are delighted to announce our first competition. Your work will be judged by a panel of over 20 industry professionals. Each screenplay entered gains valuable script coverage. The winners also receive: Professional screenwriting software from our sponsors 1 hour facetime with industry professionals to help kickstart your career An invitation to a special awards event within their region Our screenwriting prize is awarded for comedy, horror, sci-fi, and drama scripts, shorts, and pilots.

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Kids First! Film Festival

Final Deadline: Quarterly deadlines: February 15; May 15; August 15; November 15.

We do full recommendations by trained jurors, providing in-depth feedback for screenwriters. Our annual Best of Fest Award is for the first, second and third place winners for Best Screenplay for the previous year.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments