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Stage32.com 'THAT'S A MOVIE!' Logline Contest

Final Deadline: 09/30/2020

Is Your Logline Sabotaging Your Chances of Getting Read? Have it reviewed by an Industry Professional for FREE (and potentially win some awesome prizes)! Simply enter your logline at the bottom of this form. Does this sound familiar? You spent months - or perhaps even years - perfecting your screenplay or television pilot and now you are ready to take that project out into the world.

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The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/15/2020

Got a horror short screenplay? We want to read it. Our winners will be read by a jury featuring over a dozen literary managers, producers, development executives, filmmakers, and even an iconic horror actress. Prizes include guaranteed industry reads, Final Draft licenses for all Top 10 finalists, Shudder subscriptions, Creepy Co gift cards, rare horror memorabilia, and so much more.

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Virginia Screenwriting Competition

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To provide a forum for Virigina screenwriters and promote the future of filmmaking in Virginia.

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Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship

Final Deadline: 06/05/2020 (expired)

To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 08/01/2020 (expired)

Our global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live-action and animated television.

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CBS Diversity Institute

Final Deadline: 05/31/2020 (expired)

The focus of this eight month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation.

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Rod Serling Short Script Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Each script must be written in the same genre and style that would have been suitable to conform with episodes for either THE TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY. More specifically this means displaying traits of either a horror or a science fiction genre, while exhibiting strong traditional or contemporary social themes. Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 until his death in 1975.

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MARZA Story Circus Competition

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MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. (CEO: Koichi Fukazawa), the new film production arm of Sega Sammy group, and 100 Meter Films (CEO: John Williams) are pleased to launch the MARZA Story Circus competition. MARZA's company vision is to produce "Delightful stories for children all over the world!" MARZA aims to produce feature-length CGI animated films for global distribution.

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Vpype Hollywood Pitch Contest

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To help aspiring writers connect with industry professionals and have their scripts read.

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Kuzmacinema Feature Script Competition

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The objective of Kuzmacinema Feature Script Competition to discover a great independent feature script for following production. Screenplays must meet standard feature-length screenplay format. Allusions and citations from the world culture legacy are allowed as well as elements of absurdity or poetic manner. The next genres are not allowed: Crime, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller.

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Astana International Action Film Festival Screenplay and Short Film Competition

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The Astana International Action Film Festival Screenplay and Short Film Competition is a holiday of fun-filled movies. Every summer famous actors, director and producers making dynamic action films gather in the capital city of Kazakhstan.

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We Got Spirit TV Series

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

We are looking for TV writers who want to get in on the ground floor (actually the sub-basement) of a new series. We are in the process of funding the venture through Kickstarter. Once we have the funds, we will need a writer's room. We'd like to get people familiar with the concept now so that we can hit the ground running. We will be accepting pitches for stand alone episodes for the series now.

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Narrative Short Screenplay Competition

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Submission Requirements: 1. Must be a narrative short 2. Screenplay must be under 30 minutes 3. Can be produced on a micro-budget 4. Seeking screenplays that represent the millenial voice, whatever that means.

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Narrative Short

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International Screenplay for a Horror Film

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Visceral Films in association with Land of Illusions and BAO Productions - one of the largest, continuously running horror theme parks in the US, announces an international screenplay competition for an upcoming feature film to be produced in 2016. The story must be of any horror genre, be between 70-90 pages, contain a mixed ensemble cast of 5-6 characters, and take place at specific locations at Land of Illusions Theme Park.

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International Horror

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TV One Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2018 is meant to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The competition is meant to: Encourage filmmakers to offer a fresh perspective and submit contemporary stories with a focus on the American black cultural experience with wide audience appeal.

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Universal Writers Program

Final Deadline: 10/01/2019 (expired)

The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

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HBO Access Writing Fellowship

Final Deadline: 02/13/2019 (expired)

The HBO Access Writing Fellowship provides mentorship for up to eight diverse, emerging storytellers. Following a one-week intensive of Master Classes, participants are immersed in eight months of mentoring by HBO Creative Executives, as each participant develops a script suitable for HBO or Cinemax.

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HBO Access

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Movie Skits 'Scripts For Comedy Skits' Writing Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Movie Skits is Crowdsourced Skit and Sketch Entertainment. We’re running this contest to encourage talented aspiring script writers to share their short form scripts for skits with the growing Movie Skits community of mobile filmmakers to use for their video skit productions. Scriptwriters who publish their written scripts for skits to Movie Skits keep the copyright to their work, but are agreeing to allow the Movie Skits community to rate and comment on them, and to allow mobile filmmakers to use the scripts for their video skit productions, as long as they post their video skit creation back to Movie Skits next to the script and give the author credit.

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Movie Skits Comedy

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theOffice Fellowship

Final Deadline: 03/31/2019 (expired)

It’s easy. You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with a short email explaining why this fellowship is right for you. Our judges select a winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2700. Winner gets their own door code to access the space even when staff isn’t here.

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Athena List

Final Deadline: 08/31/2020 (expired)

The Athena List is an annual script competition that selects exceptional scripts with women leaders at the heart of the story. As the central program in the Athena Film Festival’s Parity Pipeline program, The Athena List’s goal is to raise the profile of the scripts and the writers within the industry with the purpose of getting these movies made and elevating their careers to the next level.

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NBC Writers on the Verge

Final Deadline: 05/10/2020 (expired)

Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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NHMC Television Writers Program

Final Deadline: 07/20/2020 (expired)

The NHMC Television Scriptwriter’s Program is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, *total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Sherman Oaks, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations.

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NHMC Television

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Reddit Screenwriting Competition

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A free competition open to members of the Reddit Screenwriting Community.

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Reddit Screenwriting

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The Script Lab's Free Contest

Final Deadline: 06/30/2020 (expired)

The Script Lab and Coverfly are offering this FREE screenplay competition to help open talent-discovery to anyone and everyone, regardless of financial ability. This contest is open to feature, TV and short screenplays. Scripts must be in English and formatted with industry-standard screenwriting software. Only one entry per writer. Multiple submissions will be automatically eliminated.

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Athena Lab

Final Deadline: 06/01/2020 (expired)

This three-day lab consists of intensive script development with seasoned mentors. It is designed for women writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong woman character(s) in leadership roles at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives.

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Page Turner Screenplays - First 15

Final Deadline: 03/30/2020 (expired)

FIRST 15 - FEATURE & TV PILOT The FIRST 15 is a unique competition where your script will only be judged based upon your opening FIRST 15 pages. As a “Thank You” to everyone for your support during our first two years we are giving anyone who applies on Filmfreeway FREE ENTRY for the FIRST 15 Days of the competition. The FIRST 15 is a great way to kick off the New Year and jump-start your writing to prepare your script for all the upcoming top tier competitions, writers programs and residency applications.

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Future Film Writers (5-page Read)

Final Deadline: 09/18/2020 (expired)

For the first time, Future Film Writers create a 5-page read for new beginner and long term writers. We want to read five pages from any one of your feature-length stories. Three writers with five pages will enter our full contest for free for the chance to win cash prize money. On September 14th – 18th for one week only, one writer with a fantastic five pages could win a chance to have his or her full story to enter our contest for free.

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Future Film Writers (Title Challenge)

Final Deadline: 09/18/2020 (expired)

For the first time, Future Film Writers create a challenge for new beginner and long term writers. A challenge to test the knowledge of a writer that can take a Title and change it into a fantastic story. On September 14th – 18th for one week only. Three stories from (Kids Short and Adult Short) will enter our full contest for free for the chance to win cash prize money.

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FREE Online Movie Idea Contest at ScreenplayFest Philadelphia

Final Deadline: Rolling Contest -- Each Month Winners Announced and Yearly Awards up to $500.

Think you have a good idea for a movie? Submit your Movie Idea and it will be uploaded online for everyone to vote on and review. Why LoglineFest? 1) So you know whether or not your idea is ready to be written into a screenplay before you spend days and months writing. 2) To perfect your Logline to prepare to pitch your script. 3) To win $500 in Awards!

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Philadelphia Logline

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Internet Movie Logline Creator Monthly Logline Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

To help writers hone their loglines by competing with and judging their peers.

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Internet Movie Logline

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Talentville Script of the Month

Final Deadline: Last day of each month

A monthly competition for members of Talentville.com who have uploaded full length, drama or sitcom screenplays at the site. Script are reviewed and rated via a peer review system among the members, with the top three rated scripts becoming a finalist at the end of each month. All finalists receive professional coverage by Scriptapalooza, with the order of finish being judged solely by them.

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StoryPlanner.com Monthly Story Plan Competition

Final Deadline: Monthly.

To use a specified Story Plan screenplay template to define story structure in a compelling way.

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StoryPlanner.com Monthly

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Golden Gateway Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

Break into the Chinese market! New company looking for scripts to market to Chinese film companies. No religious themes. No pornography. No excessive violence. No political themes. No teenage pregnancy. English only. Company will pay a small fee for long-term, non-exclusive rights to represent the script to the Chinese market. Sales will be negotiated separately if and when they occur.

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