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Screenplay Contests Found: 25

Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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: 06/02/2017 (expired)

To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers. The annual submission period for the Writing Program opens during the month of May. Specific dates vary year to year.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 02/28/2017 (expired)

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, 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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MARZA Story Circus Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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

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Kuzmacinema Feature Script Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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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The History Unscripted Development Pipeline

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

History and the NYTVF awarding development deals for original unscripted, reality and doc TV programming. Submit your casting tape and series concept for the opportunity to receive funding, win $10k and participate in pilot production with History Channel. The History Unscripted Development Pipeline History, home of factual entertainment hits including Pawn Stars and American Pickers, is collaborating with the NYTVF on a new initiative to give independent artists and production companies a chance to develop fresh unscripted programming for cable's number two network.

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Prototype

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

"Prototype" is an online film program in partnership with New Regency Productions, the studio behind "Fight Club" and "The Internship." The program will utilize Break Media’s vast digital platforms to discover up and coming directorial talent and connect them directly with Hollywood. Eight promising filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 each to direct their own action, sci-fi or effects-driven short film.

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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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theOffice Fellowship

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

We are once again offering a FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP to theOffice. theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace in Brentwood, CA. Our members get free coffee & tea, wifi, Aeron chairs and peace of mind, all in the company of likeminded professional writers. The fellowship works like this: You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with why you want this.

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NHMC Television Writers Program

Final Deadline: 08/03/2015 (expired)

The NHMC Television Writers Program focuses on the writing of an original TV pilot or a spec episode of a series currently on TV, conducted in an environment that simulates a TV Writers Room. The five-week, total immersion workshop is guided by former NBC V.P. of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Studio City, California. 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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Insight Festival Student Filmmaker Award

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To find the student filmmaker in the UK with the best potential to gain the most benefit from a six-week, all-expenses-paid internship with a film production company near Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. Entrants can submit a two-page synopsis and a five-page script extract as well as filling out the online entry form.

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Narrative Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/01/2016 (expired)

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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International Screenplay for a Horror Film

Final Deadline: 01/31/2016 (expired)

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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TV One Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/16/2017 (expired)

The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 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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Milano Playwriting Festival - New TV Series Projects

Final Deadline: 09/30/2016 (expired)

Milano Playwriting Festival and its producer It’s Time Produzioni Srls are looking for innovative TV series projects from across the globe. Milano Playwriting Festival opens itself up to innovative serial projects because it believes that supporting the playwriting fragile economy requires practically the creation of a flourishing screenwriters’ market around it.

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CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 10/28/2016 (expired)

CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition is an International Young Talents Project dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talents. We welcome scenarios from anywhere in the world. We are looking forward to reading your scenario! WHY FANTASY? Fantastic films push the boundaries of the imagination to another realm where anything in this world, other worlds, or even the entire universe, can exist.

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Movie Skits 'Scripts For Comedy Skits' Writing Contest

Final Deadline: 05/10/2017 (expired)

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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Iconic Character Free Fellowship

Final Deadline: 05/31/2017 (expired)

An Italian Don. A Young Wizard. A High School Vampire Slayer. An Underdog Boxer. A Debonair MI-6 Agent. A Competitive Bridesmaid. You know these classic characters just by their brief descriptions. Iconic movies and TV series come from iconic characters that we never forget. Whether they haunt us, inspire us, excite us or help us see things in a different light, a stand out script needs a compelling protagonist.

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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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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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Amazon Studios

Final Deadline: Last day of the month.

Movies have been developed pretty much the same way since talkies were considered cutting-edge. But here at Amazon Studios, we believe 21st-century technology creates opportunities to make and share movies and scripts more easily than ever. We invite you to: Win money. Amazon Studios will award a combined $2.7 million in our first year's worth of monthly and annual contests for the best scripts and movies.

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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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