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Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)

Final Deadline: 11/01/2017

The 7th annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that screens more than 120 international cutting edge films and music, making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. RIFF provides industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, the creative FLOW conference, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the Bowtie Criterion/Movieland and the historic Byrd Theatre.

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Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now

Final Deadline: 11/05/2017

Eight Managers. Your Script. Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now is not actually a contest - it's a promotion. From Oct. 2 through Nov. 5, all scripts submitted to www.coverageink.com for coverage which score a 'consider' or better for script are elevated to our manager panel. That's about the top 5%. We've assembled eight of the top literary managers in town, and they are looking for the best writers around.

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Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/07/2017

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.

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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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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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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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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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Bulldog Productions Bi-Annual Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The screenwriting contest is designed to highlight and promote the talent of undiscovered scriptwriters. Bulldog Productions will produce the winning script into a movie during the semester following the Fall deadline. Finalists have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work. Scripts will be judged by a jury of distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, and film enthusiasts in a process that usually spans two weeks.

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Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 06/01/2017 (expired)

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.

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Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/10/2016 (expired)

Have you ever asked yourself "How will anyone know how good my screenplay is, if it never made into a film?" Here is your chance to see your screenplay brought to life. The winner in each category will receive a custom certificate or festival plaque. Also, winners are eligible for IMDB credit as this competition is an IMDB qualified event.

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Storyboard TV - Longform TV Script Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Storyboard TV is an online community of writers, readers, and television watchers that believes in the power of episodic, fictional television to document, enhance, and transform people's lives for the better. The object of Storyboard's long form script competition is to jump start this community and to empower new writers to start creating scripts for television.

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Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To foster excellence in screenwriting that features gay characters, history, or themes important to the gay community, and relevant to our world. Up to four full length finalists and up to six shorts finalists will be named by September 1 annually, and those scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings at the Hoover-Leppen Theater of the Center on Halsted in Chicago.

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Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Soggy Mops Production will be having a short screenwriting competition. The screenplay must be between 5 and 30 pages. The winning script(s) will be produced and promoted in film festivals nationwide in 2011.

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Rocky Mountain Splendor Short Script Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The purpose of this contest is to showcase the beauty of Colorado. The story should be set around a place in Colorado.

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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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How To Get My Screenplay Produced

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To give honest, in depth feedback to writers that they can actually use. Winning writer gets 30% of the entry fees so that they can hopefully produce their film. We offer free advice on how to create a low/no budget feature that can get your script produced, go to film festivals, win awards and get distribution.

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Fresh Voices Pitch Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Write your next script with professional mentoring! Submit your one-three (1-3) page synopsis, treatment, outline, beat-sheet or concept summary and you could get paid to turn your idea into a feature length screenplay. The Grand Prize winner will work with an established manager/producer who'll offer mentorship, career consultation and professional guidance throughout the development process including feedback and script notes.

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Top Dog Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To find screenplays ready for production.

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Shore Scripts

Final Deadline: 08/31/2017 (expired)

Discovering new screenwriting talent from around the world. Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition is focused on unearthing the best scripts from around the world and getting them into the hands of the producers and production companies who have the ability to get them made. Patrick Tobin, the writer of CAKE starring Jennifer Aniston is one of our most recent successes.

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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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Eddie Bauer Jr. Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The EDDIE BAUER JR AND TRUSTFUNDPUNKFILMS SCREENPLAY CONTEST was created to uncover hidden talent, and to help writers get their screenplays in front of industry professionals on the hunt for great content. Grandson of the famed outdoorsman, Eddie Bauer Jr. wrote CASA DEL AGUA about his tumultuous life experiences, and now wants to help fellow screenwriters complete the journey to see their short or feature-length script play out on the big screen.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 2 Comments

Red Eye Writing Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The goal of the Red Eye Writing is to discover and build relationships with talented screenwriters.

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Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST's focus is to promote all genres of writing focusing on scripts fifteen pages or less in length.

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YouPix.org Where Scripts get a Shot!

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

In Hollywood your script has about a One in a Million chance of being produced ... That sucks! At YouPix.org your script has a One in a Thousand chance of being produced ... That sucks less. No Script or Short Film competition offers you as much as YouPix.org. Our winners make a movie. An actual movie – you don't get a trophy, prize or a monetary gesture that gets you no further in your career.

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Howling Myth Media Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Writing a story is an act of creation, an illuminating feat unto itself, regardless of whether it ever appears on the silver screen. This contest means to recognize the creative efforts of writers who have endowed their work with spirit, vigor, and a spark of intrigue.

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New Media Scripts Competition

Final Deadline: 04/25/2017 (expired)

Honoring Stories Worth Telling. New Media Scripts: All stories in text format. All Genres and lengths welcomed. If you write stories worth telling, this is the category for you. Whether it is short of long form, features, shorts, docs, reality, live, TV, pilots, animation, comedy, sitcom, drama, webseries, anything scripted, this is for you. WGA and Non WGA accepted.

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Comedy Ninja Film and Screenplay Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

L.A.'s COMEDY NINJA Film Festival aims to be an uproarious three-day comedy free-for-all that will have audiences rolling in the aisles as it showcases the funniest work of comedic performers, directors and writers from around the globe.

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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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ScreenCraft Pilot Launch

Final Deadline: 09/13/2017 (expired)

Our panel of Hollywood industry professionals is looking for the next great drama and comedy TV pilots for network, cable and online platforms! We will also be accepting web series and non-traditional series pilots. Cathryn Humphris Screenwriter: MAD MEN, NCIS, UNDER THE DOME, SUPERNATURAL, V. Ari Lubet, 3 Arts Entertainment Manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the management and production company behind such shows as ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, SILICON VALLEY, PARKS AND RECREATION, 30 ROCK, THE MINDY PROJECT, LOUIE, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, SAINT GEORGE and more.

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Palm Street Films Annual Script Contest

Final Deadline: 05/27/2016 (expired)

Palm Street Films is a Los Angeles-based production company owned and operated by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Fields, who has over 20 years experience having worked for such companies as Lucas Film, Twentieth Century Fox, TriStar and NBC Universal. We offer a $1,000 cash prize for best feature and $500 for best short. The contest is in its FIFTH year and we are thrilled to announce that FOUR of the winning short film scripts have gone into production! In addition to winning cash prizes! YEAR ONE WINNER, Carly Street's Fragile Storm was produced starring legendary Hollywood actor Lance Henriksen! YEAR TWO WINNER, John Whetstone's The Interrogation was produced and went on to premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as well as Dances With Films.

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Circus Road Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 09/01/2017 (expired)

Circus Road wants to find a great project to produce. We have produced and sold films in all genres. We will analyze all finalists with an eye towards optioning one or more screenplays for production.

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HollyShorts Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 05/26/2017 (expired)

HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films and short screenplays from around the globe. The festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less and is looking for the best short screenplays 20 pages or less.

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

Final Deadline: 02/28/2017 (expired)

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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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.

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APM Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The APM Short Screenplay Competition creates opportunities for screenwriters around the globe to get their short screenplay PRODUCED, made into a movie and SEEN by audiences and industry professionals all over the world! Our goal is to discover and promote the original works and talents of emerging screenwriters by making their scripts into films that get audiences talking.

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Austin Revolution Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Austin Revolution Film Fest shines a light on true independent screenwriters and filmmakers. Our writing competition is sponsored by Ink Tip and Final Draft who provide excellent prizes for the writers in addition to tremendous networking opportunities.

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Writers Store ScriptXpert Script Search

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Please see website.

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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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Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/30/2016 (expired)

The Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition is a global screenwriting contest dedicated to inspire, support, and discover innovative narrative storytellers in film and television. Our objective is to launch careers, provide recognition and facilitate networking opportunities for the best new original voices in screenwriting. We welcome screenplays from anywhere in the world.

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Bentonville Film Festival and Lifetime Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 08/12/2016 (expired)

The purpose of this competition is to amplify voices of diversity and inclusion. The screenplays we are looking for will ultimately recognize, support, and embrace people of all faith traditions, genders, sexual orientations, all races and ethnicities, veterans, and the disabled community. These values may or may not manifest themselves in the subject matter of the scripts (we want scripts about almost anything and everything!).

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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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Maine Film Initiative

Final Deadline: 04/30/2017 (expired)

CREATE ORIGINAL & BOLD MOVIES IN MAINE The Maine Film Initiative exists to generate and reward bold original screen-writing; to highlight Maine as a low budget film-making destination; and to support Maine film artists by investing directly in paying productions. OUR BIG IDEA: A SCREENWRITING CONTEST THAT WILL MAKE YOUR FILM YOU GIVE US STORIES.

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Shore Scripts - Short Film Fund

Final Deadline: 04/30/2017 (expired)

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A PRODUCED SCREENWRITER We will be commissioning at least one short film with A budget up to $15,000 (£12,100). Minimum budget of $6250 (£5000) A CALLING CARD All of our Judges, Production Companies & Agents will be sent the final film. That’s over a 100 of the best people working in the industry who will see your work.

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Burning Love Screenplay Contest Presented by Poe Films

Final Deadline: 08/18/2017 (expired)

Poe Films proudly sponsors “Burning Love Screenplay Contest” to discover and promote contemporary screenwriters who bring fresh voices and creative storytelling as Edgar Allan Poe brought to his generation. In collaboration with the Poe Foundation, dedicated to honoring Poe's talents and inspiring the next generation of writers, Poe Films is seeking drama and comedy features, shorts and teleplays driven, at least in part, by love in its many forms.

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Film My Script

Final Deadline: 09/15/2017 (expired)

A screenplay contest for short screenplays between 6 - 10 pages, only. Certificates will be awarded to finalists, 3rd, 2nd and 1st places. The 1st place winner will have their script filmed by FMS. Winner retains full rights to the winning scripts, FMS retains full rights to the film of the winning script. Once made, FMS will enter the finished film into at least 5 film festivals of its choosing.

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Ultimate Logline Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

The Ultimate Logline Contest (TULC) with the ultimate prizes. We have created an ongoing contest to help you to hone your skills, develop your film ideas, and maybe win some accolades and prizes along the way. Each contest is run from the first until the final day of the month. Winners are announced on the 15th of the following month. We have a new category for every contest.

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Script and Storyboard Showcase

Final Deadline: Monthly.

The script is the core of any project. We want to enlight the raw talent of writing. Not everyone knows how to write. We reward ideas, talent, and structure. If in the wrong hands, a good script may end up as a flat movie, but a bad script never, ever is going to make a groundbreaking film. The Script and Storyboard Showcase is the one contest of Talent Factory 100% focused on scripts, and scriptwriting.

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Eight Managers. Your Script.
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