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A list of contests that accept or specialize in short screenplays, or any scripts that are less than feature-length.

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L.A. Shorts Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

After several years of hiatus we are proud to bring back LA Shorts screenplay competition. Finalists are invited to attend a table reading of the script for a live audience during LA Shorts Fest. The readings are performed by professional actors and actresses in front of an audience, who will vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine the winner.

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L.A. Shorts

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
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Writers Place

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To assist the aspiring screenwriter in realizing his/her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. To eliminate industry chokepoints that stifle creativity and impede screenplay access to managers,agents & producers.

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Writers Place

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/13/2020 (expired)

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. The Cinequest Screenplay Competition empowers global screenwriters through discovery, recognition, and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition.

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Cinequest

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
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NYC Midnight Screenwriter's Challenge

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The mission of the Screenwriter's Challenge is to discover and support a new wave of talented storytellers from around the world. The Challenge is organized by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, LLC. NYC Midnight aims to provide the prizes and exposure necessary for writers to take their next big step towards writing professionally.

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NYC Midnight

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
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Eerie Horror Screenplay Competition

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The Eerie Horror Screenplay Competition offers beginning, aspiring and veteran screenwriters in the horror genre a chance to have their work recognized by people in the industry and beyond and to provide recognition and exposure for screenwriters in the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. The finalists and top 3 winning screenplays will be announced on all Eerie Horror Film Festival websites and winner's information will be forwarded to industry professionals for consideration.

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Eerie Horror

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
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The Broad Humor Film Festival

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This festival is the first of its kind to put the spotlight on film comedies by women. Its goals are to raise the profile of female-generated humor, to give recognition and support to the women making it, and to be a locus of networking and community building.

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Broad Humor

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
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Rod Serling Short Script Competition

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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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Rod Serling

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/24/2020 (expired)

Winning screenplays recommended to leading Hollywood producers! The Colorado Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access.

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Vail Film Festival

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
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Action On Film International Film and Festival and Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 07/01/2019 (expired)

The Action on Film 15th Annual Film Festival celebrates and honors WRITERS of all genres and formats like no other festival does. $2000 in CASH PRIZES for TOP Winners. Now in our 15th year, our Film Festival has garnered a solid reputation as being one of the premier Writing competitions. The AOF MegaFest has created a solid community of Filmmakers and Writers from around the globe.

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Action On Film

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
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GIAA Festival of Short Movies and Screenplays

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The screenplay contest is part of the annual film festival run by the Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA - see www.giaa.us). The goal is to provide recognition to writers of top-quality short screenplays, as will as short movies.

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GIAA Festival

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
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Omaha Film Festival

Final Deadline: 11/11/2019 (expired)

In 2019, the Omaha Film Festival was recognized as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine. The Omaha Film Festival celebrates the artistic, educational, and historical importance of motion pictures. It gives independent film artists a platform for sharing their work and creating a dialogue with the community.

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Omaha

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
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London Independent Film Festival

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The London Independent Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent.

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London Independent

Overall: 1 star (1.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 2 stars2 stars (2.2/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
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Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

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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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Back in the Box

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
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Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition

Final Deadline: 02/25/2021 (expired)

We'll Bring the Festival Experience to You! Script Showcase - Live table read of your script with a professional director and actors. Networking - Roundtable discussion with industry executives after the table read. Cash - $1,000 to each Genre Winner. Career Advice - A general meeting with an industry executive.

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Table Read

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
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Filmshift Screenplay Contest

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Filmshift is committed to advancing the craft of screenwriting as well as the progress of independent screenwriters themselves through our annual screenplay competition. We offer awards including Final Draft screenwriting software, InkTip access awards, and a variety of awards from Script Pipeline . We accept both feature-length and short film scripts of all genres and styles that tell strong and original stories.

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Filmshift

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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Zed Fest Schlock Horror Short Sreenplay Contest

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Zed Fest was formed to acknowledge and encourage new independent filmmakers and screenwriters. We noticed that there are a lot of talented and promising filmmakers and screenwriters that tend to get snubbed by other festivals and competitions simply because they are low budget or less polished. We want to give them the recognition that they deserve and try to help them build upon their abilities.

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Zed Fest Short

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
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Dixie Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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Call for Submissions now open for the 7th annual Dixie Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Festival Dates: September 27 - October 3, Morton Theatre, downtown Athens, Georgia.

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Dixie Festival

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
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Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/05/2020 (expired)

Since 2009, Fresh Voices has been proud to provide a microphone to exciting new voices that deserve to be heard and memorable stories that must be told. Celebrating our 11th Annual Screenplay Competition in 2020, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to help guide dozens of talented writers to secure literary representation, option agreements and other writing assignments, providing the stepping stones and advancing the careers of many of our winning writers.

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Fresh Voices Feature

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
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L.A. Comedy Festival and Screenplay Competition

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LA Comedy Festival and Screenplay Competition is now celebrating its 10th season. It is the largest combined live comedy and film festival in the United States with a mission of ''Finding the Funny''. We pride ourselves in being the premier DISCOVERY festival for the next great comedic talents of both stage and screen. Premiered short films have gone on to with the OSCAR, a premiered web series is currently in development for network TV and films that we premiered have received theatrical distribution and many have continued on to festivals around the globe including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

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L.A. Comedy Fest

Overall: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.8/5.0)
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QuickFilmBudget.com Short Film Contest

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QuickFilmBudget.com is now accepting short scripts (5 pages or less) that present an effective story with a beginning, middle, and end, which can easily be produced. Screenplays can be any genre or subject. Quick Film Budget will judge each submission based on screenplay, budget and a one page filmmaker's statement. All budgets must be created by QuickFilmBudget.

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QuickFilmBudget.com Short

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Ventura Film Festival

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The Ventura Film Festival is a 100% volunteer based organization that raises money and awareness for forest and ocean preservation.

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Ventura Film Festival

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Sidewrite Screenplay Competition

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A division of the Sidewalk Film Festival started in 2004, Sidewrite’s mission is to discover and reward talented screenwriters in Alabama and around the world. The short screenplay competition aims to foster community amongst emerging writers and reinforce cinematic artistry locally. Sidewrite allows passionate writers to enhance their craft and receive recognition for their work and creativity.

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Sidewrite

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
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DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

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Recently named the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine, the 12th DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. The 12th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival (September 10-20, 2015) DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe.

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DC Shorts

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
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KCWIFT and KC Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition

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Kansas City Women in Film and Television (KCWIFT) is pleased to announce the KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. With regard to our mission of empowering, promoting, and mentoring women, we'll award a $1,000 grand prize for Best Screenplay written by a female writer or writing team. Both women and men are eligible to receive our $500 award for the script with the Best Female Protagonist.

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KCWIFT Short

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

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Our intention is to run an event that will be about encouraging Welsh independent film making and screenplay writing both in Welsh and English. Not only within Wales but also Internationally through working with Welsh expat film makers all over the world.Also we very much like to work with and encourage film makers and writers from the rest of the UK and internationally.

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Carmarthen Bay

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LezPlay (formerly Women’s Words)

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Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Contest has Stage, Screenplay, and Shorts categories. We aspire to honor excellence in work written by women for film or stage with lesbian characters or themes.

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LezPlay (Women’s Word)

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George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

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The festival, presented in a university setting and around the beautiful Shoals area, provides attendees with an exceptional lineup of quality workshops, panels, screenings, networking opportunities and informal interaction among filmmakers and all guests. Our priority is to discover emerging talent and promote their work by reaching, educating, inspiring, and entertaining audiences with the best in cinematic art.

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George Lindsey UNA

Overall: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Feedback: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
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Roswell International Film Festival and Digital Shootout

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The Roswell International Sci-Fi Film Festival and Digital-shootout (RISF) is looking for your short scripts to make into a movie. The RISF 2013 Digital Film Shoot-Out is the only filmmaking experience dedicated to bringing a screenwriters vision from “script to screen” in one week. The RISF Digital Film Shoot-Out will provide crew and equipment (A $50,000 dollar value) to five filmmakers who have the opportunity to direct their winning short that will screen at the RISF Digital Film Gala at the end of the week! This is a non-union, non-pay opportunity, but the RISF committee will be provided lodging, on-set meals, IMDB credit and “significant exposure” at the international film festival.

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Roswell

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.5/5.0)
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72 Script Fest

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Write a short 8-10 page script in 72 hours! The Winning script will be produced in September 2014 and premiere at 72 Film Fest 2014 in October.

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72 Script Fest

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
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Willamette Writers FiLMLaBtv

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Willamette Writers invites you to submit your web series pilot for our script to screen competition. The web series script should be 7 pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with 1-4 speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end, and be aimed at a general audience. After an initial round of judging in Portland, Oregon, 10 finalists will be chosen by our industry professionals in LA.

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Willamette Writers FilmLab

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
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Los Angeles Cinema Film Festival of Hollywood

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>The goal of the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood is to recognize and award talented independent filmmakers and Writers, therefore helping them to increase their distribution and project funding opportunities.

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L.A. Cinema Film Fest

Overall: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
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Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)

Final Deadline: 11/12/2020 (expired)

The 8th annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that accepts feature and short screenplays, teleplays, and screens more than 120 international cutting edge film premiers making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. RIFF provides six days of industry panels, Q&As, industry mixers, live music performances, the FLOW Creative & Pitch 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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Richmond Fest

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.8/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
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Horror Hotel International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 03/08/2021 (expired)

The International Horror Hotel fosters creativity within genre writers and filmmakers, providing a platform for them to share their work and gain recognition. Our main focus is in connecting those working within the horror (and sub-genre) community, helping them to expand their network and gain contacts to strengthen their work.

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Horror Hotel

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
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Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
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Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC

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From page to production, from production to profession, the Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC (BSFFNYC) is dedicated to helping filmmakers get their films seen, distributed and grow their career paths by showcasing short films under 20 minutes competing for cash awards in the categories: Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Animation. The BSFFNYC presents a Short Screenplay Competition where short screenplays 15 pages and under have staged reading and compete for cash awards in the categories of Comedy and Drama.

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Brownfish Short Film Festival

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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Hoboken International Film Festival

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Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally. Now in its ninth year, the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") is being held May 30 to June 5, 2014 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, New York.

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Hoboken Fest

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Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

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Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 82nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries will also be on display in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

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Writer's Digest

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (4.9/5.0)
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ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2020 (expired)

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 scripts that are life-affirming stories of faith, courage, hope and love. Whether you have a family drama, comedy, animation, or action-adventure film – we have producers and executives who are hungry for high-quality “four-quadrant” projects to package and produce.

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Writers and Filmmakers

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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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Hill Country Film Festival

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Where raw talent meets raw beauty. HCFF is a five-day independent film festival in the heart of the picturesque Hill Country in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Hill Country Film Festival accepts short and feature films as well as hosts a Short Screenplay Competition (10 pages or less) and a Feature Screenplay Competition (70-120 pages).

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Snake Alley Festival of Film

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The Snake Alley Festival of Film is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Films will screen at the beautifully restored Capitol Theater in the heart of downtown Burlington, Iowa. The theater boasts state of the art equipment and can comfortably seat more than 400 people. A town with a rich history dramatically situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Burlington is a growing center for commerce and culture.

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West Field Screenwriting Awards

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The West Field Screenwriting Awards were created in 2011 by award winning screenwriter Jim Powers for the simple purpose of awarding others for the merit of their work. To do this he enlisted the help of industry insiders, multi-award winning directors, producers, professional writers, and actors to read and select. Your screenplay will be read by these film professionals, who will evaluate the script based on an 8 point grading system, complete with checks and balances, the entire team will find the script that they see fit to be awarded "The Birch" Its easy to get lost in the world of screenwriting, so thats why WFSA was started.

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NYC PictureStart Film Festival

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The NYC PictureStart Film Festival (NYCPSFF) showcases short films from all over the world from emerging filmmakers as well as those already established in the industry. NYCPSFF accepts short films of all genres, narrative and documentaries. Submissions of short films and short film scripts are sought from filmmakers and screenwriters of all backgrounds and levels of experience and entries are accepted year-round.

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

Final Deadline: 09/30/2020 (expired)

THREE IMPORTANT REASONS TO ENTER THIS FESTIVAL: 1. Your entry fee for this year's festival waives your entry fee for next year's festival, which will take place in a major Hollywood theater! Enter now, submit FREE next year. That's two festivals for the price of one! 2. Last year's audience was over 200 people in a sold out crowd at L.

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New Hope Film Festival Script Competition

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To discover and nurture overlooked and underappreciated filmmakers from around the globe.

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SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 04/24/2020 (expired)

The SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition seeks to encourage, recognize and promote talented screenwriters.

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SENE Film Festival

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APM Short Screenplay Competition

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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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APM Short

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Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles

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With so few spots available at the bigger film festivals, independent filmmakers struggle to get noticed. After all the hard work of making a movie, there's nothing like seeing it on the big screen. Sunset Film Festival seeks hidden gems bigger fests often overlook. Sunset Film Festival programmers are looking for visionary filmmakers with fresh voices to share with an audience hungry for independent film.

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Sunset Film Festival

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Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

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Media images represents the most recognizable commodity in the world. The implied messages of media form the world views of millions. In the United States and globally, African, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics and Latinos are severely underrepresented in mass media, and are most often shown in marginal roles when featured. As independent content creators, we can the talents and creativity to change the narrative of the diaspora stories.

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168 Write of Passage

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Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition is a one-week, mentored competition, which instructs writers as they compete. Industry pros (called Development Executives or DE's) critique writers and judge the 1st round of competition. All submissions are 12-pages and are written in 168 hours (1 week), based on the theme given out at the beginning of the writing week.

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Austin Revolution Film Festival

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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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