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SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS



Please verify fees and regulations by contacting the contest representatives.

If you'd like your contest listed here, please submit the details by clicking here.


We are proud to sponsor the following
screenplay competitions:


StoryPros Awards
Screenwriting Competition


StoryPros Awards Screenwriting Competition


New Media Film Festival
Screenwriting Competition


New Media Film Festival Screenwriting Competition


Scriptapalooza International
Screenwriting Competition


Scriptapalooza International Screenwriting Competition


Horror Hotel International
Film Festival Screenwriting Competition


Horror Hotel International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition


The Indie Gathering
International Screenplay Competition


The Indie Gathering - International Screenplay Competition


The ECU Film Festival
Screenplay Competition


ECU Film Festival Screenplay Competition


Cynosure
Screenwriting Awards


Cynosure Screenwriting Awards


Ivy Film Festival
Screenwriting Awards


Ivy Film Festival



Our Sponsored Competitions:


Name: Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Deadline: April 7 (early), June 9 (regular), August 11 (late)
Entry Fee: $55 (early), $65 (regular), $75 (late)
Awards: There will be one $5000 Grand Prize winner. This winner can come from either category. Additionally, the Grand Prize Winner will receive an advisory meeting with an established Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager. The First Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $500. The Second Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $250. For more information and additional prizes, please visit the Contest page.
Website: http://broadmindent.com
Eligibility: Open to all writers.
Notification: October 21, 2018
Address: 3699 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 850
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Zipcode: 90010
Country: United States
Phone: 818-738-9970
Email: cynosure@broadmindent.com
Contact: Andretta Hamilton, Contest Coordinator
Objective: The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing and rewarding screenplays in two distinct categories: screenplays which feature compelling female protagonists; and screenplays that showcase diversity (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.).
Rules: See website for Rules
Name: European Independent Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Deadline: March 19th, 2017
Entry Fee: 60.00 EUR
Awards: The two overall winners will receive an additional prize and the coveted title of Best Feature Script / Best Short Script 2017  a title we are certain will help emerging writers overcome the obstacle of "representation" and get their scripts read by the right people.
Website: http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/
Eligibility: Open To All Writers.
Notification: March 27, 2017
Address: 108 rue Damremont
City: Paris
Zipcode: 75018
Country: France
Email: info@ecufilmfestival.com
Contact: Giedre Bumbulyte
Objective: The script competition's focus is on independent screenplays, that is, scripts that aren't aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets.
Rules: Please see website for rules.
Name: Horror Hotel International Film Festival
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $30 (early), $35 (standard), $40 (late)
Awards: Awards up to 4th place in each category, as well as honorable mentions. Awards to attending winners include trophies, plaques and certificates. Best overall scripts will each receive copies of Movie Outline from Nuvotech, valued at $199.95 each. Our Top 5 1st place feature winners will receive a listing on InkTip.
Website: http://horrorhotel.net/script-submissions-1.html
Eligibility: Open to all writers.
Notification: April 15, 2017
Address: 5009 Storer Ave.
City: Cleveland
State: Ohio
Zipcode: 44102
Country: United States
Phone: 216-323-2393
Email: kristina@worldeonline.com
Contact: Kristina Michelle
Objective: Recognition for bloody good scripts and writers.
Rules: Please see website.
Name: Ivy Film Festival
Deadline: March 1st
Entry Fee: $20
Awards: We have three winners in 5 categories. The categories are Undergrad Feature, Graduate Feature, Television Pilots, Undergrad Shorts, and Grad Shorts.
Website: http://www.ivyfilmfestival.org
Notification: March 15th
Address: 69 Brown Street
City: Providence
State: Rhode Island
Zipcode: 02912
Country: United States
Phone: 617-515-5806
Email: iffbusiness2014@gmail.com
Contact: Sea-Jay Van der Ploeg
Objective: Ivy Film Festival (IFF) is the world's largest student-run, student-film festival, held annually on the campus of Brown University each spring. The festival was initiated by Brown students in 2001 with the goal of creating a venue, managed entirely by students, to showcase the efforts of student filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. The keystone of Ivy Film Festival is our official selection of student films which are submitted from around the world. Alongside some of the most accomplished professionals in the industry, the student filmmakers are invited to present their work and learn from established directors, producers, and writers. The Ivy Film Festival also supports student filmmakers by hosting screenplay competitions throughout the year, by hosting the annual 48 Hour Film Festival in mid-November, and by hosting our keystone festival week screenplay competition (March 15/ScriptDelivery contest). These competitions engage the entire Brown community and promote student creation across universities worldwide.
Name: New Media Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Deadline: April 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $85 (regular), $90 (late)
Awards: $45,000.00 in Awards will be given out One "Grand Prize" and 20 "Best Category" awards.
Website: http://www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
Eligibility: Please see website.
Notification: June 6, 2017
Address: 10850 W. Pico Blvd
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Zipcode: 90064
Country: United States
Email: info@NewMediaFilmFestival
Contact: Jan
Objective: The find the best in new media. To honor stories worth telling!
Rules: Please see website.
Name: Screamfest LA Screenwriting Competition
Deadline: January 15, March 15, June 2, June 15
Entry Fee: $37 (early), $52 (regular), $62 (final), $77 (extended)
Awards: Top 4 Finalist will receive: $250 cash prize Movie Magic Screenwriting software A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. Publish your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers. Winning Screenwriter will receive: $1,000 cash prize Our amazing gold skull trophy Movie Magic Screenwriting software A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. Publish your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication sent to nearly 15,000 producers, agents and managers.
Website: https://screamfestla.com/
Eligibility: Feature Film Screenplays Only
Notification: October 2017
Address: 8840 Wilshire Blvd.
City: Beverly Hills
State: California
Zipcode: 90211
Country: United States
Phone: 310-358-3273
Fax: 310-358-3272
Email: info@screamfestla.com
Contact: Rachel Belofsky
Objective: Screamfest was formed in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution.
Rules: See website for rules.
Name: Scriptapalooza
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $45 (very early), $50 (early), $55 (regular), $60 (late), $65 (final)
Awards: This year we are awarding over $50,000 in cash and software prizes. Our First Place Winner will receive $10,000 Cash and all Genre Winners will receive $500 cash. But the most important prize of all is that Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch and push the Seminfinalists and higher for an entire year.
Website: http://scriptapalooza.com/home.php
Eligibility: This competition is open to any writer, 18 or older without produced feature film credits.
Notification: August 15, 2017
City: Hollywood
State: California
Zipcode: 90046
Country: United States
Phone: 310-594-5384
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com
Contact: Mark Andrushko
Objective: From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts. Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies. But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
Rules: Please see website.
Name: StoryPros International Screenplay Contest
Deadline: 11/11/16
Entry Fee: $40 (early), $50 (regular), $60 (late)
Awards: $15,000 in CASH & PRIZES! Major Contest Sponsors: MovieMagic Screenwriter, InkTip, SellAScript.com, Save The Cat!, Movie Outline Software, Mariner Software, Great Dialogue Software, and Hollywood Script Express. Please see website for details.
Website: http://www.storypros.com
Eligibility: Please see website.
Notification: December, 2016
Address: 21781 Ventura Blvd., #210
City: Woodland Hills
State: California
Zipcode: 91364
Country: United States
Phone: 310-356-6040
Fax: 818-332-7989
Email: info@storypros.com
Contact: John Dart
Objective: Open to writers of all levels and backgrounds, the StoryPros International's objective is to recognize, support and promote your work with financial rewards, software and services -- as well as providing an open door to industry professionals with guaranteed reads and promotion to our network of contacts. Past entrants and winners have gone on to representation, options, assignments and sales...and even just making the late rounds can get your script noticed!
Rules: Please see website.
Name: The Indie Gathering - International Screenplay Competition
Deadline: April 24th (standard), May 8th (late)
Entry Fee: $35 (early), $40 (regular), $45 (late)
Awards: Awards up to 4th place in each category, as well as honorable mentions. Awards to attending winners include trophies, plaques and certificates. Best Overall Feature / Best Overall Short / Best Pilot or Series will each receive copies of Movie Outline 3.0 from Nuvotech, valued at $199.95 each. The top 12 feature scripts will receive listings on InkTip.
Website: http://www.theindiegathering.com/home.html
Eligibility: Open to all writers.
Notification: July 1st, 2017
Address: 5009 Storer Ave.
City: Cleveland
State: Ohio
Zipcode: 44102
Country: United States
Phone: 216-323-2393
Email: ray@worldeonline.com
Contact: Ray Szuch
Objective: To recognize excellence in script writing of shorts and features in a wide variety of genres.
Rules: Please see website.
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