WRITERS RESOURCES

Film Festivals, Writing Competitions, Conferences, Markets, Script Libraries

Screenplay Competitions

Film Festivals and Screenplay Competitions offer a fantastic opportunity for writers to share their work, receive constructive 

feedback, and meet fellow filmmakers and writers.

 

While many of these competitions offer cash prizes, several present the opportunity to develop your work with seasoned

professionals.  For example - Screenplays developed in The Sundance Screenwriters Lab have gone on to be produced, premiering at The Sundance Film Festival and further award recognition.

 

Here is a list of the top competitions with links to their sites for further information and submission guidelines:

 

Nicholl Fellowship –  Up to $35,000.00

 

Sundance Screenwriters Lab

 

HBO Writing Fellowship

 

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - $5,000.00 Prize

 

The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition - $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

IFP Market

 

Nantucket Film Festival - $7,000.00 Cash and Prizes

 

Austin Film Festival AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition - $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Fade In Awards - $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards - $25,000.00 Prize

 

The Scripted Project

 

Austin Screenwriting Competition –  $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition - $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest - $20,000.00 In Cash and Prizes

 

Nashville Film Festival – $65,000.00 Cash and Prizes

 

New York Screenplay – $15,000.00 Cash and Prizes

 

TrackingB Feature Script Contest –  Exposure to accredited Industry Panels

 

ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest - $2,000.00 Cash Prize

 

The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards - $5,000 Cash Prize

 

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Contest - $3,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition - $2,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition - $15,000.00 Cash Prize

 

High Concept Screenplay Competition - $1500.00 Prize

 

The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition - $3,000.00 Cash Prize

 

ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest - $2,000.00 Prize

 

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Contest - $3,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest - $10,000.00 Cash Prize

 

The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest - $2500.00 Cash Prize

 

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition - $20,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest - $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest - $1,000.00 Prize

 

Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition - $5,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition - $25,000.00 Cash Prizes

 

BIG BREAK Screenwriting Contest - $15,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Virginia Screenwriting Competition - $1,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Competition

 

Canada International Film Festival – Discovery and Recognition

 

Ohio Independent Film Festival –  $25,000.00 Cash Prize

 

Moondance Film Festival –  $6,000.00 worth in Prizes

 

Sarasota County Film TV Me Contest

 

New York Television Festival NYTVF

 

NexTV

 

Pitch Festivals

Both Writers and Industry Professionals have strong opinions when it comes to Pitch Festivals and Conferences.  Although there is always an understandable caution when approaching any opportunity where you have to pay, there are several that I believe worthy of exploring.  The fees they charge are toward basic overhead costs.

 

And most importantly, you are legitimately getting the opportunity to hone your pitch and meet with prodcuers, agents, and managers.  The reps that attend the festivals I listed below are sincere in their desire to discover talent and find material.  

 

Do your homework.  Research each festival to see which matches your area and strengths.  Contact them. Ask questions.

 

Always make informed decisions with your career and education.

Screenplay Library

One of the most effective ways to learn how to write is to read.  Read great scripts.  Watch the film and study how the prose 

translated onto the screen.  As a writing exercise, I encourage my students to type out their favorite scenes from their favorite movies to "feel" how the composing proceeds.

 

Here are links to award winning screenplays that have been made available by the film's studios and production companies.  They are listed here as a resource material for you.

 

 

American Sniper by Jason Hall

 

Still Alice by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

 

Boyhood by Richard Linklater

 

12 Years A Slave by John Ridley

 

American Hustle by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

 

Enough Said by Nicole Holofcener

 

The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten

 

The Fault In Our Stars by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

 

Bridesmaids by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

 

The Way Way Back by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

 

Whiplash by Damien Chazelle

 

Dallas Buyers Club by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

 

The Wolf of Wall Street by Terence Winter

 

Argo by Chris Terrio

 

The King's Speech by David Seidler

 

The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin

 

The Imitation Game by Graham Moore

 

Birdman by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., & Aemando Bo

 

Rachel Getting Married by Jenny Lumet

 

Nebraska by Robert W. Nelson

 

Brokeback Mountain by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana

 

Trumbo by John McNamara

 

Danny Collins  by Dan Fogelman  

 

Big Eyes by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

 

Trainwreck by Amy Schumer

 

While We're Young by Noah Baumbach

 

Ex Machina by Alex Garland

 

The End of The Tour by Donald Margulies

 

The Place Beyond The Pines by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, & Darius Marder

 

Wadja by Haifaa Al Mansour

 

Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy