Category Archives: Contests and Competitions

Say Hello to Screenwriting Competition Season!

Get ready to mark your calendars, folks. Many indies have gotten their big break from the following competitions, labs and fellowships (Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar, Destin Cretton, Dawn Porter, Lucy Malloy and Edward Ricourt). What’s the worst that could happen? You spend $50 and turn that idea you’ve been working on FOREVER into an actual script you can shop around or even produce yourself? Sounds like a win-win to me.

If you have any others to add, leave a comment below and I’ll gladly update the list.

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Tribeca Film Fest Wants Your Short Shorts In #6SECFILMS Competition (ends 4/7)


Tribeca Film Festival’s #6SECFILMS Vine Competition

From TFF: “Here’s how it works: Vine creators will make as many Vines as they want in any of the following categories: #GENRE, #AUTEUR, #ANIMATE, or #SERIES (see details below), and our team of jurors will choose their favorites from a shortlist we share on the site. (More jury details to come, but we’re excited to share that our jury panel already includes actor Adam “The King of Vine” Goldberg and Director Penny Marshall!)”
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APPLY: theOffice’s Fellowship Comes With Your Own Writers Cave (Enter by Mar. 15th)


theOffice Fellowship (2013 Edition)

Deadline: March 15th (by midnight PST)

(1) Winner receives 6 months of free access to theOffice in LA (a quiet communal workspace in Santa Monica, CA). This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. 
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Will Smith Wants to See Your Family-Centered TV Scripts (Enter by Mar. 21st)


Search for America’s Newest Scriptwriter Contest

Deadline: March 21st (1pm PST)

James Lassiter and Will Smith of Overbrook Entertainment have joined forces with the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment—a group of leading national advertisers intent on finding and supporting exceptional family content—to find the most talented undiscovered TV scriptwriters in the country. Overbrook Entertainment’s vision, together with the Alliance, is to produce and support extraordinary family entertainment. Because family entertainment means different things to different people make sure your script is unique and emotionally relatable to today’s family.
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Make A Short Film About Underground Music For Nokia Music And Sundance London


Nokia Music Short Film Competition

“To grasp this exciting opportunity, filmmakers need to simply upload a short video trailer (15 to 30 secs) visualizing the underground music scene in their chosen city. If you’d like to get involved, think of this trailer as an audition, which showcases your concept. Nokia, in association with Sundance London (2013), is looking for creative ideas that really push the boundaries of the camera and the possibilities of mobile filmmaking. We are open to all styles and approaches, just make sure you clearly describe what you intend to create.

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WATCH & VOTE: Afrinolly Short Film Competition Finalists


Afrinolly Short Film Competition (via Shadow And Act)

Voting ends on March 8th.

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is aimed at digitally showcasing African cinema talent and providing a platform to foster the generation and of African content and make same available online.

The 20 finalists – ten each from the short film and documentary categories – were selected on the basis of the narrative’s imagination and originality, the plot’s ability to attract and retain the viewer’s attention, clarity of purpose and an overall professional impression. Other criteria for selection included having adept mastery of technical aspects i.e. sound quality, costume, acting, screenplay, editing, lighting and camera work.

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Guess The Right Oscar Winners And Win A Pass To Austin Film Fest


AFF’s Oscar Prediction Contest

Deadline: February 24th at 7pm Eastern Time/ 4pm Pacific Time (the start of the Academy Awards® telecast)

“Try your luck at predicting the 85th Annual Academy Award® winners with AFF’s Oscar Prediction Contest! The top five entrants who most closely predict the winners of the categories below will each win one Film Pass to the 2013 Austin Film Festival. All contest entrants will be entered in a drawing to win a  Grand Prize of one Producers Badge for the 2013 Austin Film Festival! “

To fill out your ballot:

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Screenwriting Competition Season Is Officially Open. Are You Ready?

The worst feeling as an indie just starting out is hearing there’s a great opportunity to jumpstart your career, only to find out the deadline already passed. Well get ready to mark your calendars, folks. Let’s make 2013 the year of starting, finishing AND submitting our dream scripts. 

  • Outfest Screenwriting Lab

2013 Deadline: February 11th

“What began as a screenwriting competition has expanded into a dynamic three-day, mentor-led workshop in Los Angeles for selected screenwriters. The authors of five screenplays will be invited to participate in an intensive laboratory during which they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work.To be held in June 2013, with a follow up event during Outfest Los Angeles 2013, the lab will include sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events.”


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Rock the Vote: Help Celebrate Black Filmmakers Nominated for Heineken Affinity Award

“The Heineken Affinity Award is a new platform celebrating and creating awareness and dialogue around the work of ten emerging and established African American filmmakers. All of the Affinity winners will receive an initial grant in recognition of their excellent work. Now that we’ve created a space for you to view and share their work, it is up to you to help us further support and select one of the filmmakers with an additional $20,000 cash award, as well as year round project support and professional development from the Tribeca Film Institute.”

THIS. IS. AWESOME. Seriously. With all the Oscars “Best Director” snub talk going on (Congrats to Ang Lee, meh to everything else), I’ve been a little down about the industry’s repeated lack of recognizing filmmakers of color. You better believe I will be casting my vote in this amazing platform by Tribeca Film Institute.

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Oscar-Winner Octavia Spencer Wants To See Your Shorts (Enter By Feb. 10th)


Short Film Competition Hosted by Actress Octavia Spencer (THE HELP, SMASHED, FRUITVALE) on her Facebook Fan Page

Deadline: February 10th

From Octavia’s Facebook page:Here’s the deal: If you’ve shot a short and it’s just sitting around your hard drive, post a link to it here on my page before Feb. 10th. Film can be from anywhere in the world as long as it’s subtitled, and can be any genre. It can NOT exceed 20 mins in length. YOU MAY ONLY POST YOUR FILM ONCE!  Though you may enter multiple films.  The Winner will receive: CANON EOS 60D, Platinum 6000 Digital Tripod and $1000. 

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Writer by Day, Kid At Heart? Nickelodeon Writing Program Submission Period Opens Jan. 2nd


Nickelodeon Writing Program 2013-2014 

Submission Period: January 2, 2013 to February 28, 2013

“Developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, the Nickelodeon Writing Program is designed to attract, develop and staff writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences on Nickelodeon Network productions.Operating in a three-phased structure, the Program provides a salaried position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television.This three-phased structure allows writers an opportunity to nurture relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners and story editors.”

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Vote for FOCUS FORWARD Semifinalists in Socially Conscious Film Competition

This is definitely a first for me. I received the same message from three film folks I know. Each wanted to spread the word that they’d made it to the semifinalist round of the “Focus Forward” competition, which means they’re currently vying for the Audience Favorite Award. Woot woot!
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Have Your Script Read Live At Sundance 2013 in “Table Read My Screenplay” Contest

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

“The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Park City, Utah during the 2013 SUNDANCE Film Festival to have their screenplay read by professional actors. PLUS, Alvaro Rodriguez will narrate your screenplay then join you for lunch where you can ask for notes. Hotel and Airfare Expenses paid during the festival! If your ultimate goal is to sell your script, it’s important to have access to producers. Networking at the SUNDANCE Film Festival could help you with that access and lead you to a lifetime spent writing screenplays! And who wouldn’t love to tell people “I work in the movies”? Winning this contest could be your chance!”

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

Bluecat Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: November 15th (*must be received by midnight PST*)

BlueCat provides every screenplay entered with two written analyses by professional readers. Over $20,000 in cash prizes awarded to our winners and finalists.”

Entry Fee – $70


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Win $1 Million in Doritos Superbowl Ad Competition (Enter by Nov. 16th)

2013 Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Video Contest
“The great Super Bowl ad-venture is back. This year, if you make a DORITOS ad you might see it air on the Super Bowl and win not just $1 Million but a prize that’s twice as explosive: a gig with high-octane Hollywood hit-maker Michael Bay on Transformers 4. To participate, create a 30-second Super Bowl-worthy Doritos spot. The top two finalist entries will air during the Super Bowl XLVII CBS broadcast on Feb. 3, 2013.”

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Pitch Your Best Show Idea In ATX Television Competition


ATX Television Festival Pitch Competition

“ATX Television Festival and Final Draft are offering you that chance in our PITCH COMPETITION. You have ninety seconds to sell us on your original idea for a scripted series. Pitch any kind of show you want: a ½ hour for a traditional network, an hour drama for cable, a hybrid for original online content. Our only guideline is that it be for a scripted (non-reality) series and pitched in under a minute and half. ATX Television Festival is creating an invaluable opportunity for industry hopefuls to gain rare access to the creative minds behind TV and some of the studios’ biggest decision-makers!”
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