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Festival Association

Festival Association

Catalina Film Festival Script Contest


Catalina is known for literary giants like Zane Grey, Oscar-winning films, wildlife conservation, celebrities, and discovering new talent like yourself! Our non-profit mission on the USA\'s only west coast resort island (in Los Angeles County) is to help celebrate and promote our filmmakers to Los Angeles\' arts and entertainment community, while also helping to boost the much needed local economy with its rich literary and artistic history along with our beneficiary, the Catalina Island Conservancy.


Framed Certificate with various Sponsored Festival prizes (prizes and values vary from year to year and aren't usually secured until closer to the event). The dollar value reflects past festival prizes we've given for this category. This category is not promised to receive prizes other than our framed certificate, as anything additional depends on our sponsors' generosity.



All top 10 finalists recieve Catalina Film Festival Laurels, 2 Filmmaker Passs to the film festival, and discounted travel and accommodation opportunities only for our selected filmmakers. Both of our screenwriting awards are given out publicly in front of our esteemed audience at our trophy ceremony.



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Revised December, 2013

FILMMAKERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD: You must have a parent or legal guardian submit the film on your behalf to qualify.

DEADLINES: Deadlines are firm, so please send us your project within 14 days of submission and payment. Please contact us if this is a problem and/or you need extra time. If submitting to our very Last Deadline for entries, you must send your project within 7 days of payment (without any possible extensions) or it will run the risk of not being reviewed and considered.

SUBMISSIONS: Please send a DIGITAL PDF copy for easier distribution with our jury and professional script-readers. We will take a hard copy, if you prefer, but it will slow down the reviewing process for your script if we need to physically distribute your project. All material should be protected and/or registered with the Writer's Guild of America at and/or the US Copyright Office through the Library of Congress.

Here's a suggested link on how to protect your script:

` Prizes differ each year and will be announced as soon as we secure them from sponsors before the festival takes place.

SUBTITLES: All non-English screenplays must be submitted in English version, but noted with original language or country it was intended for.

ENTRY FEES: Are non-refundable for our non-profit organization.


LABELING SCREENPLAYS (Digital or Hard Copy): On cover page, include title, page count, writer's name, contact phone number, email address, and/or ISA tracking number.

Participants agree that excerpts of their accepted project and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, CFF website and for any promotional purposes which CFF deems appropriate to help promote your project upon acceptance.

CFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the writer to take full responsibility ( The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. CFF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy written materials.

CFF retains the right to keep record of your script for its festival archives. In addition, it may also be used for educational purposes within the Catalina Film Institute (a branch of the Catalina Film Organization).


 See our FAQ pages at:

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Catalina Film Festival

Our non-profit mission on the USA's only west coast resort island (right here in Los Angeles County), is to help celebrate and promote our filmmakers to the Los Angeles arts and entertainment community, but also to help support the local community of Catalina (“Hollywood’s Island”) with all of its rich cinema history and protected beauty.

Through our screenings, industry panels and networking events, the festival attendees are exposed to the Hollywood experience through a wide spectrum of film, industry meetings and interactions. Separate from our main film competitions, and along with our beneficiary the Catalina Island Conservancy, we also have special honors for filmmakers dedicated to conservation who are nurturing their goal of protecting, restoring, and experiencing the power of nature.

Our festival mission is designed to help create a platform for the filmmakers to be seen, but more importantly, to help get them the industry exposure they will need to help sustain their craft for many years to come.


The clear blue water around this sub-tropical island is right in Hollywood’s backyard with all its majestic beauty and rich iconic cinematic history. Catalina is where Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille all screened the first “talkie” films in the world’s first-ever sound movie theatre (an 1,184-seat movie palace) inside the world famous Avalon Casino building. This exotic island has been entertaining Hollywood’s elite for over 100 years, as Catalina was once home to Marilyn Monroe, hosted 30 years of spring training for baseball’s Chicago Cubs (where sportscaster Ronald Reagan was discovered by Warner Brothers), and has been the Southern California vacation spot for all of yesterday’s and today’s stars; from Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Natalie Wood, Errol Flynn, Mickey Rooney, Winston Churchill, Jane Mansfield, Harrison Ford, Barbara Streisand, Katy Perry, Ryan Gosling, Sharon Stone, Robert Downey, Jr., Kate Bosworth, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more.

Multiple screening venues are located around different parts of the island, all within walking, biking and/or shuttle distance. Attractions on the island range from enjoying the clear blue-water beaches from a cabana, glass-bottom boat tours, zip-lines, world-class scuba-diving and snorkeling, hiking, camping, kayaking, para-sailing, wild-life bus tours, shopping, massage/spa, golf, miniature golf, botanical gardens, bike rentals, golf-cart rentals, and so much more...

There are numerous yacht services and ferries that will take you from Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, as well as helicopter and airplane rides that take only 15 minutes from the mainland. Once on the island, you will feel like you left the United States for an exotic destination; but remember, you're still in Los Angeles County!


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