We wanted to get a sense of what screenplay competitions you value most. After a survey of 1000 screenwriters, here are the results:
1. Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
2. Page International Screenwriting Awards
3. Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competitions
4. Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
5. BlueCat Screenplay Competition
There's a misconception out there that only the top screenplay competitions can change your career. That's simply not true.
7. Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
8. Screencraft Contests (multiple genres)
9. Script Pipeline
10. Tracking Board – Launch Pad
The ISA would like to introduce you to some noteworthy screenplay contests also capable of helping you take your career to the next level!
11. Slamdance Screenplay Competition
12. Table Read My Screenplay (multiple cities)
13. Fresh Voices
15. Creative World Awards
16. Nashville Film Festival
17. Screenplay Festival
18. Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest
19. Reelwriters Screenwriting Contest
20. Cinequest Film Festival
Again, this information has been gathered by surveying your fellow writers
and the contests they value.
Remember, advancing your writing and your career should be the #1 goal when submitting to a contest. If you're a new writer or written a brand new script, entering contests that receive 4,000 or more entries may not be the best use of your hard-earned money. Unless you've done your homework, received a bevy of notes, done the rewrites and are sure the money you are spending will get you somewhere with a top contest entry, you should take one step at a time.
We're not saying it's unheard of to win outright but extremely rare, and with the risk, you may get far more value and recognition through a smaller competition. With a one-time chance only for many of the top contests you really want to be sure you're ready. With a better chance of placing with the 2nd half of this list, you will build confidence, expand your resume and could even attract the right type of industry professional to help develop your project into an Oscar Winner. It's all about taking the right steps, even if it means starting at the bottom of this list.
Remember, Cameron Crowe didn't receive an Oscar straight out of the gate for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything or Singles. He worked and worked at it for years before finally truly discovering his voice and becoming a master at his craft. That's when he wrote the Oscar-nominated Jerry McGuire and then eventually his Oscar Winning script Almost Famous.
Develop your voice then a strategy, before you submit!
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