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We are back for year three and we expect this year, 2016 to be much bigger and better! The first season turned out to be a huge success with so many great films entered and shown in Asbury Park, NJ.

 

There have been festivals in the area in the past that have closed down or moved away. There are many other film festivals in the state of New Jersey but they are not close to the shore area in Central New Jersey. Other festivals focused primarily on feature films but what about that filmmaker who hasn't been able to make one yet? What about the artist who created a short film but is unable to show it or showcase their work? This is where we come in to the picture. We encourage screenwriters who have short film scripts of any length between 1 and 45-minutes to enter our festival.

 

We have low entry fees to keep things affordable. As a still-growing, young festival, we are unable waive any entry fees at this time, so please do not ask, thank you. We need to continue growing so each new year is better than the last!

Registration ended: 02/12/16

What makes 100 Screenplays different?  The difference in 100 Screenplays begins with how it was created.  Screenplay Festival, the parent company of 100 Screenplays, accepts an unlimited number of scripts just as all other screenwriting competitions do.  A direct effect of accepting so many screenplays is that it takes several months to determine the winner.

 

One of the judges for Screenplay Festival had an idea, “What if we had a contest where we limited the number of entries to one hundred?  We could get them read quickly and select the winner very quickly.” This idea was thrown around the office until it grew into 100 Screenplays. 

 

Now, instead of sending off their script and having to wait ages to hear the results, screenwriters can send in their scripts and find out who won in no time.  And those writers will also never have to wonder how many scripts they are up against.  (This is one of the most common questions Screenplay Festival receives.)  They are in a pool of one hundred scripts, and their chance of winning is vastly increased by the smaller number of scripts accepted into each contest.

Registration ended: 04/01/18

Over the last 10 years, the OFF has made great strides towards becoming one of the most accomplished teaching festivals in the Central United States, offering opportunities for filmmakers, students, and those who value the artistry of film to learn more about the craft of filmmaking through panels, lectures, and workshops taught by seasoned professionals at our annual Filmmakers Conference.

 

During the OFF we now do a Writers Theatre, which means we have local actors read sections of the screenplays that are finalists to an audience. It is a great experience for the screenwirters who are able to attend the festival to experience it.

 

We do have a conference during the festival as well. In 2014 some of the panleists included:

 Leslie Dixon - Writer, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Pay it Forward,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Hairspray,” and “Limitless”
Steve Faber - Writer, “We’re the Millers,” “Wedding Crashers,” and “Married with Children”

 

Other panelists over the years have included: Jim Kouf, Shane Black, Ted Griffin, Daniel Petrie, Donald Petrie, Chris Klein, Jamie King, Chad Michael Murray, Famke Janssen, Mauro Fiore, Mike Hill, and many others.

Registration ended: 11/17/14

Started in 2009, The Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition is a one-week, mentored competition, which teaches writers as they compete. The goal is to develop redemptive, inspirational stories. Submissions are 12 pages and are written in 168 hours (1 week), based on a theme and a foundational scripture verse. 

 

Writers compete for cash, Hollywood introductions, and expert critique from Hollywood insiders. Any Write of Passage script may also be produced for our annual Film Festival as a Write of Passage Spotlight Film. 

Registration ended: 10/09/14
The Fresh Voices Pitch Contest affords aspiring writers the opportunity to turn great ideas into salable screenplays through experienced script guidance, professional mentoring, cash & prizes, plus the chance to pitch your winning project directly to producers, executives, agents and managers! An experienced manager/ producer will work with the winning screenwriter to turn their million dollar idea into a salable screenplay ready for the marketplace. 
Registration ended: 06/05/13

ScreenCraft is excited to announce our First Annual Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest! Whether you have a tense thriller or a big, effects-driven action film, WE WANT TO READ YOUR SCREENPLAY.

 

ScreenCraft’s screenwriting contests are targeted by genre in order to create the most relevant and helpful prize package for emerging screenwriters looking for exposure to industry executives, producers, agents and managers. Our judges panel includes development executives at Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony and After Dark Films!

 

Because this is our first year and submission numbers will be modest, your script has the best chance of winning our grand prize.  We invite you to join us this year to be one of our first success stories!  We’re passionate about helping writers get noticed and get their scripts sold to production companies and studios. 

Registration ended: 12/15/13

We’re looking for FAMILY-FRIENDLY movies.  Whether you have a family drama, comedy, or animated adventure, we want a script that’s entertaining for the whole family (including parents)!  

 

Families are the most influential movie-going audience and there is a lack of great content that’s appealing to young and old.  We have producers who are hungry for “four-quadrant” projects to develop.

 

Our panel of judges includes creative executives at Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony and Walt Disney Pictures!  Our featured guest judges also include family-friendly film producer Mychal Simka and Great Road Capital’s VP of Creative Affairs Liza Olsen!

 

Because this is our first year and submission numbers will be modest, your script has the best chance of winning our grand prize.  We invite you to join us this year to be one of our first success stories!  We’re passionate about helping writers get noticed and get their scripts sold to production companies and studios. 

Registration ended: 02/28/14

COMEDY SCREENPLAY CONTEST

  • Cash prizes.
  • Endorsed by ScreenplayContests.com
  • Entries received from around the world
  • Winners receive industry contacts.
  • Many of our winners and finalists have gained industry representation, have had their script optioned or sold! 

 

 

Registration ended: 12/31/14

HOLIDAY SCREENPLAY CONTEST

  • Cash prizes.
  • ONLY Holiday themed screenplay contest for all holidays
  • Entries received from around the world
  • Winners receive industry contacts.
  • Many of our winners and finalists have gained industry representation, have had their script optioned or sold! 

 

 

Registration ended: 11/15/14

HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST 

  • Over $5,000 in cash and prizes.
  • The only horror contest endorsed by ScreenplayContests.com
  • Winners receive industry contacts.
  • Many of our winners and finalists have gained industry representation, have had their script optioned or sold! 

 

 

Registration ended: 08/20/14