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Our goal here at the Independent Film Investment and Production Group is quite simple. We aim to discover, recognize, and help bring attention to new, up-and-coming screenwriting talent in the film and television industry. 


We are holding our first annual Screenwriting competition which runs until January 31st, 2015 



Registration ended: 12/31/69


  • Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
  • One of the longest running Hollywood Screenplay Contests
  • Largest GLBTQ screenplay contest in 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: 09/01/14

The 2nd Annual ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest is open for entries!  This year we’ve partnered with ShockTillYouDrop.com and our Hollywood judges are looking for the next fresh voice in horror screenwriting.  Enter before the final deadline on June 1st.  We’re already reading! 


The 2014 jury includes Hollywood’s top representatives and producers of the genre:

  • Ryan Turek, founder and editor of popular horror website ShockTillYouDrop.com
  • Scott Henderson, agent at Paradigm Talent Agency, represents renowned horror filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Wannell (SAW)
  • Andrew Wilson, manager at Zero Gravity, represents acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker(HELLRAISER, NIGHT BREED)
  • Amotz Zakai, manager at Echo Lake Management, represents legendary filmmakers including master horror writer-director John Carpenter!
  • Jessica Hall, Senior Vice President at Blumhouse Productions, the company behind micro-budget horror hits including The Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister franchises
  • Lucy Mukerjee, Vice President of Production and Development at After Dark Films
Registration ended: 06/01/14

ScreenCraft is boutique consultancy specializing in insider access to development executives at the best production companies and major studios. Dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed, we produce events, host screenwriting contests, offer consultation, and publish inspirational and educational content. We believe that a great script deserves a great reader and pride ourselves in delivering only the highest quality feedback from working industry professionals.


Our second annual Action & Thriller Script Contest is bolstered by a first-rate judges panel that incorporates screenwriters, producers and development executives that all have proven track records in the genre.


We're looking for smart, exciting, character-driven and emotionally engaging action and thriller scripts that we can garner attention for, so please, submit away! 

Registration ended: 10/15/14

Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script.  Big or small, we want to read smart movies with strong command of the craft and lots of heart.  Winner receives $1,500 cash and exposure to some of the top comedy production companies in Hollywood!  We’re looking for fresh comedic voices – in feature length and short screenplays.  Enter your script today! Accepting features and shorts! 


The 2014 jury features Hollywood’s hottest comedy producers: 

  • Mark O’Connor, producer at Green Hat Films (THE HANGOVER, PROJECT X, DUE DATE)
  • Alex Plapinger, executive at Montecito Picture Company (I LOVE YOU MAN, UP IN THE AIR, OLD SCHOOL, NO STRINGS ATTACHED)
  • Billy Wee, executive at Happy Madison (Adam Sandler’s company with such hits as DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGALO, PAUL BLART: MALL COP, ANGER MANAGEMENT, FUNNY PEOPLE, GROWN UPS, THE GOLDBERGS)
  • Dave Rath, manager at Generate (clients: Patton Oswalt, Kyle Kinane)
  • Joe Farrell, executive at Funny or Die (owned by Yahoo and Will Ferrell). He is a Co-Executive Producer on Comedy Central’s @midnightand a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program.
  • Sean Covel, producer (Napoleon Dynamite, Beneath, Broken Hill)
  • Taylor Benzie, manager at Kaplan/Perrone
  • Ben Mekler, staff writer at Nerdist Industries 
  • Olivia Gerke, Manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, the management company behind such comedy greats as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, George Lopez, Matt LeBlanc, BJ Novak, James Franco, Charlie Day, Ray William Johnson and many more!
  • TBD Literary Manager at Mosaic Media Group which represents many of the industry’s top comedy writers and talent, including such comedy giants as: Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Olivia Munn, Will Forte, Nick Kroll and many more!
Registration ended: 08/01/14
Enter for a chance to win our First Place Grand Prize Package which includes:
  • $1,000 cash + professional consultation with the ScreenCraft team
  • Personal introductions by phone to top Hollywood managers, agents and producers who specialize in comedy TV development and production.
  • Consultation with Jen Grisanti!  Jen’s clients have sold dozens of pilots and two have gone to series!  She has helped over 40 writers get staffed on top TV shows.
Jury includes:
  • Jen Grisanti, acclaimed Story Consultant, International Speaker, Screenwriting Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of many books. Jen’s development notes and professional career consultation are consistently regarded as the best in the industry.
  • Ben Simpson, development executive, HBO, premium cable network with such hit comedy shows as VEEP, EASTBOUND AND DOWN, GIRLS, SEX AND THE CITY, SILICON VALLEY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS and so many more.
  • Ari Lubet, manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the management company and production company behind such shows as BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, SILICON VALLEY, PARKS AND RECREATION, 30 ROCK, THE MINDY PROJECT, LOUIE, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, SAINT GEORGE and more.  Clients of 3Arts Entertainment include such comedy greats as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, George Lopez, Matt LeBlanc, BJ Novak, James Franco, Charlie Day, Ray William Johnson and many more!
  • Taylor Benzie, Manager at Kaplan/Perrone
  • (Undisclosed) Development Executive at SONY Television, with such current comedy shows as COMMUNITY, ROBOT CHICKEN, THE GOLDBERGS, DROP DEAD DIVA!
  • Joe Farrell, Director of Development for Film and TV at FUNNY OR DIE.
Registration ended: 09/15/14


  • Cash prizes.
  • Endorsed by ScreenplayContests.com
  • Entries received from around the world
  • Winners receive industry contacts.



Registration ended: 12/01/14

The Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest is in its first year, and its aim is “to support, expose, and connect writers and filmmakers from around the world who have a common interest in creating original short screenplays that emphasize artistry, style, and expression.” Building from the ground up, this contest is on track to become a significant resource in the short film medium, especially geared to helping budding screenwriters and independent filmmakers begin their journey into filmmaking.  It welcomes any genre, any style, from any writer- as long as it is 20 pages or less.

The contest awards over $2,000 in cash awards and prizes, Screenwriter of the Year recognition, public award announcement, and referrals to industry sources as well as in-house production companies.

Whether you plan on producing your short screenplay down the road, or if you are solely a writer and are looking to get your screenwriting style out into the filmmaking community, the Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Contest wants to assist. Through funding, collaboration, and motivation, content of all types can be created and promoted in a growing community of fellow artists who greatly value the medium of short films, in which one can so concisely and powerfully display their talent as a writer or filmmaker with limited budgets and reasonable resources.

The deadline for the 2015 contest is October 1st, so submit now!

Registration ended: 10/01/15
The 4th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, leading Hollywood production companies, and agencies by finding high-concept material across four main categories:
  • Screenplays (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror/Thriller, Sci-fi/Fantasy)
  • Teleplays
  • Adaptations

Supported by Energy Entertainment, Benderspink, Darko Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment, and Paradigm, the competition presents the best scripts and ideas to major companies. One winner in each category receives personal development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team, followed by meetings to discuss potential production. We will also select up to 5 finalists in each category. Unlike Script Pipeline’s other writing competitions, entries for First Look must be considered “studio-level.” The originality of the concept, writing ability, and a stellar understanding of genre and the marketplace will take precedence.

Over the past 15 years, numerous Script Pipeline contest alumni have found elite representation and gained crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach execs. The result: over $5 million in specs sold from Pipeline competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2003.


Our intent with The First Look Project is to circulate exceptional material to studios, support our writers in the long-term, and help launch careers.


Important Date: 

3/1/16 - Winners Announced 

Registration ended: 11/22/15

The 9th Great Movie Idea Contest is searching for truly innovative material for both studio and indie markets. Ideally, groundbreaking film ideas that are both marketable and fresh–something a global audience can connect with. Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, video pitches, or full treatments. Completed screenplays are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. You only need one spectacular idea. Think big and original.

For writers and non-writers alike, Script Pipeline provides additional development assistance and connects the winner with top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), Benderspink (Vacation), Darko Entertainment (Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies), and other major motion picture producers looking for new concepts.

Since 2000, Script Pipeline has established relationships with hundreds of production companies, managers, and agents, resulting in $5 million in specs sold from previously undiscovered writers. The Great Movie Idea Competition looks to not only increase that total, but help visionary creatives get on the right track toward exposing their stories to the world.


Important Date:

 02/01/2016 - Winners Announced

Registration ended: 12/08/15