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CineStory is a national non-profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs. Winners of our competition have gone on to pen films such as IRON MAN, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14.

One of the main goals of the CineStory Screenwriting Awards is to select up-and-coming screenwriters for our mentorship programs. For this reason, the semifinalists of each year's competition are invited to the exclusive CineStory Writers' Retreat, a four-day intensive program held in the Fall.

CineStory's Retreat is dedicated to the advancement of great new voices in screenwriting. Retreat attendees are chosen from the top writers of our annual competition, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards. For four days, writers enjoy direct access to working Hollywood professionals. 

Past retreat mentors include: Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN), writer/director Joe Forte (FIREWALL, OUT), producer Nana Greenwald (SEVEN), producer Michelle Sy (FINDING NEVERLAND), producer and former head of Jodie's Foster production company MEG LEFAUVE (THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS), writer Philip Eisner (EVENT HORIZON, MUTANT CHRONICLES) and writer/director Keith Gordon (DEXTER, WAKING THE DEAD). And many, many others.
Registration ended: 03/05/14

Structured like the CineStory Feature Retreat, the CineStory TV/Digital Series Retreat will take place over three days in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees will receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers. 


TV Writers will experience what it’s like to sit in a professional writers room run by an experienced mentor.  Digital Series will attend panels to discuss the best way to produce their projects.  In addition, mentors and writers will gather for meals, drinks, screenings and other special events.

Registration ended: 11/06/17

Circus Road Films is in search of a great project to produce! 


Circus Road Films was founded in 2006 by esteemed producer Glen Reynolds to provide strategic advisory services to independent filmmakers. Reynolds has sold over 500 narrative and documentary feature films, with many films premiering at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, LAFF and Toronto. Buyers include Fox, Sony, Universal, Lionsgate, Magnolia, IFC, Oscilloscope, Phase 4, Drafthouse, Image, Anchor Bay, HBO, Showtime, Starz, Lifetime and Syfy.


Circus Road Films' clients and co-producers have included:

  • Ram Bergman (Brick, Looper, Don Jon)
  • Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow)
  • Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
  • Mike Flanagan (Oculus)
  • Arnold Rifkin (Live Free or Die Hard)
  • Richard Shepard (The Matador)
  • Jonathan Stern (Children’s Hospital)
  • Adam Wingard (You’re Next, V/H/S)


Glen Reynolds has produced, co-produced and executive produced 17 feature films including Conversations with Other Women starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Reynolds earned a JD from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in English from New York University. He is also a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.


Circus Road Films has produced and sold films that star:

  • Tim Allen
  • Selma Blair
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Adrian Brody
  • Louis CK
  • Bradley Cooper
  • David Cross
  • Emily Deschanel
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Aaron Eckhart
  • Danny Glover
  • Adrian Grenier
  • Lukas Haas
  • Mila Jovovich
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Julia Stiles
  • Olivia Wilde

...to name a few!  


The top finalist will win not just $5000 in cash, but the opportunity to have their screenplay optioned for production. This is a contest that doesn't just get you a prize and a winning title. This is a contest that will get you a career. 

Registration ended: 10/01/15

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival takes place in the pristine Pacific North West along the Columbia River, at the gateway of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Founded as the Washougal International Film Festival we have grown and stretched ourselves along the Columbia River to incorporate more of our beautiful natural surroundings and community members.


Our festival is shaped by the artists involved. We are growing organically thanks to the incredible involvement by our alumni and participating artists. We are an international event with a community focus, CGIFF is open to all screenwriters.


CGIFF combines public screenings with small forums to engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film in all genres. CGIFF showcases a variety of local, national and international films, aiming to share a broad range of films representing current affairs and relevant topics that affect our communities.


Encouraging student, independent and professional works for screening. We are here to share stories and the power and art of film. Films will be valued on the merits such as; creativity, ingenuity, story, attention to detail, and the ability to challenge us and make us feel.


Our goal is to bring together a community of creative, inspiring, individual thinkers who encourage us, inspire us, generate thought, stir our laughter, bring about smiles, make us cry, enrage us, entertain us and explore our emotions, values and purpose.


Columbia Gorge International Film Festival will take place over an extended period this year with focus on three weekends in August with screenings at a variety of venues with individual themes determined by the films accepted into the festival. This will vary from year to year. We will honor films and filmmakers with a range of Awards for outstanding Achievements in their respected field.


CGIFF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) and operates through grants and donations from

individuals and corporations, membership, private sponsorship and submission fees.

Script Sizes:


LARGE SCRIPT (more than 45 pages)

MEDIUM SCRIPT (more than 15 pages and less than 45 pages)

SMALL SCRIPT (less than 15 pages)



Awards & Prizes

In our first six years we have given away over $25,000 worth of cash and prizes. We also have honorary and in memoriam awards created by our extensive film maker community that has grown and been a part of the festival as it develops.

Registration ended: 07/08/15

COMEDY NINJA Film Festival and Screenplay Competition - Los Angeles, May 30, 31st & June 1st, 2014


Besides showing a bunch of kick ass comedy features and shorts, this unmissable event will feature hysterical performances by stand-up comedians, celebrity judges and a rocking opening night kick-off party. There will also be a closing night ceremony where COMEDY NINJA HI-YAH! Awards will be handed out in all categories. Held in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the COMEDY NINJA Film Festival and Screenplay Compeition will be a golden opportunity for funny writers and filmmakers to network with industry insiders as their laugh out loud work is showcased in front of an appreciative audience. 

So what are you waiting for? Submit your gut-busting NINJA or non NINJA related script or film today! 

For the latest COMEDY NINJA info, go to http://www.comedyninja.org                                     

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Registration ended: 03/25/14


  • 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


  • 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: 12/31/13

A special screenplay challenge reserved for the screenwriting elite – those who have won or placed as a finalist, semi-finalist, or quarter-finalist in a screenplay competition within the last five years. 


The Contest of Contest Winners™ partners with Sunscreen Film Festival to present winners and finalists to industry filmmakers, agents, and celebrities at the SFF West in Los Angeles, September 30 - October 2, 2016.


We take the extra time and expense of getting two Writer Judge’s coverage-style evaluations sent to every single entrant in the Contest. Our evaluations are worth more than $300 and our entrants have found them immensely helpful.


We publicize winners and finalists to industry publications, agencies and production companies resulting in dozens of script and/or synopsis requests.

Registration ended: 07/30/17

Courier Award for Best Screenwriting

Winner of the Courier Award for Best Screenwriting will be selected from the First Place category winners and will receive a $1,000 cash prize. 


Feature Screenplays
First, Second, and Third Place
Official Finalists

Original Television Pilots
First, Second, and Third Place
Official Finalists

Television Specs
First, Second, and Third Place
Official Finalists

Short Screenplays/Web Series
First, Second, and Third Place
Official Finalists


Note: Television Specs may be submitted via the Television Pilot category and will be judged separately after submission, as ISA does not have a Television Spec option in their system. 

Registration ended: 09/30/15

Welcome to the Courier Screenwriting Awards! Our mission is to discover new screenwriting talent and emerging screenwriters. The Courier Screenwriting Awards is a green and paperless competition, accepting online submissions. We invite you to enter the 2014 Courier Screenwriting Awards competition!



Feature Film Screenplays (90-130 pages)

Live-action and animated feature scripts of all genres.


Original Television Pilots (25-65 pages)

Pilot episodes for an original drama or comedy series.


Short Film Screenplays (under 30 pages)

Live-action and animated short scripts of all genres.

Coverage Service


Coverage is a comprehensive assessment of your screenplay, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your story and screenplay. It will provide a detailed examination of story structure, character development, and formatting issues. The coverage will offer suggestions and ideas designed to help you further develop the material. Coverage Service may be purchased at the time of submission.


Coverage Pricing:

Feature Film Screenplays

Express Return: $195

Regular Return: $125


Original Television Pilots

Express Return: $115

Regular Return: $75


Short Film Screenplays

Express Return: $40

Regular Return: $25

Express Return - Coverage will be returned within 10 business days after submission.
Regular Return - Coverage will be returned within 30 business days after submission. 
Registration ended: 11/30/14