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2017 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global screenwriters through discovery, recognition and opportunity.  Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: All Access passes to the Cinequest Film & VR Festival and the exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

PRIZES

Feature-Length Winner

  • $5000 Cash Prize. The winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.
  • InkTip Prize membership package to help promote your script.

Short Film Winner

  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Option to screen winning short film at future Cinequest Film & VR Festival (runtime no longer than 20 minutes and must be independently produced, Cinequest is not responsible for production).
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists. 

Teleplays (60 minute) Winner

  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.

Teleplays (30 minute) Winner

  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award during Writers Celebration.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.

Top Three Finalists (Feature, Short, Teleplays):

  • Opportunity to have script read by top level industry producer and writers. Jury will be announced in June 2017.

Top Ten Finalists (Feature, Short, Teleplays):

  • Recognition (script title, genre and tagline) on Writers Celebration event page on Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2018 Website (live on January 24, 2018).
  • Recognition (script title, genre and tagline) in printed Cinequest Film & VR Festival Guide
  • Invitation to Cinequest Film & VR Festival with two (2) Artist festival passes (passes valued at $1,000).
  • Participate in Writers Celebration (March 2018), which includes:
    • Pitch Sessions
    • Business of Writing Forums
    • Industry Mixer for Finalists, producers, executives, and special guests.
    • Maverick Spirit Event & Competition Awards Ceremony (past Maverick Spirit honorees: J. J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Denise Lehane, Jason Reitman and more).
    • Special discounts and rates on hotel accommodations.

 

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Rules

SUBMISSION FORMAT:

• All genres are accepted. Especially seeking drama, comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material.

• Contestants from all countries are eligible.

• Screenplays must be submitted in English.

• Feature-length screenplays must be between 70 -125 pages.

• Short Film screenplays must be 20 pages or less.

• Teleplays (60 mins) must be between 45-70 pages (approx. 1 hour show).

• Teleplays (30 mins) must be 45 pages or less.

• Any script over the indicated page limit will receive automatic point deductions per page over.

• Script must be properly formatted according to industry standards.

• Digital submissions in PDF format only.

• Cover Page Instructions: Please include ONLY your script’s title on your cover page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions.


• Rewritten/corrected pages WILL NOT be accepted once the entry has been received.

RESTRICTIONS:

• There are no entry fee refunds.

• Any script that becomes purchased, optioned, or put into production before the Final Jury decision on February 18, 2018 will be eliminated from the competition with no entry fee refund.

• Scripts written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.

FAQs

ISA Members may use promo code ISA to receive a $5 discount on submissions online at https://cinequest.org/screenplay_submissions

Promo code valid May 1 - October 13, midnight PST.

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