Registration Fee $66


Early Deadline:

Nov 03, 2017

Regular Deadline:

Nov 30, 2017

Late Deadline:

Dec 14, 2017

Final Deadline:

Jan 11, 2018

Custom Deadline:

Mar 22, 2018


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  • Standard Entry $66
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
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Winners Announced

Apr 09, 2018

Cannes International Screenwriting Competition


We are Cannes and we are passionate about cinema. Our city has showcased the best cinema in the world for decades. Our city has given a platform to the auteurs of our art even when they were banned by theatres in their own countries and the largest markets around the world. We are proud to support great cinema and now we are proud to support great screenwriting with the launch of the Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition.

The Cannes International Screenwriting Competition will launch the careers of the next generation of great filmmakers by recognizing the absolute best screenwriting talent in the world and rewarding them with introductions to the most prestigious talent agencies and lit managers in the world. We want to connect artists with the people who can not only get them working, but can also get their films made.

We embrace artists from all over the globe. As such, we embrace all forms of expression that is why we are the only major screenwriting competition to accept scripts in multiple language formats. We also accept scripts of all kinds and in every genre from studio blockbusters to foreign films and art house independents. Artists come in all shapes and sizes and so do great stories which is why we do not discriminate based on content and will never discriminate against artists based on ethnicity, nationality, sex, or sexual orientation.

Our city has the world’s best reputation in cinema. We showcase the greatest talent in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers to work in film and television. We want to inspire and support them at all levels.  Everything in cinema starts with the script. As such we want to do everything we can to support the people who write them. We want to inspire the next generation of writers to tell stories that will not only touch audiences, but will inspire the next generation of writers around the world.

Our aim is further the craft of screenwriting for generations to come.


Our competition’s top three finalists will be distributed to the most prestigious talent agents and producers around the world.

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to have their script delivered to the production company of their choice!

Grand Prize Winner will also be given exclusive script notes from a former top development executive at Disney!

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International Screenwriters' Association

We are squarely focused on supporting emerging screenwriters in their professional growth by providing nearly every tool and resource available in the industry. It's our express goal to support writers of any level or background, who are proactive in developing their careers and are willing to learn from the insights and expertise of our community members. Screenwriting takes perseverance. The harder you work, the better this site will work for you.

Feedback Type

Additional Fee Added to Entry

  • ISA Introductory Feedback: (1-2 pages of notes): $30
  • ISA General Feedback: (2-3 pages of notes): $55
  • ISA Extensive Feedback: (5-6 pages of notes): $125

Feedback Type Description


In this industry, the first twenty pages can mean the difference between a "go picture" and a "go home and try again." Give your writers the advantage with a page (or two) introduction to their script from an outside perspective. We'll map out the direction of the screenplay thus far, and give advice to gently nudge them on the proper course.


Our most popular analysis. The writer will receive a personalized critique based on a thorough read-through of the entire script, up to 120 pages. Whether half-hour pilot or feature film, we'll note our thoughts on everything from the characters and dialogue to pacing, structure, and formatting, and even where the work fits in the marketplace.


Give your writers the in-depth insight of the ISA's working industry professionals. Our Readers will provide 5-6 pages of advanced notes, breaking down every moment and character arc, noting the subtleties that a writer may not have contemplated, and providing a next-level perspective that will empower screenwriters and help script achieve their full potential.


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, and NetworkISA.
  • There is no limit to the length of the projects you submit. Projects can be in script or treatment form.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Scripts must be written in French, English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, or Russian as those are the only languages we are staffed to read, but can be in any film or television genre.
  • Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Entry fees for screenplay entries are posted on our partner websites and are non refundable.
  • Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.
  • All winners are responsible for their own income tax withholding.
  • The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in French, English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, or Russian as those are the only languages we are currently staffed to read.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • Material must be your original work. And all work must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
  • We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.
  • Please note that the Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization.


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"Last of the Burly Girls" - a Semifinalist in Cannes!

John Pisano-Thomsen's latest screenplay, "Last of the Burly Girls" was selected as a semifinalist in the 2017 Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition!  This is the first accolade for "Last of the Burly Girls".
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