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Apr 30, 2019

Festival Association

Festival Association



We make your written submission a short trailer featuring the best neo noir actors and your best scene from your script that will be screened at the festival and online. We give you a copy for self-promotion. No other screenwriting festival IN THE ENTIRE WORLD does this. Our objective: celebrate, showcase, AND sell the work of the greatest independent unknown Neo Noir screenwriters from LA and around the world! We've done this six times now. This seventh time plus YOU equals neo noir magic!

This festival also has the highest number of screenwriters returning as filmmakers premiering their previously submitted screenplays as films!  Take a look at our winner's list on and see this fact for yourself!

It has been hailed by L.A. Weekly as the festival with "THE WORLD'S SEXIEST DARKEST CRIME SHORT FILMS." Saturday, May 25th, LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, Downtown Independent Theater hosts THE SEVENTH ANNUAL 2019 L.A. NEO NOIR, SCRIPT FESTIVAL (LANNEFF)!

This festival is brought to you by Carey Westbrook and Associates, whose students include the Academy Award nominated producers of Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond The Pines, Men of Honor, and The Hate U Give. Westbrook has also coached numerous Academy Award nominated actors, including Ryan Gosling, Joaquin Phoenix, and Michelle Williams.

This year's festival also features a new sponsor: SMG Films, a major online / airline distributor of neo noir full length and short films. They are interested in a select group of winners from this year's festival and they will be approaching that select few with distribution opportunities!

Starting at 1pm sharp, the showcase of indie neo noir films from L.A. and around the world begins. Numerous cash prizes, the greatest burlesque dance troupe performing live, a trip to the neo noir landmark Bradbury Building, and the pride and joy of seeing your work on a state of the art movie theater screen for hundreds to enjoy will be made real when you're a LANNEFF winner. We fully produce trailers with live actors based on all screenplay, novel, short story submissions, and present the best 25 as film fest selections. We also give you a copy of your trailer to use in any way you see fit. Whether you win or lose, whether you are selected or not, you get a produced trailer for your writing within a month after the festival and we promote that trailer on our website. No other film festival or screenplay / writing festival IN THE ENTIRE WORLD does that.

We have exciting neo noir networking events in place that have reaped benefits for ALL of our past participants. This year we will be screening Robin Wright's neo noir directorial debut as well as scenes from lanneff media group's L.A. Neo Noir Food Trip, now a best selling video slated to appear on the cartoon network! We have many guests you'll recognize from film and TV this year, but the most important celebrity of the afternoon will be YOU!

Our objective: celebrate, showcase, AND sell the work of the greatest independent unknown neo noir filmmakers and writers from L.A. and around the world. We have done this successfully six times. This seventh time plus YOU equals neo noir magic!

Join us at Downtown Independent Theater, where we will take a tour of the Bradbury building, seen in such neo noir classics as Blade Runner, Fatal Attraction, D.O.A., Angel Heart, etc., See a screening of the best writing trailers and neo noir films, See a grand performance by Cabaret Versatile, voted L.A.'s best burlesque by LA Weekly, compete in a neo noir trivia game with many neo noir giveaways for best dressed neo noir / film noir outfit and much more. Winners enjoy a $100 prize. So get that amazing neo noir work ready. Get your entry fee, get your best neo noir suit or dress ready, and your best 100 neo noir business cards. If you love L.A. neo noir, your work MUST be represented here, and you MUST be ready for your close up with the Mr. DeMille of L.A. neo noir greatness, L.A. NEO NOIR FILM, NOVEL, & SCRIPT FESTIVAL SEVEN!

Note: There are absolutely no fee waivers or discounted entry fees of any kind for any reason available for this festival. If your entire production team or you cannot raise $20 to enter this festival, we recommend you google search "free screenplay festivals," and we invite you to save your money until you raise $20 so that you may be able to enter the 2020 LA Neo Noir Script Festival. 



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You will receive a 600 word essay featuring great moments and areas for improvement in your script, along with a 1-10 rating system to grade your characters, dialogue, scenes, and overall storyline.  You will also receive suggestions to improve each of those elements within your story.


1. 1 to 59 pages for short stories or screenplays.  60 to 120 pages for feature length screenplays.  91 to 200 pages for novels.  It is okay also to submit a selection of chapters from your novel, just don't submit more than 200 pages.  If your novel submitted is more than 200 pages, only the first 200 pages will be read.  PDF FILES ONLY FOR ALL WRITING SUBMISSIONS.  ONLY PDF FORMATTED SUBMISSIONS WILL BE READ.


2. $20.00 is the Earlybird Deadline entry fee for ALL ENTRIES, submitted by December 31st, 2018 .

$25.00 is the Regular Deadline entry fee for ALL ENTRIES, submitted by January 31st, 2019.

$30.00 is the Late Deadline entry fee for ALL ENTRIES, submitted by February 28th, 2019.

$35.00 is the Final Deadline entry fee for ALL ENTRIES, submitted by March 31st, 2019.


3. Submit as many entries as you like.  Each item submitted requires a separate entry fee.


4. Each writing submission must be marked with the name of the screenwriter(s), title, phone number, and email.


5. DEADLINE: ENTRIES DUE BY March 31st, 2019.


6. Screenwriters will be notified of selection by email on or before April 30th, 2019.


7. Prizes will be awarded for writers at the festival screening.

Excerpts from winning screenplays, novels, and shorts stories will be screened as live action shorts or cartoons at the festival at the discretion of festival producers.  Winners and everyone else, even the people who did not win, will receive a copy of the trailer inspired by their writing submission and promotion in the flyer and on our official website.  If the person cannot attend, their trailer will be sent via YouTube or vimeo unlisted link with email notification.


9. By submitting, entrant agrees to all terms of exhibition, including screening movies inspired by their submitted scripts / reading and printing any script excerpts selected by festival director to be published in all festival promotional materials and publications.


10. Prizes will be awarded during the afternoon event and awards show at Downtown Independent Theater on Saturday, May 25th, 2019.


11. By submitting to L.A. NEO NOIR, NOVEL, FILM AND SCRIPT FEST  (LANNEFF) the submitter agrees not to hold LANNEFF or anyone associated with this festival liable for any reason. Fest submitter owns all rights, copyright, and all ownership of submitted material.


The submitted item is completely the property of he or she who submits screenplay, novel, or short story and the item includes no trademarked or copyrighted items not owned by fest submitter, and if the submitted script is found not to be the property of the submitter of such property in any way, that submitter of submitted script is completely liable for any repercussions financial fines or lawsuits that may occur from the exhibition acquisition or use in any way of such submitted items.


The submitter agrees to allow LANNEFF exclusive permission to screen, showcase, republish script, novel, short story segments and all festival submission inspired films in their entirety at the festival as well as in all Carey Westbrook approved festival promotional items and publications. The submitter of scripts for this festival agrees no actual pornography and no actual unlawful acts of any kind are exhibited in submitted scripts or implemented in the making of submitted material scripts.


LANNEFF director retains the right to disqualify any script upon director's sole discretion. All festival submitters understand and agree that no refunds of any kind will be given in regards to this fest, even in the case of disqualification. If the fest director finds no submissions worthy of a prize, or there are not enough submissions to constitute a festival, LANNEFF director reserves the right to not award any prize of any kind and cancel the festival.  If an unavoidable accident (force majeure) occurs, LANNEFF director reserves the right not to present the LANNEFF.


12. There are no refunds.


1.  Question:  Does lanneff ever waive entry fees or refund any fees for any reason?

Answer:  No. 




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Saturday, May 25th, 2019, 1pm.  The script conulting firm for Academy Award nominated producers of Blue Valentine and The Hate U Give present the L.A. Neo Noir Script Festival.  Submit your best writing and watch it as a fully produced short trailer to be seen by 100's of L.A.'s top notch neo noir fans, as well as the family, friends, and fellow producers you invite.  Visit for details and have a great neo noir night.