14th Annual

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
July 16, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
September 24, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
October 15, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
WAB Extended Deadline
November 12, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately January 14, 2013

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Top 10 Finalists
All Finalists will - 1. Receive recognition at Cinequest Film Festival 23 “Writers Celebration” with industry producers, agents and experts to discuss the business aspect of writing. 2. Be invited to attend the Screenwriters Appreciation Lunch. 3. Receive two Filmmaker Cinequest Festival Passes, granting you and your guest access to all films, forums and parties at Cinequest Film Festival 23. 4. Receive filmmaker hotel (discount) deal during Cinequest Film Festival 23. 5. Be given exposure and receive additional opportunities to have your script read by literary agencies, studios and influential producers. 6. Receive recognition in two Cinequest press releases. 7. Receive recognition on the Cinequest website.

Category Rules

Only digital / softcopy manuscripts will be accepted for submission. NO PRINTED MANUSCRIPTS, PLEASE.

Scripts should be properly formatted.

Please include ONLY the Withoutabox (WAB) Tracking Number and Screenplay Title on your submitted manuscript so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. The WAB Tracking Number is assigned when you register your project with them.

Maintain your full contact information in your WAB registration. Do not include it in your submitted script.

Especially seeking Comedy, Thriller/Mystery, Drama, Sci-fi, Action, and highly original material.

Script must be in English.

Length should be between 70 and 125 pages. Any script over 125 pages will have points deducted.

Script must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced.

Any script that becomes purchased, optioned or put into production before the final Jury decision of February 22, 2013 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.

Once the entry is received no rewritten/corrected pages will be accepted.

Winning scripts by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly between members of the writing team.

Submission fees are collected by Withoutabox. We do not accept payment by check, money order or postal money order. DO NOT SEND CASH.

The 10 finalists will be notified on January 14, 2013.