6th Annual

Sunscreen Film Festival West



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 20, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Student Fee 45.00 40.00
Return Coverage from readers on 90-120 page script 80.00 75.00
Return Coverage from readers on 121-150 page script 85.00 80.00
Regular Deadline
January 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Student Fee 50.00 45.00
Return Coverage from readers on 90-120 page script 85.00 80.00
Return Coverage from readers on 121-150 page script 90.00 85.00
Late Deadline
February 10, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Student Fee 55.00 50.00
Return Coverage from readers on 90-120 page script 90.00 85.00
Return Coverage from readers on 121-150 page script 95.00 90.00
WAB Extended Deadline
February 15, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Student Fee 60.00 55.00
Return Coverage from readers on 90-120 page script 95.00 90.00
Return Coverage from readers on 121-150 page script 100.00 95.00

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

Category Details

Approximately April 1, 2014

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)
  Plain Text (.txt)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Screenplay
The winning script will be selected to be produced into a film. Manhattan Beach, CA based Production and Management Company Red Baron Films http://www.redbaronfilms.com/ and Los Angeles based Distribution Company Indican Pictures http://www.indicanpictures.com/ will select the winning screenplay to be produced. “This is an amazing opportunity for screenwriters everywhere. The one thing every writer wants is their script to get into the hands of someone who can get their screenplay made. No matter where you live this is that opportunity”. commented Festival Director Tony Armer. Red Baron Films will develop and produce the winning script. Indican Pictures will have first right of refusal to acquire and distribute the film. Indican distributes domestically and internationally to all media platforms (Theatrical, Video, TV, VOD, Streaming, Ancillary, Internet). Red Baron Films President Robert Enriquez had this to say “We’re excited for the opportunity to select a great script to turn into a great film”. Red Baron Films produces independent films and represents actors in Film, TV, Video Games, and more. All genres and subjects are welcome and will be considered. Screenplays will be accepted from October 23rd – February 15th, 2014. The winning script will be announced on April 1st, 2014.
Sponsor:Literary Managers Mike Goldberg and Josh Adler

Category Rules


1. Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
2. Screenplay coverage is only furnished to those screenplays requesting coverage.
3. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
4. Screenplays must be in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.
5. Don't cheat in an effort to keep the page count to 120 or less. We will notice and ask that the extra fee be paid for screenplays in excess of 120 pages.
6. To enter the Sunscreen Film Festival Screenplay Competition you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.
7. The Sunscreen Film Festival Screenplay Competition Readers' decisions are final.
8. Teleplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.


1. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers. Please note Sunscreen divides awards equally among co-writers.
2. Sunscreen is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit
3. Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would ideally include just a title, author name, WGA registration number and Copyright information.

SCRIPT REGISTRY: To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, (www.wga.org or call 323 782 4500) and the US Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov/).

For those who have selected "Submission with Return Coverage"


Coverage Service: The object of Sunscreen’s Online Coverage Service is to provide you with extensive constructive criticism about your work. The Coverage Service includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Coverage Service also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. This may address media, films and screenplays, production companies and agencies the writer should be aware of, as well as any words of wisdom from one of our Readers. Sunscreen’s Coverage provides you with an insight into the mind of a Reader who reads hundreds of independent screenplays each year. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work. A notice will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in your screenplay application form when your Coverage is available.

About our Coverage Reader

The readers have read for Intellectual Property Group co-president Joel Gotler, as well as the manager of a two-time Oscar-winning writer/producer. Additionally a couple of the readers do read for After Dark Films, the production company known for HorrorFest: 8 Films To Die For, an annual nationwide theatrical event. After Dark recently released its first 8 After Dark Originals and, through a partnership with Silver Pictures, began producing original action films starring, among others, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cung Le, and Jim Caviezel.

Industry-standard coverage is two pages of synopsis and one page of comments. This all varies depending on the story -- more intricate plots usually have a longer synopsis.