12th Annual

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition


Short Film Scripts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

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Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
July 17, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
September 25, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Late Deadline
October 16, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
November 6, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 40.00

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

Category Details

Approximately January 31, 2016

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
(1) Receives $1000 USD cash prize. Winning script by more than one writer will have cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team. (2) Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film Festival. (3) Invitation to screen winning short at a future Cinequest Film Festival. Film is limited to a 20-minute run time (maximum). Cinequest is not responsible for the production of the film. (4) All Amenities listed in Top Ten Finalists section. (5) Winning script posting on InkTip.com. (6) Certificate for Final Draft screenwriting software.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Top Ten Finalists
(1) Recognition on Cinequest website and through a press release. (2) Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two VIP All Access passes (valued at $1,000). (3) Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (March 2016), which includes a private VIP Screenwriters Lunch for finalist and one guest, a practice Pitch-Session with industry leaders, and participation in Screenplay Competition Awards Ceremony with Maverick Spirit Honoree (past honorees: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Dennis Lehane, and more). (4) Special discounts and rates on accommodations during Cinequest Film Festival 26.

Category Rules

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

Script must be properly formatted according to industry standards.

Please include ONLY your script’s title on your cover page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. Your Withoutabox tracking number will automatically be assigned to your uploaded script.

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

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

Script must be submitted in English.

Length should be no longer than 20 pages, excluding the cover page. Any script over 20 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 15, 2016 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 Top 10 Finalists will be notified in January 2016. The Winner is announced at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA USA (March 1- March 13, 2016)