14th Annual

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

 
Category

Short Film Scripts

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

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

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
July 14, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
September 22, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Late Deadline
October 13, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
November 3, 2017
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

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately January 31, 2018


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
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 & VR Festival. (3) Invitation to screen winning short at a future Cinequest Film & VR Festival. Film is limited to a 20-minute run time (maximum). Cinequest is not responsible for the production of the film. (4) Amenities listed in Finalist sections. (5) InkTip prize package to help promote your script. (6) International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) membership.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Top Three Finalists
Opportunity to have script read by top level industry producers and writers. Jury will be announced in June 2017.

Top Ten Finalists
(1) Recognition (script title, genre and tagline) on Writers Celebration event page on Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2018 website (live on January 24, 2018). (2) Recognition (script title, genre and tagline) in printed Cinequest Film & VR Festival Guide (3) Invitation to Cinequest Film & VR Festival with two Artist festival passes (passes valued at $1,000). (3) Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (March 2018), which includes a BUSINESS OF WRITING FORUM, WRITER MEETS PRODUCER MIXER to connect with industry leaders, PITCH TRAINING & CHALLENGE to a panel of industry powerhouses, and an inspiring MAVERICK SPIRIT luminary event. (4) Special discounts and rates on accommodations during Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2018.

Category Rules

SCRIPT FORMAT

Length must be less than 20 pages. Any script over the indicated page limit will receive automatic point deductions per page over. Maximum points achievable are 50 per round.

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

Script must be submitted in English.

Only PDFs will be accepted for submission. Printed scripts are not accepted.

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 Withoutabox registration. Do not include any contact information on your submitted script.

RESTRICTIONS

Any script that becomes purchased, optioned or put into production before the final Jury decision of February 19, 2018 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.

Submission fees are collected by Withoutabox. Cinequest does not accept payment by cash, check, money order or postal money order.

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

FEEDBACK & NOTIFICATIONS

All contestants will receive 2-4 lines of general feedback for improvement on their script. Full script coverage services are not available at this time.

Writers will be notified on their status in the competition via the email address provided at time of registration. Please save screenplay@cinequest.org in your contact lists to receive these notifications. See below for selection process:

• Top 50 notified in December 2017
• Top 10 notified and Invited to Cinequest Film & VR Festival in December 2017
• Top 10 & Top 3 announced at Cinequest Media Launch and listed on website – January 24, 2018
• Winners announced at Cinequest’s Writers Celebration in March 2018