16th Annual

Garden State Screenplay Competition

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The GSFF Screenplay Competition was instituted to recognize the importance of the writer as the foundation for a really great film. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the winning screenplay, host a live stage reading by professional actors, and create an atmosphere conducive to industry professionals and investors attending and supporting your endeavors.

1st Place
Winner receives: winners certificate, two (2) VIP passes to the festival, and a reading of the winning script by professional actors. A prize package of one (1) InkTip Script Listing and one (1) InkTip Magazine listing for your grand prize winner of the GSFF Screenwriting Award and a prize package of one (1) InkTip Script Listing for your top five (5) finalists to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.
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Honorable Mention
Two (2) VIP passes for finalist 2-5, plus (1) InkTip Script Listing for finalists 2-5 to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.


The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of film making on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works, as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders.

In 2007 we instituted the Movie Music Track Competition and in 2008 the Screenplay Competition.


Founded to celebrate the independent film genre, The Garden State Film Festival, a not for profit organization, offers independent filmmakers the chance to exhibit their work and gives New Jersey audiences a chance to experience new, cultural, and artistic endeavors through the medium of film.

The Garden State Film Festival's professional jury will select a winning screenplay and the winners script will be read live by professional actors as one of the events in the Garden State Film Festivals events. The reading is FREE to the public and award winning actors such as Ed Asner and Diane Ladd have participated.

GSFF will take place in various venues on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It will commence with an opening ceremony and reception and end with a Gala Awards Dinner where the "Best" in all categories of films, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for film are given by Celebrity Presenters. It is also where we present our Screenplay winner award. The purchase of tickets is required for al who wish to attend the Gala Awards Dinner.

GSFF was also the first festival in the world to introduce the MOVIE MUSIC TRACK COMPETITION. For more information please go to: www.gsff.org

Good Luck!


David Schoner; David Schoner; David Schoner, Jr. (Chairman, Screenplay Competition); Diane Raver; Lauren Concar (Executive Director); Nick Falcone (Producer)


** Entered screenplays must not have been previously optioned, sold, or produced. All screenplays should be registered with the WGA and/or a Library of Congress copyright.

** Screenplay length: 70-130 pages.

** Screenplays must be the original work of the writer. If based on another person's life story, a statement attesting to the rights obtained must be attached. No adaptations of other written work will be accepted.

** Multiple entries are accepted. A separate entry form and fee must accompany each script. Screenplays containing multiple writers are also accepted.

** The uploaded screenplay must be anonymous. DO NOT put name on script. Put title and Withoutabox number only. Your name and contact information is in the WAB system, available to administrators only, not judges.

** All screenplays must abide by proper industry format. All screenplays must be in English, with numbered, plain-write pages. All screenplay MUST be bound with two or three brads.

** No substitutions of new drafts, or corrected pages, for any screenplay, for any reason, will be accepted after the initial submission. Please enter the draft you are most confident about.

** No individual feedback or coverage will be made available pertaining to submitted screenplays.


Garden State Screenplay Competition is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any screenplay submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the screenplay hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the work for public presentation, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Garden State Screenplay Competition from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.