3rd Annual

United Film Festival - Screenwriting Contest

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P.O. Box 360556
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Short Screenplays - Drama
Under 45 pages.
Short Screenplays - Comedy
Under 45 pages.
Short Screenplays - Horror/Thriller
Under 45 pages.
Feature Screenplays - Drama
45 Pages and Over.
Feature Screenplays - Comedy
45 Pages and Over.
Feature Screenplays - Horror/Thriller
45 Pages and Over.


The United Film Festival Screenwriting Contest, now in its third year, is an opportunity for the United Film Festival to continue to grow our expansive United network and provide a forum for those who often get overlooked in the world of film production - "the screenwriter.” The United Film Festival screens cutting-edge independent films and highly acclaimed classic movies with the audience in mind in six unique cities -Los Angeles, New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tulsa.

After ten years running successful filmmakers in these cities, our commitment to bringing together talented filmmakers and screenwriters from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a “United” showcase of creative energy and talent, has extended to our Screenwriting Contest. We are commited to providing opportunities for our large and constantly growing network of filmmakers through outlets including our distribution division, United Films. As of 2012, United Films acts as a sales representative for over 50 independent titles, many of whom are United Film Festival alumni or former submitters.

Our Screenwriting Contest calls for short and feature scripts in the following categories: Drama, Comedy, and Horror/Thriller. We will announce three finalists in each category (Feature-length Drama, Feature-length Comedy, Feature length Horror/Thriller, Short Drama, Short Comedy, Short Horror/Thriller) in April 2013 and winners will be announced and honored at the United Film Festival - Los Angeles in May 2013.


A Tulsa native filmmaker, Jason Connell and his production company Connell Creations founded the United Film Festival - Tulsa ten years ago, expanding to Los Angeles & New York in 2007 and San Francisco, Chicago, & London in 2009. As a result of these six unique festivals, we have built a large network of filmmakers and in 2011, we continued to expand that network by creating a forum solely for screenwriters with the United Film Festivals Screenwriting Contest. Winners are honored at the United Film Festival - Los Angeles.

United Films, the distribution division of Connell Creations and the United Film Festival, continues to support the United network by offering opportunities to filmmakers beyond our festival. We have celebrated many successes through this avenue, and many of those films were originally United Film Festival submissions.

Another way we connect to our network of filmmakers and screenwriters is by offering an option for submitters to receive Coverage, designed to provide valuable insight by sharing comments from our Reading committee. Coverage is optional and can be added to any submission.

In addition to creating the United Film Festival, Jason Connell directed and produced the heartwarming documentary “Strictly Background” in 2008, and has produced critically acclaimed films such as “The Rock-afire Explosion,” “Cleanflix,” “Gabi on the Roof in July,” and “Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians.”

Our United Film Festival - Los Angeles, where Screenwriting Contest finalists will be honored, takes place at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas.

Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

United Film Festival

2013 Season
Los Angeles - April / May
New York - May
London - June
San Francisco - Aug./Sept.
Chicago - Sept.
Tulsa - Oct.


Jason Connell; Jason Connell (President / Founder)


All submissions must be original, unproduced works. Short Screenplays are 45 pages or less. Feature-length Screenplays are over 45 pages.

Please be advised that PDF submissions are highly preferred. We can make exceptions to accept hard copies, which can be sent to the address below.

You may also choose to purchase Script Coverage on your submission, which offers more in-depth analysis on your submission, including an evaluation of Originality, Story Structure, Characterization, Dialogue, and Mechanics. Coverage is sent via e-mail 90-120 Days after the Notification Date of the contest.

Make check or money order payable to Connell Creations, Inc. and send all materials to:

United Film Festival - Screenwriting Contest
P.O. Box 360556
Los Angeles, CA 90036


The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless United Film Festival - Screenwriting Contest and the United Film Festival 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 screenplays entered.