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Screencraft: Comedy Screenplay Contest 2018

21 April 2018


Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Comedy Screenplay Contest. Big or small, our jury is looking for smart feature film screenplays with a strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique comedic voices. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader.

1st Place: Feature GRAND PRIZE $ 1,000 Cash

  • phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers and agents
  • personal introduction to studio executives and producers

2nd Place: $ 200 Cash

  • will receive a in-depth development and career strategy with the ScreenCraft team
  • personal introductions to managers, agents, producers and development executives

Top 3 Finalists:

  • written feedback from one of our professional Hollywood readers
  • Free license to Final Draft 10 screenwriting software.


  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 140 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between March 15, 2018 and June 1, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on April 16th, and then $69 until final deadline on June 1st.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the submitted material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee via Coverfly (instructions will be provided in your submission confirmation email).
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).  All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

APPLY HERE before the final deadline on June 1st, 2018 — Mark your calendar!

Here’s the 2018 jury:

  • Joseph Garner (Film Producer of HANGOVER PART II & IIIDUE DATEWAR DOGS, and XOXO. Development Executive for Bradley Cooper and Todd Philip’s company Joint Effort with a 3-year production deal at Warner Bros.)
  • Joe Farrell (Development Executive at Funny or Die Films, the company behind some of the funniest online videos (and now feature films) with access to top Hollywood talent.)
  • Cara Masline (Literary Manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, the production and management company behind such celebrated comedy Hollywood talent as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Matt LeBlanc, BJ Novak, Charlie Day, Geroge Lopez, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK and many more!)

The final deadline is June 1st, 2018.


We look forward to reading your screenplay. We hope you will become one of our ScreenCraft success stories!

– Team ScreenCraft


Last call! The Seventh Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest

20 May 2016

Awards & Prizes

The Festival Recognizes and Awards All Competitive Categories.

Rules & Terms


  • October 21, 2015 – Opening Date
  • January 31, 2016 – Earlybird Deadline
  • March 31, 2016 – Regular Deadline
  • May 31, 2016 – Late Deadline
  • July 31, 2016  – xtended Deadline
  • September 15, 2016 – Notification Date
  • October 8 – 15, 2016

The Seventh Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest will be held from October 8-15, 2016 in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico.


Projects submitted to the Festival for consideration may apply to just one category. Please select the category that best fits your project. The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project for any Festival program or submission category. For more details (INCLUDING DEADLINES) please review all guidelines for each specific category.



*Producciones mexicanas requieren un “Fee Waiver”. Para recibirlo, favor de escribir a Gracias !
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a


There are three options for submitting material to the Festival:

1) Uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of Official Submission Partner.
2) Secure VIMEO link.

For Submission purposes your film may be in any language. However, if not in English or Spanish the film must have either English or Spanish subtitles.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED for screening at the festival:
-If the film is in Spanish it must have English Subtitles.
-If the film is in English it must have Spanish Subtitles.
-All other languages will be exhibited in the original language and must contain DUAL subtitles both English and Spanish that project simultaneously

All screenplays must be in English, Spanish or French.

Once a Project has been submitted for participation it cannot be withdrawn.


Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Festival disavows any responsibility and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.,

The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Festival or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Projects accepted by the Festival will be placed, at the sole and absolute discretion of the Festival Programming department, in one of the program sections. Applicants may NOT submit their Projects directly to any specific section. The only exception to this policy is exclusively for Mexican Filmmakers who may submit directly to HECHO EN MEXICO OR ESCRITO EN MEXICO sections.

The Film Festival Management will establish the schedule of the films submitted. The Festival also reserves the right to designate appropriate category/section for each project.


The Selecting Committee will be national and foreign individuals recognized in the cinema and cultural world. The Festival Management will appoint the members of the Official Jury who will assign the Official Awards to the competing sections. Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.

The decisions of the Jury will be FINAL.

Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible to adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.


All information above shall supersede any other guidelines associated with the Festival. The Festival is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. The Festival Management will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.

A submitted project implies full agreement with this document. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the Festival.

Oaxaca FilmFest has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at anytime without notice.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Welcome to the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

20 June 2014


The BlueCat Screenplay Competition accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

The Special Early Entry Fee for all scripts received by June 15th is $55 for features and $35 for short screenplays.

All submissions received by June 15th will receive their written analysis by July 1st. The next analysis deadline isn’t until September!

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.
$15,000 Grand Prize
Four Finalists
$2,500 Prize
$10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists
$1,500 Prize
Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
$1,500 Prize
Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
$1,500 Prize
Three Winners: $250 each
All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible
Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:
  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.


BlueCat Screenplay Competition



12 April 2014

MASON’S ROAD LITERARY PRIZE  — $15 ENTRY FEE. Submissions for Issue 9 are open until May 15, 2014, and we are looking for creative and unique interpretations of our theme: TRUTH. ?Please submit only one document in a genre for each issue, and limit prose and screenplay/drama to 5,000 words (double-spaced), poetry to 3 poems (up to 3 poems in a single document). Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive.

Visit the website:

2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Call For Submissions

16 August 2013
Kubrick on his first feature.

Kubrick on his first feature.


In the spirit of our commitment to the development of screenwriters worldwide, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition holds a longstanding tradition of giving written notes to every screenplay submitted. Each Feature screenplay entered receives two analyses, while each Short screenplay receives one.


All screenplays submitted by September 1st, 2013 will receive their feedback by October 1st, 2013  ($60 features, $40 shorts)




Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted rate of $29 for the duration of the competition.


Entrants will be able to submit a short screenplay with an option not to receive feedback, and all submissions will be eligible for a Resubmission entry if received by the October 15th, 2013 deadline.




This year, BlueCat will accept short screenplays and establish one of the largest cash prizes in the world for a short screenplay contest, with the winner being awarded $10,000. Three Finalists will be receiving $1500 each. The Grand Prize for the Best Feature Screenplay increased to $15,000.


BlueCat prides itself in its leading reputation as a community for developing screenwriters. We hope these great changes will cement our mission—-to support and develop the undiscovered screenwriter——in all of us, today and days ahead.










 Best Feature Screenplay


$15,000 Grand Prize


Four Finalists


$2500 Prize



Best Short Screenplay


$10,000 Grand Prize


Three Finalists


$1500 Prize



The Cordelia Award


Best Feature Screenplay from the UK


$1500 Prize



The Joplin Award


Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK


$1500 Prize



Movie Title Contest: Three Winners $250 each


All screenplays entered by August 1 are eligible




Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:




  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham”, a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.


  • Elijah Wood produced Ana Lily Amipour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, set for release in late 2013.


  • Aaron Guzikowski’s “Prisoners”, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, will be released September 2013.  The Sundance Channel recently bought Aaron’s TV pilot, “The Descendents”, making it their second scripted show after “Rectify.”


  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell”, to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.


  • “SomaCell”, along with “Rodham”, were two 2012 Blacklist Scripts written by BlueCat Alumni.


 For full competition details, please visit the Rules & Guidelines and FAQ.