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Feature, TV Pilot, Short
Registration ended: 11/06/2015
Contest Begins: 06/01/2015   Ends: 11/06/2015
FEE: $65 Registration Expired

Submit today for a chance at $8000 in cash prizes! Seeking FEATURES, SHORTS, and TELEPLAYS in all genres, including comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material.


Voted Best Film Festival by USA TODAY Readers,The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film Festival.

FEATURES: A $5000 cash prize will be presented to the winning feature-length script. Finalists will also get their scripts read by industry professionals. Previous industry readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, Entertainment One, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Lupovitz Productions, and Popular Films.

SHORTS: Our short-film script category continues to attract a diverse international pool with a $1000 cash prize and screening opportunity at a future Cinequest Film Festival for the winning script.

TELEPLAYS (60 Minute): Back by popular demand is our 60 minute teleplay category offering writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! This category offers a $1000 cash prize to the winner.

TELEPLAYS (30 Minute): New to this year’s mix is a 30 minute teleplay category offering a $1000 cash prize to the winner.


Feature - Finalists - 02/01/2016
Feature - Winners - 03/05/2016

TV Pilot - Finalists - 02/01/2016
TV Pilot - Winners - 03/05/2016

Short - Finalists - 02/01/2016
Short - Winners - 03/05/2016


Feature [70-125 pages]
- All Genres

TV Pilot [40-70 pages]
- All Genres

Short [1-20 pages]
- All Genres

Languages: English

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