Why enter Hollywood Screenplay Festival?


  • Be part of the Hollywood Screenplay Festival

  • Prizes valued at $500

  • Double chance to win the genre category

  • International screenwriters accepted

  • Film Freeway GOLD festival

  • Student discounts

“To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.” 

- Alfred Hitchcock



Hollywood Screenplay Festival is an online screenwriting festival for emerging screenwriters from around the globe.


The festival began as an outlet for up and coming screenwriters to enter their screenplays into a festival that was accessible and affordable.

We welcome you to submit your screenplay to our renewed festival.


How to enter?

You can enter the Hollywood Screenplay Festival through our friends at Film Freeway.


Screenplay writing software

All screenplays must follow the accepted format, that is why we recommend the following programs when writing your screenplay.



I was honored to have my screenplay, “Little Things Mean a Lot,” selected as a Finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Festival. It was especially nice with the prizes awarded to Finalists. Thank you.

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2019 Festival Winners

Feature Screenplay

WINNER - A Holiday Sensation by Michael B Snow

FINALIST - There's Someone in the Woods by Rachel Brewer

FINALIST - Little Things Mean a Lot by Michael Monteith

SEMI-FINALIST - The Colour of Evil by Connie Wilson

SEMI-FINALIST - Small Business by Mark Penner

SEMI-FINALIST - Homecoming by Robert Cox

SEMI-FINALIST - Touch Gloves by David Keogh

Short Screenplay

WINNER - It's Not Cheating, Really by Damon Gumbert


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Accepting screenwriters from around the globe


HSF is searching for fresh and emerging screenwriters


Multiple categories



The Hollywood Screenplay Festival accepts entries for the following categories:

Feature Screenplay

Under 120 pages

Short Screenplay

Under 15 pages

Television Pilot

Under 60 pages

Web series Pilot

Under 20 pages


Each category will have 4 semi-finalists, 2 finalists and 1 winner. All finalists will receive a laurel, certificate and be announced on the Hollywood Screenplay Festival website.

Feature Screenplay

Winner prize valued at $200

Short Screenplay

Winner prize valued at $75 

Television Pilot

Winner prize valued at $150

Web series Pilot

Winner prize valued at $75


“Give me a good script, and I’ll be a hundred times better as a director.”

- George Cukor


Rules and terms

What formats do we accept?

All scripts must be submitted in English. All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.


What formats do we accept?
Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law. Entries only accepted via Withoutabox or Filmfreeway. 


Can judges or employees submit to HSF?
Judges and employees HSF are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members. 


Can multiply writers of one screenplay enter?
Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers' names should be listed on the online entry. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. If a screenplay is written by multiple authors, prizes will be divided at the writers' discretion. 

Will I retain the rights to my screenplay?
Entrants to the HSF retain all rights to their screenplays. 


Will you send a copy of my screenplay back?
Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted. 

Can I submit revised versions of my screenplay?

Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned. 


Will my screenplay be kept private?
Yes, HSF will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition. 


Will you send a copy of my screenplay back?
By entering the HSF, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people. 


Can I receive a refund on my entry fee?
Entry fees are non-refundable. 

Can I post a hardcopy submission by mail?
We do not accept hardcopy submissions my mail. 


Can I submit adapted work?
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries may be adapted from the applicant own work. 


How will I know the results of the competition?
Notification of winners and official finalists will be sent by email and posted on our website. It is the responsibility of the winners to redeem any prizes allotted to them by the HSF or our sponsors.

How long does my feature screenplay need to be?
Feature screenplays must be between 60 and 130 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions. 

Can I enter more than 1 screenplay?
There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit. 

What if my screenplay has been previously optioned or produced?
Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry. If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible. 
Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified. 
Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances. 

What formats do we accept?
To enter the HSF you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.

How do I protect my script?

To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, West (www.wga.org or call 323.782.4500) and the US Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov).

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