Why enter Hollywood Screenplay Festival?

 

  • Be part of the Hollywood Screenplay Festival

  • Prizes valued at $500

  • International screenwriters accepted

  • Film Freeway GOLD festival

  • Student discounts

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

- Alfred Hitchcock

 

About

The Hollywood Screenplay Festival is an online screenwriting competition for aspiring and emerging writers. The festival brings together fresh voices in the categories of feature length, short length and television pilots.

 

Every entry into the Hollywood Screenplay Festival has the chance to win prizes valued up to $500 USD. 

The festival is passionate for stories that make our hearts race, our palms sweat and our minds dream. Take us on a journey with your drama, horror, science fiction, adventure, action, thriller, comedy and romance. The Hollywood Screenplay Festival wants to hear YOUR VOICE!  

Be part of the HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL.

 

How to enter?

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

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

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Winners

WINNER OF

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY

 

Killing Faith by Ned Crowley

PRIZES

Win prizes

GLOBAL

Accepting screenwriters from around the globe

EMERGING WRITERS

HSF is searching for fresh and emerging screenwriters

CATERGORIES

Multiple categories

 

WINNER OF

BEST TELEVISION PILOT

 

Serial by Robert Benjamin 

WINNER OF

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY

 

Divorce at the End of the World by Nick Alverson

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

Prizes 

Each category will have semi-finalists, finalists and 1 winner. All winners 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

 

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

- George Cukor

 

Rules and terms

Rules and terms

What formats do we accept?

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

 

How do I pay my submission fee?

Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law. Entries only accepted via FilmFreeway. 

 

Can judges or team members submit to HSF?

Judges and team members of 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. 

 

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 readers and official judges of the competition. 

 

Does my work need to be my original?

By entering 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's 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?

Please read the category requirements, screenplays longer than the page length stated will not be accepted.

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. 

Do you need to accept HSF Terms and Conditions?

To enter the HSF you must agree to the 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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