Bolt is an innovative new screenplay competition from the creators of Barnstorm Fest. The rules are simple: Submit a short film screenplay, web series or television pilot then Barnstorm Media chooses the winner and MAKES YOUR MOVIE OR PILOT! You get to be the Executive Producer. Also, every submission receives feedback from the producers at Barnstorm Media!


GRAND JURY PRIZE: Barnstorm Media will produce the winning script. The winner will be made the Executive Producer of the project!

Three Finalists will receive a one on one consultation with a feature film producer about how to get your movie or pilot made! And if you need it, we'll also help you find representation.

Every submission receives feedback from the producers at Barnstorm Media.

The script must be between 1-79 pages, not including the cover page.

You may submit as many entries as you'd like.

Festival Rules

1. Screenplays must be in English, formatted to industry standards and submitted as PDFs.
2. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
3. BOLT'S competition decisions are final.
4. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers on title page. Please NOTE: Barnstorm Media divides awards equally among co-writers.

Terms & Conditions

I have read all of BOLT's rules and regulations. I understand and have complied with these rules.

I understand that failure to adhere to Bolt's rules will result in disqualification.

I am the sole owner and author of the submitted material.

I understand that if awarded, I have 15 days to claim my prize, after which the prize is voided.

Furthermore, I indemnify Bolt and Barnstorm Media, their affiliates, sponsors and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with said material.

The final decisions, whether creative or financial, regarding the creation of the film for the winning screenplay are at the full discretion of Barnstorm Media. The timing and date of completion of the film is also at the full discretion of Barnstorm Media.

Barnstorm reserves the right to potentially bring in production partners. In this, and only this instance, the winning script will be offered a $500 option offer.

If chosen as an AWARD winner, I give Bolt by Barnstorm Media a Non-exclusive, Worldwide, Royalty Free license to use excerpts of my media and biographical information for advertising or promotional purposes, including, without limitation, the right of display, reproduction, and distribution on barnstormfest.com or its social media outlets.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Leone

    Thank you for the recognition of short screenplay (DO UNTO OTHERS). It is much appreciated! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰

    January 2024
  • Christopher OBryant

    A fantastic festival! Free notes with every submission that cut to the heart of the piece submitted. This is a great contest put in by people who are encouraging and helpful. Don’t miss out on this in the future, they really want people to succeed!

    July 2019
  • Dimi Nakov

    I am stoked to be 2018 Grand Jury Prize Winner and see my short Sci-Fi Screenplay "Those Last Moments" produced by Barnstorm Media.

    September 2018