The Bull City International Film Festival is open internationally to all filmmakers and screenwriters who understand that film is much more than expensive equipment and sets with impractical budgets.

We are seeking films and scripts with character driven plots. Insightful stories relying on human expression more than special effects.


There will be one winner in each category. Filmmakers invited to speak about their project.


There will be one winner in each category. Award winners are invited to be guests on the podcast, The Writers Room With Sam & Jim. Writers also invited to speak about their project at the festival. Option to have a staged reading of your award winning script performed.


Terms and Conditions:

I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered.
To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand if accepted, that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for no charge at Festival screenings and promotional, educational purposes. I fully understand the festival DOES NOT pay screening fees to show films.
Should this film win an award at the Bull City Film Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed on the Award Designation List (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s).

You must clear all copyrighted material included in your film before you can publicly screen it. The Bull City Film Festival does not check to make sure that you have cleared these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of un-cleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festival films, so you should contact them directly to avoid any possible rights infringements.

We invite writers from all countries to submit their scripts to The Bull City Screenplay Competition. Below are the terms and conditions for the competition:

- Feature Length Screenplay Any Genre (60-120 pages)
*Screenplays that exceed 120 pages will not be accepted.

-Short Film Scripts and TV Scripts Any Genre up to 60 pages
*Scripts that exceed 60 pages will not be accepted.

- All scripts must be submitted in English.
- All scripts must be written in script format- no outlines.
- All submission fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
- All script and payment submissions will be made online only.
- All applicants will receive an email confirmation confirming screenplay was received.
- All scripts must be the original work of the author(s) with no restrictions from a third party.
- All scripts must be in a pdf format with a title page that clearly states the title, author(s) name(s), email address and/or contact phone number.
- Scripts will not be eligible if they have been sold, produced for profit or optioned.
- Only original scripts will be accepted.
- Writers/applicants can only submit scripts. We will not accept loglines, taglines, synopses, casting suggestions, resumes, cover letters, photographs or any other materials of any kind.
- Scripts adapted from your own work, including books, plays and other source materials are all eligible, but only if you retain all rights to your work.
- Adaptations from other works will be accepted, under the condition that the writer of the original work has granted you written permission to use his/her material.
- Adaptations of works in the public domain are also permitted.
- The competition is not limited to one script per writer(s). Writers may submit multiple scripts.
- All scripts must contain a title page with the following information included: title of the script, name(s) of writer(s), telephone number and email address. This information is for office use only and will not have any bearing on the judging process or decision-making.
- The winners will receive script coverage feedback within 14 days of the winners’ announcement.
- Once a script has been submitted, no revised or future drafts will be accepted.
- Writers under the age of 18 years old must provide written permission from a parent or guardian in order to submit their work.
- By submitting their work, applicants agree to accept all decisions made by the judges.
- All writers are advised to register their material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or the Writer’s Guild of America or the equivalent copyright agency in his/her country.
- All writers/applicants retain the rights to their screenplays.
- All writers/applicants are non-exclusive to the Bull City Screenplay Competition and may submit their screenplays to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher and/or organization.
- In the event that an applicant wins an award in the competition, he/she agrees that the Bull City Screenplay Competition are permitted to use his/her name for advertising and/or promotional purposes.
- The first round of reading is done by individual readers. If your script is advanced to the next round, the script will be read and scored by multiple readers to determine whether it gets into quarterfinals and semifinals.

To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, West ( or the US Copyright Office (

Overall Rating
  • As a writer, this was a great festival. I received detailed feedback from multiple judges. As a winner of their feature screenplay competition, I was given a one-on-one writing coaching session from a working television writer who gave me some of the best advice and feedback I've ever received. The festival also took the time and effort to conduct a table read of the first act of my screenplay and featured my project in an online interview. Many festivals treat their screenwriting category as an afterthought. Bull City goes out of its way to take care of their writers. Thank you!

    March 2022
  • Claire Downs

    The caliber of the films in this festival is incredible. Your film will be shown alongside Oscar-nominated films. The virtual ticket was also a great buy-in for our family and friends who, for $20 could see our short and a smorgasbord of great movies. While the festival was not virtual when we submitted, the team did a great job of making us feel included by promoting our work and inviting us to interview with them.

    March 2022
  • Shannon TL Kearns

    Really loved participating in the script competition for this festival. I got feedback from three very thorough readers. So appreciated!

    March 2022
  • David Myers

    So proud to have been a part.

    March 2022
  • Top notch feedback. Very highly recommended!

    March 2022