Carnegie Screenwriters is a Pittsburgh based non-profit group comprised of writers, filmmakers, actors, teachers and students. We are hosting our first short film and short screenplay festival in August of 2017 at the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley, Pa.

Our local CSW members meet in the Pittsburgh area, our national and international members connect through social media. Our mission is to provide an active, supportive community for scriptwriters of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. We work together in an environment of mutual respect and fellowship to share resources, provide encouragement, motivation and constructive feedback on members’ scripts, concepts and works-in-progress. We network and partner with filmmakers and film organizations to produce quality scripts, films, videos and television.

The Tull Family Theater is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. This new facility celebrated its opening in February, 2017 and is eager to host our event and our winners.

We are now open to submissions from members and non-members alike. We are looking for the best of the best to be shown and read at our 2 day event. We are open to all genres of films and screenplays that fall within our running time and page count guidelines. Screenplays can also be submitted to receive feedback from our readers. Scripts submitted into this category are automatically entered into the short screenplay contest, please do not submit the same script to both categories.

The Greater Pittsburgh region offers a very supportive and collaborative film environment. We'd love to see and share your works with our community.

Awards & Prizes

Winning screenplays will be performed at a seated reading during the opening reception event held on Saturday, August 26th. Winning writers will receive free admission to the opening reception event. All film winners receive live screening of their film on Sunday August 27th. Winning films will receive one free admission to the screening event.

Rules & Terms

If the submission is accepted into the festival, the entrant grants a non-exclusive, royalty free license for use for theater screening, and to publish excerpts in print or electronic media to promote the event in any and all media. The filmmaker must secure all rights and clearances. Foreign films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

Films should have been completed since January 2014 to present and be no longer than 20 mins.

Screenplay submissions must be in English and be 15 pages or fewer. Entrant(s) must hold the right to perform, reproduce, display and distribute their work to enter the competition. The work must not have been previously optioned, sold or produced.

Digital download of all films selected for the Official Selection must be received by August 1, 2017. Any materials submitted will not be returned. All fees are non-refundable.

The Carnegie Screenwriters Script and Screen Festival is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions.

7 Reviews

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    Giancarlo Fusi

    Excellent showcase for screenwriters with great communication from festival director Wendy Grube. Even though I was not able to attend, I was sent a high quality video of my script reading and an official selection certificate by mail. The actors for the reading were great and really brought the script to life! Look forward to attending in the future.

    October 2017
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    javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival.

    September 2017
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    Alexander Cassun

    New festival but good turnout. Submitted a film from the UK, got a lot of positive feedback from the screening. The festival team were quick to respond to emails. Definitely recommend.

    September 2017
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    Edward Santiago

    Even though I was unable to attend personally, I was very happy to have my script read as one of the winning scripts! They provided me the video for this reading, and it was such a joy to see that. I'm very glad to have been a part of this festival!

    September 2017
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    John Maslowski

    The Carnegie Screenwriters Script and Screen Festival is an amazing event! The staff were so nice. The filmmaker reception was a great networking opportunity with delicious food. I can't wait until next year to attend again.

    September 2017