𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐠𝐨 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 is a screenplay 𝐈𝐌𝐃𝐛-𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐠 competition that presents the best screenwriters in the world. We are looking for screenplays that we offer as a product to the world's independent film directors, producers, film investors and film productions.
Screenwriting is a business and the best screenwriters have a brand. A special writing style or talent that makes them unique and easy to recognize. Filmmakers needing a story that centers on a big idea or great characterization or engaging dialogue or a compelling theme are able to seamlessly identify the best writer for the project when the writer is branded as a specialists in one of those needed areas. The Chicago Script Awards recognizes writers who specialize on a specific writing element and works to elevate their overall brand awareness. We are part of the 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬' 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.
Through the screenwriting competition, presented by Chicago Script Awards offers writers the opportunity to submit feature scripts to the category/categories they feel are strongest within their script, which will be reviewed by readers at top Hollywood talent agencies and management companies.
Our website is followed by many film producers who are looking for suitable scripts for their film productions. Our festival offers a space for screenwriters to promote their screenplay through our web address. 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 80 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐲. 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞:
Previous winners of our competition were well-know screenwriters such as 𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐲 𝐌𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 (United States), 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐬 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐲 (United States), 𝐃𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 (United States), 𝐌𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧 (United Kingdom), 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 (United Kingdom), 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 (United Kingdom), 𝐌𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐚 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐲 (United States), 𝐋𝐲𝐧𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 (United States), 𝐑𝐲𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨 (United States) and others.
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨 𝐀𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐬 - Standard contest submission + up to 3 pages of major Hollywood studio-style coverage with a 10-point professional analysis of character, conflict, marketability, dialogue, emotional investment, theme/premise, pacing, structure/plot, tone, and concept.
The reviewer has been at the forefront of competitions such as 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐍𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐥 𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗. 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝟐𝟎 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞𝐬 - 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐚, 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐲, 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫, 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐲. 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐎𝐒𝐂𝐀𝐑 𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐃𝐔𝐂𝐄𝐑.
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The Best Project of the Year is nominated for the 𝐆𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐀𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐲, which redistributes $ 𝟓,𝟎𝟎𝟎.𝟎𝟎 which they will receive in the form of various movie rewards.
🥇 GRAND PRIX: Feature Screenplay
🥇 GRAND PRIX: Short Script
🥇 GRAND PRIX: Television Script - Pilot
⭐️ 𝐖𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐑𝐓/𝐅𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄 𝐒𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐍𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐘? + 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝
✍️ Best Super Short Script (under 10 pages)
✍️ Best First Time Screenwriter (Short)
✍️ Best First Time Screenwriter (Feature)
✍️ Best Drama Screenplay
✍️ Best Comedy Screenplay
✍️ Best Horror Screenplay
✍️ Best Thriller Screenplay
✍️ Best LGBTQ Screenplay
✍️ Best Female Screenwriter
✍️ Best Scifi Screenplay
✍️ Best Young Screenwriter (under 30y.)
✍️ Best Chicago Screenplay
✍️ Best American Screenplay
✍️ Best Foreign Screenplay
✍️ Best Psychological Screenplay
✍️ Best Historical Screenplay
✍️ Best War Screenplay
✍️ Best Crimi Screenplay
✍️ Best Fantasy Screenplay
✍️ Best Action Screenplay
✍️ Best Romantic Screenplay
✍️ Best Western Screenplay
✍️ Best Stage Play
✍️ Best Story
✍️ Best Book
Each winner will receive a digital diploma + special official laurels
1. All scripts must be in English.
2. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted.
4. The decision of the festival selection committee will be final.
5. Scripts that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
6. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.
7. Organizers have the right to use film posters or your photos on public social networks to promote your project and our festival.