Our 2017 winner completed principal photography in May 2018 and is in post-production! "Becoming" by Omar Naim won our Grand Prize and is going to hit the screens with Omar himself directing! We will keep you updated.

Circus Road wants to find another great project to produce! We have produced and sold films in all genres. We will analyze all finalists with an eye towards optioning one or more screenplays for production.

Grand Prize of $1000 to the winner

1. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years or older, including co-authored material.
2. Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for the contest. Any award won by a co-authored script will be divided evenly among the writers listed on the entry form.
3. Screenplays and any source material must be the original work of the author, unless such source material is in the public domain.
4. Submissions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.
5. A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each script submitted.
6. Contestants retain full ownership of their material and are not obligated to accept any proposed option by Circus Road.
7. Industry executives will analyze the screenplays to determine the semi-finalists and finalists. Circus Road will determine the winner of the Grand Prize of $1000.
8. Circus Road shall not provide any feedback or coverage of submitted scripts.

Overall Rating
  • I very much enjoyed participating in the competition. Would recommend the festival for other aspiring screenwriters

    June 2019
  • Robert Languedoc

    A contest which specifically states that finalists are scrutinized for possible option. Way cool! Also very polite and professional people.

    June 2019
  • John Martins III

    Thank you, Circus Road, for designating my screenplay, "The Fourth Psalm," as an honorable mention. Very much appreciated. Continued success!

    June 2019
  • My script “The Honor Killing” managed to garnish three wins in other festivals and reached the Semi-Finals at Circus Road. Thank you for the consideration.
    Guy Quigley

    June 2019
  • Clint Pearson

    A well done contest with good feedback.

    January 2018