Faith in Film is a boutique film festival and screenwriting competition that takes place in historic downtown Tucson, an area rich in history and culture.

Our aim is to forge a film festival and screenwriting competition that will ultimately launch the careers of faith based writers and filmmakers and facilitate established artists in transitioning into faith based films; and to introduce faith based films to mass audiences, ultimately, giving them the same multi platform release schedules and revenue streams that traditional studio films and high end independent films enjoy; and to inspire, showcase, support, and develop writers and filmmakers of all faith’s to make great faith based films that leave others touched, moved and inspired; and filmmakers and distributors empowered to make and distribute more films with an element of faith.

Our screenplay competition accepts feature length scripts (up to 135 pages), short film scripts (up to 50 pages), stage plays, sitcom pilots, and dramatic television pilots.

Our film festival accepts feature length films up to 110 minutes in length and short films (up to 40 minutes in length) in several categories. It is a celebration of filmmaking that allows artists and industry professionals at all levels to come, network, and showcase their work. For many filmmakers it will be the first time anyone has seen their work on the silver screen.

Faith in Film is a Cinema Public House production. We are a US based independent festival company that produces both live festivals and online festivals all over the world.

We accept inspirational films in any genre. Most of our entries are Christian films. However we've also showcased several films from other religions like Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We embrace all people from all faiths and everyone is welcome to enter and attend our festival.

The Faith in Film Screenwriting Competition rewards winning screenwriters with various prizes, including consultation packages provided by Roadmap Writers. Our grand prize winner receives a one hour consultation with script notes with a top talent manager or production executive in New York or Los Angeles. They also receive 1.5 pages of script notes from our final round judge. This in addition to respect and recognition. Our top two finalists will also receive one consultation each as well. These introductions can be invaluable to writers.

Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

Moving forward all film winners will also be awarded credit and recognition on IMDB!

Please note that we do not advertise who we will be introducing our screenwriting grand prize winner to as we prefer to tailor the introduction to the individual writer's style so as to get them the most benefit. For example, if our winner wrote a drama, we wouldn't be connecting them with people who specialize in comedy.

Only the screenwriting Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists receive industry distribution and prizes while Semi-Finalists are only rewarded with laurels and online recognition like in most screenwriting competitions. Prizes and recognition will not be given to any other entrants.

Film Festival designations are given to filmmakers in several categories, however, they are only rewarded with recognition. Furthermore, festival designation does not guarantee your film will screen. We have limited studio time as such only the best of the best will screen on an annual basis.

Best of the Fest Winner
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film 

Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Action, Thriller or Horror 

Best Fantasy or Sci-Fi
Best Animation 

Best Documentary 

Best Inspirational Film
Best Web Series 

Best Director 

Best Actor
Best Actress 

Best Ensemble 

Best Cinematography 

Best Editing

The Faith in Film Screenwriting Competition rewards:
One Grand Prize Winner
2 Finalists
12 Semi-Finalists

Please note that we do not use celebrity judges and or industry judges. Many festivals and screenwriting competitions advertise that they do have celebrity judges, but upon closer inspection their "industry pros" are only reading the top five scripts or viewing the top five films. Our judges are artists and writers; filmmakers and film lovers. We have excellent taste and we introduce our winners to top industry professionals, but we do not employ industry professionals as judges.

All entries must have an element of faith or inspiration. They don't have to be based on faith, but they must have an element of it. It can be any faith from any part of the world, practiced by people of any nationality and or ethnicity as long as your characters' faith empowers them to make powerful choices for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.

We will not accept entries that put down or denigrate other religions and or put one faith above another. We embrace people of all faiths and this festival is a celebration of, not only faith, but the diversity of spiritual paths and variety of wonderful faiths that will lead us all to salvation and peace on Earth.

We are looking for great faith-based stories, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), or animation.

Our private jury selects all winners through private screenings. After all winners are selected, then we select the films that will screen the night of the festival.

The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).

By submitting your film:
-You agree to use part of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes.

- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- You must own all the rights to the film and be able to produce all music clearances.
- You agree to provide the festival with a digital copy of the film for screening purposes if selected.

The festival does not accept the following:

1. Extremist content or propaganda of any kind.
2. Films with extreme nudity, violence, or vulgarity.

3. Films that denigrate other religions, cultures, or people of other ethnicities.

4. Films with a poor production standards (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD).

Faith in Film is a FilmFreeway Gold festival with over 20 five-star reviews.

Writers and filmmakers retain all rights to their work.

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites.

By entering our contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission(s).

By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.

By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.  

Screenwriting Contest rules:

There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

Scripts must be written in English, but can be in any film or television genre.

Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.

Entry fees for screenplay entries are posted on our partner websites and are non refundable.

Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.

Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.

Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.

All winners are responsible for their own income tax withholding. Contest is void where prohibited by law, be it state, federal, or local.

The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.

All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.

All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.

Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.

There are no requirements as to when the material was written.

The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.

We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind unless paid for with your entry at the time of entry. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.

Please note that this festival is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization regardless of initials or name similarity.

The festival further reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.

This festival is produced by Cinema Public House, a US based company that produces festivals, events, and competitions all over the world.

All judging is done at our sole discretion. We may have outside input, but all judging and all decisions are made at our sole discretion. Furthermore, we do not use "celebrity" judges or "industry" judges and we do not advertise that we use "celebrity" judges. We use intelligent readers with a passion for cinema who love to read. We distribute our winners' scripts to industry executives who provide consultations, but those executives do not judge our contests. To prevent tampering we do not reveal the identities of our judges. Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.

By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.  

See festival website for complete list of terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • J.L. Porro

    Grateful for the encouragement. Thank you!

    June 2024
  • Rob Turfe

    We are very appreciative to Joseph and the entire Faith in Film festival team for the honor of award winner for our short film I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. Joseph has gone above and beyond in several ways to make the experience very memorable!

    June 2024
  • I am excited to share my experience with the LA Script Competition. Being selected as a Drama Quarter-Finalist for my script "I DIDN’T KNOW" in their premiere season has been incredibly rewarding. My happiness is overwhelming, and I thank them all so much for the opportunity.

    The competition welcomes a diverse array of genres and voices, which truly sets it apart. I appreciate the invitation they offered me, which is a Free Entry Waiver for the next season, demonstrating their genuine support for writers and commitment to fostering a creative community.

    Moreover, the award laurel and certificate I received were beautifully designed and added a special touch to the recognition. When I saw the Drama Feature it felt real to me. I ran around the house with excitement just knowing someone had read my script and given me the opportunity was fantastic.

    I highly recommend the LA Script Competition to any writer looking for a supportive, well-organized, and inclusive platform to showcase their work. Thank you to the LAISC team for an outstanding experience!

    Best regards,

    Diane Hall (I Didn't Know)

    June 2024
  • Peter Williams

    I was very pleased with everything, thank you 😊

    May 2024
  • François Manceaux

    It is a great honor for us our film ENCONTRO was distinguished by your festival as best feature film. We thank you and the jury for this prize.

    May 2024