Faith in Film is a boutique film festival and screenwriting competition that takes place over the course of two days in historic downtown Tucson as well as the famed Old Tucson Studios.

Our mission is to forge a film festival and screenwriting competition that will 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 175 pages), short film scripts (up to 50 pages), stage plays, sitcom pilots, and dramatic television pilots.

Our film festival takes place over the course of two days and 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.

We don't showcase any films online, but we are happy to link to any and all winning films.

The Faith in Film Screenwriting Competition rewards screenwriters with various prizes, including personal introductions to at least three top talent managers and or development executives. Our grand prize winner will also receive a one hour consultation with a top talent manager or production executive with script notes. Our top two finalists will also receive at least one personal introduction/consultation as well. These introductions can be invaluable to writers.

2020's Screenwriting Grand Prize Winner met with three top development executives: one whose company has produced over 20 films as well as a talent manager from Kersey Management, and producer, Justine Wentzell. Our screenwriting Grand Prize winner also received an hour long consultation with script notes on how to improve their project. Other finalists received consults with reps from First Fridays and Fictional Entity. Please note that these executives are not judges in any way shape or form. They are people we introduce our winners to after they've won our contest. 2019's screenwriting winners received several personal industry introductions and our grand prize winner received a one hour script consultation with the top manager at Fictional Entity.

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 Awards are given to filmmakers in several categories and the director behind the festival's "Best of the Fest" film will be awarded with introductions to three separate literary managers and or development executives.

Best Picture - Best of the Fest special designation
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film 

Best Drama

Best Comedy

Best Horror 

Best Thriller 

Best Crime Film

Best Romantic Comedy 

Best Parody 

Best Western 

Best Fantasy Film 

Best Film Noir

Best Sci-Fi

Best Animation 

Best Documentary 

Best Inspirational Film

Best Indie Film (budget up to $5,000)

Best Web Series 

Best Music Video

--- CAST & CREW AWARDS ---
Best Director 

Best Indie Filmmaker (film's budget up to $5000) 

Best First Time Director 

Best Actor

Best Actress 

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress 

Best Young Actor (13-18)

Best Young Actress (13-18)

Best Child Actor (5-12)

Best Child Actress (5-12) 

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 pretend to be studio executives.

All entries must have an element of faith. 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 length of the projects you submit.

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 The Faith in Film Film Festival and Faith in Film Screenwriting Competition also known as IFFF, FIF, IFFFF and IFFFFSC are in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization.

Faith in Film further reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.

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 experienced readers with a background in writing and a passion for cinema. We distribute our winners' scripts to industry executives, 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.  

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  • Judith Sears

    I am so honored that my script, The Good Shepherd, was selected as a semifinalist in the 2020 Faith in Film competition. It is one of the first competition outings for this story of a 1st century Galilean shepherd whose life intersects Joseph, Mary and the child Jesus, so I was grateful that Faith in Film provided written feedback from the last round reader. That will be very helpful. In my interaction with the festival staff I felt they demonstrated a real concern and respect for writers and supporting writers in pursuing their careers. Congratulations to the other semifinalists, finalists, and Grand Prize Winner! A great opportunity!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    And we are honored to be first to recognize your talents. Keep writing. We look forward to seeing your film on the silver screen.

  • Jean-Marc Le Doux

    Delighted to have 'Love is Mute' as a part of the Official Selection of Faith in Film's competition! Appreciated how quick and communicative the festival was.

    April 2020
  • JOSEPH KOVLER

    This is a very rewarding competition on many levels. My script Camp Hero was a semifinalist in the 2020 competition.

    April 2020
  • My screenplay, "Flash Drive" was a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 competition. Congratulations to those who became Finalists. I want to thank everyone at Faith In Film for giving us faith-based writers an opportunity to participate in this competition.

    April 2020
  • John Kirk

    Many thanks to Joseph and his team at Faith in Film. Our script "Challenger" was named one of three finalists in this year's competition. Just a few days after a notification call from Joseph, the script and log line were distributed to production and management companies with proven track records. Credit goes to Faith in Film for creating genuine opportunities for screenwriters.

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    And thank you for writing such a great script. It was a pleasure to read. We are honored to recognize your talents and hope that the industry contacts provided help guide you and your project into production.