The Film Empire is a platform for blossoming filmmakers to enter premier Filmmaking Mentorship Contests. Our first year of contests included Hollywood Filmmaking Mentorship I, the Rising Writers Initiative, and our Scrypt to Screen horror contest.

Now, we are proud to present The Film Empire: The “Fempire” Screenplay Competition. Female filmmakers will have the chance to win mentorship meetings with our diverse lineup of industry pros.

Grand Prize winner will get 30 minute meetings with industry mentors:

Meet the Mentors:
Ellen Kuras (cinematographer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blow; director, Ozark),

Deborah Chow (director, Fear the Walking Dead, Mr. Robot),

Nancy Sanders (manager; producer, HBO's The Night Of),

Hayley Easton Street (art director, Justice League, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Karina Miller (producer, To the Bone)

Naomi Geraghty (editor, Bloodline, Hotel Rwanda)

Debbi Bossi (associate producer, The Lion King 2019; post-production supervisor, Star Trek)

Elizabeth Dell, Producers Guild of America China Task Force

Gavin J. Behrmann (production supervisor, Blade Runner 2049)

Dana O'Keefe (executive, Cinetic Media)

Tirrell Whittley (CEO/Principal, Liquid Soul; marketing & publicity, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, War for the Planet of the Apes, Mad Max, The Beauty and the Beast)

Tommy Harper (executive producer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission Impossible 6, Star Trek franchise, Top Gun: Maverick)

This mentorship will occur between April-May 2018 in person (in Los Angeles) or via video conference. The purpose of a female driven contest is to impart knowledge on our grand prize winner through the advice and expertise of women professionals in film & television industry. Entrants can reside in any country in the world.

Not all mentors will be able to meet in person due to schedules.

Women only.
18 years of age or older.
Do NOT reach out to any of our mentors. Our mentors speak with us directly and if it is found that you have submitted your screenplay and attempted to reach out will be grounds for automatic disqualification, no matter how far you have advanced in the contest.

Applicants can submit as many screenplays to multiple packages with respective entry fees.

Submit their short or feature film screenplay, any length. Coverage of the winning screenplay will be distributed to the mentors. Coverage will NOT be done for every screenplay submitted. Coverage will not be sent to screenwriters.

Only the submitting screenwriter can claim the mentorship meetings.

All payments are final.

There are two options to meet mentors:
Option 1: *Meet in-person
Option 2: Video teleconference meetings

*Travel is not included.

*If winner selects in-person option, they must cover their own travel, lodging, transportation and other expenses not mentioned. It’s likely that all mentors will not be able to meet in person. The Film Empire is not responsible for ensuring winners have their passports and travel accommodations.
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Screenplay must be submitted in English and in the standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin. Must be submitted as a PDF file. Screenplays not submitted as PDFs are automatically disqualified.

The winning screenplay must not be optioned by any studio, production company or investor. The winning screenplay must not be owned by parties other than the filmmaker submitting.

Although not required, we highly recommend you register your screenplay with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting.

Screenplays submitted to other contests are eligible.

Overall Rating
  • I give it 5 stars overall, even though there aren't 5 stars in every category. They're still working some kinks out, I think, but in whole this was one of the better festivals I've submitted to.

    June 2018
  • Film Empire offers some of the most intriguing prizes of any of the festivals I entered this season. Great communication and entry fees. I will be submitting again!!

    November 2017
  • Christopher Blackwell

    Thank you Film Empire for honoring my script Double Vengeance. This will be very helpful in moving forward and getting the movie produced!

    October 2017