The Film Crash Screenplay Competition is an annual international screenplay competition based in Los Angeles. Prizes are awarded as part of the awards ceremony at the Film Crash Film Festival in October. The advantage of Film Crash Screenplay Competition over other screenplay competitions is selected award winning screenplays are automatically placed in our password protected script repository "Bureau 24", accessible only by industry professionals. Founded by Sundance Jury Prize winning director Matthew Harrison in 1985, Film Crash has enjoyed playing a part in the creative life of stories, many of which have gone on to be produced as motion picture and television entertainment. We look forward to reading your scripts.

First Prize Comedy Feature
First Prize Action Adventure Feature
First Prize Drama Feature
First Prize Thriller Feature
First Prize Romantic Comedy Feature
First Prize Horror Feature
First Prize Short Film Screenplay
First Prize ½-Hour Sitcom Pilot
First Prize 1-Hour Drama Pilot

The mission of the Film Crash Screenplay Competition is to build community, create a platform for screenplays and encourage writers to "crash" through barriers to self-expression. Since submission of a screenplay constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by screenwriters and their agents), please review this document / the following terms carefully. (Note that the word “screenplay” in the following Entry Rules & Regulations applies to any submission type, including teleplays, webisodes, and shorts.)

Submissions are accepted only through FilmFreeway. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

All screenplay submissions must be in English. We encourage writers the world over to submit. Please translate your submission into English.

Submissions are made in PDF format only.

Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per screenplay and are non-refundable. The Competition reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met, including change in eligibility status post-submission.

Awards & Prizes
Film Crash reserves the right to alter titles and descriptions of all awards and prizes.

Copyright & Ownership
We suggest you register with the WGA or copyright your submission. Screenwriters maintain full legal rights and ownership of their screenplays.


To be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, screenplay length, entry material and other requirements.

(2) Entrants must be over 18 years of age.

(3) The screenplay must be in English.

(4) You must warrant that you have the sole rights and copyright to your screenplay; you may not submit a screenplay you did not write or do not have the rights to.

If your work is selected:
(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) warrant that you have the sole rights to your entry; and (ii) allow Film Crash to publish your name, screenplay title and logline, and award won on the Film Crash website; and (iii) submit a quote / allow us to ask for a quote / testimonial about the ceremony or contest and allow us to publish it on the Film Crash website (iv) indemnify and hold harmless Film Crash its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of submission of your screenplay to Film Crash.

Overall Rating
  • Michał Szalonek

    An awsome experience!
    Happy and honoured of being part of this superb Festival this year!

    October 2021
  • My experience with this festival was excellent, and not just saying that because of my win. The Executive Director kept us in the loop with informative, enthusiastic emails and made this event (and US, the contestants) feel special, even though for many, attendance in person wasn't possible. Thank you for the honor and encouragement!

    October 2021
  • Frank Vespe

    I shoud have titled my TV Pilot, WALKIN' ON SUNSHINE, instead of MOBNOXIOUS, because that's how I feel after being awarded First Prize for my TV Sitcom Pilot. I'm overwhelemed for this amazing accolade! My only regret is that I missed the Awards' ceremony; not so much for collecting my award and schmoozing with all the talented creatives, but for missing all the delicious food I could've enjoyed. Until next time...THANK YOU.

    October 2021
  • Jon Davis

    Excellent, intimate festival conveniently held in West LA. Organizers were enthusiastic and authentic. Films presented were very interesting. Overall presentation was not so long as to be grueling. One of the films, "Duet," about a piano playing cat, brought me to tears. I loved it so much.

    October 2021
  • Steven Bogart

    I was excited and honored that my script won best horror screenplay. The festival director was great communicating with me and incredibly encouraging.

    October 2021