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 Webisode Pilot
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
  • John Darbonne

    Awesome festival. Made us feel like part of the team.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Very kind of you to say, John! Thank you for being part of Film Crash!

  • Outstanding and fun operation. Deserves greater visibility. Love that they focus on short film and screenplays.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Very kind of you to say, Bear! Thank you for being part of Film Crash! We wish you'd been able to be with us for the awards ceremony. Next time!

  • Gregg Malkoff

    Great all the way around. Matthew rules. Thanks for everything.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Very kind of you to say, Gregg! Thank you for being part of Film Crash!

  • Dagomir Kaszlikowski

    Excellent communication and organisation. Highly recommended!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Very kind of you to say, Dagomir! Thank you for being part of Film Crash!

  • Travis Lemke

    Film Crash is a rare jewel among film festivals. With a distinctly underground vibe and a dogged persistence that has kept them presenting avante garde film, annually for over 30 years, it has been a consistent voice for independent film makers. Their dedication to original, artistic thought and execution is something that you will not easily find elsewhere. They are the punk rock of film.

    October 2017