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
  • Ruben Estremera & Gregory Wolk

    The festival did a great job keeping me updated on the selection process, while not inundating me with extraneous emails or trying to upsell other services. They gave me a good feeling that things were being done fairly. Even after the winning announcements were made -- when it's usually the last you'll hear from a festival -- they appeared excited for me and reached out to discuss the scripts. It made me feel good.

    November 2020
  • The Film Crash festival was so well organized and I loved how they kept us updated at every level. Great communication and personal attention to the entrants! I'm super honored to have won an award at Film Crash and will enter again!

    November 2020
  • Very excited to have my feature screenplay The Seeds We Sow, selected as the 2020 Action Adventure screenplay winner! Great communication from the team and I appreciated the phone conversation with Matthew. While 2020 created havoc for festivals across the world, Film Crash still managed to have great festival. Clearly Matthew and the team at Film Crash are dedicated and really care about the film makers, writers and that submit to Film Crash. Great job, great festival.

    November 2020
  • Matthew Karges

    I was thrilled to he awarded best dramatic short screenplay this year. I had a great experience with the festival and am happy to have my writing recognized. Got a solid script or film? I recommend you submit!

    November 2019
  • Fantastic and fun! After a casual meet and greet, you're treated to some truly outstanding avant-garde short films. The awards ceremony itself is brief and enjoyable. This is the only festival I've been to where you they screen the winning entries the day of the award show. Most of the time you have no idea who the winners are. Film Crash makes sure everybody knows which films are being honored. That's cool.

    Not only that, if you're fortunate enough to win, you get an awesome trophy/plaque to take home with you! Much better than the uninspired xeroxed certificate most festivals hand out. I was honored to win the 2019 award for Best Dramatic Screenplay and, to my surprise, it was personally handed to me by none other than Steven de Souza! That right there is pretty kick-a**.

    Also, I can't say enough positive things about event organizer Matthew Harrison. He made himself readily available throughout the awards show and was a genuinely good dude to hang out with. Huge props to him...

    November 2019