(Above: Filmmatic's annual Sundance networking event, "Monday on Main Street")

The Filmmatic Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming screenwriters, as well as to empower and educate those talented writers still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream industry.

The 2018 Filmmatic Screenplay Competition is open to feature-length and short works, screenplays and teleplays.

You've worked hard on your screenplay, and our staff and industry judges are excited to read your work. All Winners and Honorable-Mentions will be announced by August 15, 2018.

* 10 Categorical Winners, 1 Overall-Winner, and 100 Honorable Mentions will be named!



* $1000.00 Cash to the Overall Winner;

* Virtual PitchFest packages for all 10 Categorical Winners;

* A Hollywood Screenwriting Directory from THE WRITER'S STORE for all Categorical Winners;

* Production Software to all 10 Categorical Winners (StudioBinder);

* INKTIP Membership Packages for all Categorical Winners;

* VIP Tickets to the 2019 Filmmatic - Sundance Film Festival networking event (MONDAY ON MAIN STREET);

* Feature Story spotlighting all Categorical Winners to be published on Filmmatic.com e-zine;

* Press Release regarding all Winning Screenwriters and their Works to be distributed to all major Film/TV agencies and studios;

* Press Release naming all Winners and their Works distributed to our 40,000+ Industry contacts;

* Producers Consultation for the Overall Winner

1) Judges and employees who work for Filmmatic.com are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.

2) All scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

3) All writers' names should be listed in the online entry. By submitting online to the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards Competition, entrant warants that all writers have authorized the submission. If a screenplay is written by multiple authors, all cash and awards will be remitted to the entrant of record, with all proceeds to be divided at the writers' discretion.

4) To enter your script electronically, you must submit in one of the following formats: .PDF (preferred), Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or Text.

5) Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.6) Entrants to the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards Competition retain all rights to their screenplays.

6) Entrants to the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards Competition retain all rights to their screenplays.

7) You may submit your entry and payment either online through this website (see homepage) or through FilmFreeway. No preference will be given to either method of submission.

8) Entries must be received by the applicable Entry Deadline.

9) Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.

10) The Filmmatic Screenplay Awards will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition without prior permission.

11) By entering the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards Competition, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people or legal entities. Entrant indemnifies Filmmatic.com and its employees and subsidiaries and holds them harmless from any claims regarding infirngement or dissemination of materials.

12) Entry fees are non-refundable.

13) For environmental reasons, we no longer accept hardcopy submissions my mail.

14) Entrants can include author and/or contact information on their entry's cover page at their own discretion, but it is not required.

15) The decisions of the judges are final.

16) The Filmmatic Screenplay Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes, postponements, or cancellations to competition scheduling at our discretion.

17) Notification of winners and official finalists will be sent by email and posted on our website. It is the responsibility of the winners to redeem any prizes allotted to them by the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards or our sponsors. Applicants will be repsonsible for providing current contact information and mailing addresses for prize redemption purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Jeffrey Lee DuPree

    5 star in communication, Hospitality, and Quality! Overall 5 stars, I'm not biased on this review because I am the overall winner, proud of my accomplishment but this festival is top notch and LEGIT. I just recently received the season 2's " Overall Winner $1,000 Prize for Santa Klawn! Not only I earned money, but the prize also came with Dave Trottier's screenplay (useful) book and contacts with producers. You even will get few other surprises. Thank you, and I used it to further my writing - an office atmosphere upgrade for writing creatively. Again, thanks, Filmmatic, I am very honored, recommended you to submit and hopefully win the $ Prize. Good Luck for Season 3

    November 2017
  • Declan Mayfair

    I was very impressed with this festival, each step of the way. Excellent communication and very supportive. I highly recommend this festival to fellow screenwriters.

    October 2017
  • Jeffrey Howe

    Online contest, so didn't rate the face-to-face categories.
    Bonus points for communication--I can't speak for everyone, but I *much* prefer a contest/festival telling me when they're having some schedule slippage to just waiting in the dark.

    Filmmatic informed us when they were going to be all of a *week* or so behind schedule. I probably wouldn't have noticed for another two.

    October 2017
  • Great contest for getting exposure for your screenplay. Nice prize money and the numerous perks for your overall winning screenplay and for category winners make this contest a must to enter. Thanks for making "Ghost Story" a finalist in the comedy category. I'll be entering again.

    September 2017
  • Christopher Blackwell

    I'd like to thank the team at the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards for honoring my screenplay Double Vengeance as a finalist and Categorical Winner!!

    September 2017