Festival takes place every single month. At least 4-15 winning screenplays read monthly.

This festival has a guaranteed 4 tier set up for each accepted script. (No matter what all screenplays submitted receive FULL FEEDBACK on their work by industry professionals.)

1st Tier: FULL FEEDBACK on your screenplay (all submissions)

2nd Tier: Accepted scripts (25% on average of submitted entries) get their screenplay performed by professional actors and made into a promotional vehicle.
(cut & paste the link here to watch the recent videos: https://vimeo.com/showcase/8252522)

Then (Tier #3) we will send you a list of questions to answer for our blog interview that will promote you and your film. Then after that (Tier #4) we will set up a podcast interview on our popular ITunes show where will we chat with you about the process of how the film was made.


In the first 10 pages the writer needs to let the reader know in general terms what the story is about, and what is at stake. Plus, set the tone of what world and genre the writer has created, while also introducing the main characters. All the while you need to engage and entertain the reader.

The contest was created because this is an industry where agents/producers and their team are so busy and are reading so many scripts that if you do not grab them right away then they will put down the script and move onto another one. So you have to capture their attention when you’re writing on spec.

1st Scene Testimonials:

I’d never seen a contest that took only the first moment of a screenplay. The first moments can make or break a script in any competition, but I like that WILDsound looks at the opening on its own. Positive feedback on an unfinished piece can truly motivate a writer to push through to the end.
- LOVELESS by Chris Courtney Martin

Wow,the screenplay review is incredibly detailed and helpful! Big thanks.
– Steve Mikals, 1st Scene Script “Man Seeking Money”

Thank you very much for the pleasant feedback. I completely understand about the whole flashback bit and will work to change it. Otherwise I’m glad you like the immediate conflict which I thought would grab the audiences/readers attention instantly.
– Tom Dunham, 1st Scene Script “Rise of the Irishman”

The communication, organization and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provides. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.
– Grant Reid, 1st Scene Submission

I want to thank you for your feedback on my screenplay. The feedback gave me real direction on how to perfect this piece. I look forward to resubmitting in the near future. Thank you for this great experience.
– Anthonio Vole, 1st Scene Screenplay

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is thought provoking and helpful. I feel the urge to go back to line one and make the scenes a lot more punchy.
– Darryl Greer, 1st Scene Screenplay (The Morning After)


FULL FEEDBACK on your screenplay from our committee of Professional Screenwriters, Filmmakers, Production Heads and Script Consultants. Get your script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival.

Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation

NEW OPTION for FILMMAKERS: Submit your under 10 minute film and get it shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Garner and audience feedback video of your film.

NEW OPTION for FILMMAKERS: Submit your under 10 minute film and get it shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Garner and audience feedback video of your film.

FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Winners (at least 100 a year) get their first scenes of their script or their short screenplay read at the MONTHLY Screenplay Festival.

Watch the recent 1st scene screenplay winning readings:

Send in your first scenes of your feature, short, or TV Pilot screenplay. Limit 10 pages.

Are you just starting off your screenplay and want immediate feedback on your first scenes/first moments of your script? Send your first scene (or first moments - 10pg. limit) and get feedback. Winners (at least 40 a year) get their first scene read at the MONTHLY WILDsound Screenplay Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

Here are some recent testimonials from submitted works to the contest:

I’m thrilled that my script has made it to this stage. I found it was very cool hearing it being read out loud with a cast of characters. I know where the script is supposed to go and hearing it on the video I can see it happening. I want to thank you and your team for all the work you put in to getting my script to this point. I really appreciate it.
Barb Markusa
The Other Side, 1st Scene Script

Thank you for the feedback on my screenplay. I am most appreciative of your comments. I am happy that I sent only the first 10 pages of my screenplay. Now I will carefully read over what I need to work on, and continue to improve on the rest of it as I proceed.
June Fleming
The Children of the Fire, 1st Scene Script

I really enjoyed the video, and think everyone did an awesome job! Thank you all so much! You guys are great!!
Justuce Heninger
Of Their Own Accord, 1st Scene Script

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I will make sure I solidify the script with the suggestions given before resending it.
Stephen Uyi
Soul Cops, 1st Scene Script

Overall Rating
  • Lyter Daniel

    One of the Best Contest I have entered since joining Film Freeway! Their feedback was fantastic and really made a difference with the way I proceeded to write the next chapters!

    September 2022
  • Suzanne LUTAS

    I can only recommend this festival for the quality of their feedback. Their perks are highly valuable and their hospitality undeniable! This was my first, and no doubt not my last participation in this contest!

    September 2021
  • Ken White

    A wonderful experience with these guys. Great communication and constructive feedback. Highly recommended...

    September 2021
  • Carole Starcevic

    What an outstanding and original Festival. Different because of its focus on first scenes! Awesome. We - the @RapsodiesSAS team - are very proud of our award from the First Scene & Short Film Screenplay Festival! A special taste of a unique festival. It highlights the importance of these first pages.
    Thanks and long life to the First Scene & Short Film Screenplay Festival team for their original idea, their constructive management of the festival and their good taste ;-)
    We love you guys!

    July 2021
  • Henry Myers

    I have participated in many festivals over the past few years, and this is one of the best. It provides everything you could ask for in a script contest, and more.

    It starts with the feedback. This festival takes each screenplay seriously, providing substantial and significant notes that will at least dramatically improve your screenplay. They really help you to see where your scripts need to work with excellent suggested revisions. Feedback is given quickly, and the new presentation option is a terrific opportunity to improve your chances of winning.

    I have never taken part in a competition like this that offers the four-tiered competition system. It's clear and efficient, offering so many opportunities to move your script forward, and they seem eager for it each step of the way.

    I strongly recommend First Scene and Short Film Screen Play Festival. For the first time in competitions, I feel like I'm getting value for my money, win or lose (I won).

    July 2021