GRIM NORTH is a fully accessible, online-only screenwriting competition seeking out new talent and exciting scripts from new and experienced writers.

GRIM NORTH is open to writers with completed feature-length and short scripts in the following categories:


BONUS CATEGORY for Season 2: "Womxn To The Front"
*Please read the specs before submitting*

We want your dark stories, your twisted monsters and your panic-inducing joyrides. We want stories about the underdog and the people we don't always get to see on screen.

We welcome screenplays written by absolutely anyone over the age of 18, anywhere in the world, and we especially welcome screenplays written by women, people from BAME backgrounds, those who identify as having a disability, those from the LGBTQ+ community, and older writers who maybe found this passion late in life.

Every entry is read by industry professionals, including award-winning screenwriters, directors, producers and production executives.

All Official Selections, Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners receive Grim North laurels and a Grim North certificate.

FIRST PRIZE in each category
- A script report from an industry-respected producer, screenwriter and/or director
- A dedicated space on the GRIM NORTH website
- A hard copy certificate posted to you, wherever you are in the world.

RUNNER UP in each category
- A script report from an industry professional
- A write-up on the GRIM NORTH website
- A hard copy certificate posted to you, wherever you are in the world.

Additionally, the WINNER of the Womxn To The Front bonus category will get another prize (TBA but is be industry related).

All entrants must:

- Come from planet Earth

- Please submit in an industry-standard format, saved as a PDF
- Scripts should have a cover page with the entrant's name but no further personal information.

- Scripts must not have been optioned, developed or produced by the time the winners are announced. Scripts which no longer qualify under this stipulation will be disqualified.
- Please note that all entries under the 'Student' fee will be required to provide proof of current student status.

Other Information:
- All entries remain the property of the entrant. GRIM NORTH and Brickworks Media Ltd do not claim any ownership over entered screenplays.
- GDPR: we do not store any personal data provided to us for any purposes other than those of this competition. Your personal data will not be kept on file, and will not be passed on to any third parties without your consent.

Overall Rating
  • Kieran Conaty

    I'm afraid that after what was a very promising beginning in terms of communication, things deteriorated after I was runner-up in my category. None of the promises that were made in terms of prizes have yet been met, 2 months on. So disappointing.

    September 2020
  • Patrick Mediate

    It was a pleasure being a part of this terrific fest this year for the first time! We were overjoyed that our screenplay "Soul Passage" was selected. Can't wait to submit next year with a new offering for consideration!

    September 2020
  • Mikeal Burgin

    Organized and spectacularly run festival, announced selections on time, was very open with communication, and delivered a few new virtual connections as well. It was a tremendous honor being involved, and surrounded by such great writers. Superior festival all around!

    August 2020
  • Daniel Cotter

    Great festival! Proud to be a part of their first run.

    July 2020
  • Stephen Schroeder

    I initially gave this festival a good rating. I'm grateful to have been a finalist and was thrilled to be a part of a festival that showcases Dark Comedy.

    However, I have not had a good experience with trying to get the things that were promised to me. My write-up on the website was useless in that it only contained my name and the name of my project. I sent a full bio and it was frustrating to see other writers get comprehensive bios while mine was just two sentences.

    Additionally, I've reached out several times to try and get the coverage I was promised but it's been months and I've heard next to nothing about when I will recieve said coverage.

    Finally, I know it's a small thing, but the certificate I recieved for my win is extremely disappointing and contained typos. I know it's just a piece of paper and totally not important but it's frustrating when you spend money on a festival and their prize looks like it was copied and pasted into a document template. Again, I know that sounds like a low blow but I think those frustrations are warranted.

    I hate to dig on a first year festival. Especially once that prides itself on highlighting dark comedy but my experience was so bad that I felt I had to say something.

    March 2020