The Hollywood Screenplay Festival is an online screenwriting competition for aspiring and emerging writers. The festival brings together fresh voices in the categories of feature length, short length and television pilots.

Every entry into the Hollywood Screenplay Festival has the chance to win prizes valued up to $550 USD. 

The festival is passionate for stories that make our hearts race, our palms sweat and our minds dream. Take us on a journey with your drama, horror, science fiction, adventure, action, thriller, comedy and romance. The Hollywood Screenplay Festival wants to hear YOUR VOICE!  


The winner of each category will win the following prize worth:

Winner of best feature screenplay - $250 USD
Winner of best short screenplay - $100 USD
Winner of best television pilot - $200 USD

Rules and Terms

What formats do we accept?
All scripts must be submitted in English. All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.

How do I pay my submission fee?
Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law. Entries only accepted via FilmFreeway.

Can judges or team members submit to HSF?
Judges and team members of HSF are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.

Can multiply writers of one screenplay enter?
Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers' names should be listed on the online entry. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. If a screenplay is written by multiple authors, prizes will be divided at the writers' discretion.

Will I retain the rights to my screenplay?
Entrants to the HSF retain all rights to their screenplays.

Can I submit revised versions of my screenplay?
Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned.

Will my screenplay be kept private?
Yes, HSF will not share your screenplay with anyone except the readers and official judges of the competition.

Does my work need to be my original?
By entering HSF, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.

Can I receive a refund on my entry fee?
Entry fees are non-refundable.

Can I post a hardcopy submission by mail?
We do not accept hardcopy submissions my mail.

Can I submit adapted work?
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries may be adapted from the applicant's own work.

How will I know the results of the competition?
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 HSF or our sponsors.

How long does my feature screenplay need to be?
Please read the category requirements, screenplays longer than the page length stated will not be accepted.

Can I enter more than 1 screenplay?
There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.

What if my screenplay has been previously optioned or produced?
Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry. If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.
Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.

Do you need to accept HSF Terms and Conditions?
To enter the HSF you must agree to the Terms and Conditions.

How do I protect my script?
To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, West ( or call 323.782.4500) and the US Copyright Office (

Overall Rating
  • John Morrisey

    They understand subtext. I was impressed!

    June 2021
  • Joey Maranto

    I am so honored for the selection. It was such a wonderful and rewarding experience. Years and years of work paid off thanks to this festival. Cannot thank you enough.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations Joey, we are very happy to have you part of our festival.

  • Thank you for selecting my frantic witty absurd surreal comedy script/screenplay Loonatoona for Semi-Finalist

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations on your Semi-Finalist achievement.

  • Joe Leone

    I appreciate the recognition of Feature Film Screenplay (Retirement Road Trip). I look forward to submitting additional material in the future.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being part of the Festival. Congratulations on reaching the Semi-Finals and sharing your screenplay with us.

  • Sean Chandler

    I was very, very honored to have "Running" selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Festival! They were highly supportive and communicative! I can tell that they have absolutely sterling intentions toward the support of screenwriters!

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sean, Congratulations on your Semi-Finalist achievement.