Get your screenplay ready!

The Hollywood Screenplay Festival is an online screenwriting compeition for aspiring and emerging screenwriters from around the globe.

The Hollywood Screenplay Festival welcomes unproduced feature screenplays, short screenplays, television pilots and web series pilots.

Accepting screenwriters from any country. If you write from a coffee shop in Toronto or an apartment in Sydney, we want to read your screenplay.

Submit your screenplay into the Hollywood Screenplay Festival and have the chance to win. The winners of each category will receive prices valued up to $200 USD.

As a festival for screenwriters, we encourage writers from around the world to enter and we want to read your drama, horror, science fiction, adventure, action, thriller, comedy or romance.

Be part of the HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL.

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

Winner of best feature screenplay - $200 USD
Winner of best short screenplay - $75 USD
Winner of best television pilot - $150 USD
Winner of best web series pilot - $75 USD

Rules and terms

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

What formats do we accept?
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 employees submit to HSF?
Judges and employees 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.

Will you send a copy of my screenplay back?
Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.

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 official judges of the competition.

Will you send a copy of my screenplay back?
By entering the 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 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?
Feature screenplays must be between 60 and 130 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.

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.

What formats do we accept?
To enter the HSF you must agree to its 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 (www.wga.org or call 323.782.4500) and the US Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov).

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  • I was honored to have my screenplay, “Little Things Mean a Lot,” selected as a Finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Festival. It was especially nice with the prizes awarded to Finalists. Thank you.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    It was great to have your screenplay part of our festival.