International Screenwriting Competition is a project organized by Nil Production Corporate, and is a part of International Filmmaker Festival of New York, held on NYC from 2012.
ISC will give out 12 monetary awards to encourage screenwriters around the world
This is 8th Edition of ISC and it is a great resource for writers who have either won or been runners-up in their contests.
This contest is about getting your work in front of the film industry.
Winning the contest can open doors with studios, producers, and agencies.

Feature Film:
-Feature Film – $7,000.00
-Feature Film – $5,000.00
-Feature Film – $4,000.00
-Feature Film – $3,000.00
-Feature Film – $2,000.00
-Feature Film – $1,000.00

-Short Film – $5,000.00
-Short Film – $4,000.00
-Short Film – $3,000.00
-Short Film – $2,000.00
-Short Film – $1,000.00
-Short Film – $500.00

All screenwriters can apply with their script of feature film & short film.
All Scripts submitted must be:
-Short: minimum 3 pages.
-Feature: minimum 50 pages.
All Scripts must be in English.
Applicants may submit more than one Script in any chosen category.
All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee PER ENTRY.
Scripts must be the original work of the applicant.
Each script must be original, unproduced, and not an adaptation or translation of an existing work.
If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the monetary prize and any reimbursements will be divided equally among them and only one Typewriter Award will be provided.
Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by ISC in connection with the dispute.
No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once an entry has been received.
Awards are based solely on the overall merit of entries.
Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.
Online submissions will receive automatically a confirmation email.
We strongly suggest that applicants copyright their materials.
Scripts must be in PDF format.

ISC has no obligation-other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information- identities of readers or judges; notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted material; and details regarding the submission review or selection process.

Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.

For the information about the International Screenwriting Competition, please visit or

Overall Rating
  • Steven Howard

    Thank you very much for choosing my script RIVER'S FALL in your festival as a Semi-Finalist.

    February 2022
  • Awesome! You guys picked Masters of Mystery as a Finalist. Thank you so much. This script has been a finalist several times over the past year, and each time I feel validated as a writer. Thanks again.

    February 2022
  • Alexis Karl

    What a total honor to have The Apartment as a finalist in this competition.. and from that honor came a marvelous interview with NY Elite Magazine! I will absolutely submit another script to this fest.

    February 2022
  • Made it as a finalist and more then happy with that.

    Great competition get involved everyone🤟

    January 2022
  • Tom McCown

    I was going to write this review for the Public category, then another for only ISC to read, but I wanted everyone who reads this to see & understand what a higher level off legitimacy looks like when submitting a screenplay to a festival. First, the submission fees are almost overly reasonable, especially as they escalate toward a Late Deadline. Second, they list their readers. This kind of transparency is rare and I encourage anyone who submits their work anywhere to look for and/or ask for the lest of readers. Why do I include this encouragement? The level of reading expertise from someone who is a screenwriter, listed professionally so, is more sophisticated than someone who is not . There are many festivals who can offer a cheap fee for reading because they know they can get a lot of folks who have only read some screenplays. That's not the same thing as having a professional screenwriter read your submission. And though past a certain success in achieving what is seen as objective, solid and coherent story structure, any reading analyst's view of story and characters tends toward the subjective. Point is, when you have the pro story analyst, you are getting a "cleaner" read than even the reads given in the professional film industry. The studios and producers have their own agenda for what type of genre they will pay money for that is driven by marketing trends. A rejection in this pro context tells you nothing about the quality of your writing because more often than not the subject matter of your submission just isn't something they want to buy. Which brings me to... Thirdly, and this is for ISC and all festivals who offer screenplay competitions, either offer separate categories for submissions by beginning writers versus pro writers, or offer completely separate festivals for beginners and pros. It is simply not fair to a beginner to be involved in a submission pool with pro writers unless that pool mix is more about the festival making money over offering salutary attention and promotion for screenplays to the film industry. ISC should be lauded for the kind of quality screenwriting competition they offer. I encourage everyone to check it out and follow it in the years to come. Tom McCown, ISC Finalist, 2021

    January 2022