Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (LACFFSC) is an international screenplay competition that acts as a complement to the Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival. Our screenwriting competition aims to identify and select outstanding projects that explore and uplift Chinese culture and the Chinese diaspora. We also hope to foster cultural exchange and celebrate cultural diversity through an annual Summit that features industry panels, workshops, pitch sessions, award ceremonies, and social events. We deeply believe that promoting diverse storytelling is one of the best vehicles to teach and generate empathy and compassion to combat racism, bigotry, and xenophobia.

Our definition of “Chinese” is not bound by national borders or any specific region—we seek to elevate scripts related to Chinese culture, elements, heritage, identity, and the Chinese diaspora. We welcome writers of Chinese descent, including but not limited to those in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, America, and any other regions, as well as those from China’s ethnic minority communities. We also welcome creators with the understanding of Chinese culture regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, or background.



Best Feature in English|最佳英语叙事长片
Cash Prize USD $2500 + Trophy
现金奖励 2500美元 + 奖杯

Best Feature in Chinese|最佳中文叙事长片
Cash Prize USD $2500 + Trophy

Best TV Pilot in English|最佳英语电视试播集
Cash Prize USD $1800 + Trophy

Best TV Pilot in Chinese|最佳中文电视试播集
Cash Prize USD $1800 + Trophy

Best Short in English | 最佳英文叙事短片
Cash Prize USD $1000 + Trophy

Best Short in Chinese | 最佳中文叙事短片
Cash Prize USD $1000 + Trophy

Honorable Mentions | 非主竞赛单元单项奖

Sponsor Award | 赞助商青睐奖

Each winner will receive an electronic certification + official laurels


The applicant must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Submission is open to applicants worldwide. However, all submitted scripts must be in either Chinese (Simplified or Traditional) or English.

Entries are accepted between April 23, 2021 and August 11, 2021 through receipts of the online application form. Invitation code is required for late submission after August 11, 2021. Deadlines close at 11:59 PM PST.
接受报名时间为:2021年4月23日 至 2021年8月11日。报名方式为(依大赛要求)提交线上申请。2021年8月11日后的报名申请为逾期申请,需获取邀请码方可报名。截止时间为规定日期的11:59PM PST(洛杉矶时间)。

All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee PER ENTRY. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Contents related to or containing Chinese element(s) are most welcome and encouraged.

All submissions should be the final version. Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script(s) be accepted.

Submitted scripts will not be returned.

Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. Each submission must include its own entry and must include a separate file and separate entry fee.


All script entries must be in PDF format and follow standard industry screenplay requirements (e.g. font, and margin).

A complete entry should include all required materials listed in the Submission Details section.
一份完整的报名应当包含全部的于报名细则(Submission Details)所列明的所需材料。

The recommended length for the Narrative Feature script is 60-150 pages; for the TV Pilot script is 30- 90 pages; and for the Short Film script is under 60 pages.

Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page. Please DO NOT include the author's name, contact information, or any other personally-identifying information on any page of the script (including the cover page) in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.


Entries will be evaluated by at least 2 judges, and screened through multiple rounds of review. Winners and finalists will be contacted through our official email (screenwriting@lacff.org). The winner will be announced at the event Summit.

The LACFFSC judge committee will evaluate and score the submissions mainly focusing on the following criteria: i) Story, ii) Characters, iii) Structure, iv) Theme, v) Dialogue, vi) Originality, vii) Demonstration of Chinese elements.
洛杉矶华语电影节剧本大赛的评审委员会(“组委会”)将主要根据以下标准对参赛剧本进行评估和打分:1)情节 、2)人物、 3)结构 、4)主题 、5)台词、 6)原创性、 及 7)华语元素的呈现。

The judge committee reserves the right not to issue awards if in their opinion none of the submissions received is of sufficient merit.

Scripts that have multiple authors will be considered as one award recipient; the monetary prize will be only given ONE SET to the recipient. Submitter is solely responsible for the split.

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


By entering the competition, the applicant represents and affirms that the entry is an original creative work, and does not infringe, misappropriate or violate the copyright, trademark, or other intellectual rights of any third party.

Story must be original and fully owned by the applicant(s). Adaptations are ineligible (including unpublished, unproduced work) unless the underlying rights are owned by the applicant or the work is in the public domain and the applicant has retained all film and television rights to such work.

Scripts that are adaptations of the applicant’s original work, or scripts based on a true story, must be noted in the logline.

Script must NOT have been currently optioned, purchased, or produced at the time of submission. Submission is deemed ineligible if the submitted script is purchased or optioned during the competition period.

Entry must be submitted by the writer(s) of such work. Entry that has multiple authors/owners must obtain consent from all authors/owners, and indicate all authors/owners in the application form.
参赛报名应当由参赛作品的著作者进行提交。 对于有多名作者/所有权人的参赛作品,其报名参赛须取得该等作品的全部作者/所有权人之同意,且须在报名申请中指明该等作品的全部作者/所有权人。

It is strongly recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or the US Copyright Office or your local intellectual property and copyrights authorities before submitting to any competition. However we do not require registrations.
强烈建议参赛者在向任何比赛提交前将其原创作品向美国编剧工会(WGA)、美国版权局(US Copyright Office)或当地的知识产权与著作权机关进行注册。但本大赛并不强制要求该等注册。

All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holders until or unless otherwise agreed upon by the original rights holders and LACFFSC.


By submitting the project, you have read and agree to the following terms and conditions:

That the information supplied in this application is accurate and that the material submitted is my (our) sole and original work.

To my (our) agreement to hold the LACFFSC, its subsidiaries and partners, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, and representatives harmless from, and defend them against, all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising out of or in connection with any stories submitted to the LACFFSC or any screenplay developed out of such stories.

That LACFFSC and its subsidiaries may retain the material submitted for internal educational, showcase, and training purposes, to which I (we) expressly grant to LACFFSC the non-exclusive license to use the submitted material and waive compensation.

That the burden of obtaining copyright or otherwise protecting any proprietary interests in the material, if I (we) wish to do so, rests entirely with me (us).

That I am (we are) eligible for the competition, and that I (we) will notify LACFFSC if I (we) become ineligible as early as possible prior to the conclusion of the competition.

That providing false or misleading information on the submission(s), or failing to comply with the rules of the competition, will subject me (us) to disqualification, forfeiture of prize money, and/or other penalties.

That I (we) grant the consent of LACFFSC’s use of my (our) identification on LACFFSC social media pages for the purpose of promoting the scripts without obtaining further permission from me (us).
That I (we) agree to receive emails from LACFFSC and its subsidiaries and partners. Emails can be unsubscribed at any time.

That I (we) authorize LACFFSC to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting my (our) submission file(s).

Questions? Email us at : screenwriting@lacff.org

Overall Rating
  • Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival 剧本大赛办得有声有色,并且定时报告最新消息,团队十分体贴,让大家在创意路程得到不少刺激与鼓励,相信其他参赛者也会认同。能参与本届大赛是我的荣幸。

    January 2022