The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition mission is to celebrate the independent motion picture and literary arts by providing a platform for filmmakers and writers to have their work awarded and recognized. The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition offer more than just a handful of award possibilities. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of award opportunities between our various screenwriting and film categories.
In 2019, we will be partnering with the AOF Megafest. Now in its 15th year, AOF is one of the most prestigious independent film festivals in the world and we are extremely honored to be a part of the AOF family.
Our filmmakers and screenwriters will be able to attend multiple film festivals, competitions, screening events, parties, seminars, and mixers. To truly break into the business of filmmaking and get your script produced or your film distributed you must NETWORK! At Megafest, you will have that opportunity!
A FILM that is an Official Selection of Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition receives an Official Selection laurel.
Winners of each film genre category (we have 21 categories) will receive laurels.
Best Overall Film winner will receive a $250.00 gift certificate.
If a film is selected as a genre Finalist (5 in each category) - The cast and crew will be eligible to be nominated for the following awards:
Best Film Editing
Best Musical Score
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Costume Design
There will be 5 nominations per category.
Nominees receive laurels. Winner's receive trophies.
A SCREENPLAY that is an Official Selection of Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition receives an Official Selection laurel.
Winners in each category will receive a laurel.
Our top three (3) screenwriting contest winners will receive a prize package from InkTip which includes one (1) InkTip script listing and one (1) InkTip magazine listing so you can promote yourself and your scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.
The winner of the original television script contest (drama and comedy) will receive an InkTip prize package that includes one (1) InkTip script listing, as will one of our lucky entries who will be chosen in a random drawing.
Every InkTip producer has been vetted via resume and references and demonstrated the ability to get movies made. Companies who are InkTip members include ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, and 20th Century Fox.
Top Screenplay, TV script and Short screenplay winners receive trophies.
Best overall feature film winner will receive a $150.00 gift certificate.
Film General Rules & Terms
You may have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories.
Each entry and submission category must have its own submission fee.
Submissions which are not in English must have subtitles.
Works in progress are accepted.
If Mailing a DVD label your disc with: Title, Director, Submission Categories, Runtime and email address.
Press kits are not required for submission, but are highly recommended.
We do not confirm receipt by telephone or email. Please include a self-addressed stamped postcard with each entry if you want confirmation of receipt.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Entries will not be returned.
Entry Fees are in $USD.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The organizers of the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition reserve the right to refuse entries.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Entries will not be returned.
We accept Filmfreeway streaming entries, plus Vimeo @ Youtube, DVD/BluRay and Jump Drives.
You may send just one DVD/BluRay for multiple category entries. You may combine multiple TV commercial entries on a DVD, with no color bars, no automatic looping feature to begin again and a 5 second break between spots. Make sure their titles and order/sequence are correct on the DVD.
If selected as an “Official Selection” Shorts and features are to provide a color or B/W production digital still photo (resolution of 300 Dots per square inch DPI or higher, higher is much better) for the competition's website. Official Selection feature entries should send several production still photos of a high resolution (300 DPI or better), a press kit, and short CV (resume) with photo of the director(s).
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Competition for promotional purposes.
Screenwriting Rules and Terms
Writers who reside in countries other than the United States are welcome to enter the contest; however, all scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
Writers of any age may enter provided that contest entry by minors is not prohibited by law in your local jurisdiction.
Judges, administrators, and independent contractors who work for the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.
Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party. Scripts that have been sold, produced, or are currently under option are not eligible; nor are scripts that have previously won a prize in the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition.
Entries must be original screenplays or teleplays or short stories. Novels and stage plays are not eligible.
Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are eligible for submission. We accept no liability for scripts that have been adapted from third party authors' work that may infringe intellectual property rights. It is the responsibility of the writer(s) to acquire rights to any adapted work prior to any commercial exploitation or public dissemination. Scripts adapted from your own books, plays, or another source material is eligible as well.
Entries must be postmarked or transmitted electronically on or before midnight Pacific Time on the posted and publicized entry deadlines in order to qualify for that entry rate. Any submissions postmarked or transmitted after the Final Entry Deadline will be considered for the next scheduled competition.
Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted. Please retain an original copy of your screenplay.
We will confirm, via email, all submissions that are received via postal, FedEx, UPS, or any other company that delivers a hard copy of the script.
Decisions of the judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our contest instructions, and will evaluate scripts based on our standard judging procedure; however, the contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the judges.
It is the responsibility of the submitting party to make sure that we have your accurate and current contact information.
Before you submit your script, please make sure you review the following guidelines:
All scripts must be submitted in English. Our Judges cannot evaluate screenplays written in foreign languages.
Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format. If you are not familiar with standard screenplay format, we recommend you use one of the popular software programs specifically designed to help you format your script. We recommend Movie Magic Screenwriter or Final Draft. A PDF file of your screenplay is the preferred submission format.
Feature Scripts must be between 90-150 pages.
TV Drama Pilot (Original – 1-hour) – Must be under 65 pages
TV Sitcom Pilot (Original ½ hour) – Must be between 23 and 34 pages
TV Drama Spec (Based on existing 1-hour show) – Must be under 65 pages
TV Sitcom Pilot (Based on existing ½ hour show) – Must be between 23 and 40 pages
Short Films – All genres – Must be under 40 pages.
If you’re submitting your script by mail, please print it on plain white three-hole-punched paper and bind it with two brads. You can order industry standard brads online at The Writers Store.
Pages must be numbered. Before you submit your script, please check to make sure there are no missing or duplicated pages.
Include a standard title page, listing the title of your script, the name of the author(s), mailing address, telephone number, and email address. This is for our administrative purposes only.
Judging will be anonymous, so we will assign your script a tracking number, and we will delete or black out your name and contact information before we give your script to the Judges.
The Judges will identify your screenplay solely by its title and script tracking number.
Please do not include your name or contact information within the body of your script.
If you’re submitting your script by mail, it is recommended that you include card stock covers (front and back) to protect your script during handling by our staff. Standard card stock covers are available online at The Writers Store. You may print the title of your script on the front cover, or you may leave it blank, but please do not print your name or contact information on the cover of your script.
Contestants who reside outside the U.S. may use A4 size paper or other standard paper and binding used by industry professionals in your region.
Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes, or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, if you’re submitting a TV Pilot, you may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.
While it is not a requirement, we do recommend that you register your script before submitting it to any company or individual you do not personally know. You can register your script with the U.S. Copyright Office, with ProtectRite and/or with the WGA. These services establish the completion date of your registered material and offer the security of long-term storage in the event your original is lost or destroyed.
Please read and understand the above Rules and Regulations.
Failure to adhere to the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition guidelines could result in disqualification and forfeiture of an entry fee and/or eligible prize.
Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Conditions and Release for Films and Screenplays
AnnWar Productions is a Nevada-based LLC, and the parent company of the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition.
Materials submitted to AnnWar Productions, LLC, and specifically to the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition for purposes of this competition at this or any future time are accepted by AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition only on your acceptance of the following conditions:
Applicant (s) testify to be at least 18 years or older and warrant as the author of submitted material that they are sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal and equitable rights thereto with the full and exclusive rights to submit material to the competition.
Applicant (s) has retained at least one copy of the submitted material as AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition will not be responsible for any loss or destruction of the materials submitted to it. Applicant understands that it is their sole responsibility to copyright and protect their own submitted material.
All entrants understand and agree that there are a diverse amount of story contexts, plots, themes and formats and in no way is AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition, its officers, employees, representatives, sponsors, judges and affiliates responsible not now or in the future of borrowing or stealing from an idea, copy written concept, or storyline from a submitted entry.
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition exists for the purpose of a competition. Through various phases of the judging process, submitted material will be exposed to a network of influential third parties, included, but not limited to those companies and individuals listed on the AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition website. All such third party participations in the judging process are not guaranteed. AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition will provide, though not obligated, applicant's contact information to interested parties. However, AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition does not attest to or guarantee the validity of any subsequent agreements between applicant (s) and said parties.
Applicant (s) indemnify and hold harmless AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on stories submitted to AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition
AnnWar Productions, LLC entrants will permit AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition to use their name and/or likeness, the title of the work submitted, its logline and their results in pre & post-competition advertising for publicity & promotional purposes. Applicants hereby agree that their submitted contact information may be released to interested parties hereunder.
Providing false or misleading information on this application, or failing in any other way to comply with the rules of the competition, is subject to disqualification, forfeiture of prize money and/or other penalties.
AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition reserves the right to remove submitted material from the competition, with or without cause. Applicant (s) will be notified by AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition. If without cause, the entry fee alone will be reimbursed and the submitted material destroyed.
All decisions of the judges are final and cannot be contested.
By signing this form I/we have read, understand and agree to, and will abide by all the terms and conditions of submission of materials to this competition, which are listed in this release form and in the following guidelines and rules.
Dispute Resolution; Governing Law; Forum: That contestants expressly acknowledges and agrees that AnnWar Productions, LLC, and Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition shall be entitled to injunctive or other equitable relief (an "Injunction") to restrain, prevent or enjoin any breach by a contestant under this screenwriting contest, and the contestant hereby waives any right to notice of any action or proceeding for an Injunction and consents to and accepts entry of an Injunction in any court which may have jurisdiction in connection therewith. The prevailing party in any legal proceeding brought pursuant hereto shall be entitled to recover all of its attorneys' fees and all other costs related to such a legal process.
Unless otherwise stated herein, this Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada (without regard to the conflicts of law provisions thereof), and the contestant hereby submits to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Clark County, Nevada.