Manchester Film Festival is teaming up with ScriptUp for the 2022 edition of the competition.

Now in its eighth year MANIFF is a festival that champions independent work and joining with ScriptUp will provide un-commissioned writers the opportunity to get their writing seen and appraised by industry experts.

All MANIFF2022 Screenplay finalists will receive a Script Report from ScriptUp with the overall winner being chosen by the ScriptUp team and previous MANIFF alumni.
ScriptUp work to bring out the best in your screenplay. Their script services give you industry-informed insights and unbiased feedback on your work, helping you take it to the next level.

The overall winner will have the opportunity to have their screenplay introduced to independent film producers and independent filmmakers.

Finalists will be invited to the Manchester Film Festival in March 2022 providing a fantastic opportunity for writers to network with film professionals and take in the films of the festival and the after parties.

The MANIFF Screenplay Competition is committed to help upcoming and undiscovered writers and encourages all stories from around the globe.

"One of the best festivals that truly cares about independent film. Neil and the team are fantastic, and the highlight of this festival is still their ability and desire to bring filmmakers from around the world together and get to know one another." Josh Brine - Director

• World class notes and objective analysis given by four leading industry experts.
• Introduction of your script to international literary agents.
• Introduction of your script to an established ex producer of independent film.
• Introduction to an established director of independent film.
• MANIFF Laurels and exclusive award.


1. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.

2. Submissions must be in English.

3. To enter the Manchester Film Festival Screenplay Competition, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.

4. The Manchester Film Festival Screenplay Competition readers’ decisions are final.

5. Manchester Film Festival is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit.