New York International Screenplay Awards, aims to bring together the producers and all the scenery writers, whether amateur, or professional from all over the world.
The screenwriters from almost 20 countries have applied to the contest. Those who won had meetings with about 10 New Yorker producers via online.
The screenwriters who submitted their scripts, producers and the other guests who work in the American movie industry had a chance for networking oppurtunities at the award ceremony and the after party.
NYISA Jury members are New Yorker producers, screenwriters, filmmakers who works on the submissions and provide detailed feedback.

Awards & Prizes

Those scripts chosen will have chance to meet producers in New York. Along with this they will get glamorous NYISA trophies and many other perks are waiting for the winning scripts.
Each NYISA winner will receive an InkTip prize package to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Each winner will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine.
InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
Additionally, each winner will receive, 1 year subscription to, and each finalist will have 3 months subscription to
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Each winner will recieve a free screenwriting course from the Script Reader Pro (Retail price is $299)

1st prize:
NYISA Gold Trophy
Meeting with film producers in NY
Golden Package (InkTip, Ipitch.TV, Script Reader Pro and other perks from the sponsors)

2nd prize:
NYISA Silver Trophy
Silver Package (InkTip, Ipitch.TV, Script Reader Pro and other perks from the sponsors)

3rd prize:
NYISA Bronze Trophy
Bronze Package (InkTip, Ipitch.TV, Script Reader Pro and other perks from the sponsors)

NYISA will promote the winning scripts to motion picture industry trade publications, industry blogs, the entertainment media, production companies, producers, executives, and literary agents.

Rules & Terms

All scripts must be submitted in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.
Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
Judges and employees who work for the NYISA are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.
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.
All entries must be uploaded in PDF format. (
Entrants to the NYISA retain all rights to their screenplays.
Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.
You may submit your entry through FilmFreeway. No preference will be given to either method of submission.
Entries must be received by the applicable Entry Deadline.
Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.
NYISA will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition.
By entering the NYISA, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
We do not accept hardcopy submissions my mail.
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries may be adapted from the applicant own work.
The decisions of the judges are final.
NYISA reserves the right to make any necessary changes, postponements, or cancellations to event scheduling at our discretion.
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 NYISA or our sponsors. Applicants will be repsonsible for providing current contact information and mailing addresses for prize redemption purposes.
Feature screenplays must be between 51 and 130 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
Short screenplays must be between 1 and 50 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.
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.
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.
To enter the NYISA, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.

To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, West ( or call 323.782.4500) and the US Copyright Office (

5 Reviews

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    Alena Cadova

    This was my best screenplay contest experience ever. Big thank you to the organizer Emine Dursun who is really trying to help to the beginning writers. I couldn't attend the ceremony so Emine offered to send the award trophy by mail. Unfortunately, it has arrived broken, although it was perfectly packed. Emine kindly offered to pay for the bill to get the trophy repaired. Not to mention she had to pay really a lot to send the trophy halfway across of the globe!
    Big thank you and wish you all the best!

    June 2017
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    Dene Stark

    Great festival. Very prompt in returning email's. Great value. Got my prizes within a few days of announcements. Great festival.

    May 2017
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    Gregory Veeser

    This was a fantastic and well organized festival. Emine went over the top with collecting producers and advisors to help support the winners and finalists. The follow up is great - I'm still having phone meetings with new producers months after the contest. A must-enter for anyone.

    October 2016
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    Lukas Hassel

    I placed third in the short screenplay category and actually made it to the awards night. It was a lovely evening with live music and a great venue.
    The award had my name and title of screenplay on it, and I won a Final Draft 9. For now and upcoming writers, this is a new festival with all the usual growing pains, but I enjoyed the event.

    August 2016
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    Rosalyn Rosen

    I won 1st Place Best Feature Screenplay in their 2016 contest. I see they are accepting submissions for their 2017 contest. That bothers me greatly because they did not fulfill the vast majority of their promises to me in their advertising for 2016 and now they are taking money from screenwriters who believe, as I did, that this contest will follow through on their promises and advance their career. Here is the list of what they did and did not do for my winning script:

    1. My win, or anyone else's for the matter, was never announced on their website or Facebook page. They announced the Finalists on Facebook, but neither the Winners nor Finalists were announced on their website.

    2. I found out about their awards ceremony after the fact by discovering their Facebook page. They say they sent me an email about it, but I never received it and I am thorough even examining my spam folder every day. But what bothered me most is that they never checked in on me about why I wasn't coming and here I won their top prize. Other festivals I’ve been in, and I’ve been in almost 30, especially when I win a top prize, they not only check in on me, they court me to come to their festival and awards ceremony by phone calls and many emails.

    3. I had to inquire about my prizes. Yes, I was disappointed to find out about the ceremony after the fact, but I was still elated I won and was looking forward to my awards and prizes and most importantly their promise to 1st place winners to meet with producers in New York. I also looked forward to their promise "to promote my script to industry trade publications, media production companies, executives and literary agents." They also promise over $10,000 worth of prizes and cash awards and glamorous trophies on all of their sites, as I’m sure all of you have read. Except for a trophy that arrived broken in half and a $500 money order I received two months after I found out I won, NONE of their other promises were fulfilled. Let me break all of this down further:

    A. The Trophy was literally broken in half. I had to super glue it back together. It had no identifying information on it specific to me or my screenplay that won.

    B. I had to inquire about the $500 award many times and finally received a money order from them two months later.

    C. I was promised that one producer would call me, was given her name and email address. I contacted her and she wrote me back once and said she would call me later that week. I never heard from her and now it’s almost 3 months later.

    D. I was promised an award certificate. Since it took almost 3 months to get to me, I thought it was going to be mailed in a frame. When it finally arrived via email it was a PDF of a laurel that said 1st Place but not my name or my screenplay’s title. In all of my 1st place screenwriting wins and Best Feature Film wins that is very unusual.

    F. I was promised Final Draft software by the head of the contest. Finally, two and a half months later she sent me a screenshot of the certificate for a download but said she wasn’t sure it was authorized. I have inquired subsequently if it has been authorized, but she said she still did not know. Consequently, this certificate is worthless.

    G. A few weeks ago, the head of the contest promised me many meetings with producers in New York in September. Now, if this will be true, and believe me, I’m not counting on it, it will be 5 months after my win. I have asked her for a list of producers and/or production companies that I would supposedly be meeting with and she has not responded to that request.

    H. There has been ZERO promotion of my script, as is promised on their website, Film Freeway and Withoutabox. They didn’t even list my name and script as winning on their website, yet alone promote my script as they promise to “industry trade publications, industry blogs, the entertainment media, production companies, producers (that I know of except that one that never called me), executives and literally agents.”

    I did tell the head of the contest that I would be writing this review. I told her that in a timely manner to give her an opportunity to correct her false and/or misleading advertising on Film Freeway, Withoutabox and on her website. She has not done so, as you can see. If her advertising ever does change, it will be as a result of this review.

    Finally, I am not writing this to all of you for any other reason other than for you not to be duped, as I was, by this festival regarding what they will do for you as a screenwriter.

    Also, what prompted me to write this review, at this moment, is that they are now taking money for their 2017 festival before fulfilling their promises to their 2016 winners.

    I should add that I have never experienced anything like this from any other festival and/or contest I have been in. So buyer beware.

    July 2016