What is Paperscreenplay?
Paperscreenplay is an IMDb approved bi-monthly writing challenge, one which comes with a very simple concept: all selected scripts get a ‘review box’ which summarises highlights and key production potential for all projects.

What is the writing challenge?
Nothing much… but a concept that the scripts being entered ‘fit’ a particular type. This is to ensure our team are judging scripts as a ‘block’ of a particular type and scale… I mean, shy of technique – how does one really compare a script set in space with one on a farm?

But, why Paperscreenplay?
As of Jan 2022 we have become very selective, with only five main awards per season. Meaning, per year - we only hand out 20 main prizes. The entry costs reflect this - we are aiming to keep this a cheap competition... but a hard one to win. Nominations however are at the judges discretion (i.e. determined by them, and as many as appropriate per categorisation).

*This is an IMDb approved event - https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0031000/overview/

As of Jan 2022 - we only had out 5 awards per season (20 per year), making this a cheap but very selective competition.

All nominated films will be provided with a 'review' block on our site, which will summarise a variety of highlights we loved, as well as its nominations/wins within our current challenge category. Please find an example of our competition here: https://paperscreenplay.com/nominations-and-wins/

All screenplays must be your original work, and you must credit and have permission to submit the script to us (this is applicable to writing teams as well). All decisions by the jury of Paperscreenplay are final. All scripts remain the property of the writer. Refunds will be issued at the discretion of the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Honoured to have my script, BABY BLUE, be nominated for Best Script and Best Character Arc. The festival kept me well-informed, and to see a write-up for my script online is surreal. As this is an affordable festival, it's ideal for those new to entering their work into festivals, as I am. I will definitely be entering again.

    May 2023
  • Kevin & Maria O'Bryan

    So excited to be chosen as part of Paperscreenplays Official Selection and looking forward to submitting other works!

    May 2023
  • Fantastic to have won Best Genre Script with my short The Tides. A great review too! Thank you Paperscreenplay! I recommend this competition for anyone looking to get a short and useful summary of their screenplay.

    May 2023
  • I was thrilled to win ’Best Dialogue’ and be nominated for ‘Best Technique’ for my short screenplay ‘The Gift of Life’. Results like this are a great motivation to keep writing. I will certainly enter Paperscreenplay again.

    February 2023
  • Matthew Lee

    If your script places in the top 3, there's this hope this contest has people on these boards with connections to option your script. So, if you hear nothing placing in the top 3, it means 1) they are not connected with the industry, 2) hardly anyone competed and you placed by default, 3) or your idea sucks that bad no one in the industry is interested.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Matthew, we are confused and would love to understand more. Our competition's main goal is to provide insight into the feelings of our team and reviews, which can be used for cover letters, not to mention the imdb approval. Did you have an impression that our competition was able to produce your script? - and if so, can you please tell us where you got that impression from? Hope you are well. Best, Johan and team