Screamfest Horror Film Festival & Screenplay Competition Call For Entries is open for new horror feature length screenplays. All scripts are read by industry professionals. As a result, writers have garnered representation and their winning screenplays have been optioned and/or purchased by production companies. Screamfest launches careers. Are you next?

ALL Screenplay Submissions Receive:
1 free pitch on VPF, the platform for TV/Film professionals seeking scripts and writers to represent. With VPF, writers can submit written pitches to 500+ networks/studios, producers and agents with the assurance of a guaranteed response.

Winning Screenwriter Prize:
$1,000 cash prize

General meeting with literary managers/producers.

Our amazing skull trophy designd by the legendary Stan Winston.

10 free pitches on VPF, the platform for TV/Film professionals seeking scripts and writers to represent. With VPF, writers can submit written pitches to 500+ networks/studios, producers and agents with the assurance of a guaranteed response.

3 months of Roadmap Writers On Ramp program and 2 Open Pitch Sessions. Value $337

Movie Magic Screenwriting software.

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. 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 5 Finalists Prize:
5 free pitches on VPF, the platform for TV/Film professionals seeking scripts and writers to represent. With VPF, writers can submit written pitches to 500+ networks/studios, producers and agents with the assurance of a guaranteed response.

One full festival pass to Screamfest 2023, including all screenings and parties,

Movie Magic Screenwriting software.

1 Roadmap Writers On Ramp program Open Pitch Session. Value $175

Read by leading industry/producers such as Ghost House Pictures, Hulu, Impossible Dream Entertainment, Gotham Group and more.

InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. 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.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Feature film screenplay length should be at least 75 pages and not over 130.

Short screenplays are not accepted.

Writers who submit screenplays to Screamfest will have the option to receive feedback from our readers. The feedback is very brief, generally three to five sentences outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The feedback option is located on the submission form.

You may enter your logline or paragraph synopsis on the online submission form. You do not need to include one with your pdf.

Please include a title/cover page with your screenplay title, author name, WGA registration number and/or copyright information. The title page will not count towards the overall script page count.

Screenplay file names should be saved in this format: Title_Lastname.pdf

The online application must be completed and script uploaded by 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on the uploaded by date or your submission fee will be forfeited.

We strongly suggest you register your screenplay with the Writers Guild of America, West and the US Copyright Office.

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  • Thank you for selecting my horror/thriller feature, "Protector of the Emerald City", as a Quarter-Finalist in the 2022 festival.

    October 2022