SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN! It's the 4th Annual 2024 Screamwriting Festival! Get up! Get out! And get Scared! Enter your script or film for bloody trophies or certificates, promotional buzz for winners, and be listed for Official Selections, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists, as well as Honorable Mentions. Get scared but get the recognition you deserve. International submissions accepted. For more information and guidelines regarding the 2024 Screamwriting Festival, please visit and submit your screenplay or film online today!

Overseas submissions (outside of the USA) if you are unable to submit on FilmFreeway, please submit manuscript directly to and pay the initial entry fee provided.

Prizes: certificates, trophies, promotional buzz like articles, personal interviews with winners, official selections, finalists, and semi-finalists. The awards ceremony will be at the actual location (depending on the pandemic-the virus scares us all) Peerspace Warehouse in Burbank. You do not have to attend to win any awards. It will simply be mailed to you, otherwise. To attend, you must RSVP to for seating availability.



All submissions must be original work, unless it's an adaptation. If it is, then please state on the front of the script if it is. The same goes for film submissions. In the case of film submission, please simply email us and let us know it is an adaptation. For example: This is an adaptation of "Freddy Meets Gumby." Also, anything written in the style of horror or comedy is totally acceptable. Remember, Ghostbusters was horror but also a mix of comedy. Go ahead and submit the manuscript, we would love to read it.

Overseas submissions (anywhere outside of the USA) if you are having trouble using FilmFreeway you can submit your manuscript directly through email or Google Drive (or Dropbox), whatever works at

Please note that plagiarism is a serious offense unless otherwise public domain - unoriginal works might pass through us unnoticed but it may not be good for your career in the long run.

Works that fall under public domain, of course, have no copyright. So you are free to submit anything within the general public domain and it falls under adaptation anyway. Do you have to have the rights to the specific adaptation? No. This is on you, and we are a film & Screenplay Festival. Just as long as you state that you are adapting, then you are honest. We are giving out talent awards by professionals so you can use that achievement to acquire rights on your own, and it might help you on that end. If you wish to purchase rights from a company or publisher, that is your decision.

Short Films:

Make us flinch!

The pumpkin short film submissions should be no longer than 10-59 minutes.

Horror Feature Film - Must be longer than 60 minutes.


Horror Short film scripts must be between 5 - 69 pages.

Horror Features are between 70-145 pages.

Horror TV Pilots can be between 28 -65 pages.

All screenplays must be written in professional screenplay format.

Any valid screenwriting software can be used. Final Draft is the Industry standard.

Microsoft Word has a screenplay template bundled into the Word package.

Just learning screenwriting format? Visit Final Draft on Youtube for some insightful videos.

Also, consider reading The Screenwriter's Bible (this book is available on Amazon) which can be purchased there.

Submission of a screenplay is for the purpose of festival awards and complimentary criticism (for helpful insights, improvements and writer growth) of written works (and of course, coverage is provided with each entry).

We apologize, there are no refunds. Our Judges/Readers begin reading the scripts as soon as we get them, and then they go immediately into doing coverage on them from there. The same will be for short film submissions; we are working on judging them as soon as we get them to meet the deadline.

Good luck, pumpkins!

Overall Rating
  • Sera Selin Guven

    Great experience, thanks so much!

    May 2022
  • Pepe GarcĂ­a Gilling

    I was honored to be selected a finalist at the festival, wish we could've attended. Will definitely be applying again in the future, awesome fest and wish them the best.

    April 2022
  • Neat little festival. It was completed online, but the festival was prompt and respondent to emails with inquiries. Would recommend a submission

    April 2022
  • My heartfelt thanks to Filmfreeway & Screamwriting Festival for awarding me their, "honorable mention", on my screenplay, "Women of Mass Destruction".

    March 2022
  • Paul Grammatico

    I am so pleased and honored that Screamwriting selected my TV Pilot HERBERT WEST - REANIMATOR: "MISKATONIC" as the winner this year. Thank you so much. Great festival!

    March 2022