Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Siren By The Sea Film Festival Series will not be holding live events this season. Instead, we’re holding an all-genre online competition with a private jury and giving the winning film-makers an invitation to screen when we resume our live events. (See awards section for details.)

We know it can be tough to get honest feedback on scripts and films, which is why we don’t have any restrictions on films that have been self-distributed and released on YouTube, Amazon, Vimeo, etc… (Scripts cannot be under option though because of legalities.) We don’t care when the film was made or the screenplay was written...we want to see whatever you want to show us!

We’re all about getting feedback to aspiring film-makers and screenwriters! All submissions will receive the judge’s scorecards and any short notes from the jury after the judging period is over. If you would like much more comprehensive notes (typically 1-2 pages), that option is available for an additional fee.

Winning films and screenplays will NOT be shown online to the public. Winning trailers and posters may be shown and promoted on our website and social media with the permission of the film-makers.

FINALISTS will be announced on February 13, 2021.
WINNERS to be announced on February 26, 2021.

All submitted projects receive the scorecards with any short notes given by the judges.
All finalists and winners will receive digital laurels.

Winners in the following categories* will receive trophies. (The trophies are mailed to recipients free of charge.)

In addition, winners in the short film and film trailer categories will be invited to screen their film/trailer when we return to doing live events**.


Winner’s laurels (digital) will be given for the best of each genre category* for films, trailers, posters, and screenplays:


*Some categories may be dropped if there are not enough qualifying films or scripts to compete in them.

** Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Siren By The Sea will not be holding live events until we feel it is completely safe to do so. We do not know when this will be, and we cannot guarantee that live events will resume at all if our live venue is forced to close permanently.

Please read all of the policies and rules below. Submissions that do not follow these rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

All completed submissions will receive the scorecards and any corresponding notes from the judges in December 2020. These are sent electronically, so please make sure that your email address on FilmFreeway is correct. NOTE: Any submissions that are withdrawn before the end of the submission period (December 31) will not be eligible for scorecards and/or feedback.


All entries must be in English (or have English subtitles).

There are no "created by" time frame restrictions on films or screenplays.

No works-in-progress will be accepted.

All submissions must be original works, no “fan films” or adaptations. (Unless adapted from the film-maker’s own original story/novel or a work that is the public domain.)

Films may not include real violence toward humans or animals. No pornography.

There are no premiere or release restrictions on films. However, all screenplays must be un-produced and not under option at the time of the festival.


FILMS & TRAILERS - Only a director or producer may submit a film or trailer. The director/producer with the submission of the film affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film or rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

SCREENPLAYS - Only the writer may submit. In the case of multiple writers, only one need to submit but all authors must be credited on the entry. The writer with the submission of the screenplay affirms that he/she has all the rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

POSTERS - Only the artist or producer may submit. Submitter affirms that he/she has all the rights to the artwork.

Multiple submissions are accepted, but each must be submitted with a separate fee.

There are no discounts for multiple submissions.

Entries are judged by a panel who make the decisions regarding Jury Prize winners. The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.

All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please DO NOT send DVDs, BluRays, or any downloadable files to us directly.

Submission fees must be in U.S. dollars. These fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Films that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

In the spirit of fairness to all, we do not offer student discounts or hardship waivers for the submission fees.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit to this contest. You understand that there are thousands of writers and film-makers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more films are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.

Overall Rating
  • I would like to thank Siren by the Sea for recognizing Short Screenplay (Dire Consequences) in the Drama category. I look forward to submitting additional material in the future, and would highly recommend the festival to other Screenwriters.

    April 2020
  • Delighted to have won with my screenplay 'Padre'! Thank you!

    April 2020