Cannes has long been the Mecca of the entertainment industry. It is the place to showcase the best of the best films. It’s as if the city was founded for the sole purpose of showcasing timeless classics. And now, it is also the home of the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition that will showcase the next generation of great writers.
We are Cannes and we are passionate about cinema. Our city has showcased the best cinema in the world for decades. Our city has given a platform to the auteurs of our art even when they were banned by theatres in their own countries and the largest markets around the world. We are proud to support great cinema and now we are proud to support great screenwriting with the launch of the Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition.
The Cannes International Screenwriting Competition will launch the careers of the next generation of great filmmakers by recognizing the absolute best screenwriting talent in the world and rewarding them with introductions to the most prestigious talent agencies and lit managers in the world. We want to connect artists with the people who can not only get them working, but can also get their films made.
We embrace artists from all over the globe. As such, we embrace all forms of expression that is why we are the only major screenwriting competition to accept scripts in multiple language formats. We also accept scripts of all kinds and in every genre from studio blockbusters to foreign films and art house independents. Artists come in all shapes and sizes and so do great stories which is why we do not discriminate based on content and will never discriminate against artists based on ethnicity, nationality, sex, or sexual orientation.
Our city has the world’s best reputation in cinema. We showcase the greatest talent in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers to work in film and television. We want to inspire and support them at all levels and everything in cinema starts with the script. As such we want to do everything we can to support the people who write them. We want to inspire the next generation of writers to tell stories that will not only inspire audiences, but will inspire the next generation of writers around the world.
We are the World’s Most Prestigious Screenwriting Competition. Our aim is further the craft of screenwriting for generations to come.
Win and gain invaluable industry access. We are the most prestigious screenwriting contest in the world and our distribution list is second to none. Our winners and all finalists will be delivered to our entire database as winners of the prestigious Cannes International Screenwriting Competition. In addition to our exclusive list of entertainment professionals we also guarantee to deliver your script to the agent or producer of your choice as the winner of the Cannes International Screenwriting Competition and recipient of the Golden Plume. So if you’ve ever dreamed of getting your script to the producer of all your favorite films, now is your chance!
Only Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded with recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.
Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites like FilmFreeway.
There is no limit to the length of the projects you submit. Projects can be in script or treatment form.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Scripts must be written in French, English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, or Russian as those are the only languages we are staffed to read, but can be in any film or television genre.
Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
Entry fees for screenplay entries are posted on our partner websites and are non refundable.
Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.
Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.
All winners are responsible for their own income tax withholding.
The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.
All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, or Russian as those are the only languages we are currently staffed to read.
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.
There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
Material must be your original work. And all work must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.
Please note that the Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization.
We reserve the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.