The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival celebrates both the art of cinema and the rich motion picture exhibition tradition of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival Double Feature: Trailer Bash and Raging Pages
A trailer and screenplay competition.

Trailer Bash
Trailers rock. We love trailers. Did you know that trailers have been around almost as long as cinema itself? "Film trailers were conceived in 1913 by Nils Granlund, the advertising manager of Marcus Loew theaters, when he spliced together rehearsal footage of The Pleasure Seekers, a Broadway play at the time, into a mini promotional montage that trailed after films shown at Loew's theaters." Daniel DiStefano, "A Brief History of Film Trailers, or: Turns Out this Post is not about Peter Orner", Michigan Quarterly Review, article available online at "A Brief History of Film Trailers, or: Turns Out This Post Is Not About Peter Orner" –

In honor of that moment of inspiration, the Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival Trailer Bash competition is seeking the best trailers out there for screening in one of the great theater settings in the country and for consideration of one of the premier trailer trophy on the festival circuit, the Tabby.

Raging Pages Screenplay Competition
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
- Tao Te Ching (circa 400 BC)

"To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script, and the script."
- Alfred Hitchcock

We know you are out there. Show us what you have. The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival Raging Pages competition is calling for those dynamite scripts that are out there, waiting to be seen.
Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in scripts for features, shorts, and episodes.

Best Trailer
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Audience Favorite

Student Film Division (awards given for trailers for student films in the same categories as the non-student films)

Feature-Length Screenplays
Teleplays/Episodic Screenplays
Short Screenplays


There is no limit on the number of trailers you can submit; however, each submission by you must be original and different from any other submission by you and accompanied by its own completed submission form and participant agreement. Films must be in English or subtitled in English and must be submitted via the FilmFreeway platform. All eligible entries received by The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival will be judged by The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival selection committee. The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival reserves the right to disqualify or reject any film that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to contain prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable.

By submitting your trailer for consideration to The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival: Trailer Bash and Raging Pages, you agree that you possess the rights to all visual elements and sound, including music, in your film and you allow The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival to screen your trailer, if it becomes an official selection of the festival.

The festival reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event at anytime for any reason with no obligation to offer refunds or reimbursement of costs for any expenses filmmakers may have had associated with the festival including but not limited to travel, marketing materials, DCP and movie files delivery, and ticket purchases.

Employees (and their immediate families (parent, spouse, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to enter trailers for competition.

Not every picture selected as an Official Selection will be screened during the live event.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. By submitting a film, the filmmaker acknowledges that they have secured all applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and any intellectual property rights.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless the PITTSBURGH MOVING PICTURE FESTIVAL: TRAILER BASH AND RAGING PAGES from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.



1. The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival Raging Pages Competition accepts feature length screenplays, short scripts and series/episodic pilot scripts. Feature length scripts must be a minimum of 60 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Series/episodic and short scripts must under 60 pages.

2. Submitted screenplays can not have been optioned, purchased, or otherwise produced at the time of submission.

3. Writers may submit as many screenplays as they’d like to the competition, however each script requires a separate application and payment.

4.All entries must be submitted in English.

5. Submissions must include the title, author(s) and any relevant registration or copyright information.

6. Screenplays must be submitted in PDF or MS WORD.

7.All screenplays are considered complete once they are received by the Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival. No revisions or updated copies will be accepted.

8. Submission fees are non-refundable.

9. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations prior to submitting your project.


Overall Rating
  • Oleg Ushchenko

    We are very grateful to the organizers of the festival for their efforts and professionalism.

    August 2023
  • I can't say enough good things about this festival! JB and Christian were wonderful hosts who put together a well-organized event. Thank you for screening all of the nominated trailers. I'll be sure to recommend this festival to everyone!

    June 2023
  • Awesome Festival! Thank you for the award! I'm honored!

    June 2023
  • The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival: Trailer Bash and Raging Pages is awesome! Great communication via FaceBook and Instagram! They keep us filmmakers informed of everything going on and make things fun and exciting (the trophies are gorgeous)! Thank you for the Feature Screenplay win for our horror/thriller WHEREWOLVES! And thank you for the Best Trailer win for our indie feature, Scarpedicemente!!! Too bad we couldn't be there in person. Looking forward to submitting more projects!

    May 2023
  • Tommy Sigmon

    Great festival; thanks for including my film.

    May 2023