Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema's next generation of writers and filmmakers. Our team of industry professionals is passionate about developing artists. We want our competition to be a bridge between up and coming artists and the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives in both Canada and the US. We are also passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams that call our city their home.

We love all kinds of scripts and stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and Canada and from artists of all shapes and sizes, colors and ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city has a long history of nurturing and showcasing the most talented filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres.

TISC rewards winning screenwriters with various prizes including distribution of your script to top industry executives at several production companies and distributors in New York, LA, and Toronto as well as to our database of A list agents, managers, and festival winners on both coasts in both the US and Canada who are looking for clients and material to produce. We will even go so far as to ask our Grand Prize Winner for the name of the producer they would most like to get their script to, then we will reach out to that producer on their behalf to get them your script. Last year, two finalists got personal interviews with one of LA's most prestigious talent managers. Three winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

Only our Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded by recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites.

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 English or French, 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 English or French.

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.

The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.

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.

By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.

Please note that the Toronto International Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, or film related enterprise or organization including, but not limited to TSC, TCA, TWA, Tisch, and or TIFF.

TISC reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.

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    Tess Beau

    So proud to make it as a semi-finalist in this competition!

    January 2018
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    John Ostrander

    I'm only a semi finalist, but what i love about this contest is when I call people in the industry and tell them my script was a semi finalist they actually take my call and want to read my script. Such an honor.

    January 2018
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    Michael Daly

    Excellent festival and organising team! Was wonderful to get a personal call from Toronto to Belfast, Northern Ireland to congratulate me on my script! Highly reccommend!

    January 2018
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    Hunter Davis

    Excellent contest! Any screenwriting competition that can provide its winners with access and exposure to real industry professionals is a contest worth submitting. Few competitions can actually provide this opportunity. Toronto International is the exception!

    January 2018
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    Livia Saldana

    It was my first table read. It was cool. I met a lot of people and got 1 meeting!

    July 2017