The Visionfest Screenwriting Competition evolves from what began in August of 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (commonly referred to as VF). The film festival and its partner screenwriting competition were founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today.

Celebrating its 20th annual run, VISIONFEST is seeking screenplays with fresh, original voices, and visionary writing styles. This year, we will be accepting short subject and feature length script submissions under the following guidelines: 3-30 pages for short scripts; 80-130 pages for feature scripts, in all genres, written in English and in Standard Script Format. On December 2, 2020, VISIONFEST will publish a Finalists List on its website and social media forums and winners in the top three slots of each category (feature and short) will be publicly announced on December 19, 2020.

Awards consist of $1000 cash for the winning feature script and $350 cash for the winning short script. Commemorative certificates and sponsored prizes* will be awarded to the winners and to 2nd and 3rd place honorees in both categories. (* is a primary sponsor of VISIONFEST 2020)

Professional industry readers review all submitted scripts and VISIONFEST will announce up to 10 Finalists by December 2, 2020, which will then move to a final round, judged by the Domani Vision Film Society Jury Panel, who will determine the winning screenplays.

• The winning Feature Screenplay will receive a $1000 cash prize and the winning Short Script will receive a cash prize of $350, along with other sponsored prizes. The 2nd & 3rd place Feature Screenplays and 2 Short Script Honorable Mentions will receive free listings on (exposing the awarded works to producers nationwide), as well as Commemorative Certificates.

Screenplays must be unproduced scripts, written in English and in Industry Standard Format (feature length 80-130 pages; short form 3-30 pages).

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and may reside anywhere in the world and must submit the following:

One copy of an original screenplay (in digital formats only as defined within the submission forum selected), approximately 80-130 pages in length for feature length scripts and 3-30 pages for short scripts, formatted in industry standard screenplay format and written in English.

Please note: Only original works are accepted. Submissions may not be based, in whole or in part, on material, fictional or nonfictional, produced or unproduced, published or unpublished, unless such material is in the public domain or if the material was originally created and published/produced by the applicant(s), in another medium.

No revisions or updated versions will be accepted beyond the initial submission.

A completed application form and an 'entry fee' required for all entries. No waivers will be considered for this competition.

Applicants may submit multiple entries, however, those must be submitted separately along with respective fee(s) for each separate submission.

Collaborative works are accepted and are treated as (1) submission, regardless of how many authors are responsible for creating the work and any prizes awarded will be divided evenly among the authors.

VISIONFEST – Domani Vision Film Society LLC, based upon its own opinions and voting procedures, reserves the right to grant no awards if there is no entry that qualifies with sufficient merit.

The applicant(s) agree to hold VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC, and harmless from, and defended against all claims, demands, costs, judgments, losses, expenses (including attorneys’ fees), and liabilities resulting out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted to the VISIONFEST Feature & Short Script Competitions or on any screenplay developed out of such stories.

The burden of obtaining copyright, Writers Guild Registration, and all proprietary interests for the submitted material rests solely on the applicant(s).

To the accuracy of the information supplied, any false or misleading information on the application, or any failure to comply with the rules and regulations set forth by VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC, and may result in disqualification and forfeiture of any awards or cash prizes.

Overall Rating

    Thank you so much for recognizing Battle Cries as a Finalist. It is such a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful competition.

    January 2020
  • Thank you for choosing The Real Thing as a Finalist in your competition. As a first-time screenwriter, it's a welcome placement... Visionfest is an excellent competition for aspiring screenwriters overall.

    December 2019
  • I never dreamed my screenplay would be included in one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions for writers! The festival team kept entrants up to date as to when live streaming would be, the emails were sincere and personal and the overall communication was great.

    December 2019
  • I was very excited to have been nominated in VISIONFEST 2018. Looking forward to 2019.

    January 2019