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 affiliated screenwriting competition were founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today.

Celebrating its 21st 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 4, 2021, 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 18, 2021.

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 in the Feature category and 5 Finalists in the Shorts category by December 4, 2021, 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 - PDFs are preferred), 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 and the material's creator owns all rights to such material.

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

A completed application form and its appropriate entry fee are 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 and protocols, 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, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize & awards contributors, judges, script readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents, and representatives from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry and that party's participation in the competition. Employees of VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. In addition, applicant(s) agree to hold VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC 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 VISIONFEST 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).

Any cash prize winner(s) of an amount over $599 will be required to file a W-9 before the cash prize can be distributed.

VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC reserves the right to publish the name, script title, and images used in affiliation with the script for any VISIONFEST promotions and/or promotions of sponsors or competition affiliates.

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 may result in disqualification and forfeiture of any awards or cash prizes.

Overall Rating
  • Tom Machell

    Was the top 5 finalist this year for my short script which was awesome! Thank you so much for the selection. Feel like there could have been an opportunity for some networking opportunities for finalists.

    March 2021
  • Phil Yuhas

    What a wonderful surprise to win the Visionfest 20 short script category! Thank you Visionfest for this tremendous honor. Your timely notifications and prompt delivery of prizes are also greatly appreciated.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words and all the best to you moving forward. Great scripts like yours make VISIONFEST the great success it is annually.

  • Kyle Curry

    I was stunned to win Visionfest2020. The organizers have been quick to get in touch with me and extremely supportive. Thank you for this honor.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    We proudly shed light on this exhilarating screenplay and thank you for being a part of the Visionfest legacy. Best of luck!

  • Joe Leone

    I am truly honored and thrilled for the recognition of Feature Film Screenplay - COOP as a Finalist with Visionfest. I look forward to submitting additional material in the future, and highly recommend this competition for all screenwriters.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Joe... Wishing you the very best and looking forward to reading your future works... As always... "write here, write now!"


    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
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work with us and we wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.