Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives actionable and constructive feedback from an industry professional and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner chooses between $5,000 cash or a $5,000 screenplay from Barnstorm Media!

At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.

​Every submission receives feedback from an industry professional.


Every finalist receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself.

One finalist from each category will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

All finalists receive a prize package from Script Mailer, who will email your script to over 400 of the industry's top agents, including agents at ICM, CAA and WME.

One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Jury Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, plus the choice of a $5,000 cash or a $5,000 screenplay option from Barnstorm Media.

You can learn more about screenplay options here:

1. Screenplays must be in English, formatted to industry standards and submitted as PDFs.
2. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
3. Barnstorm's competition decisions are final.
4. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers on title page. Please NOTE: Barnstorm divides awards equally among co-writers.
5. Submissions that are 120 pages or longer may see a delay in the return of their feedback.

Terms & Conditions

I have read all of Barnstorm Fest’s rules and regulations. I understand and have complied with these rules.

I understand that if awarded, I have one week to claim my prize, after which the prize is voided.

I understand that failure to adhere to Barnstorm Fest’s rules will result in disqualification.

I am the sole owner and author of the submitted material.

Furthermore, I indemnify Barnstorm Fest, its affiliates, sponsors and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with said material.

If chosen as an AWARD winner, I give Barnstorm Fest a Non-exclusive, Worldwide, Royalty Free license to use excerpts of my media and biographical information for advertising or promotional purposes, including, without limitation, the right of display, reproduction, and distribution on or its social media outlets.

Overall Rating
  • I'm truly honored to have my drama/fantasy feature "The Seedling" win an Honorable Mention!

    October 2021
  • Such a beautiful festival!! The communication from the coordinators throughout was phenomenal. Thank you!!

    February 2021
  • Arlene Westermeyer

    I received excellent, in-depth feedback on the scripts I entered into the Barnstorm festival. I'm thrilled that "Amelia was Here!" was awarded with an Honorable Mention!

    January 2021
  • Andrea Gibson

    I absolutely recommend this festival. Great communication, great feedback, and a great festival all the way around. Great value.

    January 2020
  • Daniele Dominguez

    "We're only judging talent. We're looking for original voices, not deep pockets." That's what's written on @ferstivalbarnstorm's ig, and that's what made me apply for this fest. One of the best decisions I've made! I was so honored to be named the Gran Winner of 2018 fest. They have a good communication and I got to receive the cash prize very fast. Now my trailer is, currently, in post production and I can't wait to see the outcome! Congratulation to all the team at Barnstorm! You make all of us, screenwriters, keep believing it...

    May 2019