Chicago Screenplay Awards has been a go-to screenwriting competition for screenwriters due to our commitment to providing excellent evaluations on every single script entered. We provide a clear pathway to production for all screenwriters by engaging in meaningful partnerships with script development firms and film investment institutions. Together we're eager to serve our base and make Chicago the haven for top-tier content creators!

Jury:

Michaela Anthony - A local Development Exec and Contest Director, Michaela oversees the script evaluations and quality control of the contest.

Christina Jobe - A well-rounded filmmaker and indie film enthusiast, Christina is both a creative producer and director with a slate of work in both the feature film and television space. Her most recent feature credits include "The Outdoorsman" starring Spencer Grammer, "California Dreams," and "The Odd Essay."

Chris Abernathy - Abernathy has produced films such as the James Franco adaptation "Actors Anonymous" starring Academy Award nominees Franco and Eric Roberts. Other films include "No Running," Deep Murder," "Bullitt County," "Monster Party," "Papi Chulo," "Phobias, Rise," "Witch Hunt," and most recently "Offseason."

Nony Geffen - Nony is an Israeli born, award winning writer and director. His two highly acclaimed feature films, "Everything is Broken and Dances" and "Not in Tel Aviv" have attended festivals worldwide, including the AFI Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, and have won the Jury Prize (Silver Leopard) at Locarno Festival (2012).

Nick Zuvic - A veteran of the industry, Nick has experience in all angles of production. his resume includes dozens of feature films, including Grow House starring Snoop Dogg. Other notable mentions include the feature films: Threshold, Spin, Payback, Heart of Stone, Teenage Cocktail, and Heist.

Stefan Hogan - Stefan Hogan is a Literary Agent at Oscars Abrams Zimel (OAZ). His clients' work has been profiled at some of the most prestigious film festivals worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Festival du Cannes, and Whistler Film Festival (WIFF) just to name a few.

Yanzom Brauen - A rising star and true filmmaking talent hailing all the way from Switzerland, her resume includes documentary, feature, and television credits in both foreign and domestic markets. Her most recent work can be seen on network television, direction multiple episodes of CBS's "NCIS: LA" and "Hawaii 5-O."

Winners of the Feature, TV Pilot, and Short Contests all receive:

- Introductory Phone Call With Producer in our Network

- Detailed Script Notes And Rewrite Plans Straight From A Head Of Development

- A 6-month Mentorship To Prepare Your Script For The Marketplace

- Media Exposure Across Multiple Platforms

-All writers, without regard to age and country of origin, are eligible.
-The material must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file. The file must not be encrypted or password protected.
-There is no limit to the number of competitions you may submit and the number of times you may submit one project.
-All entry fees are non-refundable.
-All submitted material must be original to the screenwriter.
-All copyright, ownership, and derivative rights to the material submitted remains with the original rights holders and/or author.
-The material submitted must not have been optioned or produced and must be fully owned by the screenwriters.
-All scripts should be written per industry-standard screenplay format.
-Prior winners cannot win the same contest twice, while there is no limit to the number of times a previous finalist, semi-finalist, and quarter-finalist may resubmit.
Feature scripts should not exceed 130 pages. TV should not exceed 75 pages. Shorts should not exceed 30 pages.

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  • This was my first experience with Chicago Screenplay Awards but won't be my last. I would definitely recommend this festival to anyone. They were very responsive and supportive and I'm grateful my first screenplay, Girl On A Swing, was selected as Semi-Finalist.

    February 2021
  • Mark Howard

    All stars for the selection. Curious to see how far we can go.

    February 2021
  • I enjoyed the level of communication. I received a very detailed email with good information about the coming event. They notified me about results in a timely manner which is greatly appreciated. I would recommend this festival.

    February 2021
  • Great festival! Our Award winning Project placed as a quarterfinalist ... looking forward to submitting more work!

    February 2021
  • Joe Leone

    Once again, I appreciate the recognition of my latest screenplay (Retirement Road Trip). I have submitted several screenplays to the Chicago Screenplay Awards, and each time has been a very rewarding experience. I highly recommend this competition for all screenwriters. Thanks again!

    February 2021