The Crime List recognizes an exceptional film, script or book that features a crime story (murder, organized crime, gangsters, fraud/corruption, missing/kidnapped, heist...)

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Submission Requirements

===SCRIPTS===

The Crime List accepts feature screenplays, shorts, and television scripts in all genres. Script may be produced, unproduced or optioned. Each submission entry requires:

SCREENPLAY or TELEPLAY: Feature screenplays must not exceed 120 pages. Television scripts and shorts must not exceed 60 pages.

LOGLINE: A brief description of your script’s story (up to 50 words).

WRITER’S BIO: A Writer’s Bio may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects. Bios should be written in the third person.

===FILMS===

The Crime List accepts narrative and documentary features and shorts (including web episodes) in all genres. Films may have distribution and be available online. Each submission entry requires:

ONLINE SCREENER & PASSWORD: We accept submissions through FilmFreeway, which allows filmmakers to upload their projects directly to the platform or provide a link with a password to the protected video on Vimeo or YouTube. (Rest-assured, the showcase will maintain the privacy of your screener.)

LOGLINE / SYNOPSIS: A brief description of your film or web series (up to 50 words).

DIRECTOR’S BIO & STATEMENT: A Director’s Bio (may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects), and a Director’s Statement about the film.

WRITER’S BIO & STATEMENT: A Writer’s Bio (may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects), and a Writer’s Statement about the film.

===BOOKS / MANUSCRIPTS===

The Crime List accepts published books and unpublished manuscripts in all genres. Each submission entry requires:

MANUSCRIPT: Book manuscript submitted in pdf format.

LOGLINE: A brief description of your story (up to 50 words).

AUTHOR’S BIO: An Author’s Bio may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects. Bios should be written in the third person.

WINNER
The winning film, script or manuscript receives:
* “Winner” Recognition Laurel
* Script, Manuscript or Film listed on the sponsor websites along with the logline and bio.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Official Selection films, scripts and/or manuscripts receive:
* Official Selection” Recognition Laurel
* Script, Manuscript or Film listed on the sponsor website.

=== SCRIPTS ===

* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* All entries must be in English.
* ALL genres are eligible.
* All script entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
* Title Page: Include title and writer’s name.
* Scripts must be in standard screenplay format. No exceptions.
* Feature screenplays must be between 85 and 120 pages. Television scripts must be between 20 and 60 pages. Web series and shorts may be up to 25 pages.
* Both produced and un-produced scripts are eligible.
* Both represented and non-represented writers are eligible.
* Teams of up to two writers are eligible.
* Scripts that have previously won a competition are eligible.
* Substitutions of corrected pages, revised material, or new drafts, require a new entry and payment.
* We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
* We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
* We DO NOT offer individual feedback on script submissions.
* All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
* By submitting a script you confirm that you own the rights to the material submitted.
* By submitting a script you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.

=== FILMS ===
* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* We accept feature films up to 135 minutes in length and short films up to 40 minutes in length (including credits).
* All entries must be in English. If a film is not in English, it must include English language subtitles.
* Features, Shorts, and Web Series in ALL genres are accepted.
* We accept Documentary and Narrative Features, Shorts, and Web Series (including live action and animation).
* Multiple films are accepted. Each submission requires a separate entry.
* Films that contain explicit language, violence, and nudity will be accepted. Be sure to indicate if your film contains explicit language, violence, and/or nudity on the entry form.
* Films that have been produced within the last 5 years are eligible.
* Films that have previously won a festival are eligible.
* Films that have distribution are eligible.
* We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
* We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
* All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
* By submitting a film you confirm that you own the rights to the film and material submitted.
* By submitting a film you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.

=== MANUSCRIPTS ===

* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* All entries must be in English.
* ALL genres are eligible.
* All manuscript entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
* Manuscripts between 50 pages and 400 pages in length are accepted.
* Title Page: Include title and author’s name.
* Both published and unpublished manuscripts are eligible.
* Both represented and non-represented authors are eligible.
* Books/manuscripts that have previously won a competition are eligible.
* Substitutions of corrected pages, revised material, or new drafts, require a new entry and payment.
* We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
* We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
* We DO NOT offer individual feedback on submissions.
* All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
* By submitting a manuscript you confirm that you own the rights to the material submitted.
* By submitting a manuscript you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Mark Donnell

    I was SOOOO happy to be selected! I'm still wishing and hoping for an agent.

    July 2019
  • Harold L. Brown

    Very professional. Timely communication. I will definitely enter this competition again.

    July 2019
  • Thank you for the opportunity to participate! Our film won and I'm happy!

    February 2018
  • Elizabeth Hinnant

    This was my first screenplay festival, and I received prompt replies to all my questions. I live out of the area, so I was unable to actually attend the festival or network with other participants or attendees (the reason I did not review Hospitality or Networking).

    January 2017
  • Tikisha Oliver

    I submitted my first screenplay script to Women's Film & Script Showcase. I have never been to film school and i am a self taught upcoming writer. i am grateful that this contest gave me an opportunity to have my script in their showcase. Their communication was excellent about notifying who the winners and official selections are. Overall rating is excellent. Look forward to submitting more of my work to them.

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Tikisha, we're delighted to know you had a great experience, and welcome the opportunity to read your work again in the future.