Screenplay Rules And Information

SUBMISSION FORMAT

  • All genres are accepted. Especially seeking drama, comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material.
  • Contestants from all countries are eligible.
  • Screenplays must be submitted in English.
  • Length (not including title page):
    • Feature-length screenplays must be between 70 -125 pages.
    • Short Film screenplays must be 40 pages or less.
    • Teleplays (60 minute) screenplays must be between 45-70 pages (approx. 1 hour show).
    • Teleplays (30 minute) screenplays should be 45 pages or less.
  • Any script over the indicated page limit will have automatic point(s) deducted.
  • Maximum points achievable are 50 per round.
  • Script must be properly formatted according to industry standards.
  • Digital submissions in PDF format only.
  • Title Page Instructions:
    • Withoutabox Submission: Please include ONLY your script title on your title page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. You tracking number will automatically be assigned to your uploaded script.
    • Cinequest Website Submissions: Please include ONLY your script’s title and tracking number on your title page so that readers may remain unbiased in their decisions. Your tracking number is automatically assigned once you complete the registration and payment process. You will be able to update your script file before submitting.
  • Rewritten/corrected pages WILL NOT be accepted once the entry has been received.

RESTRICTIONS

  • There are no entry fee refunds.
  • Scripts written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • ONLY Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit and debit cards accepted for submission payment.
  • Please DO NOT send cash or checks.

FEEDBACK & NOTIFICATIONS

All contestants will receive 2-3 lines of generalized feedback for improvement on their script. Full script coverage services are not available at this time.

Writers will be notified on their status in the competition via the email address provided at time of registration. Please include screenplay@cinequest.org in your contact lists to receive these notifications. See below for selection process:

  • Top 50 and Top 10 notified in December 2018.
  • Top 10 Finalists listed on Website end of January, 2019.
  • Top 3 and Winners Announced in March 2019 and in the Festival Awards Press Release.

PRIZES

Top Three Finalists (Feature, Short, Teleplays):

  • Opportunity to have script read by top level industry producer and writers. Jury will be announced in June 2018.

Top Ten Finalists (Feature, Short & Teleplays)

  • Recognition (script title, genre and tagline) on Writers Celebration event page on Cinequest Film & VR Festival Website (live end of January, 2019).
  • Recognition (script title, genre and tagline) in printed Cinequest Film & VR Festival Guide.
  • Invitation to Cinequest Film & VR Festival with two (2) Artist festival passes (passes valued at $1,000).
  • Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (March 2019), which includes a BUSINESS OF WRITING FORUM, WRITER MEETS PRODUCER MIXER to connect with industry leaders, PITCH TRAINING & CHALLENGE to a panel of industry powerhouses, and an inspiring MAVERICK SPIRIT luminary event.
  • Special discounts and rates on accommodations during Cinequest Film & VR Festival.

Feature-Length Winner

  • $5,000 Cash Prize. The winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film & VR Festival.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.

Short Film Winner

  • $1,000 Cash Prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team.
  • Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film & VR Festival.
  • Invitation to screen winning short at a future Cinequest Film & VR Festival. Film is limited to a 20-minute run time (maximum). Cinequest is not responsible for the production of the film.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.

Teleplays (60 minute) Winner

  • $1,000 cash prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the prize split evenly among members of the writing team.
  • Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film & VR Festival.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.

Teleplays (30 minute) Winner

  • $1,000 Cash Prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team.
  • Presented with an inscribed Crystal Award during Cinequest Film & VR Festival.
  • Amenities listed above for Finalists.

CONTACT

For more information about the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, please contact Angela Ostermeier at screenplay@cinequest.org