Posted June 19, 2014

Producer's Guild of America and Cadillac Hosting Short Film Competition

The Producer's Guild of America and Cadillac have paired up to hold MAKE YOUR MARK COMPETITION, a national short film competition,  with pretty compelling prizes -- ten finalists will have their work showcased online, three will be flown to Los Angeles and put up while they create a new short film with an awarded $30,000 budget, and the winner will have his or her work featured in a TV spot during the 2015 Academy Awards!


Producers, regardless of experience, are invited to participate and need not be a member of the PGA to enter.


Filmmakers must register by JUNE 25 and create a new 3-5 minute film over the weekend of June 27-29. All entrants will be provided the same assignment and will have exactly 51 hours to make and submit a NEW film.  This year's competition will honor prolific producer Saul Zaentz and the competition requirements will be posted on<> on 5:00 PM on Friday, June 27.  The films will need to be completed and uploaded by 8:00 PM on June 29.


The first round will be judged by a group containing some pretty noteworthy individuals, including Kathy Bates, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary, & Chris Moore.


More rules and details here:


Posted June 17, 2014

2014-15 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition celebrates its 5th year with even more exciting opportunities for screenwriters to advance their career!

Just ask last year’s winner Jade Shames, who in less than one month since being announced the Grand Prize Winner, was signed by manager Evan Cavic at Principato-Young Ent. Read an interview with Jade here, about his experience winning the Fresh Voices Grand Prize Award.

With over $20,000 in cash & prizes, guaranteed script consideration from top Hollywood Production Companies, and a proven track record of discovering and launching the careers of new screenwriters, Fresh Voices continues to cement its position as one of the leading screenplay competitions for screenwriters, and a trusted source of new material by the industry!

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Now Accepting:
Feature Screenplays in 6 Genre Categories
(Drama, Family, Comedy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action)
1 hr & 1/2 hr Original TV Pilots 
New this year - 1 hr & 1/2 hr TV Spec Samples
& Short Scripts
Plus 10 Unique Spotlight Awards

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Enter here


Chance to Win the 2014 Ivy Innovator Award for Film

Calling All Film Industry Innovators - Chance to Win the 2014 Ivy Innovator Award for Film

Do you have a vision for the future of the film industry and are you doing your part towards achieving that dream? 

Whether you are a producer, an artist in the craft of cinema or an entrepreneur with a game-changing platform – we invite you to apply for 2014 Ivy Innovator Award for Film, created by IvyConnect, and presented by Cadillac.

IvyConnect is a unique community dedicated to bringing together creative minds at the cutting edge of innovation, with 7,000 members across NYC, LA, SF, DC, and Boston.

You can learn more and apply for the award in 3-5 minutes via this link.

The winner will be honored at the Ivy Innovator Film Series, and receive a travel package (approximately $5,000 value) to a Cadillac sponsored event during the film award season in Los Angeles.

5 finalists will be showcased on IvyConnect, receive admission to the Cadillac brand advocacy platform, and have their innovative endeavors promoted in press materials.

We encourage all innovative individuals involved in any aspect of the film industry to apply.


The Peer Awards Is Accepting Regular Submissions Until July 16th

The Peer Awards began in 1997 as part of the former Washington Film and Video Council (WFVC) and later merged with the existing, popular “'ITVA-DC Video Festival”. Today, the TIVA-DC Peer Awards continues to celebrate local excellence in media and offer one of the most sought-after awards in our community. The 2014 Peer Awards Ceremony will be held at the National Press Club on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 6:00 pm.


Enter today for your chance to be celebrated by your peers in the DC production community.  



2015 SAH Award for Film and Video - Deadline August 1

Recognizing the most distinguished film/video on the built environment 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video

The SAH Award for Film and Video was established in 2013 to recognize annually the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment. 

The award is global in scope with no geographic or political boundaries limiting subject matter or production team. The topic of the film or video must be any aspect of the built environment including the history of buildings, interiors, monuments, landscapes, cultural landscapes, urbanism, designers, engineers, clients, preservation, conservation, citizen engagement, or other topics related to the history of the built environment.

The most important criterion is the work’s contribution to the understanding of the built environment, defined either as deepening that understanding or as bringing that understanding to new audiences. A second criterion is a high standard of research and analysis, whether the production was for a scholarly audience, a general audience, or both. A third criterion is excellence in design and production.

Applications for the 2015 award will close on August 1, 2014.

Nomination form here



2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Call for Entries

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

The final deadline for the competition is November 15th, 2014.

We look forward to working with you!


$15,000 Best Feature Screenplay

$2500 Four Feature Finalists

$10,000 Best Short Screenplay

$1500 Three Short Finalists

$1500 The Cordelia Prize

Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

$1500 Joplin Award Prize

Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

Movie Title Contest: Three Winners $250 each

All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible

BlueCat Screenplay Competition










IDA Documentary Awards Call for Entries

Submissions are now being accepted for the 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards, the world's most prestigious event dedicated solely to the documentary genre. Entry can be made into one of the main award categories, which recognize achievement in the formats of documentary features, shorts, series, and student films. Award recipients are announced live at the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony in December in Los Angeles.

Entry is open to documentary films and non-fiction programs completed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.   

Regular Deadline: July 3, 2014




Posted May 8, 2014

Virginia Screenwriting Competition Deadline May 23

The deadline for the 26th Virginia Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Virginia Film Office is Friday, May 23, 2014 at midnight. The annual Virginia Screenwriting Competition is created to provide Virginia screenwriters with a forum for their work and an opportunity to present their scripts to professional members of the motion picture and television industry.

            This competition is one of the few in the nation requiring no entrance fee, and all entries receive a written evaluation from the first round judges.  Well-known past winners include “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, who won in 1989 for his screenplay “Home Fries”, and Megan Holley, who won in 2003 for her screenplay “Sunshine Cleaning”.

            Only Virginia residents may submit screenplays to this competition.  Each script must contain either Virginia locations or locations that could reasonably be expected to be found in Virginia.  Scripts must be approximately 90-120 pages in length and must be typed and submitted in a standard screenplay format.  Pages must be numbered, and must include a cover page with title only.  

            For the first time, the Virginia Film Office is accepting all submissions to the competition electronically only, hard copies will not be accepted.  The script must be saved in a non-editable format such as a PDF, with the title of the PDF the same as the screenplay.  All screenplays must be e-mailed to no later than midnight on Friday, May 23, 2014.  

            Screenplays are first read by Virginia judges, and finalists are selected and submitted to a second panel of judges who are currently working professionally in the entertainment industry.  Three winning screenplays are then selected, and notification of results are made in October 2014.  The three winning writers are each awarded a prize of $1,000 at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville November 6 – 9, 2014.    

            For further information, visit the Virginia Film Office website orcall the Film Office at (800) 854-6233.


Posted April 25, 2014

The Jesse Thompkins III Foundation for Young People in the Arts

Accepting Applications from Screenwriter/Directors, Ages 18-34 The Jesse Thompkins III Foundation for Young People in the Arts Awards unrestricted grants to screenwriter/directors ages 18-34, who are US citizens, residing in New York City or the Washington DC Metropolitan area A panel of film industry professionals will consider a short film, screenplay & essay for each applicant We will award one grant of at least $2,000 and additional grants of lesser amounts this year Online applications and written materials must be received by Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Those who submit the required written materials will be invited to submit films no later than June 3, 2014 To apply please see our: The Jesse Thompkins III Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 1425 K Street NW Suite 350 Washington DC 20005 202-587-2727


2014 TIVA Peer Awards: Take Advantage of Early-Bird Entry Rates Now!

At long last, it's finally starting to look like Mother Nature's realized that spring is here! Which means it's time for you to take advantage of early-bird savings to enter your work in this year's TIVA Peer Awards! You can get all the information you'll need to take advantage of those early rates (not to mention anything else about the Awards) by visiting the dedicated portal at

There are a few key changes this year, so be sure to check out the portal to get all of the details. Categories are divided by Production and Skills - and this year we've added special production and skills categories for politicals. (More information on the awards can also be found via the TIVA website at

The TIVA-DC Peer Awards is a merit-based award judged solely on the individual merits of the entry. This is not a competition, but rather an acknowledgement and celebration of exceptional quality work created by the DC/MD/VA region.

The Peer Awards ceremony will be November 8, 2014, at the National Press Club. All Gold Award recipients will receive a TIVA DC Peer Award trophy the night of the ceremony. Silver and Bronze recipients will receive an embossed certificate suitable for framing.

Dates to remember:

* Early bird entry dates: 4/14/14 - 5/14/14

* Standard entry dates: 5/15/14 - 7/15/14

* Late entry dates: 7/16/14 - 8/1/14

* Awards ceremony: 11/8/14

Production fees(early/regular/late):

* Member: $90/$115/$135($25 discount for each additional entry)

* Non-member: $100/$125/$145($25 discount for each additional entry)

* College student: $30/$40/$55($10 discount for each additional entry)

* High school student: free

* Pro Bono: $10 for all entries

Skills fees(early/regular/late):

* Member: $60/$80/$95($10 discount for each additional entry)

* Non-member: $80/$100/$120($10 discount for each additional entry)

Ceremony tickets(early/before event/day of event):

* Member - individual ticket: $85/$95/$125

* Non-member - individual ticket: $95/$105/$125

* High school student - individual ticket: $35/$35/$75

* College student - individual ticket: $65/$65/$125

* Member - table: $760/$850/NA

* Non-member - table: $850/$940/NA


We look forward to seeing the finest that the region has to offer, and wish you the best in this year's Peer Awards!



Posted April 16, 2014

Nicholl Screenwriting Competition - Late Deadline => MAY 1,2014

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

The Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship is an international screenwriting fellowship established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

It is now accepting applications for its 2014 Program Cycle. Up to five winners will be announced in November for a $35,000 screenwriting fellowship award. 

The competition was established for anyone who has not earned $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Winners will complete a feature-length screen play during the fellowship year.


The application early bird deadline is February 28, 2014, the regular deadline is April 10, 2014, and the late deadline is May 1, 2014. Click here for more information about how to apply.


48 Hour Film Project -- $20 Discount through April 18th!

Great Opportunity: The 48 Hour Film Project takes place May 2 and is offering a $20 Discount on registration through this Friday, April 18th!

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and your team have a blast making a movie.  All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours.

On Friday night, you are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre that must be included in your movie.  48 hour later, you submit your film.  Next?  Your masterpiece will show on the big screen at the AFI Silver Theater!

Register now!  To you take advantage of this Special Rate:

1. Go to:


2.  If you are new to the 48HFP, click the "New User" link at the bottom to register.  If you've signed up for the project before, login using the user name and password that you created the previous time you signed up.  (There is a reminder if needed.)


3.  Enter the  DCEXTEND code on the payment page.


Don't miss out.  This special rate of $140 for a team registration ($20 bucks off the current price!) is only available until this Friday, April 18th.


Come make a film in 48 hours on the weekend of May 2-4.  ALL completed films are seen up on the BIG SCREEN May 8-11 at the incomparable AFI Silver Theater.


More info here:

But be sure to register at the link above so that you receive the discounted price!


Call for Submissions: Green Living Project's 2014 Student Film Project Contest

Green Living Project is excited to accept student short films for the 2014 Student Film Project contest!  In 5 minutes or less,films should tell a unique and compelling story about a sustainability-related project. Winning films will be screened at GLP Films events throughout the year, and winners also receive gear and prizes up to $500 in value!  Contest is open to 6th grade through graduate level students.  Submit by May 30, 2014!  Visit for full contest details.



Posted January 13, 2014

Call for Entries: 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenwriting Competitions

DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Moviemaker Magazine’s top “Coolest Short Film Festival” and the Largest Short Film Event on the East Coast

Recently named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, the 11th DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. In 2013, we screened 152 films from 21 countries in 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of 9,300 people.  We also hosted a table read of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.

To make the process easier and more affordable, DC Shorts has six different entry forms, from our own simple form to the complexity of Withoutabox – and at price points from $25 to $85, depending on the form used and the date of entry.

A new fee waiver system has also been implemented. Filmmakers’ applications are reviewed by a panel, and those selected must share messages via Facebook and Twitter to qualify. The new “you help us, we help you” system is the first in the industry.

As we have done from the beginning, after programming is announced, all entrants receive a report with the Screening Committee’s scores and comments. We believe that filmmakers deserve to understand why their film or screenplay was selected or rejected — and what that process entails. On our submission website, DC Shorts spells out the entire selection process, and offers resources to research the types of material we are most likely to program.


11th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival (September 11-21, 2014) DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations. We ultimately programed 152 films into 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,300 people.

                 ---> EARLYBIRD DEADLINE:             JANUARY 31  (our lowest entry fee prices!)

                 ---> FINAL DEADLINE:                        APRIL 31

8th Annual DC Shorts Screenplay Competition (Friday, September 19, 2014) DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 15 pages or less. Six finalists are invited to attend DC Shorts and, with the assistance of local directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors. The readings are performed in front of an audience, who vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine a competition winner.

                 ---> EARLYBIRD DEADLINE:             MARCH 31 (our lowest entry fee prices!)

                 ---> FINAL DEADLINE:                        MAY 31




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           DC Shorts

           1317 F Street NW, Suite 920

           Washington, DC 20001  USA

           202-393-4266  office





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