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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