I took a look through our screenwriting competitions page and it was brutally out of date... so, here's a few updates. I'll get around to fixing up the actual page soon.
Shriekfest is one of THE horror festivals of the year AND I owe them big because they just sent out a big email blast on our behalf. Regardless, 2008 call for entries is officially open and, check this out... this year they're partnered with the biggest agency in town, C.A.A., and their horror division. Rumor around the campfire says they're looking for directors and screenwriters for representation AND they're a finalist judge on all screenplays and films. It can't be a lie, it says so right on the Shriekfest website.
The AAA Screenplay Contest, sponsored by creativescreenwriting, not only looks like it's always accepting submissions, it looks like they just randomly give away prizes whenever they feel like it. They had winners from June '05, December '05, June '06, January '07 and February '08. They're currently looking for submissions for their 'Spring - Summer 2008 Contest'. It says they're sponsored by 'creativescreenwriting' (all one word) and I have no idea what the hell that is, but they have prize money and prize money is nice. Remember, "AAA" stands for Access, Acclaim, Achievement... but, I'm thinking it stands for "get me at the top of every listings page". Not this one, buddy! Around here, you're number 2.
The International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is not accepting submissions now, but they will be some time in May. Screenplay winners not only win cash prizes, but they also get the opportunity to have their screenplays reviewed by major entertainment companies. Well, one major entertainment company, Lionsgate. The other two, Jaret Entertainment and Energy Entertainment are a slight step down.
Screamfest is another one of the big horror film festivals of the year. They were formed a few years back by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin to give emerging filmmakers in horror and sci-fi a venue to showcase their work to people in the industry. They have a bunch of success stores and they're currently accepting submission, deadline is August 15, 2008.
Eerie Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition is part of the Eerie Horror Fest and they're now accepting, final deadline is August 1, 2008. These guys are also one of the more respected names in this category... and what's really cool is that they also incorporate video games. So, you can submit your film, screenplay and video game all at the same time.
Project Screamlight still has a website up, but I think they're done. I checked out all their links, their last log in on their myspace page was in 2007 and there's nothing that mentions new dates or anything on their webpage. So, done... and I'm glad I could pass that information on to you.
Screenplay Festival is open to all genres, specifically: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family and Thriller/Horror and they give awards and stuff, but I'm not going to go into to much depth, as it's not really about horror, although you can enter your horror script. I'm just thinking that what they think is good horror, may not be what I think is good horror. Either way, they're now accepting submissions, final deadline is October 1, 2008
I guess I missed the boat on the 41st annual WorldFest-Houston Independent International Film Festival. It was April 11-20. However, it's one of those festivals that is open to EVERY category, like... there's an award for best Public Affairs program in Television and Cable Production, as well as best Horror/Thriller/Mystery Screenpaly. So, excuse me if I haven't been keeping a close eye on this one. I'll be sure to keep you posted NEXT year, though.
Now, I wonder if Something Scary was a scam, they appeared to be accepting entries up until last month. Now, their site's not there and I can't find information on them anywhere. Hmmm....
On top of not updating the above contests, I came across a whole bunch that I didn't have on there before. I'll look into them further, but for now, here's links to the screenplay contests that are new to Dead Harvey...
Terror Film Festival - deadline is May 1, 2008.
I covered these guys in the film festival section, but I wasn't aware that the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival accepts screenplays, as well. So, there you go. You learn something new every day.
2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, which they boast as being one of the top 100 most popular film festivals in the world, has various horror screenplay categories. Final deadline is August 30, 2008.
Rhode Island International Film Festival is another festival that's covered in our film festivals section, but not in our screenplay competitions. A lot of these guys have screenplay competitions, who knew? They're final deadline is July 15, 2008.
The Movie Deal! Screenplay Contest: Respected Industry Judges, Potential Review for Representation by a Hollywood Lit. Agency and A chance to Have your movie made. Final deadline is September 30, 2008.