Casting Now: Low Budget Faith Based Film
The following is a breakdown from production of a low budget faith film with a team that includes CEG members and is scheduled for...
Screenwriters looking to build credits and “break in” to the world of professional writing often find themselves in a catch 22 where it seems impossible to get an agent or attention of a production company because they have no credits. One step that goes a long way is having resources that are
trusted and known for giving reliable feedback and recommendations to vet your script. CEG offers CEG Services for script coverage which can be helpful feedback prior to competition submissions. Scripts are also considered for qualifying as “CEG Recommended.” CEG SERVICES.
CEG’s 2022 recommendations for screenplay competitions are:
TOP FAITH BASED SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS
The primary purpose of the Kairos Prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, the prize was founded to inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God. PRIZE:$15,000. 1st deadline 9/30 Final deadline 10/30 GUIDELINES. SUBMIT.
2. ICFF (International Christian Film & Music Festival)
International Christian Film Festival, Inc is a Not-For-Profit Organization that started on September 15, 2011. The goal from the very beginning is to put God first in all that we do and secondly to elevate, educate and promote Christian filmmakers and artists around the world. We provide a platform where anyone can submit their faith and/or family film, documentary, and music. The team of 10 judges would select the best submissions to receive awards during the festival. ICFF (International Christian Film and Music Festival) is open to everyone. Enter starting 5/1. Late Deadline 1/21. ABOUT ICFF.
2. CONTENT 2021
Film festival and media summit. Equipping and Networking Christian Filmmakers and Communicators. Early bird deadline 10/31. Event dates: February 28 – March 2, 2022. ABOUT CONTENT 2022
3. BRANSON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Branson IFF is a Christian, faith-based, family friendly festival. All films are free of nudity, profanity, and sexual content. The festival is designed to educate, equip, and empower Christian Filmmakers from around the world, right here in the heartland of the United States. Festival dates April 21-23rd. BIFF.
As Christian film makers and screenwriters reaching excellence in our crafts allows us to share stories that portray the true nature of who Christ is in a way that can be relevant within pop culture. This means we need to strive for excellence at the same level or above those who are not Christians in entertainment. Entering and placing in a top secular screenwriting competition helps producers, distributors, investors to vet your work. Feedback, awards for your writing show that more than family and friends enjoyed your story. Before you submit you can acquire CEG Script Coverage to help get you work towards your highest potential. CEG SERVICES.
CEG’s 2022 recommendations for secular screenplay competitions are:
TOP SECULAR SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS
PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS
PISA’s goal is to discover some of the most talented upcoming screenwriters from around the world and introduce them to Hollywood executives. Industry judges evaluate and read script submissions searching for the best new screenplays and teleplays. Each year many participants are signed to top agencies, have projects optioned or are hired to be writers. Grand prize is $25,000. Early entry 1/15. Late entry 5/15. PISA
1. NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2020, 181 fellowships totaling $4.75 million have been awarded. Deadline May. NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP.
2. SAVE THE CAT SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE
Our approach is simple: a screenplay competition that uses the same language the writer, the reader, and the decision makers use when analyzing your work. Accepting both feature film and 60-minute TV scriptsGrand Prize Winner(s), 3-night hotel stay ($1200), Live table read to bring your work to life, A real pitch to a production company in LA. STCSC
Juries, Prizes, and Readers tailored to your genre and format to best get your project noticed by Hollywood professionals. Numerous competitions in many different genres and formats. Early deadline 09/30. Later deadlines 10/31 – some later. Numerous prizes, cash, or finishing funds. SCREENCRAFT
4. AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter. Screenplays and teleplays. Early bird deadline is March. Late deadline is May. AFF
5. BLUE CAT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Industry requests and reads our winners and finalists. Screenplays, shorts, television pilots. Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000. Deadline 10/11. BLUE CAT
6. SUNDANCE LAB
There is a competitive application process to be included in various Sundance programs for writers. The development track has one open application that allows your fiction feature work-in-progress screenplay to be considered for the following programs, fellowships, and grants: Screenwriters Lab (held annually in January), Screenwriters Intensive (held annually in March), Sundance Institute Comedy Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship (for projects with scientific and/or technological content). SUNDANCE LAB
7. SLAM DANCE
The Slam dance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging screenwriters. The competition has a strong track record for introducing writers to members of the entertainment industry who have gone on to produce, option, and represent submitted work. The Screenplay Competition is a place for new, bold, and raw voices. We are looking for scripts that take risks, refuse compromise, and go places where Hollywood fears to tread. Prizes total $16,000. Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash. Submissions open in February. Late deadline is July. SLAM DANCE
8. LA INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING
Features, TV pilots or shorts may be submitted. Says “submit your screenplay to get it in front of Oscar and Emmy winning judges.” I would imagine this would be true for finalists. Enter Sept 16. Final deadline January 6. LASCREENPLAYAWARDS
9. CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS
Creative World Awards is a leading international screenwriting contest well known for having the writer’s interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion. The CWA vision is to help writers garner the exposure, development, and recognition they need to propel their projects and careers forward. Early submission in November. Late submissions into January. Prize: Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for a prize package worth over $30,000. Grand prize winner - $3,000 cash plus opportunity to have their winning script produced into short / promotional film. CREATIVE WORLD AWARDS.