Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

 

"It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." — Neil Gaiman, Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award Recipient

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Submissions for the 2023 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition OPEN May 1st!!
 

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.

Welcome to the 18th Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, presenting screenwriters with prestigious recognition, engagement with industry leaders, connection to encouraging community, plus the chance to win extraordinary acclaim and prizes. The Competition welcomes screenplays and teleplays of all genres and lengths. Cinequest inspires creative fervor and provides dynamic opportunities for writers to get discovered and have their work produced. Cinequest is dedicated to launching new screenwriters’ careers and providing a platform from which their work can take flight. The 18th Cinequest Screenwriting Competition will award cash prizes (plus so much more) to winners: View more Awards/Prizes detail for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition on FilmFreeway.and Coverfly.

Finalists are presented alongside high profile Maverick Spirit awardees like: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, Philip Kaufman, Michael Arndt, Diablo Cody, Dennis Lehane, Jason Reitman and more at the highly anticipated Writers Celebration during the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival.

Announcements

Top 50 and Top 10 Notified Late February 2023.
Top 10 Finalists listed on Website Early March 2023.
Top 3 and Winners Announced in the 2023 Festival Awards Press Release.

Testimonials

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2021-2022 SCREENWRITING - FINALISTS & WINNERS

Please join us in celebrating this year's finalists!

FEATURE FINALISTS

Winner: As Time Goes By by Jon Davis
2nd Place: Jimmy by Kent Moran
3rd Place: The Art and Beauty of Miserable Bastards by Marilyn Jacovsky
 
Libo to Hero by Desmond Ngai

Keeping A Secret by Kara Miller

Seven Thousand Islands by Gary White

Jimmy by Kent Moran

Ella & Marilyn by Jon Davis

Cadenza by Mark Nahuysen

As Time Goes By by Jon Davis

The Art and Beauty of Miserable Bastards by Marilyn Jacovsky

Portland by Michael Weinreb

Star-Crossed by Florencia Manovil

SHORT-FILM FINALISTS

Winner: Dying to Meet You by Bryan Bounds
2nd Place: Dead Garden, Underwater Bloom by Asuka Lin
3rd Place: The Paradise Road by Lisa Marie Tedesco
4th Place: NO DOGS FOR BREAKFAST by Ezra Sage Bynum
 
NO DOGS FOR BREAKFAST by Ezra Sage Bynum

Dead Garden, Underwater Bloom by Asuka Lin

Chitlin by Michael Clifton

Voila! by Mark Pomerville

A Grave Error by Dirk Sanders

I WAS WRONG by Tyler Cunningham

Contract for a New Kettle by Dawson Oso

Accidents by Stephanie Ahn

The Paradise Road by Lisa Marie Tedesco

Dying to Meet You by Bryan Bounds

Unsaid by Robert King

TELEPLAY 60-MINUTE FINALISTS

Winner: Woman's Work by Erin Beute
2nd Place: CHERRY PARK by Joseph Hooten
3rd Place: American Way by Jake Thomas
 
Aviatrix by Cynthia Wright

Let The Sleepers Lie by Ricardo Varona

Grace in the Clutch by Addie Talbott

My Father The Sociopath by Charlotte Miller

The Divided States of America by Vandon Gibbs

American Way by Jake Thomas

Woman's Work by Erin Beute

Young Country by Ariana McGinn

YONGE STREET STRIP by Lisa Gold

CHERRY PARK by Joseph Hooten

Masterpiece by Ann LeSchander

TELEPLAY 30-MINUTE FINALISTS

Winner: Musky Hole Rep by Brian Kahn & Lana Wilson
2nd Place: EXPOSURE by Michelle Aldridge
3rd Place: 2 Falls Forward, 1 Step Back by Ada Lee Halofsky
 
EXPOSURE by Michelle Aldridge

Parlor by Cynthia Wright

Musky Hole Rep by Brian Kahn & Lana Wilson

Ice Rink...The Musical by Stephen Krespel

2 Falls Forward, 1 Step Back by Ada Lee Halofsky

Rapper Girlfriend by Cody Kostro, Simone Grossman, and Ariel Sacajiu

White Dolphin Blues by Carl Burcham

NOT HOT by Samantha Mannis

Live and Let Hide by Steven Smith

Good Grief by Josh Nadler

Taco Cat by Rachel Reuben

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