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 are now OPEN for the 2022 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition!!!

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.

Welcome to the 17th 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 17th Cinequest Competition will award a total of $17,000 in cash prizes (plus so much more) to winners: View more Awards/Prizes detail for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition on FilmFreeway.

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.


Top 50 and Top 10 Notified Late December 2021 – Early January 2022.
Top 10 Finalists listed on Website January 30, 2022.
Top 3 and Winners Announced in March 2022 at Storytelling Celebration and in the Festival Awards Press Release.


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Please join us in celebrating this year's finalists!


Winner: Rise Up Little Girl by Matthew J. Avant

2nd: Swing And A Miss by Barbara Thornton

3rd: Aphrodite & The Apocalypse by Stacie Gancayco-Adlao

Queen of Newburgh by Lisa Cole & Veronica Moody

Icky People by Blaire Baron

The Big D by Michael Weinreb

4 Fine Women by Keith Planit

Bird’s Eye by Erin Beute

Salt West by Samuel Ripley Peirce

Brave Woman by Melissa Duges Spiers


Winner: Answers by Scott Tinkham

2nd: Feliz Navidad by Edward Tyndall

3rd: Mothership by Brianne Berkson

Bad Reception by Louise Lonergan

Libra by Matt Seroski

De Pachanga by Juan Carlos Sanchez & Richard Rennie

The 45th Annual Model United Nations All-Star All-School Conference by Zoe Maltby
Ravens by Patrick Gamble

Far From the Olive Grove by Andrea Land

Kingmaker by Bradley Coburn


Winner: Drafting by Carol Faw

2nd: The Shadow King by Chris A. Bolton

3rd: Ex Humana by Helena Zhen

Breakaway by Tom O’Brien

Acceptance by Nick Childress and Jesse Eisenhardt

Land of Eagles by Isaac Banuelos

Under Cover of Darkness by Paul Raasch

Everything’s Fine by Cole Goslee

The Bliss Killer by LeLe Park

Highland Drive by Rosalyn Rosen


Winner: Rise of the Immortals by Alan Sim

2nd: Wild Life by Carmiel Banasky

3rd: Wheels of Government by Mary Kay Holmes & Jeanette Scherrer

Ether 101 – The Handshake by Sabina Petra

Standard, Nebraska by Edward Hamel

Sous Weed by Joel Handler

Trivial by Rob Salerno

Love Lives by Allyson Morgan

BUDS by Alexis Aurigemma

The Killer B’s by Dave Chan

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