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Barnstorm Fest
Active Since 2014
The Grand Jury Prize winner chooses between $5,000 cash or a $5,000 screenplay option! Every script receives actionable and constructive feedback!
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Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner receives $9500 in cash & prizes, including a PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER PRODUCED BY BARNSTORM MEDIA.

At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.


Every submission receives a coverage letter from an industry professional. And this season, WE'RE PROMISING YOUR FEEDBACK WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF YOUR SUBMISSION.

Every submission receives free filmmaking courses from Videomaker.

Every submission receives a free subscription to Videomaker magazine.


  • Three finalists from each category will be able to pitch their projects directly to executives from Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, and Leftfield Pictures, all via iPitch.
  • Every finalist also receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself.
  • One finalist from each category will receive an InkTip prize package. Each prize package includes an InkTip script listing and an InkTip magazine listing that will promote your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.
  • Every InkTip producer has been vetted via resume and references and demonstrated the ability to get movies made. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, and 20th Century Fox. 


  • One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Jury Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, as well as $1,000 cash, a three month listing on The Blacklist and, the kicker, BARNSTORM MEDIA WILL PRODUCE A PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER FOR YOUR SCRIPT.

2023 Finalists on Coverfly

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Dec 31st



  • Screenplays must be in English, formatted to industry standards and submitted as PDFs. 
  • Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry. 
  • Barnstorm's competition decisions are final. 
  • In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers on title page. Please NOTE: Barnstorm divides awards equally among co-writers. 
  • Screenplays longer than 120 pages are subject to an additional $10 fee.

Terms & Conditions

  • I have read all of Barnstorm Fest’s rules and regulations. I understand and have complied with these rules.
  • I understand that if awarded, I have 15 days to claim my prize, after which the prize is voided.
  • I understand that failure to adhere to Barnstorm Fest’s rules will result in disqualification.
  • I am the sole owner and author of the submitted material.
  • Furthermore, I indemnify Barnstorm Fest, its affiliates, sponsors and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with said material.
  • If chosen as an AWARD winner, I give Barnstorm Fest a Non-exclusive, Worldwide, Royalty Free license to use excerpts of my media and biographical information for advertising or promotional purposes, including, without limitation, the right of display, reproduction, and distribution on or its social media outlets.