2020 season now open
Next Deadline February 21st




Bolt is an innovative new screenplay competition from the creators of Barnstorm Fest.

The rules are simple: Submit a short film screenplay, web series or television pilot, Barnstorm Media chooses the winner and MAKES YOUR MOVIE OR PILOT! You get to be the Executive Producer!

Also, every submission receives feedback from the producers at Barnstorm Media WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION.



Barnstorm Media will produce the winning script. The winner will be made the Executive Producer of the project, working in collaboration with Barnstorm Media. 

Three Finalists: 

Receive a one on one consultation with a feature film producer about how to get your movie or pilot made. And if you need it, we'll also help you find representation.

Every Submission:

  • Receives feedback from the producers at Barnstorm Media WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION!
  • Receives a free subscription and free filmmaking classes from Videomaker Magazine. 


Festival Rules

  1. Screenplays must be in English, formatted to industry standards and submitted as PDFs. 
  2. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry. 
  3. Barnstorm's competition decisions are final. 
  4. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers on title page. Please NOTE: Barnstorm divides awards equally among co-writers.
  5. The script must be between 1-79 pages, not including the cover page.
  6. You may submit as many entries as you'd like.

Terms & Conditions

  • I have read all of Barnstorm Fest’s rules and regulations. I understand and have complied with these rules.
  • I understand that failure to adhere to Bolt by Barnstorm Fest’s rules will result in disqualification.
  • I am the sole owner and author of the submitted material.
  • Furthermore, I indemnify Bolt by 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.
  • The final decisions, whether creative or financial, regarding the creation of the film for the winning screenplay are at the full discretion of Barnstorm Media. The timing and date of completion of the film is also at the full discretion of Barnstorm Media.
  • If chosen as an AWARD winner, I give Bolt by 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.
  • I understand that if awarded, I have 15 days to claim my prize, after which the prize is voided.