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Final Deadline is 2 months and 3 weeks from now
Sep 20th
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Nov 20th
Dec 20th
Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards
Season 8
Reads in Coverfly
Active Since 2014
We're dying to get our hands on fresh writing talent! All horror and thriller projects are eligible. Carpe Bloody Diem - ENTER TODAY!
Accepting Features, TV Pilots, Shorts, Web Series, Treatments, Feature Documentaries, Series Bibles, Pitches, In Production Films, and Short Documentaries
Enter Now
Final Deadline is 2 months and 3 weeks from now


We're dying to get our hands on fresh writing talent - All horror and thriller projects are eligible!

Literary manager guest judge, who will also provide our overall winner with a zoom consultation regarding their project and career.

Invites for ALL ENTRANTS to Filmmatic's annual Sundance Networking Event! Carpe Bloody Diem! ENTER TODAY!

*Congratulations to recent Filmmatic Horror Winner, Mike Stern, for having his winning HORROR screenplay "Mid-Century" produced and distributed by Lionsgate! - (We Stand with the WGA)

Prices & Deadlines

Oct 20th
Nov 20th
Dec 20th
Feature-Length Screenplay or Pilot (over 45 pages)
Short Screenplay or Pilot (up to 45 pages)
Entry With Coverage


  • $1000 Cash Prize

  • Lit Manager Guest Judge and Winner Consultation

  • InkTip Packages

  • Press and Exposure on behalf of all Finalists/Winners

  • Invites for ALL ENTRANTS to Filmmatic's annual Sundance Networking Event!

Results will be announced by 2/15/24. Accolades will go out to 100+ Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, 10 Finalists and 1 Overall Winner.

Season 7 Winner on Coverfly

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Feb 15th


1) Judges, as well as employees of Virtual Pitchfest, InkTIp, Filmmatic.com and other sponsors are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.

2) All scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

3) All writers' names should be listed in the online entry form, "written by" credits are optional on the script/pilot file itself. By submitting online to the Pitch Now Screenplay Competition, entrant warants that all writers have authorized the submission. If a screenplay is written by multiple authors, all cash and awards will be remitted to the entrant of record, with all proceeds to be divided at the writers' discretion.

4) To enter your script electronically, you must submit in one of the following formats: .PDF (preferred), Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or Text.

5) Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.

6) Entrants of the Competition retain all rights to their screenplays.

7) You may submit your entry and payment either online through FilmFreeway (see homepage) or through Coverfly. No preference will be given to submissions from any particular platform.

8) Entries must be received by the applicable Entry Deadline.

9) Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.

10) The Competition will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition without prior permission.

11) By entering the Competition, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people or legal entities. Entrant indemnifies Filmmatic.com and its employees and subsidiaries and holds them harmless from any claims regarding infringement or dissemination of materials.

12) Entry fees are non-refundable.

13) For environmental reasons, we no longer accept hardcopy submissions by mail.

14) Entrants can include author and/or contact information on their entry's cover page at their own discretion, but it is not required.

15) The decisions of the judges are final.

16) The Competition reserves the right to make any necessary changes, postponements, or cancellations to competition scheduling at our discretion. Competition staff reserves the right to substitute any advertised prize for another prize of similar value.

17) Notification of winners and official finalists will be sent by email and posted on our website. It is the responsibility of the winners to redeem any prizes allotted to them by the Competition or our sponsors. Applicants will be responsible for providing current contact information and mailing addresses for prize redemption purposes.

18) Virtual pitch-package and live-pitch access is limited to those production companies and agencies associated with Virtual Pitch Fest and Story Expo (hundreds to choose from). Access to any particular production house/professional is not guaranteed.
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