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Raindance Script Competition
Raindance Script Competition
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Active Since 2021
The Raindance Script Competition is a contest dedicated to supporting and championing independent screenwriters.
Accepting Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts
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Extended Deadline is 2 days and 14 hours from now


Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance’s ecosystem includes Raindance Film Festival, Raindance Raw Talent, Raindance Open Courses, the higher education institute Raindance Film School, and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards. 

At Raindance, we believe in championing independents in every way. As such, our script competition is designed to develop upon Raindance’s network and community, and offer greater opportunities to emerging screenwriters. 

Similarly, Raindance has always been proud to offer a fantastic opportunity to network amongst both established and emerging talent, for those looking to develop their network of collaborators and peers. 

Raindance is proud to have supported an array of successful artists in their pursuit of creative goals. Such success stories include, but are not limited to: Christopher Nolan, Guy Ritchie,  Andrea Arnold, Matthew Vaughn, David Yates, Gavin Hood, Tom Hooper, Edgar Wright, Sacha Baron Cohen, Julian Fellowes and Nick Hornby.

For further enquiries, please email scriptcompetition@raindance.co.uk

Prices & Deadlines

Mar 4th
Feature Script - Standard
Episodic Pilot (Half-hour) - Standard
Episodic Pilot (One-hour) - Standard
Short Script - Standard
Feature Script - Feedback
Episodic Pilot (Half-hour) - Feedback
Episodic Pilot (One-hour) - Feedback
Short Script - Feedback


Our goal through the Raindance Film Festival Script Competition is to grant new opportunities and champion emerging screenwriters. Offering a culmination of support and prizes, Raindance hopes to champion true independence - a core principal of the film festival itself. 

The path to a career in writing is a long and arduous task, which is why we have chosen to partner with some fantastic brands which have helped us in championing new, emerging screenwriters.

Our worth is in your success, which is why it is crucial to us that we support, nurture and help to develop true talent.  As a result, we have put together what we believe is a great lineup of prizes, aimed at achieving this task.

The winner of our feature competition will receive the award for 'Best Un-produced Screenplay' at the official Raindance Film Festival Award Ceremony, hosted each year at the end of the festival in London, UK.

Each contest winner (Feature, Short, Episodic 30-min, Episodic 60-min) will additionally receive a place on our 10-week Raindance Script Fellowship Programme which consists of a 10-week, online programme designed to afford writers the opportunity to further develop their craft and receive constructive criticism by an experienced industry tutor from our very own Raindance Film School.

All finalists will be considered to receive a production proposal from Raindance Raw Talent LTD. in order to produce their work and turn their script into a film.

All finalists will additionally receive a complimentary accreditation to Raindance Film Festival.

All quarterfinalists will be invited to connect & network with fellow screenwriters at the exclusive Raindance Script Competition Networking Reception during Raindance Film Festival in London.

For a more detailed breakdown, please visit our competition page at www.raindance.org/script-competition/

For any more information, please email our team at scriptcompetition@raindance.co.uk.

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