Friends, Romans, Countrymen, and Writers around the World,
We welcome you to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost independent screenwriting competition dedicated to the most creative and unabashedly original writers in the world. Because as Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Our aim is to launch the careers of cinema’s most original screenwriters by creating the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition. Our goal is to connect emerging original talent with the film industry’s movers and shakers so original storytellers can get their scripts into production. We believe that we have created a vehicle that will do just that. We want to infuse new energy into filmmaking by supporting writers who don’t want to tell the same stories over and over. A lot of writers don’t want to write formula films or stories that fit neatly into a box. They want the blood and guts of raw emotion and creativity. And we want to support you.
We are passionate about filmmaking and just as passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of oddball filmmakers and screenwriters from around the globe. People who would dare to make films like “Being John Malkovich, M*A*S*H, Apocalypse Now, Inception, Leaving Las Vegas, Citizen Kane, Sex, Lies, and Video Tape, Clerks, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Before Sunrise, and Do the Right Thing.
Our city has a very long history of nurturing and showcasing the most creative, original and talented oddballs the entertainment industry has to offer. We now want to give great screenwriters the same level of exposure. So whether you have a high concept studio project worthy of Tim Burton or a little indie you are dying to see made by David Lynch. We are here to support you.
We want to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films. We want to support the arts, not only in Edinburgh, but around the world. Our aim is to create a screenwriting competition that will inspire generations of writers to tell stories so great that they inspire future generations of writers to pursue their creative passions with as much fervor and zeal as our generation.
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The Greatest Screenwriting Competition in the English Speaking World!
We are now accepting submissions!
We are the home of the entertainment industry's Fringe. We are weird and we love it. We are also proud to get behind great screenwriters and that's why we get our winners the exposure they deserve. Our goal is to connect talented writers with the people who get films made. Our community has a long history of supporting great filmmakers and great theatre now, with this festival, we will support great screenwriters as well. And we don’t care where you’re from or what sort of past you have, if you’ve written a great script, we want to read it. Please submit it today!
Please note that we are an unabashedly independent contest and we are not affiliated with any other film or fringe festival in Edinburgh. Our city is home to a great variety of wonderful film and theatre festivals. We embrace them and we love them for everything that they are and everything that they are not. We hope you support them and they support you, however, we are not affiliated with any of them and have no desire to imply that we are. If you are looking for another festival in our city a simple google search will reveal many.
By winning our competition you will also gain valuable industry access as some of the film industry's biggest names are on our distribution list.
2019 Grand Prize Winner and Finalists
Grand Prize Winner!
Men by Rebecca Dreyfus
Worthy by Mary & Ryan Griffitts
Desert 10 by Zach Tomlinson
My Sex Life by Rosalyn Rosen
Troy Town by Matthew Barker
Possum by Lyndal Simpson
Perry by RJ Watson
Stalag Dixie by L Morris
The Wild Heart of Alaska by Mary Albanese
Integrated Offender by Kathy Krantz Stewart & Manjit Bhangoo
Twilight Sleep by Alan Lambert
True Destiny by Joe Leone
D.N.A. by Skatz Baxter
Tony and Annette by Daisy Eagan
Shooting Palmer by Angie Louise & Sue Corcoran