Friends, Romans, Countrymen, and Writers around the World,

We launched this festival with the ultimate goal being a proper film festival that screened films for a live audience. It was never our intention to remain an online film festival and or writing competition. This was to be the first year we were going to screen films for a live audience. Unfortunately, due to the Covid Quarantine that won't be possible for some time. As such, we won't be relaunching until we can guarantee a date to screen films. Until then be safe and god bless.

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.


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. Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition is a trading style of Edinburgh Authors Ltd.


Industry Access

By winning our competition you will gain valuable industry access as we provide our grand prize winner with a consultation package provided by Roadmap Writers that includes private sessions with three separate top talent managers and or production executives.



2020 Grand Prize Winner and Finalists


Grand Prize Winner!


Prize Fight by Natalie Ganey




Jiyan by Daniela Saioni & Mazdak Taebi


Endless Forest by Tsonko Bumbalov




Creche by Dave Sheski

Light Years from Home by Aaron Pope

Dr. Portia by Millie West

Journey to Fisterra by Alan Lambert

Art in Tandem by Elizabeth Blackmer

The Music Scrooge by Jim Evry

A Bad Influence by Yul-Pyeong Oh

When Two Ends Meet by Tom Tanno

Darby Petty and the Lost Treasure by D.C. Sayre

Hal, The Spud King of Japan by John Thibault

Chupacabra by Jayesh Patel and Aaron Willett

Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing!

Benjamin Franklin

words have power



Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde