FILM -- APRIL 2018


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   

INFO: Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships to amateur screenwriters. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

AWARD: $35,000 Fellowship


  • Regular Submission – April 10, 2018 ($60 entry fee)
  • Late Submission – May 1, 2018 by 11:59pm PST ($85 entry fee)




INFO: WeScreenplay’s contest is focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters (ethnic minorities, women, women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, etc.) – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2018



The Kerouac Project

INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past they have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction.

STIPEND: Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included.


  • Fall 2018: September 1 through November 22, 2018
  • Winter 2018–2019: December 1, 2018, through February 21, 2019
  • Spring 2019: March 1 through May 23, 2019
  • Summer 2019: June 1 through August 22, 2019


DEADLINE: April 16, 2018



INFO: Do you love film or video? Do you have a story to tell? You can submit your script or storyboard to the AT&T Create-a-thon, a competition that challenges content creators and filmmakers to produce a short film over a single weekend. They're looking for creative thinkers and doers from emerging talent to industry veterans to join them at this special filmmaking event.

Spend the weekend of June 2-3 producing a short film on-site at Warner Bros. Studios at the AT&T Create-a-thon. Join the competition by submitting your film or video idea for a chance to be part of the challenge and be eligible to win cash prizes!

They are looking for ideas in all genres that cover short films, narrative shorts, webisodes, and any other short form videos. Follow the instructions below to enter. If your idea and team advance to the next round, you’ll need to flex your creative muscle and film a scene for your short at Warner Bros. Studios.


Best Overall Film:

  • 1st place: $10,000 for the team
  • 2nd place: $5,000 for the team

Best Overall Mobile Film

Films must be shot on smartphone, tablet or drone. If selected as a finalist, you must submit a 30-second raw footage clip used in the final cut of the film, uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer to be accepted.

  • 1st place: $10,000 for the team
  • 2nd place: $5,000 for the team


  • April 27: Deadline for script and storyboard submissions
  • May 14-18: Teams notified about advancing to the next round
  • June 2-3: Teams film onsite during AT&T Shape
  • June 9-10: Film submissions due
  • June 22: Online voting for finalist films
  • Late-June: Winners announced



Urban World Film Festival 

INFO: Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to redefine and advance the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema, is seeking feature film length screenplays (90-130 pages) for its five-day festival. The screenwriter must consider himself / herself of African American, Latino, East Asian, or South Asian descent. If the screenwriter is none of the above, the screenplay must feature African American, Africans, Latinos or Asians in prominent roles. 

SUBMISSION FEES: Please check the website for fee requirement.


  • Regular – April 27, 2018
  • Late – May 25, 2018
  • Extended – June 8, 2018