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Welcome to the San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition.

We are San Francisco. And we love film and we love writers. In fact, we care so deeply about developing the next generation of filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad that we founded what we hope will be one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the world for serious writers and serious subject matter.

We are an independent screenwriting competition founded by artists, and while we are artists, a lot of artists come from backgrounds in journalism, publishing, and in some cases some very grisly real life experiences, and we like serious subject matter. A lot of other festivals do as well, but that’s really all we are interested in. We are only really interested in finding the next Schindler’s List, Judgement at Nuremburg, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Lincoln, Reservoir Dogs, 12 Years a Slave, the Godfather, Sling Blade, Frida, or even Shine.

We want to support serious writers who take on serious subject matter. That’s what we’re all about. We are located in the heart of California and are proud to be the only international screenwriting competition in the Bay Area. We are committed to fostering the careers of local talent as well as finding the next generation of talent from New York, Hollywood, Toronto, and around the world.

Hollywood is all about cinema and we want to find the next generation of talent capable of delivering great cinema for the next fifty years. We are dedicated to developing artists.

We want to find the best artists first. Then we want to connect our winners with the talent managers that will ultimately put them in front of the producers who will get their films made. We love movies and the artists who make them and we are committed to seeing more of you get your films made.

Great films come in all shapes and sizes, from thrillers to dramas from epic blockbusters to small indies, as such we love all kinds of scripts from big studio projects to arthouse indies. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. So whether you’re new to writing, you’ve been doing it for years, or you’re just now thinking about starting, send us your script and if it’s good we’ll deliver to the people you need to read it. We accept scripts from all over the world and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Men and women have been making great films for over a century now and we want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers and filmmakers to work in every facet of production. We want to support writers at all levels to make great films all over the world. We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support and inspire the next generation of filmmakers to tell great stories that will be told for generations to come.

The San Francisco Int'l Screenwriting Competition is a Cinema Public House production. We are a US based independent festival company that produces festivals all over the world.


The San Francisco Int’l Screenwriting Competition is now accepting submissions!

If you’ve written a great script we want to read it. We are run by a passionate team of artists who get our winners the exposure they deserve. Our goal is to find the best people first and then connect our winning writers with talent managers and producers who can move their careers forward. Most of the world’s best cinema has come out of California, literally countless Award winning films have been made here, let's hope your film is next.

We don’t care where you’re from or what sort of past you have, we just want to read great scripts, so if you’ve written something really special, we want to read it. Please submit today! 


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We reward our winners with consultation packages provided by RoadMap Writers that include meetings with three top talent managers and or production executives including a one hour consultation with script notes. We also give each of our top two finalists a consultation with script notes as well. Semi-finalists only receive online recognition like in most competitions.

Please note, we are an independent screenwriting competition. Our city is home to thousands of artists of all shapes and sizes, in addition to hundreds of organizations designed to support those artists, including, but not limited to various theaters, museums, universities, acting schools, conferences, galas, award shows, development workshops, and film festivals of all shapes and sizes. We are not affiliated with any of them. We are an independent screenwriting competition. If you are looking to connect with one of those organizations, please reach out to them directly.

This competition is a class act. It's their primary purpose to support, endorse, advance and encourage their winning writers. I've experienced this with the phone calls, emails and promotion from them that left me feeling thankful and pumped up. They keep me informed when they forward my script to industry contacts. This win is more than just a pat on the back. Much, much more. Two thumbs up from me!
Great Competition! Great Opportunity! Will definitely recommend it to my peers.
Sending your work here, especially for a first time writer, can be very beneficial!




Our Most Recent Winners

Our most recent grand prize winner was awarded consultations with talent managers and development executives at Tradition Pictures, Guy Walks into a Bar, and Charles Osowik Mgmt, ROAR!, and Content House. They also received an hours worth of script notes with a top producer/manager from Content House. All advertised consultations were provided by RoadMap Writers.