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Copa Shorts Film Fest

Screenplay Contest

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Accepted at….

  • December 18, 2017 Notification Date

February 16 – 18, 2018 Event Date


The following agreement sets the terms of submission for short screenplays. By submitting a short screenplay to Copa Shorts Film Fest you agree that you have read and will comply with the following guidelines.

This screenplay contest is intended for non-produced films only. Principal photography must not take place before the live reading (Please see note following guidelines).


  • Submit your short screenplay to FilmFreeway (follow the link below) in .pdf format
  • We only accept screenplays that follow standard Hollywood format
  • Acceptable genres are: drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi, horror, foreign, documentary
  • Scripts must not exceed 15 pages in length, excluding cover page
  • Screenplays must have been completed after May 1, 2017
  • All screenplays must be submitted in English
  • No material deemed pornographic by the judges will be considered
  • No substitutions of pages or scripts will be accepted after submission
  • This contest is open to any writer, 18 years of age or older, or high school student with parental approval
  • Multiple screenplays require separate submission fees
  • We recommend copywriting your screenplay with WGA or, but it is not required
  • Entering this competition gives Copa Shorts Film Fest, Inc. permission to use your name and photo (both the Finalists and the Grand Prize Winner) for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation
  • You agree that you are the sole author, or co-author, and have exclusive rights and authority to submit the work
  • You agree that Copa Shorts Film Fest, their affiliates, sponsors, employees and judges are exempt from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with the submitted work.

NOTE: If principal photography begins before the Table Reading at the festival, the screenplay will be disqualified and the screenwriter will forfeit award money. Reimbursement for prizes and any associated expenses will be pursued from the screenplay submitter.


  • Acceptance letters of winners only will be emailed no later than December 18, 2017 — Please make sure that your email address is correct.


  • All selected scripts may be excerpted for Copa Shorts Film Fest publicity purposes.


  • The top finalists receive a table read at the festival plus screenwriter-oriented prizes to be determined by the prize sponsor.


  • Copa Shorts Film Fest will present $500 to the winning screenwriter at the awards party.
  • The Grand Prize-winning screenwriter’s screenplay is guaranteed a screening at the 2019 Copa Shorts Film Fest once completed as a film and submitted to Copa Shorts Film Fest.
  • An additional $500 will be awarded if a completed film and press kit is delivered to Copa Shorts Film Fest offices via DVD/Blu-Ray by October 12, 2018.