Screenplay Awards


Every year Slamdance receives thousands of script submissions from all over the globe making the award decision process a difficult one. The winners of the Slamdance Screenplay competition are some of the best and most unique voices in and outside of the industry.

  • A total of $18,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash.
  • The winners of the Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will each receive $2,000 in cash.
  • The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the next Slamdance Film Festival.
  • One entry from the competition will be awarded the Slamdance Screenplay Mentorship Award, consisting of personal mentorship through Slamdance’s alumni network and screenwriting consultants. This includes an in-depth coverage report, an action plan for next draft development, further review of subsequent drafts, support in preparing a pitch deck, and best efforts in helping get the finished work produced through Slamdance’s alumni network.
  • Production companies, studios, top agencies, and managers request to read our top scripts each year.