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Submissions Now Being Accepted;
Winners to be Announced Opening Night of Cinequest 14

Screenplay submissions are now being accepted with a deadline to submit of September 1, 2003. 
ALL screenplays submitted will receive reader feedback so writers can take suggestions 
and improve their scripts. On December 1, 2003, 10 finalists will be announced and given 14 days 
to re-submit their screenplay with any corrections and improvements they choose. Those 10 scripts 
will go onto the final round of competition where the top three winners will be announced and given 
cash prizes on opening night of Cinequest 14, Wednesday, March 3, 2004. 

  • 1st Place $2,000 U.S.
  • 2nd Place $1,000 U.S.
  • 3rd Place $500 U.S.

First, Second and Third Place winners will receive the above mentioned, PLUS will be:

  • Included in a Cinequest press release.
  • Posted on the Cinequest Web site along with brief script synopsis and contact information. 
  • Given further opportunities by having their scripts read by several influential producers, agents and / or managers who play an active role in today's industry.

Top 10 finalists will: 

  • Be given exposure to literary agencies, film studios and Hollywood producers.
  • Receive a Cinequest 14 Platinum Festival Pass, which allows full access to all Cinequest events, screenings and parties.
  • Be contacted December 1, 2003, and be given until December 15, 2003, to submit a rewritten script. 
  • Have names and contact information posted on Cinequest Web site.

All genres and lengths (up to 140 pages) of screenplays are accepted from low-budget Indie dramas to mega-money action flicks. The entry fee is U.S. $50. Register through or download a printable entry form (Adobe® Acrobat® PDF). Complete it and mail or fax it to Cinequest. 

P.O. Box 720040 
San Jose, CA 95172-0040
Tel: (408) 995-5033 / Fax: (408) 995-5713

Contact the Cinequest office for overnight / courier address.

Inspiring the Maverick in All of Us.  

Cinequest is Northern California's premier motion picture institute that presents a soul-stirring and personable festival of international films and digital media forums for movie lovers, Maverick film artists, and film students.

Named one of the Top 10 Film Festivals in the world by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, Cinequest joined Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, and Sundance with this honor.

Cinequest 14 will occur March 3 - 14

Cinequest Screenplay Competition
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