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Open for entries!

Win Cash and Prizes and gain valuable industry access, exposure, prestige, and more!

 Whether you’re writing the next epic blockbuster, hip indie, or laugh out loud romantic comedy, we want to read it. We love supporting great cinema and great writers. Some of the world's best films have come out of Toronto and we want to support the next generation of great filmmakers both here and abroad.

About Us

Our mission is to launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of screenwriters by creating the most prestigious competition in North America and the world. Our goal is to connect emerging talent with the film industry’s movers and shakers so that they can get their scripts into production. We believe that we have created a vehicle that will infuse new energy into filmmaking while also creating opportunities for incredible new talent.

We are a team of artists and professionals who are passionate about filmmaking and about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from Toronto and around the world.

The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition is an independent contest  and our goal is to bridge the gap between emerging artists and the talent agents and managers who will ultimately introduce them to the producers and studio executives in the US and Canada who will eventually get their movies made. We are also eager to introduce these artists to producers and production teams that call Toronto their home.

We love all kinds of scripts and stories – from studio blockbusters to art house fare! No two paths are the same and no two stories are alike. We accept scripts from all over the world, not just the US and Canada and from artists of all shapes and sizes, colors and ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city has a long history of nurturing and showcasing the most talented filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We now want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We encourage writers to work on studio films as well as high-end independents. We hope to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired.

The bottom line is that we support the arts, not only locally, but around the world. Our aim is to create a screenwriting festival that will inspire generations of aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres to tell great stories in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring screenwriters.

1st Place - GRAND PRIZE

 $300

Cash & Prizes

$300 in cash and prizes, international recognition as the grand prize winner, and your logline and script will be distributed to our database of A list agents, managers, producers, and distributors in Toronto, New York, Vancouver, and LA who are looking for clients and material to produce. Winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

2nd Place - Finalist

Respect

& Laurels

You will be honored as a finalist in the Toronto International Screenwriting Competition and your logline and script will be distributed to our database of A list agents, managers, producers, and distributors in Toronto, New York, Vancouver, and LA who are looking for clients and material to produce. Winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

3rd Place - Finalist

Access &

Exposure

You will be honored as a finalist in the Toronto International Screenwriting Competition and your logline and script will be distributed to our database of A list agents, managers, producers, and distributors in Toronto, New York, Vancouver, and LA who are looking for clients and material to produce. Winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.

Industry Exposure

Our distribution list has some of Hollywood and Canada’s top agents, managers, and producers.

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Talent Agents

Some of the industry’s most established agents will be receiving our finalists scripts.

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Lit Managers

Talent Managers from companies that represent only the biggest stars in New York, Toronto, and LA.

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Feature Film Producers

The Producers of some of entertainment’s biggest studio films and indies form the third leg of our distribution list.


Entrants are strictly prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition this is why we do not publish their names. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. Associates, employees, clients, and family members of judges are not eligible to enter. If our judges are interested in working with you, they will contact you.

Sponsors

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Winners

The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition 

2018's Summer Grand Prize Winner and Finalists

 

Grand Prize Winner!

The Outskirts of Paradise - Montgomery Burt

Finalists

Egalite - Michael Head
A Good Marine - Tracey Thompson

Loved it! Good people and very supportive!

Great Festival. They not only distributed my script, they personally got it to a producer i’ve been dying to get it to. So happy I submitted!

Great Festival.  Two thumbs up!

 

 I just signed with a manager in Beverly Hills!

 

Summer 2018 Semi-Finalists

 Going Psycho by Brad and Dein Nuber
Bison Man by Michael Rhodes
Blackfoot by Wm. Derek Grasty
Hick by Marianna Moneymaker
The Lost Tsar by James Rosenfield
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A Century of Dreams by Brian Brockway
Stalag Dixie by L. Morris
Escape on the Danube by Daniel Costa
My Mother Murdered My Father by Josephine Perry
Immaculate by Charlie McNamara
Face Value by Mike Gallagher
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Kananaskis by Brad Himour 
The Chronicles of Valor by Robert B.E. Atkinson
Hallow's Point by Brian W. Smith
Perry by R.J. Watson
The Great Canadian Gold Heist by The Nubers
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Our winner's scripts are delivered to agents, managers, and producers throughout the entertainment industry, last year’s finalists were delivered to over forty production companies and one of our finalists got a personal meeting with one of the top literary managers in Beverly Hills!