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.
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 industry 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.
We are convinced that our Toronto International Screenwriting Competition will bridge the gap between emerging artists and the talent agents and managers who will ultimately introduce them to the producers and studio executives in both Canada and the US who will get their movies made. We are also eager – and able – 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
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. All finalists will also have their script personally delivered to the agent, manager or producer of their choice. 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 - GRAND PRIZE
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 - GRAND PRIZE
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. One winner will also receive an InkTip Script Listing of your script on InkTip so that even more producers and reps can find you.
Our distribution list has some of Hollywood and Canada’s top agents, managers, and producers.
Some of the industry’s most established agents will be receiving our finalists scripts.
Talent Managers from companies that represent only the biggest stars in New York, Toronto, and LA.
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.
The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition
2017's Winter Grand Prize Winner and Finalists
Grand Prize Winner!
Oren Weitz - Accidental Angel
Michael J Daly - Forgive Me Not
Hunter Davis - Cogged
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!
Winter 2017's Semi Finalists.
Sam Tsembides - Ghost Bride
Shanaya Fastje - Waiting for Infinity
Laurentiu D. Ghiran - Umbrella
Olga Rojer and John McCaslin - Paradise Club
Anthony Salamnon & Ronnie S. Riskalla - Fire Mountain
Peter Haig - A War on Terror
Tom Jenkins - She Came From Outer Space
Kate Langsdorf - Hank and Martha in the Basement
Doc Comparato - Bending Light
Kunal Gupta - The Sniper in the Mist
Jay Jaworski & Lisa Morgigno - Jaworski - The Music Men
George N. Ennesser & R.W. Pangia Jr. - Rule 35
Kevin Bruce - After Alcatraz: Surviving the Escape
Annie Macdonald and Bob B. Mac - A Gator’s Tale
Skatz Baxter - Ocean Effect
Samuel Lee Taylor - At the Mercy of Faith
Mark Christopher Boyd - Even a Just Man Falls
Robert Cox - The Door
Marina Albert - Maid in America
Russell Beneke - The Island of Blooming Stones
Stephen Delos Treacy - Winter Bird
Jason Jung - John Q
Hugh Burns - Nine Bullets in Paris
Thomas Nesti - HookUp Cinema
Sabrina Besla - Jolene
Danielle Erlich - Legacy
Phil Kaufman - The Last Game
Robert B.E. Atkinson - Chronicles of Valor: I II & III
Nic Wells - Rewrite
2017's Spring Grand Prize Winner and Finalists
Grand Prize Winner!
John Harris - It’s Not What Happens
Fifth Down by Brian Allen - Fifth Down
Kevin Karp - Napoleon
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!