Prizes

Special thanks to our sponsors for a prize package worth over $30,000.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $3,000 cash PLUS the opportunity to have their winning script produced into a short film. CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange Productions, will produce a short film version of the script to help generate interest for the feature script. PREMIERE: The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, giving the writer an official imdb credit. If CWA or the winner choose to forgo this option, the winner receives an additional $1,000. Plus, the GPW also receives:

  • Final Draft software
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • The MIX education series
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • Consulting session with CWA Co-founders

4 Genre Category Winners – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • The MIX education series
  • Final Draft software
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing

4 CATEGORY 1st RUNNERS UP – $150 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Final Draft software
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, One Free Pitch Session
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • The MIX education series

2 TELEVISION CATEGORIES – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • TVWritersVault Annual Membership for each TV category
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • The MIX education series

SHORT FILM SCRIPT – $250 cash, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • The MIX education series
  • If writer makes script into a film, it receives a guaranteed premier at the Richmond International Film Festival

CREATIVE CONCEPT / REDEMPTIVE THEME AWARD – In honor of veteran analyst and CWA Judge, James Peters, this award goes to the most original and compelling concept that also conveys a redemptive theme of some kind. Winner receives:

  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, One Free Pitch Session
  • The MIX education series
  • Private Development Coaching session with CWA Co-founders

Final Draft:  The Industry Standard in screenwriting software.

Richmond International Film Festival – One of the largest international competitive festivals in the mid-Atlantic. RIFF accepts features, shorts, and web series of all genres and niches (films & screenplays). The festival serves as a catalyst for bringing writers and filmmakers together to collaborate on productions, with a festival week that includes more than 100 screenings of Official Selection films competing for top awards, industry panels and networking events, Q&As, arts & entertainment mixers, and the red carpet awards.

Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, audio, and music production, as well as industry-leading technology for DVD production and Blu-ray Disc™ authoring. Sound Forge™ Pro, ACID™ Pro, and Vegas™ Pro software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals.

Stage 32: The world’s only platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater.  Since launching in 2011, over 500,000 creatives have joined Stage 32 across the globe.  Stage 32 has been recognized by Forbes, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire as the leaders in providing online education for film creatives.  Stage 32 works directly with over 450 industry executives worldwide to provide education, access and opportunity for its members.  Prize package includes free pitch sessions to Stage 32’s extremely popular Online Pitchfests where writers pitch directly to managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other decision making executives.

Michael Hauge – For your own copy of Michael Hauge’s books or DVDs, check out the site to learn how to get a copy. They’re a must have for every aspiring screenwriter, and anyone who is on the brink of pitching & selling their script.

TVWriter’sVault.com – Got A TV Show Idea? The Television Writers Vault is the TV Industry’s first and only project scouting website to deliver show concepts to Producers resulting in multiple shows broadcast globally. Pitch your reality tv concepts, formats, and stories to the major producers and networks scouting new ideas.

InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Winners and runners up of each main genre will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip’s magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps.

The MIX: An innovative online directory and collaborative platform for creating, developing, and packaging creative projects with a screenwriting education series.

*CWA reserves the right to add, adjust, or alter the above prize packages.