CELEBRATING WOMEN & DIVERSITY

The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing excellence in screenplays with compelling female protagonists and in screenplays that showcase diversity.

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It all starts with a script

The Cynosure Screenwriting Competition seeks to reward screenplays in two categories: scripts with compelling female protagonists and scripts that showcase diversity. There will be one $5000 Grand Prize winner. This winner can come from either category. Additionally, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a Cynosure Mentorship – a meeting with an established Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager. The First Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $500. The Second Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $250.

Judges for the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards have been established actors and industry professionals from production companies, studios, agencies and management companies. A partial list includes:

  • Fox Searchlight
  • Showtime
  • The Jacobson Company
  • Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency
  • Icon Productions
  • Crescendo Productions
  • New Regency Entertainment
  • The Steve Tisch Co.
  • Oxygen
  • Mandate Pictures
  • DiNovi Picture
Contest Rules

Cynosure scripts have been solicited by various studios and production companies, including Fox, ABC Television, Viacom, Licht/Mueller Film Corporation, Arpil Entertainment, Mohawk Productions, Flying Freehold Productions, Edmonds Entertainment, Klasky Csupo, Inc., Berg/Saccani Entertainment. In addition, scripts have been requested by agents and managers from Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency, the Radmin Company, Smith Entertainment, KPE Entertainment, Accurate Representation and Energy Entertainment, among others.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Cynosure offers 2 ways to submit your script

    • UPLOAD: You may upload your script using our online submission form.
    • MAIL: If submitting by mail, please attach a signed copy of  the .pdf application.
      CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE .PDF ENTRY FORMDownloadable Cynosure Application Form

      Please send completed application form, entry fee and script to:

      Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
      3699 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #850
      Los Angeles, CA 90010

      Make checks or money orders payable to the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards. 

The appropriate application fee must accompany each submission.

EARLY DEADLINE
Postmarked or Received by April 4, 2020: $50

REGULAR DEADLINE
Postmarked or Received by June 13, 2020: $65

LATE DEADLINE
Postmarked or Received by August 15, 2020 : $75

There will be one $5,000 Grand Prize Cash Award given to the best script from either category. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Cynosure Mentorship – a meeting with an established Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager.

The First Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $500.

The Second Runner Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $250.

A panel of industry professionals from studios, production companies, agencies and management offices will conduct the judging. Winners will be announced on November 21, 2020.

Industry Supporters

Cynosure gives a huge shout-out to these Industry Supporters who demonstrate a commitment and dedication to our common mission.

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