SIFF Catalyst Screenplay Competition

SIFF is excited to continue our commitment to supporting and discovering emerging storytellers through our feature-length screenplay competition. The 2nd SIFF Catalyst Screenplay Competition puts the writer, and their career, first by focusing on connecting strong scripts with independent directors and producers, all of whom are successful alumni of our SIFF Catalyst Film Program.

Knowing the struggle that all unrepresented writers face to get their script read by someone in the industry, we've focused our prizes on helping make those connections in real, tangible ways. Each submitted screenplay will receive at least one page of written feedback from SIFF's team of trained screenplay readers. Finalist scripts will be read (and further adjudicated) by a panel of film industry members and personally passed along (by SIFF programmers) to Catalyst alumni (filmmakers, actors, and producers), all of whom have screened feature films at SIFF in the past and who maintain an active and engaged role in the indie film community.

Submit your script through WithoutABox
Questions? Contact SIFF Entries.


1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:
Live script reading during SIFF 2017 Closing Weekend (June 9-11) 
Invitation to SIFF 2017 (including domestic coach airfare and 2 nights hotel)
All of the benefits at the Finalist and Semifinalist levels

3 Finalists will receive:
Skype consult with participating SIFF Catalyst alumni
All of the benefits at the Semifinalist level

6 Semifinalists will receive:
Scripts are read by panel of film industry judges
Submission of script to Catalyst alumni producers and directors
Cinematic Six Pack of tickets to SIFF 2017 and admission to regular-priced Forums events

SIFF 2016 Catalyst Screenplay Competition Winners

Grand Prize Winner
THE TRAIL by Yvonne Paulin - See the live reading at SIFF 2016.
DIETRICH DANZIG by John Pisano-Thomsen
THE FLID SHOW by Richard Willett
THE ROUSTIE by Gina B. LaLonde
LOCK EYES by Bodine Boling
PRIVATE PARTS by Elizabeth Giorgi
RED IVORY by Noah Foster-Koth
SAVING SHENANDOAH by Alessandra Bautze
SOME KIND OF MIRACLE by Arun Narayanan
SUBJECT A by Shannon Bentley