BARNSTORM Makes Your Movie

Barnstorm Fest continues its search for original voices!

Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production.


At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.


1. Screenplays must be in English and properly formatted according to industry standards. Scripts must be submitted as PDFs.


2. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry. Spec scripts for existing shows and film properties are accepted.


3. Barnstorm Script Contest's decisions are final.


4. Barnstorm Script Contest divides awards equally among co-writers.


5. While updated drafts may be submitted to the competition, you must pay an additional submission fee to receive coverage for your new draft.

6. Submissions longer than 110 pages may not receive feedback within the two week window.


Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every submission receives feedback from an industry professional in as soon as TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION. Every submission also receives a free subscription and free filmmaking classes from Videomaker magazine.


Three finalists from each category will be able to pitch their projects directly to executives from Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, and Leftfield Pictures, all at iPitch.TV. bridges the gap between creators with new undiscovered pitches and entertainment industry professionals scouting for new ideas. offers creators and filmmakers the opportunity to directly access Entertainment Industry Executives and gives those Executives an unparalleled sourcing tool for fresh material. ​


Every finalist receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself. A prize that makes Barnstorm Fest one of the best screenwriting contests in the world. ​


One finalist from each category will receive an InkTip prize package. Each prize package includes an InkTip script listing and an InkTip magazine listing that will promote your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.


Every InkTip producer has been vetted via resume and references and demonstrated the ability to get movies made. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, and 20th Century Fox. 

All finalists receive a prize package from Script Mailer, who will email your script to over 400 of the industry's top agents, including agents at ICM, CAA and WME.


One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, as well as $1000 and... Barnstorm Media will produce a PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER for your script. The trailer will help your pitch to producers and will be a great aid in your fundraising ventures.

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