Genre Scriptwriting Contest

Thursday, July 04, 2013 jeffrey 0 Comments

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has been having their National scriptwriting competition for years now to give opportunity to our local budding film scriptwriters. This year, they launched the nationwide Genre Film Scriptwriting Competition with the objective of promoting and protecting the Philippine Film Industry. Their aim is to support and push the further development of our outstanding in film culture and at the same time explore the possibilities of the whole scale of cinematic types that appeals to all people. What you need to do is write an original storyline/synopsis and a full screenplay for feature films focusing on any of the required genres (action, comedy, fantasy, horror, thriller, futuristic, or a combination of any two or three. Remember that it should be written in Filipino or any of our local dialect with dialog translation or English subtitle. Have your entry notarized and submit it at the FDCP office. There will be twelve (12) winners with the Top  Six (6) Best Script taking home P200,000 cash and the Next Best Six (6) Script winners receiving P100,000 cash. Note: FDCP will work on a co-production agreement with independent producers, film studios and the film divisions of television networks to bring the winning scripts to the big screen which will then be screened at the "Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival" in June 2014

Contest Requirements:
  • Open to Filipino scriptwriters for film
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Log on to and download the entry form. You can also get it at FDCP Makati office
  2. Create an original storyline/synopsis and a full screenplay for feature films confined to the ff  genres:
    • Action
    • Comedy
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • Thriller
    • Futuristic
    • Combination of any two or three given genres
  3. Entry Guidelines
    • Must be written in Filipino or any local dialect in the Philippines
    • If the full script is in a language other than English or Tagalog (Ilokano, Bikolano, Cebuano, Pampango, etc.), the corresponding dialog translation in English or Tagalog should be provided
    • Must be accompanied by a story line in English
    • Entry shall be for full-length feature films (at least 80 minutes in length)
    • The script must be rendered in standard film script form, with proper indications and formatting regarding setting, dialogue and stage directions
    • Have your entry notarized
    • You must supply four (4) hard copies of your script, director's proposal for a full length documentary, or storyboard, whichever may apply
  4. Submit your entry to
    • Genre Film Scriptwriting Competition
      Thru: Mr. Teodoro Granados 
      Film Development Council of the Philippines 
      26th Floor Export Bank Plaza 
      Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Chino Roces Ave. 
      Makati City
  5. Entries sent by registered mail or courier should not be postmarked later than the deadline
  6. The panels of jurors shall be composed of accomplished scriptwriters and experts in cinema
  7. You can only submit one (1) script in the entire contest duration
  8. The top twelve (12) entries will be shortlisted and will be awarded with cash prizes
  9. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: Submission Deadline-September 30, 2013 12MN
Contest Prize:
  • Top Six (6) Best Script winners - P200,000
  • Next Best Six (6) Script winners - P100,000
  • No entry fee
  • CASH prize
  • 12 winners
  • No online submission
  • One entry per person only
  • "In consideration of the patrimonious nature of the contest, all rights of the winning scripts will be owned by the national government"
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