Best Feature Screenplay
Shorts Winner
Category Winner
Category Winners' bios will be included in our Winners' Showcase (Category Finalists will be announced)

Submission Deadlines and Fees

Early Bird Entry Deadline: May 31st, 2018

Shorts: $15

Features: $30


Regular Entry Deadline: June 30th, 2018

Shorts: $20

Features: $35 (WAB discount: $30)


Late Deadline: July 31st, 2018

Shorts: $25

Feature: $40 (WAB discount: $35)

WAB Extended Deadline: August 15th, 2018

Shorts: $30

Feature: $45 (WAB discount: $40)


All entries must be received electronically by August 15th, 2018. No exceptions.

Competition Results Schedule


Quarter-Finalists will be announced

September 15th, 2018.

Semi-Finalists will be announced

September 30th, 2018.

Finalists will be announced

October 15th, 2018.

Category Winners will be announced

October 25th, 2018.

Competition Winners will be announced

October 31st, 2018.






  • All ages are eligible, and screenplays must be in English

  • All screenplays submissions must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s).

  • Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 80 pages and no longer than 130 pages in length. Exceptions will not be considered.

  • Short screenplays have no minimum page count but must not exceed 30 pages in length. Exceptions will not be considered.

  • There is no limit to the number of screenplays and applicant may submit.

  • All entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.

  • Screenplay corrections will not be accepted once a submission is made; however, you may submit the same screenplay with a new entry fee.

  • Optioned screenplays are not eligible and all screenplays will be disqualified if the screenplay is optioned or produced before the results are announced.

  • Competition judges, readers and employees of the Low Light Pictures Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.

  • Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.

  • Previous winners of the Low Light Pictures Screenplay Competition or any other feature screenplay competition are not eligible. Shorts winners are excluded from this rule and may enter the feature competition.

  • Winners of any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.

  • Low Light Pictures reserves the right to grant less than or no awards, at its sole discretion, if a lesser number of submissions do not allow for the grand prize to be paid in full.