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American Gem Short Screenplay & Literary Festival
2011 Screenplay Contest

Enter your Short Screenplay, Short Story, Treatment in American Gem Short Screenplay Contest / Literary Festival. 

Winning Screenplay in the American Gem Short Screenplay Contest will be Produced.

Grand Prize Winner / Short Screenplay Gets to Pitch Screenplay to Producers, Studio Executives and Agents. Certificate of achievement awards to the Top 25 scripts and top 3 in each of the other categories.

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Top 50 scripts will be read by the Radmin Company*
and Consideration for representation


Top 20 Screenplays: Production Consideration by Leading Hollywood Producers and  Representation Consideration by Leading Hollywood Agencies/Management Companies.



Category 1 (in any of the following genre): Action/Adventure; Thriller/Horror/Supernatural; Sci-Fi; Animation/Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense
Category 2: Drama
Category 3: Comedy


‘Most screenwriting competitions give writers a chance to win prizes and money. That’s cool but what writer’s REALLY want is for someone to make their script into a film. Filmmakers awards prizes and money but more importantly, it gives writers exposure to industry personnel who can actually take the script from the page to the screen. That exposure sets Filmmakers apart.

Heather Ferrell

‘Filmmakers’ was one of three competitions a friend in the industry recommended.

Debra Vance

Script Magazine and HollywoodLitSales comment on this contest from time to time. After entering it once, I was hooked by the professionalism of the staff and by the feedback provided through the announcement of results. It matters knowing at what point your script falls short, if it does. It helps the learning process.

M.D. McCarthy

FilmMakers has an excellent reputation in the contest circuit, and has lived up to it. FilmMakers also offers more than just cash prizes, though we love those, too. Getting our scripts into the hands of people who can make them into movies is the real prize.

Anita Skibski

A lot of the competitions out there are for cash prizes only. was one of the few that really encompasses everything a writer strives for. With FilmMakers, you enter into the competitive realm of Hollywood with the ability to get your script read by professionals in the industry, with the chance to obtain representation. It’s also one of the few forums that does not discriminate on geographical location. The contest is open to writers from around the world so you are literally competing against the best.

Jud Richards

Thank you and everyone else at for all you've done on my behalf so far. I am indeed truly grateful... I'm very pleasantly surprised by all the activity your contest has generated... Almost immediately after THE SECRET BOY became a winner in your contest, it was optioned by KONK Productions and director Chris Koch (whose feature credits include "Snow Day" and "A Guy Thing")... I want to thank you once again for running such a terrific contest - it's really helped make a difference.

Whit Rummel

This is one of the few verifiably good-intentioned, astute and rewarding competitions out here, where there is a genuine intention for the good and favor of the writer. It’s not about taking advantage.... There is a sincere commitment to see the committed writer succeed with the & the Radmin company screenwriting contest. And at best they want to be your benefactor. And at worst, the conduit to your inevitable success. What more can one ask?

Damilola Olorunnisola

There aren’t many contests run by people who actually know what it takes to write a script someone might want to produce. FilmMakers and The Radmin Company are both grounded in the realities of filmmaking.

Lorelei Armstrong

It's always nice (and rare!) to get such positive feedback..... Just wanted to drop you a note of good news and thanks. After winning the contest, I've had a lot of doors open to me that were previously unthinkable. More specifically, thanks in part to the contest win, combined with the interview on the website I was able to pitch a romantic comedy idea to Harbor Light Entertainment -- and this month they optioned it. (Harbor Light currently has a deal at Paramount with Morgan Freeman attached). I'm not sure I would have been able to get the attention I got if not for your contest. So, thanks again for all your hard work!!! I really appreciate it.

Christian Parkes


My experience from last year’s entry in American Gem, an off-shoot competition for shorts managed by FilmMakers, was handled very well. Secondly, based on personal feedback, Moviebytes lists FilmMakers as one of the best run and most influential. The other thing is the depth of prizes. Many contests only offer first, second and third, FilmMakers lists numerous as well as having the Top 20 and Top 10. This makes a difference when you approach someone with your script.

Marc Calderwood

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Grand Prize Winner: $ 2,500 Cash

Elite Prize Category 1: $500 Cash
Elite Prize Category 2: $500 Cash
Elite Prize Category 3: $500 Cash

Grand Prize Winner gets 3 chances TO PITCH his/her winning SCRIPT (at the Screenwriting Expo) to Hollywood PRODUCERS and AGENTS looking for and accepting scripts written by unproduced/unrepresented writers.


receive a  a copy of Movie Magic's Screenwriter by Write Brothers and  a  FREE ADMISSION PASS to The Screenwriting EXPO.


In Depth Studio Story Notes by a Greenlight Script Analyst Professional

Three Elite Prize Winners get 1 chance each to PITCH his/her winning SCRIPT (at the Screenwriting Expo) to Hollywood PRODUCERS and AGENTS looking for and accepting scripts written by unproduced/unrepresented writers.


receive a copy of Movie Magic's Screenwriter by Write Brothers and a FREE ADMISSION PASS to The Screenwriting EXPO


Regular Studio Story Notes by a Greenlight Script Analyst Professional


Three Diamond Prize Winners and Three Platinum Prize Winners will win

Regular Studio Story Notes by a Greenlight Script Analyst Professional


Early Bird Deadline: December 05 2011 to  January 15, 2012
Regular Deadline: March 31 2012
Late Deadline: May 31 2012
Final Deadline: June 30 2012

Resubmission Early Deadline : March 31 2012
Resubmission Late Deadline : June 30 2012

Resubmission during qualifying round,  Deadline : From July 1 to October 1 2012

In 2011, prior to the first quarter, Management at Filmmakers Global voted unanimously to stop accepting entries via snail mail (hard copy) and opt instead for a more environmental friendly solution, online, digital entries. That action cost us; a loss of 15% (hard copy entries) but saved our planet 17 TREES.  Thank you to all participants!

By the start of the 11th annual Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, (Dec 05 2011) our submission system is expected to go live, be interactive and user friendly; + contain many features.

These same features will also be added to the American Gem Short Script and Literary Festival as well as the new 1st TV Writing Contest which will launch in the new year.

We are developing the site, and the areas we are concentrating on are for the benefit of Writers first. We are developing the Global Creative Contests Database and The Literary Market Database with more categories to follow. As soon as the Literary Market Database is live, we will add a complimentary one year Elite membership awards to the top 20.



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Entry Fee

Deadlines (mm/dd/yyyy)

125 or less $49 early bird (12/05/2011 to 02/15/2012)
126 or more $59 early bird (12/05/2011 to 02/15/2012)
125 or less $55 regular (by 03/31/2012)
126 or more $65

regular (by 03/31/2012)

125 or less $59

late (by 05/31/2012)

126 or more $69 late (by 05/31/2012)
125 or less $65 final (by 07/31/2012)
126 or more $75

final (by 07/31/2012)

125 or less $40 From 01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
126 or more $50 From 01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
125 or less $50 from 04/01/2012 - 07/31/2012
126 or more $60 from 04/01/2012 - 07/31/2012
A First in the  Industry   Resubmissions Allowed After Contest Expires; Prior to 2nd  Qualifying Round.
125 or less $79 from 09/01/2012 - 11/15/2012
126 or more $89 from 09/01/2012 - 11/15/2012



Notification date: 1st Round notified on 10/30/2012.


*The Radmin Company, a Beverly Hills literary management and production company and they represent screenwriters, directors and writer/directors including Todd Alcott (ANTZ, WONDER WOMAN, SAMURAI JACK), Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio (SANTA CLAUSE ll, BUBBLE BOY), Trey Ellis (TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, GOOD FENCES), Matthew Weiss (NIAGARA, NIAGARA), Michael Lindsay-Hogg (LET IT BE, OBJECT OF BEAUTY), Johannes Runeborg & Johan Brännström (SLEEPWALKER), and Victoria Arch (DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS). The Radmin Company has produced TWISTED for Paramount (directed by Philip Kaufman, starring Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, and Andy Garcia), THE NEXT BEST THING, also for Paramount (directed by John Schlesinger, starring Rupert Everett and Madonna), and the big screen version of THE FANTASTICKS for MGM

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