Submit a Screenplay into Competition

The Call for Entries for submissions to the Barcelona International Film Festival Screenplay Competition is now open. Click on the button below to access our online submission form.

The Barcelona International Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. 


The Barcelona International Film Festival supports the craft of screenwriting by recognizing and awarding the finest new talent in international screenwriting through our annual Screenplay Competition.  Top screenplays in the competition are awarded based on the quality, form, and originality of the work submitted.

The contest's Official Judging Committee honors the contest’s most sterling compositions with the prestigious El Ray Awards. Demonstrating originality, exceptional skill, fluid writing style, memorable scenes and characters, these winning screenplays cast a shadow over their competition, duly earning top recognition.

The winning screenplays of the Barcelona International Film Festival will be recognized with awards as follows in each of the main competition categories:

Grand Jury Prize Winner
First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Fourth Place
Fifth Place

In addition, 10 Official Finalists will be named from among all competition entrants.


Early Deadline:  August 30, 2017
Regular Deadline:  December 31, 2017
Late Deadline:  March 31, 2018
Extended Deadline:  May 15, 2018
Announcement Date: June 20, 2018

Entry Fees

Screenplay Competition
Early Deadline: $30
Regular Deadline: $35
Late Deadline: $40
Extended Deadline: $45

Competition Categories

Feature Screenplays
Screenplays 40 pages and over.

Short Screenplays
Screenplays under 40 pages.

Television Pilots and Spec Scripts
Scripts written for television of any length.

Stageplays of any length.

First-Time Screenwriter
A project of any category or genre submitted by a first-time screenwriter.

Rules & Conditions

Screenplays must be the original work of the applicant(s).

If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the award will be divided equally among them.

Applicants may submit more than one screenplay/teleplay in any chosen category. Each entry requires an application, payment and script.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund.

Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.

Applicants retain all rights to their entries.

Format Rules:
Screenplays/Teleplays should be formatted according to current industry standards.

To follow standard guidelines for format, consult any popular screenwriting or teleplay writing text for assistance.

Font size should be 12 point and, ideally, in Courier type.

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