Spring 2019 Grand Prize Winner!
Sherwood Knights by Eric Sollars, Geoffrey Sollars, and Michael Sollars.
Spring 2019 Finalists!
Tulsa '21 by Anita Azenet & Jose Fikes
Rites of Passage by Grady Charles
Spring 2019 Semi-Finalists!
Blind Justice by Ramona Taylor
When the Pendulum Swings by Renard Celestin
Always a Groomsman by Awan Wye
Blue Cadillac, White Girl by Lamarr Gray
A Good Example by Lawrence Whitener
Captain Smalls by Robert Whitehill
The Allegory of the Cave by Sandra Reed
Phantom Blues by John Imsdahl
Vault by Roni Brown
Houses on the Rock by Kenneth Masler
Dollar Party by Joshua Meekins
Unbreakable Bond by Deborah Harris
"I love this contest. It gives me hope to know and believe that someone else finds my work good and funny."
"This was an excellent screenwriting competition! I am extremely grateful they recognized my work. It gave me confidence to continue on this journey!!."
"Great professional contest. Excellent feedback on scripts with professional readers. Highly recommend the contest."
2019's winners were distributed to over 60 industry professionals. Our finalists were personally introduced to several agents and managers and our grand prize winner got a one hour script consultation with Janet Jeffries from Lawrence Bender Productions.
Summer 2018 Grand Prize Winner!
To Be Free by Susan Flakes
Summer 2018 Finalists!
Glen by Sheldon Shaw
Shetani by Joshua Keller Katz
Summer 2018 Semi-Finalists!
Egalite by Michael Head
Bison Man by Michael Rhodes
2-12-Delta by David Brichetto
Big City, Big Problems by Wm. Derek Grasty
Letters to My Father by Mike Ray
Bad Ass Bitch: Rise of Furie by Christopher E Ellis
The Zombays by Lance Barnett
Daring to Soar by Stampp Corbin
At the Mercy of Faith By Samuel Lee Taylor
Gun by by Ausar Moore & Brittany Chrishawn
Box and Boxer by K.C. Wilson
Alcus by David Neubert & Alcus Todd Thompson
The Flag Pole by Gabrielle Restivo
HI-DE-HO-MAN (The Cab Calloway Story) by Clotile S. Galbraith & Ron Salkind Meliment
"It is great that there is an online competition looking for the thousands of African American stories that have not been told. You are an important festival in the screenplay competition landscape."
"Fantastic script competition! Very conscientious staff. I highly recommend Black Screenplays Matter."
2018's winners were distributed to over 60 industry professionals and our finalists were personally introduced to several agents and managers.
Winter 2017 Grand Prize Winner!
Just Like Mummy by Nadia Fenty
Winter 2017 Finalists!
Thank you, Amelia Earhart by Al Mertens
The Children by Bill Kalmenson
Winter 2017 Semi-Finalists!
Elijah by T.Will
Victim #1 by Tarik Davis, Don Hooper and C. LeMar McLean
Armor by Bryant Daluz
The Choir Singer by Barry M. Putt, Jr.
The Arrows Of Niani by Alan Dixon
The 313 by Jessica Tanner
Roll with the Punches by Judah Ray
The Pack - Bond of Blood by Devvin J. Mattison
Broken Promise by Margie Walker
General Harriet Tubman by Joseph Lawrence Thompson
Red Ivory by L.W. Thomas
Crescent by Edward Worthy
A Rose that Grew from Concrete By Shylo Shaner, Debra Trevino & Valery Ortiz
Fostering Curtis by Luke Ryan
Black Diamond by JT O'Neal
The Color of the Puck by Mark Golik
Gideon By RW Hahn
Truth Be Told by Slavica Bogdanov
Gridiron by Charles Gillis
Four Negro Girls in a Church by Phillip E. Hardy
At the Mercy of Faith by Samuel Lee Taylor
"Excellent Festival! Would definitely recommend entering no matter where you are in the world."
"A class act from start to finish. What nurturing folks!"
"To be honest this was one of the biggest events of the year for me and to be singled out as a winner among one's peers is a massive honour."
"Really cool vibe. Full of people with positivity that wanted to help get me where i want to go."
"A very good competition that makes personal communication about your work and very encouraging for black filmmakers and screenwriters. I highly recommend it."
"I got two agent calls and a meeting out of it!!!"
All Winter 2017 finalists' scripts were distributed to our exclusive list of industry executives throughout the world. Over 40 A-list agents and producers in total received our finalists scripts including Thruline, APA, Creative Artists, The Link, Mosaic, and many more . All Winter 2017 finalists were also given the opportunity to select the producer of their choice to whom we personally contacted to deliver their script. (Please note that we no longer offer to deliver our winner's script to the producer of their choice).
Summer 2017 Grand Prize Winner!
Tony Hendriks - Shoot the Girl
Andre Joseph - The Saxophonist
Aaron Shaw - Mayday
Dianne Janis - Sweet Dreams
"It was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend anyone with a diverse cast to enter this competition. I really felt they took time to read and digest my script because their response to the script was extraordinary."
"This competition was such a pleasant opportunity. Before entering, I wrote a script which featured a diverse cast, and had the opportunity to pitch the script to an industry professional. The professional stated he liked the story, but that I should replace my African lead with a white male to make casting easier. I was shocked! After attempting several rewrites, it just didn't feel right to whitewash the script. I was convinced that my story was important with the African characters as they were. So, I entered into Black Screenplays Matter, and placed as a finalist. They have promoted and shared the script, as well as other great things. This placement is much needed validation that stories like this are in demand, and deserve to be seen and heard. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!"