The Cannes Screenplay Contest features awards and competition in a diverse range of categories and genres. Submissions will be judged against similar scripts only in terms of genre and category.
The following categories are broadly defined and should cover most submissions. If a script falls into more than one category the author may choose one that best fits, or you may submit the screenplay in multiple categories as per the contest rules.
Action movies of today include a wide range of stories including big budget summer blockbusters, westerns, war movies, martial arts movies, disaster movies, real world shoot-em- ups, and tales of grand exploration and danger.
Comedies are a broad category covering light romances, crafty satires, silly spoofs, raunchy teen adventures and other scripts with the intention of sustained laughs.
This category encompasses stories with serious adult themes and situations. Stories of social justice, real-world science and medical tales, adult-themed family dramas and serious romances all fit the drama genre.
Family films put special focus on kids. This category includes animated films, animal tales, coming-of-age stories, kid-centered adventures and films for the entire family.
Sci-Fi has enjoyed quite a leap in critical credibility in recent years and is a place for superheroes, time-travel tales, space adventures, futuristic thrillers, epic fantasy and other high concept stories set in imaginary worlds of wonder.
This category covers true events of the past such as history reenactments, famous-person biopics, historical novel adaptations, docudramas and most other costumed period-piece dramas.
These are stories that explore themes of psychological terror and inescapable physical threat. The category covers “slasher” films, monster movies, ghost stories and other tales of madness and gore.
More concerned with a tight plot than big action, this category includes crime thrillers, murder mysteries, espionage stories and heist films.
TV DRAMA PILOT
This category is for original pilots written for the small screen in the one-hour television series format.
TV DRAMA COMEDY
A place for original comedy pilots written for television in the half-hour sitcom format in both single-camera and multi-camera presentations.
TV SPEC SCRIPT
All scripts written as original episodes of a past or current television series belong here. The use of existing and established television characters and concepts is acceptable in this category. Be sure to designate the series title in your submission.
Not all scripts seek the silver screen; stage plays and material written to be performed on stage before a live audience are covered here. Includes all formats and genres.
TREATMENT / CONCEPT
This special category is for treatments, outlines, and concepts for both film and television scripts, rather than completed screenplays. Entries in this category will be judged based on the originality of premise as well as the execution and presention of the treatment.
Scripts of any genre under 75 pages.