Montclair Film Launches Emerging Screenwriter Competition, Opens 11th Annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition

Montclair, NJ— Montclair Film announced the launch of the first annual Emerging Screenwriter Competition (ESC) for students in Grades 8 through 12. Screenwriters are invited to submit a wide range of original screenplays that showcase the unique voices and talents of young people who are using story to express themselves.

The screenplays can be submitted in a variety of genres including Comedy, Drama, Action, Sci-fi/Fantasy, and Horror, and will be adjudicated by a jury of screenwriting and filmmaking professionals. Short Film or Web Series Pilots will be accepted up to a length of 12 pages.

Submissions will be accepted starting today until February 21, 2022. Winners will be celebrated in an Award Ceremony on March 27th. For complete rules and to submit your screenplay, please visit

Additionally, the organization announced that submissions are now open for Montclair Film’s annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), a film competition open to students throughout the country interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Comedy, Documentary, and Experimental film categories. EFC also offers special Social Impact Awards for young filmmakers who engage with social issues in their work.

This year’s competitive divisions are:

Storytellers, for filmmakers in Grades 6-8

Visionaries, for filmmakers in Grades 9-12

Submissions will be accepted starting today until April 27, 2022. For complete rules and to submit your film, please visit

“After the enduring success of Montclair Film’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition, we’re proud to launch our new Emerging Screenwriter Competition, inviting young writers to discover their voices on the page” said Montclair Film Education Director Sue Hollenberg. “Through our work on both ESC and EFC, we remain committed to creating opportunity for a diverse array of young voices and can’t wait to see what these artists send our way.”

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