I don’t want to mention every competition that comes up, but competitions and open submission opportunities for screenplays are much less common than those for plays or prose.
The London Screenwriter’s Festival 2012 have a filmmaking challenge, called 50 Kisses. It’s broken into two parts, the first for writers and the winning scripts will be made available for filmmakers to produce. The winning films will then get a theatrical release next Valentine’s Day.
The challenge for writers is to write a two page screenplay set on Valentine’s Night that must contain one kiss. The deadline for submitted scripts is June 30th.
I couldn’t resist, I have a submission for this competition. While the romance genre is hardly in my comfort zone, if I can’t fit two pages of screenplay into my schedule, there’s something very wrong with my time management.