Thriller Competition

Submit a script, web series or short film today to the Fade In Awards Thriller Competition.

Early Deadline

May 31, 2019

Final Deadline

June 30, 2019

Winners Announced

July 31, 2019


First Prize

Rachel Thomas-Medwid

Grand Prize

Anthony Moore

Second Prize

Jeff Heckler

1st place
2nd place

Our Winners Work!

The 23rd Annual Fade In Awards, bringing you nine specifically tailored contests. Submit a script, web series or short to the Fade In Awards Thriller Contest. Twenty-two years experience jump-starting the careers of aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers, by first mentoring then introducing them to some of the most important industry contacts of their lives. Fade In Award winners have gone on to sign with major Hollywood talent agencies ICM, UTA, CAA & WME; have their winning screenplay/teleplay made into feature films and television shows (e.g., Cold Pursuit (2019), Preston TylkAdam, Clay Pigeons, If Only). and; be nominated for Academy Awards (Culture).

The Blacklist Executive Producer/Creator Jon Bokenkamp calls his decision to enter the Fade In Awards, “The most important moment in my career.” “When CBS Studios producer Todd Nelson encouraged me to submit, my inclination was to say, ‘No.’ I remember thinking there was no way I could afford it. But my script Preston Tylk won and got me an [CAA] agent. It was huge for me.” Bokenkamp went on to work with Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry on Taking Lives and Perfect Stranger, respectively.

The Fade In Awards Thriller Competition is open to aspiring screenwriters and television writers of screenplays and teleplays, and filmmakers of both web series and short films. Judges are looking for compelling, genre-bending material (e.g., Psychological, Supernatural, Suspense, Political, Action, Tech) grounded, character-driven, elevated and written in a unique voice or filmed with an attention to detail.

The Fade In Awards deliver by working closely with finalists to make sure their contest submission gives them the best chance at launching their filmmaking career. That’s why Hollywood’s A-list buyers and reps call the Fade In Awards one of the best screenplay contests and short film competitions in the world.

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