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The Creative Lexington Screenplay Competition was founded to give an opportunity for screenwriters, particularly up and coming ones, to submit their work in a competition where the winner not only gets a cash prize, but has a very good chance of getting their screenplay produced by us.

Creative Lexington started its Film Project Division in 2016 in order to produce feature length films in the great state of Kentucky.  A major component of this division is to host an annual feature screenplay competition to give the opportunity to not only the up and coming screenwriter, but also the seasoned veterans, to write an independent feature film screenplay on a topic and genre of their choosing that Creative Lexington will likely produce.

The winner of the 2016 competition, "Ghost in the Family" is currently being produced by Creative Lexington and is in post-production for a 2018 release.  The screenwriter, William David Glenn IV, also is a talented director and got to make his feature film directorial debut on this production.  We are looking for screenwriters that have wicked creativity and are open and willing to collaborate with other creative film talents as CL produces their film. We will pick a producible screenplay and work with the writer and other great film creatives in order to create a high-quality, low-budget ($500K), independent film.

"Winning the 2016 Creative Lexington Screenplay Competition is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life thus far. I always felt that being from Lexington, I wouldn't have a chance to get my work produced, but thanks to Creative Lexington I no longer feel that way. This is a great opportunity for up and coming and seasoned screenwriters to have their work seen by professionals and possibly turned into a film. I was lucky enough to direct the film that was produced from my winning screenplay. I consider Ghost in the Family an important milestone in my career as both a writer and director, as it is my first feature film. This was all thanks to Creative Lexington who were extremely professional and helpful throughout the entire process."

William David Glenn IV  |  Writer & Director "Ghost in the Family"

General Guidelines
CL wants a screenplay that centers on 2 or 3 girls, 15-16 years old, in 9th or 10th grade of high school.  The film can be any genre, but adventure, comedy or horror (not gory like Saw or Hostel) is preferred, must be rated R or below, and must be set in present time.  The screenplay will highlight the best friends dynamics that helps them overcome their obstacle in the film.  Movies/Shows that serve as good examples, other than this screenplay will be set in the present, are The Goonies, Stranger Things, It (2017), and Stand by Me.

CL requests a 5 page synopsis of the screenplay for the initial stage, in which, 3 finalists will be chosen from those entries.  The 3 finalists will submit their finished screenplay for judging, in which, a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen.  We prefer that the screenplays be lower-budget ($500K or below), producible films, but all screenplays will be considered no matter the production cost.  Also, the screenplay must be written so that it can be filmed in Kentucky.  For information on the geography, climate, locations and such, please visit .

Important Dates

5-Pg Synopsis Deadlines:          
Early Bird:     November 30, 2017          $15
Regular:     December 31, 2017          $25
Late:          January 5, 2018               $35
Very Late:     January 8, 2018               $45

3 Finalists Announced:               January 15, 2018
Finalist Completed Screenplays Due:     February 9, 2018
Grand Prize Winner Announced:     February 18, 2018

Awards & Prizes
1.     Grand Prize Winner:  $1,500

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