The HUMANITAS PRIZe
Submissions: Teleplay, Feature Film, and Documentary.
Requirements: Teleplay or film must be aired or released between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
Entry fee: $100
We accept submissions for the following 8 categories:
Comedy Feature Film
Drama Feature Film
Family Feature Film
Independent Feature Film - NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Children’s Teleplay (live action or animation)
There is an entry fee of $100 per submission. There is no limit to the number of submissions.
To qualify, a film or teleplay must have been written in the English language (If original script is written in a foreign language, English-translated version will be accepted). The teleplay or film must air or be released within the calendar year.
Episodes that air between January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 are eligible for the 45th Annual HUMANITAS Prize award. If aired after the submission period, the episode will be kept confidential. Submissions will be accepted starting September 1, 2019. Please click below to apply.
Online application form
Final/shooting script (name redacted)
Digital copy (documentary category only)
Click here for specific application requirements.
Submission period: September 1 - October 15, 2019
ACCEPTING INDEPENDENT FILM SUBMISSIONS NOW - OCTOBER 15TH
Judging: October - November 2019
Announcements of finalists: December 2019
Annual awards event: February 2020
The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 by Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser. Fr. Bud was deeply committed to celebrating film and television writers whose work inspired more compassion, peace, love and dignity in the human family.
A signature HUMANITAS story will:
Challenge us to use our freedom to grow and develop.
Confront us with our individual responsibility.
Examine the consequences of our choices.
The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded annually and funded by an endowment established through the generosity of individuals, networks, studios and foundations. The winners receive both a trophy and a cash prize. Winners designate a non-profit engaged in nurturing the next generation of storytellers to receive their prize money. Past beneficiaries have included Young Storytellers, The Writers Guild Foundation, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Film2Future, ARC, The Remix Project, P.S. Arts, IDA, Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sundance Institute, Inside Out Writers, We for She and The Heidelberg Project.
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