Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines for Screenwriters



Ah, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, flowers are beginning to bloom, Spring is finally showing its beautiful face. However, this time of year, particularly this month is when aspiring writers throughout the world will spend the most time indoors. Why? Say it with me: Deadlines, deadlines, and yes, more deadlines. The countless hours spent in the writer’s cave can absolutely payoff as placing as a finalist in any of the competitions below could be the big break of your career. I’ve shared the lineup that I’ve selected for myself and my first feature screenplay. Perhaps you’d like to join in on the fun?
  • Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

deadline: May 1st

“The Academy’s Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new” screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually”

http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/index.html

  • Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab 

deadline: May 1st

“A five-day workshop for developing scripts held twice a year in January and June. Those chosen to participate develop their films under the concentrated guidance of veteran filmmakers and actors”  

http://www.sundance.org/programs/screenwriters-lab/

  • Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest 

deadlines: May 15th and June 1st

“The rewards are endless. 
AFF awards are career-starters, but just entering your script insures other profound returns. Advancing writers and their scripts enjoy one-of-a-kind industry attention, networking opportunities and dream workshops. At the semifinalist level and beyond, judges include professional writers and representatives from major studios and production companies actively seeking scripts and talent”

http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/screenplayandteleplay/

  • Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition

deadlines: April 6th, June 11th, July 23rd and July 31st 

The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, any budget, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant”

http://showcase.slamdance.com/Writing-Competition

  • Urbanworld Film Festival Screenplay Competition 

deadlines: April 30th, May 21st and June 4th

“screenplay competition specifically for filmmakers of color with the 5 finalists presenting staged readings during the festival” 

www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=5067

  • Tribeca All Access  

2013 deadlines: August thru October 2012

“Tribeca All Access seeks feature-length narrative and documentary submissions from established and emerging filmmakers whose team includes a director or screenwriter from a community that is traditionally under-represented in the film industry. Five narrative filmmakers and five documentary filmmakers will each receive a grant of $10,000 to use towards the development, production, post- production, or marketing of their film project”

http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/taa/rules/

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