FADE IN: Upcoming screenwriting contests



With two of the most competitive screenwriting competitions (Nicholl Fellowship and Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab) now past us, we are officially at the halfway mark of screenwriter season. Now’s the time to stretch away from the keyboard, revise the latest draft, and repeat the wonderful application process all over again. Although I am no longer a soldier fighting the good fight against mediocre scripts (see here), I am absolutely cheering you all on from the sidelines. Stay strong in believing the countless hours spent in the writer’s cave will payoff as placing as a finalist in any of the competitions below could be the big break of your career. If you haven’t considered entering the following contests before, why not take the risk?
  • 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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One thought on “FADE IN: Upcoming screenwriting contests

  1. QueenofLaughter says:

    Great post! I found it very useful.

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