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Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Contact

1801 Salina St.
Austin, TX 78702
512-478-4795 (voice)
512-478-6205 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Matt Dy, Director of Script Competitions

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 70    
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The Ultimate Runway
Now in our 25th year, the Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers for over two decades. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Josephson Entertainment Screenwriting Fellowship
We are thrilled to announce a partnership with acclaimed producer Barry Josephson to present the inaugural Josephson Entertainment Screenwriting Fellowship as an extension of our 2018 Script Competitions. This new opportunity will provide a one-on-one mentorship in Los Angeles for two fellows – one writer or writing team with a feature script and one writer or writing team with a teleplay pilot – selected from the Final Round of this year’s competition. Fellows will be chosen based on the writers and scripts that imbue the most promise for development.

Return of the Fiction Podcast Script Competition
We’re thrilled for the second year of our Fiction Podcast Script Competition, which leverages our legacy of championing storytelling to launch writers into the emerging world of podcasts. We look forward to connecting audiences with incredible new stories, as well as connecting writers with a medium that offers incredible access to audiences and limitless opportunities to launch new stories. Creating a Fiction Podcast Script isn’t about starting from scratch. If you have a play, teleplay or screenplay, you’re already almost there! Take the time to tweak it for this new medium. Whether you submit with us or not, getting your script ready for this space is only going to help your career.

A Handcrafted Competition
Though AFF is one of the largest and most respected screenplay competitions, every entrant receives personalized attention and multiple reads throughout the process. All entrants receive FREE “Reader Comments” which are a brief, overall summary of their notes. As an added bonus, for Second Rounders (the top 15-20% in each category) and above, entrants receive further comments from 2-3 readers. AFF goes the extra mile to send both postal mail and e-mail notifications to ensure everyone knows their placement in the competition. Finally, Second Rounders may also find a personalized, handwritten note in their notification letter from the Screenplay Competition Director!

You’ll Get Back Way More Than You Bargained For
Not only do all entrants receive registration discounts, but you get larger discounts when you place in the competition. Unlike other screenplay competitions, your experience with AFF doesn’t end after making the first cut. Second Rounders, Semifinalists, and Finalists attend exclusive panels, intimate roundtable discussions, script reading workshops, and are afforded special access to industry professionals. 2017 Second Rounders and above attended workshops such as: the First Ten Pages with Lindsay Doran, which included Lindsay reading the actual scripts of Second Rounders and workshopping them in front of a live audience, National Academy of Sciences workshop and brunch, how to find representation, demystifying the development process, and how successful alumni from the competition made the most of their placement.

2017 Semifinalists and Finalists had the opportunity to meet with agents, managers, and executives, and participate in our Script Reading Workshops where their scripts were read aloud and workshopped in a personalized setting during the Conference. Furthermore, Semifinalists and Finalists’ loglines and contact information are also included in the annual Producer’s Book, distributed to all AFF panelists as well as over 400 agents, managers, producers, and other industry professionals.

At the Semifinalist level and above, judges—including professional writers and representatives from major studios and production companies—actively seek scripts and talent. In past years, these judges have included representatives from Showtime, Circle of Confusion, Stage 13, Seven Bucks Productions, Skybound Entertainment, Oasis Media Group, Mosaic Media, AMC, ABC Studios, Paradigm Agency, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Kopelson Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Escape Artists at Sony, Sony Pictures Animation, Washington Square Arts, Fourth Floor Productions, Haven Entertainment, APA, CAA, WME, DreamWorks, and Pixar among others.

Signing Deals and Launching Projects
AFF’s Screenplay Competition is one of the most acclaimed contests within the industry for establishing the careers of up-and-coming writers. Many past competition entrants have signed with major agencies and have had their scripts optioned, acquired, and produced by signatory production companies. Most recently, Henry Jones, 2016 winner of the Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby awards, had his script Static optioned immediately following the Awards Luncheon. Wes Brown, 2014 winner of the AMC One-Hour Pilot Award, was hired as a staff writer for AMC; Troy Miller, the 2013 winner of the Horror Screenplay Award, had his winning script optioned by Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions; at the 2014 Festival, AFF presented the world premiere of Dawn Patrol, a film produced from a 2008 Finalist script written by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman that was acquired by Enderby Entertainment; and Amy Aniobi, 2011 Semifinalist, has been hired to write for HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Not Ready to Submit? Try Our Coverage Program First!
AFF’s Coverage Program provides a detailed, constructive evaluation of your script and at $105 for feature scripts and $85 for teleplays, it’s a frugal expense for a potential life-changing return on investment. The final deadline for competition submissions isn’t until May 15. So, with a turnaround time of 60 days, don’t wait too long to send your script. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to apply our feedback before submitting it in the competition.

A Message from Matt Dy, Screenplay Competition Director
Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or background, AFF champions all writers and looks for a strong original voice above all. From the indie to the mainstream, we strive to ensure that unique, compelling stories rise to the top and get the recognition they deserve. We are invested in your success and want to help you grow as a writer whether or not you advance in the competition. If you have a story to tell, YOU are important to AFF. Send us your best and let your voice be heard!

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/15/2018

Notification: Notifications for all entrants will be sent by mid-September

Awards

Awards range from $1000-$5000 per winner. Winners also receive reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500); and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

***All entrants will receive complimentary Reader Comments, a brief overall summary of the readers' notes.***

Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Contact

1801 Salina St.
Austin, TX 78702
512-478-4795 (voice)
512-478-6205 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Matt Dy, Director of Script Competitions

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 70    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Contact

1801 Salina St.
Austin, TX 78702
512-478-4795 (voice)
512-478-6205 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Matt Dy, Director of Script Competitions

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 70    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Austin Fest Announces Screenplay and TV Semifinalists and 2nd Rounders

The Austin Film Festival has announced their Screenplay and TV Semifinalists for 2011:

SCREENPLAY — COMEDY
Bank Robbing For Dummies by Robert Keith Watson
Blur Together by Kurt Fried
Dead Sexy by Julie Howe
Everyman by Matthew Gilleece
Game Over by Donald Diego
Goodbye, Felix Chester by Max Taxe
Hancock Park by Steven Wolfson
Happy Adventure by John-Paul Sargeant
How to Save America Without Really Trying by Jon Stahl
Judgey by Mary Anderson Casavant
Love the Hive by Derek Cavens
Manshaping by Nate Rubin
Minions by David R. Morris and Bart Koerner
Moving Day by Matt Harry
Neurotopia by Lou Wollin
Ten Habits of Highly Effective People by Sigurd Ueland
The Best Man's Privilege by Andy Maycock
'Til Death Parts Us by Elizabeth Ditty


SCREENPLAY — DRAMA
A Question of Justice by Carl L. Williams
Black Bear Inn by Noelle Roso
Call Me Luke by David B. Carren
Convinced by Gyan Alexander
Cutter by Dion Cook
Deep Burial by Adam Gyngell and Fred Fernandez-Armesto
Garbo's Last Stand by Jonathan J. Miller
Good Morning Glory by Brittany Liddington
Missing by James S. Loos and Steve Schoen
Resistance by Hannah Patterson
Stain by Terrence Michael
Tempo Rubato by Walter Chung
The Colony by Dale Cannedy
The Dreadnaught Conspiracy by Keith Davidson
The Pardon by David Rakowiecki
The Thesis by Richard Averill
Thicker than Blood by Jacqueline Radley
Tulio by Gladys Stone
Verona by Michael Werwie
Which Way Is Not Death by Emily Bentley Solomon
Winners & Losers by Adam Vuaran


LATITUDE PRODUCTIONS AWARD
Call Me Luke by David B. Carren
Cutter by Dion Cook
Dead Sexy by Julie Howe
Deep Burial by Adam Gyngell and Fred Fernandez-Armesto
Happy Adventure by John-Paul Sargeant
Missing by James S. Loos and Steve Schoen
Paper Trail by Louis Rosenberg and Joe Rosenbaum
Pig Fat & Perfect Days by Kristine Underdown
The Pardon by David Rakowiecki
Turkey Calls by Jeffrey R. Field


DARK HERO STUDIOS SCI-FI AWARD
Blur Together by Kurt Fried
Dead Walker by Josh Flanagan
How to Save America Without Really Trying by Jon Stahl
Insatiable by Michael D. Morra
jasper-live.com by Samuel Bartlett
Melissa's Kaleidoscope by Lemuel James
Minions by David R. Morris and Bart Koerner
Mutant Snakeoid Zombie Bikers by David B. Carren
No One Gets Out of Here Alive by Sean London
The Hive by Colin Campbell


TELEPLAY — ONE-HOUR PILOT
Book of Megiddo: The First Horseman by Ryan Harris
Circuit Rider by Dale Lucas and Chad Rouch
Haunted by Patrick Kevin Day and Andrew Hanson
Rest in Peace by Jill Weinberger
Rings by Amy Aniobi
Rise by Joshua Sheehan
The Executioner by Paul D Roberts
The Fed by Nkechi Okoro Carroll


TELEPLAY — SITCOM PILOT
Aquatics Incorporated by Kevin Talley
Back to Normal by Matthew Kellard
Capturing King Kan by Jasmin Tekiner
Fly With Me by Kevin Kahn and Todd Clemens
Georgie Girl by Nancy Kissam
No Future by Jimmy Pember and Chris Murphy


TELEPLAY — ONE-HOUR SPEC
Boardwalk Empire - "This Side of Paradise" by James Bogdanski
Castle - "Critical Condition" by Lindsey Klingele
Justified - "One Blood" by Jeff Amano
Justified - "Tithing" by Adam Ganse
Mad Men - "The Ideomotor Effect" by Georgia Lin
The Walking Dead - "Threads" by Casee Maxfield


TELEPLAY — SITCOM SPEC
30 Rock - "Mid-Midlife Crisis" by Sherman Kew
Curb Your Enthusiasm - "Spic 'N' Span" by Tracy Reilly
Modern Family - "Make It Work" by Marty Johnson
Parks and Recreation - "Gay Day" by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama
Parks and Recreation - "The Taste of Pawnee" by Sarah Streicher
The League - "Very Supertitious" by Kate Stayman-London


Second rounders, representing roughly the top 10% of 5,800 contestants, have also been announced:

https://www.moviebytes.com/news/2011Austin2ndRounders.pdf

Updated: 08/31/2011
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Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Contact

1801 Salina St.
Austin, TX 78702
512-478-4795 (voice)
512-478-6205 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Matt Dy, Director of Script Competitions

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 70    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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