Austin Film Festival Script Competition

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Contact: Steven DeBose, Director of Script Competitions

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Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
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 (4.6/5.0)
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Now in our 27th 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
This 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. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early for Features, Teleplays, and Shorts March 27, 2020 Feature Screenplay: $45 // Teleplay & Shorts: $35
Regular for Features, Teleplays, and Shorts April 17, 2020 Feature Screenplay: $60 // Teleplay & Shorts: $50
Final for Features, Teleplays, Shorts (extended) June 1, 2020 Feature Screenplay: $70 // Teleplay & Shorts: $60 7

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 Fest Film

Contact

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

Web:
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Email:
screenplay@austinfilmfestival.com

Contact: Steven DeBose, 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 (4.1/5.0)
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 (4.6/5.0)
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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:
screenplay@austinfilmfestival.com

Contact: Steven DeBose, 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 (4.1/5.0)
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 (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 81    
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Austin Fest Confirmed Movies & Panelists

CONFIRMED MOVIES

These are confirmed movies so far for the 2002 Austin Film Festival

* ROGER DODGER

Cast: Campbell Scott (Roger Swanson), Jesse Eisenberg (Nick), Isabella Rossellini (Joyce), Jennifer Beals (Sophie), Elizabeth Berkley (Andrea), Ben Shenkman (Donovan), Mina Badie (Donna), Colin Fickes (Angus), Gabriel Millman (Felix), Chris Stack (Chris)

Director: Dylan Kidd (feature film debut)

Screenwriter: Dylan Kidd (feature film debut)

Premise: A teen boy from the Midwest, Nick (Eisenberg), spends a Friday night out on the town in New York City with his womanizing advertising executive uncle, Roger (Scott), hoping to lose his virginity, in an experience that might just teach both men something about women (or not) (Rossellini plays Roger's boss, with whom he's been having an entirely sexual affair; Beals and Berkley play women Nick and Roger meet at a bar.)

* AMANDLA DOCUMENTARY

Directed by: Lee Hirsch

Premise: Through a chronological history of the liberation struggle in South Africa, the documentary cites examples of the way music was used in the fight for freedom. Songs united those being oppressed and gave those fighting a way to express their plight. The music consoled the incarcerated and created an effective underground form of communication inside the prisons.

* DAS EXPERIMENT

Awards: Best Actor (Bleibtreu) (2002 Seattle International Film Festival); Best Director (2001 Montreal World Film Festival); Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography (2001 Bavarian Film Awards); Best Actor (Bleibtreu), Best Supporting Actor (Von Dohnanyi), Best Production Design, Audience Award for German Film of the Year (2001 German Film Awards); Best Screenplay (2002 Fantasporto); People's Choice Award (2002 Istanbul International Film Festival)

Language: German with English subtitles.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Screenwriter: Don Bohlinger (cowriter of The Killing Time), Christoph Darnstadt (feature debut), Mario Giordano (feature debut)

Premise: This film shows what happens in an artificial prison that's been built as part of a psychological experiment, in which 20 male participants are asked to take roles as either prisoners or guards (for which they will each be paid 4,000 DM for 14 days work, but nothing if they can't make the 14 days), with the psychologists then watching the results as this scenario unfolds. Our focus is on a former journalist, Tarek (Bleibtreu), who was intrigued enough by the idea of the experiment, thinking there might be a big story in it for him, to volunteer to become one of the prisoners... but the volatile and hostile environment of the Experiment might be more than he bargained for.

* WEIGHT OF WATER

Cast: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Polley, Vinessa Shaw, Anders W. Berthelsen, Katrin Cartlidge, Ciaran Hinds, Jan Tore Kristoffersen, Rita Kvist, Josh Lucas, Ulrich Thomsen

Director: Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days, Point Break, Near Dark, Blue Steel; her next is K-19: The Widowmaker)

Screenwriter: Alice Arlen (Alamo Bay; cowriter of Silkwood, Cookie), Christopher Kyle (debut; next up are K-19: The Widowmaker and Alexander)

Premise: A photojournalist (McCormack) and her husband (Penn) sail to a New Hampshire island over the course of a weekend, accompanied by her brother-in-law (Lucas), and his girlfriend (Hurley). The purpose of the trip is to investigate the murders of two Scandinavian immigrants there in 1873. The story alternates between the present and the past (Polley plays the only survivor of the incident, whose memoirs form the basis of the story).

* TEKNOLUST

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, Josh Kornbluth, Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak

Directed by: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Produced by: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Youssef Vahabzadeh, John Bradford King, Oscar Gubernati

Written by: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Premise: A scientist (Tilda Swinton) creates a formula in her computer that combines DNA and software to make the perfect being: part-robot, part-human. She produces three female test subjects. The only flaw is that they need a chemical found in sperm to survive, so one of them is programmed to seduce human men and share the sperm with the other two. Trouble starts when the seductress robot falls in love with one of her subjects (Jeremy Davies).

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CONFIRMED PANELISTS -

Austin Heart of Film Screenwriter's Conference Confirmed panelists as of September 4, 2002 (schedule permitting-of course)

* J.J. Abrams (directed/co-creator of TV's Felicity, creator of TV's Alias/ Screenwriter of Regarding Henry, Forever Young, Armageddon) Scott Alexander (Man on the Moon, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood) Jessica Bendinger (The Truth About Charlie '02, Bring it On, Sex and the City)

* Sam Bernstein (Bobbie's Girl, Silent Lies) Shane Black (A.W.O.L, The Last Boy Scout, Lethal Weapon)

* Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (Fast and Furious II '03)

* Bill Broyles (Unfaithful, Castaway, Apollo 13)

* Lem Dobbs (The Score, The Limey, Dark City, Kafka)

* Larry Doyle (Looney Tunes: The Movie '03, Duplex '02, wrote for TV's Daria and The Simpsons)

* Robert Festinger (In the Bedroom)

* Robert Gordon (MIB 2, Galaxy Quest, Addicted to Love)

* John Lee Hancock (writer/director: The Rookie/screenwriter: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Perfect World)

* Brian Helgeland (Blood Work '02, The Sin Eater '02 (also directed), LA Confidential, Conspiracy Theory)

* Philip Levens (TV writer for Smallville and Wolflake)

* Karent Lutz & Kirsten Smith (Ella Enchanted '03, Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You)

* David McKenna (S.W.A.T. '03, Blow, American History X)

* Polly Platt (prod. Bottle Rocket, Broadcast News/screenwriter: A Map of the World)

* Anne Rapp (Dr. T and The Women, Cookie's Fortune)

* Ed Solomon (Levity '03 (also directed), Men in Black, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)

* Paul Weitz (Meet the Fockers '03, American Pie (directed) About a Boy (writer/director)

* Chris Weitz (Meet the Fockers '03, About a Boy (writer/director).

* Gina Wendkos (The Princess Diaries, Coyote Ugly)

* Bill Wittliff (The Perfect Storm, Legends of the Fall, Black Stallion)

* DARREN STAR (creator/writer: Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Sex and the City) is our 2002 Outstanding Television Writer Award recipient!

Other Panelists Include: --

* Greg Beal (Nicholl Fellowship Program Coordinator)
* Lisa Ford & Pete Barnstrom (The Screenplayers)
* Matt Gross (Kopelson Entertainment)
* Joe McSpadden (Independent Producer)
* Joanne Lammers (Script Consultant/Story Analyst)


Updated: 09/06/2002

Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Contact

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

Web:
Click here
Email:
screenplay@austinfilmfestival.com

Contact: Steven DeBose, 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 (4.1/5.0)
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 (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 81    
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