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Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Austin Film Festival Screenplay 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, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director

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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 (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
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The Ultimate Runway
For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. 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.

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% 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. 2015 Second Rounders and above attended workshops about: how to find representation, demystifying the development process, and how successful alumni from the competition made the most of their placement. Additionally, a favorite event of entrants, Second Rounders and above were invited to the Screenwriters’ Happy Hour presented by Nickelodeon where they networked with other writers, Nickelodeon execs, and competition judges.

2016 Semifinalists and Finalists had the opportunity to meet with several 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 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, Artisan, CAA, Brant Rose Agency, WME, DreamWorks, and Pixar among others.

Signing Deals and Launching Projects
AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most acclaimed contests within the industry for establishing the careers of up-and-coming writers. It’s no surprise that past competition entrants have signed with major agencies and have had their scripts optioned, acquired, and produced by signatory production companies. Most recently, Wes Brown, 2014 winner of the AMC One-Hour Pilot Award, has staffed on the upcoming AMC television series Goliath; 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 $100 for feature scripts and $80 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 20. 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. To submit your coverage request, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com.

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: 05/15/2017

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 Screenplay 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, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director

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 (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 65    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Austin Film Festival Screenplay 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, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director

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 (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 65    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Austin Fest Announces Script Competition Finalists

The Austin Film Festival has announce their 2017 Script Competition Finalists. Fifty-six scripts were chosen for the Final Round with one winner to be determined in each of the 13 categories.

Out of this year's group of Finalist scripts, international entries include writers from Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, and Sweden. The winners will be announced during this year's Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 28 at the Austin Club.

Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while at AFF, and access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry. In addition, this year's winner of the Drama category will receive a 2 – 3 week residency in Marfa, Texas through the Capri Fellowship which hopes to provide a place where writers can find their voice and tell the stories they want to tell.

2017 FINALISTS (listed by category and alphabetically by title):

COMEDY SCREENPLAY
Presented by Sony Pictures Animation

A Chris-Miscue by Gregory Harty
Hal Hitler by Aaron Kozak
The Olympian by Troy Anthony Miller
Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared by Cylin Busby & Nanci Katz
Walking On the Moon by Katie Golden

DRAMA SCREENPLAY
Presented by Writers Guild of America, East

Bait by Jamie Ruddy
Brokenhearted by Caroline Hopkins
Oil and Water by Alfred Thomas Catalfo & Morgan Webster Dudley
The Olive Tree by Marie Maroun
The Return of Stevie Diamond by Mike Million
Skin in the Game by Rolf Potts

ENDERBY ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
For feature scripts in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be produced for under $10 million. The production company was founded by Rick Dugdale and Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Aleppo by Robert Dantas
Apacheria by Andrew Reuland & Joey Grossfield
Dead Drunk & Naked by David Scott Martin
Mile 42 by John P. Dowgin
On the Road to Nowhere by David Margolis

SCI-FI AWARD
Presented by Skybound Entertainment
Open to science fiction, fantasy, horror, surrealism, myth/legend and fantastical storytelling. The multiplatform entertainment company was founded by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert.

Bristol by David A. Flores
Every Horizon Beyond by Henry Tranton
Real Time by Robert Cholette
World War Geek by John Morning

HORROR AWARD
Open to thrillers, dark suspense, sci-fi, and macabre themes.

Dru Hill Rising by Mark Landry, Ace Norton, & Emile Hirsch
Empty Glory by David Calbert
Family Photos by Chad Harris
Last Night in Town by Blake Hawk
Snowblind by Dan Maurer

AMC ONE-HOUR PILOT
All Finalists were reviewed exclusively by AMC who will determine the eventual Winner.

4-F: Operation Underworld by Greg Beck
Breakfield by Caitlin Schneiderhan
End of Life by Sean Collins-Smith
The Golden Cage by Oskar Nordmark
Homeless in Palo Alto by Aiyana White

SITCOM PILOT

The Big D by Jill Taylor
Fucking Robots by Emily McGregor & Sam Weller
Honkies and Homies by Ondine Rarey
Houston's Finest by Kim Tran
Misspelled by Matt Corluka

ONE-HOUR SPEC

Better Call Saul: Perdio by Shawn Dwyer
Black Mirror: Punchbag by Steven Snell
House of Cards: Chapter 53 by Annakate Chappell

SITCOM SPEC

Atlanta: Ice Ice Baby by Eunice Park
Black-ish: Indigen-ish by Derek Asaff
You're the Worst: Antiversary by Cara Brown

SHORT SCREENPLAY

The Chocolate Kandinsky by Suzanne Griffin
Healing Matters by Nir Shelter
Odilo Fabian or (The Possibility of Impossible Dreams) by Michael Rowney
Ringneck by Michael Allcock
The Silent Waltz by Sharon Rapose

SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES
Presented by Stage 13

Lo: The New Adventures of Ultimate Man's Ex-Girlfriend by Tom Ciaccio
The Range by Adam Groff
The Spins by Tim Zientek

PLAYWRITING AWARD
Underwritten by Sweetwood Creative

The Burdens by Matt Schatz
Miki by Weiko Lin
Signature Photo by Michael Bucklin

FICTION PODCAST
Presented by Public Radio International

The Amelia Project by Philip Thorne & Oystein Brager
How to Build a Fire by Kat Sandler
The Mystery of Easter Island by Justin Glanville
Target by Jenny Elder-Moke

All of this year's Finalist and Semifinalist scripts will be available to read at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel in the Cloak Room during the hours of the Conference. To request a copy of this year's Producers Book containing loglines and contact information for this year's Finalist and Semifinalist scripts, please contact screenplay@austinfilmfestival.com.

Updated: 10/11/2017
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Austin Film Festival Screenplay 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, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director

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 (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 65    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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