Austin Fest Names Screenplay Contest Winners

The 2023 Austin Film Festival Script Competition winners were chosen from a record field of 11,500 scripts entered in the Screenplay, Digital Series, Playwriting, and Fiction Podcast Competitions. The winners were selected by a distinguished panel of industry judges including, Tatiana Suarez-Pico (Hunters, Penny Dreadful, Iron Fist, Snowfall), Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, The Flash), Tripper Clancy (Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart), & Herschel Weingrod (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop).


  • Drama Feature Screenplay Award presented by The Writers Guild of America, East - T-Minus Zero by Troy Anthony Miller and J.R Smith
  • Drama Teleplay Pilot Award - State of the Art by Austin Elliott
  • Drama Teleplay Spec Award - The Great: “Death Becomes Him” by Marguerite Spellman
  • Comedy Feature Screenplay Award - A Forest Through The Trees By Ryan Ederer
  • Comedy Teleplay Pilot Award - Arthur and Lancelot by Victoria Zeutzius
  • Comedy Teleplay Spec Award - What We Do in the Shadows: “The Chupacabra” by Jordan Obey
  • Scripted Digital Series Award - Psychic by Aiden Moretti
  • Fiction Podcast Award - The Crime at Camp Ashwood by Laura Hunter Drago
  • Short Screenplay Award - Good Evening, Marshall (Good Evening, Geraldine) by Jessica Mosher
  • Playwriting Award - The Housing Situation on Neptune by Nijae Draine
  • Horror Screenplay Award presented by Vertigo Entertainment - Paradise by Daniel Byers
  • Sci-Fi Screenplay Award - ROY G. BIV by Sebastian Davis
  • Rooster Teeth Fellowship Awards, BIPOC category - Turn the Heat Up by Helen K Thomas
  • Rooster Teeth Fellowship Awards, Women & Animation category - Ulster by Allison Mick
  • Enderby Entertainment Award - Black Mouth Cur by Kai Kido
  • AMC One-Hour Pilot Award - Blind Mice by Aaron Milus
  • Josephson Entertainment Screenwriting Fellowships - Black Waters by Kate Imy (Feature Film) and The Hellmouth by Francesco Staluppi (TV)

Updated: 11/07/2023

Additional Contest Info: Austin Film Festival Script Competition

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