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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

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 55    
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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 (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 55    
Have you entered?
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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 (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 55    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Austin Names Semifinalists

The Austin Film Festival has named their 2016 Screenplay Competition Semifinalists, representing the top 1% of all submissions. The scripts were chosen from a record field of 9,100 individual scripts. Finalists will be revealed by early October and the winners will be announced during this year's Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 15 at the historic Austin Club.

SCREENPLAY - COMEDY

Presented by Sony Pictures Animation

#Escape by Michael Noonan
The Anklebiter by Andy Jones
The Buffalo Bart Show by Scott Stanton & Leigh Stanton
Call Me, Crazy by Bill Poore
The Cure by Sarah Magill
Dinner with Friends by Geeta Malik
Dog Star by Blake Ritchen
The Duke of Ballmore by Scott Stanton & Leigh Stanton
Finding Keyser Soze by Richard McVey & Daniel C. Hall
Gator Country by Erik Voss
Happy Little Accidents by Burt Brooks
Marlene the Divine by Josh Barkey
Murder Me by David H. Luz
Peach by Shea Mayo
Prom Night Inferno by David Aslan
Roll with It by Kate Erickson
The Rovers by Jean Pesce
Tangent by George Carlos
Tiny Hairless Penis by Greg Wayne
Zombie's Anonymous by Michael A. Wright

SCREENPLAY - DRAMA

Presented by Writers Guild of America, East

7 Days: A Fantasia on the Life of Miles Davis by Greg Machlin
Bait Night by Timothy Grant
Big Bad Billie Gunn by Kevin Arbouet
Big Fire by Daniel Judson
The Black Range by Marc Calderwood
Broken by Misty McAfee
Bush Baby Summer by David Scott Martin
Catalyst by Michael Soll
The Circle Game by Nic Bettauer & James Riseborough
The Count by David Bluestein
The Crimson Confession by Raymond Just
Dakota Snow by Allen Wagner
Dead of Winter by Katherine Ruppe
Detroitus by Evan Romansky
False Bottom by Stephen M. Tomaski
Fragments by Lawrence Rothfield
His Son by Tim Schildberger
The Hitchcock Murders by Andy Maycock
Jacaranda by Ryan W. Smith
Nowhere Men by Sean Farley
The Park by Andrew Karlsruher
Pitigliano by Jason Kessler
Return to Sender by Neal Tyler
Second Childhood by Clifton Wilder Koons II
Static by Henry Jones
Stratum by Craig Nobbs
Sunburst by Mark Wilson & Chris Retts
Superstition by Matt MacDonald
Timber by Dusty Bias
Women of Wonder by Chas Fisher

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.

#Escape by Michael Noonan
Bait Night by Timothy Grant
The Black Range by Marc Calderwood
Bush Baby Summer by David Scott Martin
Dead of Winter by Katherine Ruppe
On the Sidelines by Sam Greisman
The Park by Andrew Karlsruher
Something's Wrong with Peter by Kate Brogden
Static by Henry Jones
Superstition by Matt MacDonald

VERTIGO ENTERTAINMENT HORROR AWARD

Open to thrillers, dark suspense, sci-fi, and macabre themes. The production company was founded by Roy Lee.

The Anklebiter by Andy Jones
Bait Night by Timothy Grant
Cake Rotten by Andres Rovira & Francisco Bustamante
Darken Ship by Dee Chilton
The Guilty by L.M. Harter
Hoffman by Phil Krampf
Of Elephants & Animals by Heather Rose Walters
The Road of Life by Juanjo Moscardo Rius & Jorge Dorado E Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Rock Point Draw by Jeremy David Lee
The Watcher by Amanda Toye

SCI-FI AWARD

Open to science fiction, fantasy, horror, surrealism, myth/legend and fantastical storytelling.

Bush Baby Summer by David Scott Martin
The Crimson Confession by Raymond Just
The Eye of Jupiter by Michael Soll
The Long Black Night by Ali Imran Zaidi
Long Sleep by Matthew Breault
The Red Book by Ashraf Fahim
Starsfall by Nolan Lynch
Static by Henry Jones
Vitruvian by Nolan Lynch
West of Hell by Kelly Lynn Peters

TELEPLAY - AMC ONE-HOUR PILOT

One-Hour Pilot Semifinalists were chosen exclusively by AMC.

Antioch: Notice to Quit by Elizabeth Armancas
Bog Walk by Dominique A. Holmes
The Devil and the Deep by Kyle Bugg
No Rest for the Wicked by Matt Tente
Quack: The Industry of Illness by Jonathan Marx
Root Canal: This Will Only Hurt a Little by Karyn Casper
The Shepherd by Todd Goodlett
Southwark by Kyle Francis
The Sultans of Swing by Matthew Kohnen & Sean Kohnen
Tomorrow Before Last by Adam J. Kreps

TELEPLAY - SITCOM PILOT
Bean Around by Tony Cohen & Matt Van Metre
Blow Out: Near Woman by Christine Barbour
The Duchamps by Charles Lyons
Exit Stage Left by Sarah Kenney
Growing Up Dictator: The Wonder Years of North Korea by Richard Lowe & Kim Jong-Un
Losing It by Louise Rozett
News News News by Reynard Alli & Patrick Foy
Physical Education by Nandita Seshadri
Real Arabs by Ayser Salman
Wildcard: The Anti-Americans by Corina Maritescu

TELEPLAY - ONE-HOUR SPEC
Better Call Saul: Vaya Con Dios by Erin Donovan
Daredevil: Extremis by Laura Tormos
Empire: We Hard Now? by Greg Wayne
Fargo: The Hunt for the Cobra King by Sarah Beckett
The Leftovers: Any Minute Now by Chance Muehleck
Outlander: A Place to Hide by Rebecca Rosenberg

TELEPLAY - SITCOM SPEC
Black-ish: The Dice King by Kyle Erby
Broad City: Short Term Effort by Greg Wayne
Fresh Off The Boat: Taiwanese-American Horror Story by Jeremy Hsu
Louie: Birthday by Ryan Sheppard
Master of None: Taste by Sona Panos
The Mindy Project: The Reunion by Maria Biggs

SCREENPLAY - SHORT
Blind Man's Bluff by Nick Lawrence
Blood and Bronze by Jake Herrle
The Ferryman of the Pali by Mike Gallagher
Finger on the Button by Mark Matthews & Matthew Ivan Bennett
The Fridge by Morgan Von Ancken
Futurehealth by Sarah Polhaus
Gum by Ben Burford
Jimmy's Eulogy by Aaron Marshall
The Nursing Home by Jake J. Mackintosh
Two Days Ago by Kadyn Michaels

SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES

Presented by New Form Digital

Anti-Social by Jessica Coleman & Alexis Pelot
Between Us Girls by Courtney Hope Therond & Emily Claire Utley
Bound by Sarah White & Brian Gilbert
Fubar by Torye Anthony
Giving Up by Kris Lefcoe
Main Stream by JC Conklin

All of this year's 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 Semifinalist scripts, please contact screenplay@austinfilmfestival.com.

Updated: 09/13/2016
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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 (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 55    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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