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Austin Film Festival Script Competition

Austin Film Festival Script Competition

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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)
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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    
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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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Austin Fest Names Script Competition Semifinalists

The Austin Film Festival has announced the 2018 Script Competition Semifinalists, representing the top 2% of all submissions. They were chosen from a record field of 10,580 scripts entered in the AFF Screenplay, Digital Series, Playwriting, and Fiction Podcast Competitions. Finalists will be revealed by mid-October and the winners will be announced during this year’s Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 27 at the historic Austin Club.

SEMIFINALISTS:

COMEDY FEATURE SCREENPLAY
Presented by Sony Pictures Animation
Critical Mass by Tom Radovich
Darryn the Bold and the Sword of Boldness by Justin Best
Fergus by Jeremy Hawkins
Imposter Impersonator by Nichole Abshire
It's a Life by Jake Neuman
The Last Canadian Virgins by Evan Rindler & Jon Rizik
Meet Cute by Noga Pnueli
Most Wanted by Brad Crowe & Cat Youell
My Date Is Kate by Carlin Adelson
Odyssey Video by William Angelico
Orientation by Eve Symington
Raw Data by Gareth Wronski
Rescue Party by Julia Bergeron
Retirement by RJ Buckley
Serenade's End by Timothy Hautekiet & Paul Neafcy
Sex APPeal by Tate Elizabeth Hanyok
Sid and the Dweeb Squad by Mark Anderson
The Six-Stringed Seductions of Fernando Flamenco by Joseph Velazquez
Wet Dreams: An American Tragedy by Maria Paz Mendez Hodes & Artemis Shaw
World War 1.5 by Jeff Woodruff

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.

The Birdhouse Maker by Dale Janda
The Fall by Tamra Lynn Teig & Michael Lipoma
Feast by Angela Page
Grit N' Glitter by Seth Michael Donsky
Here Comes the Bride by Joe Dzikiewicz
Horsehead Girls by Wenonah Wilms
The Huntress by Abdullah Alhendyani
I Am Going to Kill Myself by Greg Brown
Imposter Impersonator by Nichole Abshire
The Last Fish by Jon Baskin
The Life and Death of Jacob Walston: An Epilogue by Cerina Aragones
Make Me an Angel by Lauren B. Hendler
The Monarch Project by Jeff Warrick
The Mother Road by Michael Raymond
Odyssey Video by William Angelico
The Patience of Vultures by Greg Sisco
Pig Heart by Zac Kish
The Poem by Hanneke Schutte
Project Horizon by Charles Morris
Put Your Hands In by Warner James Wood
Raising Dave by Eliott Behar
Smash by Aaron Philson Brown
The Starfish by Megan Weaver
Surfmen by Christopher Rhoads
What If? by Alvaro García Lecuona

SCI-FI FEATURE SCREENPLAY
Open to science fiction, fantasy, horror, surrealism, myth/legend and fantastical storytelling.

Aerial by Sean Harrigan
Artemis 1 by Nicole H. Cohen
Black Orchid by Mike Wilson
Bloodworth by Daniel Corey
Darryn the Bold and the Sword of Boldness by Justin Best
Hellbreakers by Michael P. Brennan & Chris Mueller
High Gravity Prison Break by Gerald Prophete
No Man's Land by Jeffrey R. Field & Michelle Davidson
Odyssey Video by William Angelico
Our Own Devices by Paul Vance
The Phelps Paradox by Lisa Dewberry
Pig Heart by Zac Kish

AMC DRAMA TELEPLAY PILOT
All Semifinalists will be reviewed exclusively by AMC who will determine the Finalists and eventual Winner.

The Chronicles of Alestair Cade by Russell Ward & Scott Miller
Cointelpro: Black Messiah by Ryan W. Smith
Double Time Dames by Davia Carter
Dying in the South by Lindsey Villarreal
The Faceless by Harry Maxon & Holly Maxon
Gray Matter by Myung Joh Wesner
The Greatest Good by Harry Maxon & Holly Maxon
Guardian by Michael William Hoffman
How to Be by Desa Larkin-Boutte
Liberty Falls by Robert Attenweiler
Lifers Anonymous by Sean Collins-Smith
Little Red Hot by Dawn Brown
Mindset by Ethan Solli & Ziba Sadeghinejad
Miss Idaho Falls by Deanna Shumaker
Paradise by Ron Beverly
The Pen by Ursula Wendel
Red Dirt by David Sullivan
The Reservoir by Dylan Allen & Eddy Vallante
Scapegirl by Adam Skelter
Seamstresses by Margarita Rozenbaoum
Second Family by Kendra Cole
Selection by Pam Covington
Silicon Curve by Heidi Nyburg
Sins by Jason Walter Vaile
Strawberry Plains by Elvis Wilson
Sweetland by Angela Waldrop Gilbert
Three Sisters by Jen Gutierrez
Ticker by Connie O'Donahue & Jeremy Nielsen
The White Crow by Paula Rogers
Worth by Stuti Malhotra

COMEDY TELEPLAY SPEC
Better Things: Goy Vey by Robert Axelrod
Bob's Burgers: Hail Seitan by Liza Behles
Broad City: Pussyfoot by Ashley Soto
Master of None: Headspace by Honora Talbott
Rick and Morty: Rickhog Day by Pete J Dalessandro
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Volunteers! by Maggie Gottlieb

SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES
Presented by Stage 13
Bunking Up by Ella Gale
Epizootic by Daniel Young
Halcyon by Jonathan Marx
Hello, World/ by Michelle Sarkany
The Lifeguard by Joan L. Floyd
My Roommate the Assassin by Paige Vantassell & Katherine Langenfeld

DRAMA FEATURE SCREENPLAY
Presented by Writers Guild of America, East
A P a R T by Josh Lee
Airlock by Faith Liu
Alphabet City by Kristen McNaule
Angels of Fire and Ice by N.C. Heikin
Bury Me on Gold Mountain by Li Lu
The Coffin Club by Joel David Santner
Dancing With Color by Russell Gault
The Death of Colm Canter by Revati Dhomse & Hector Lowe
Dig Two Graves by Jared Schincariol
The Endless Fortune of the Barefoot Ship Breaker by Nicholas Camacho
The Fall by Tamra Lynn Teig & Michael Lipoma
Feast by Angela Page
The First Annual Ricky Litgoe Memorial Fun Run by Zac Kish
Going Long by Wil Denson
Greely's Rescue: Escape from Cape Sabine by George Cagala
Greenwood by Nathan Patton
Grit N' Glitter by Seth Michael Donsky
Horsehead Girls by Wenonah Wilms
Hudson on the Beach by Richard Crawford
The Huntress by Abdullah Alhendyani
The Innocent and the Vicious by Dominique Genest & Nick Kreiss
The Kraken, the Convict, and Me by Roisin Jones
Lamentations by Elizabeth Corbett
Last Bullet by Brock Newell
Leah Rose by Colin Larkin
The Life and Death of Jacob Walston: An Epilogue by Cerina Aragones
Madrigal by Chance Muehleck
Mirage by Margaret C. Price
Mother's Milk by Kay Denmark
Never Fear by Tom Farrell
No Heroes Here by Clint Williams
The North End by Gia Montenotte
The Old Man Under the Sea by Jeff Pollard
The Paperback Kid by Guy Prevost
The Patience of Vultures by Greg Sisco
Pig Heart by Zac Kish
The Poem by Hanneke Schutte
Put Your Hands In by Warner James Wood
Raising Dave by Eliott Behar
Savage Lands by Colin Keith Gray
The Shadowboxer by Anthony Stitt
The Sin & the Weight by David Rucker, III
Sons of Thunder by Jack Costello
The Starfish by Megan Weaver
Surfmen by Christopher Rhoads
Utopia by Aimiende Negbenebor Sela
The Warriors' Concerto by Jamaal Pittman & Lila Hood
Zenith by Ellie Foumbi

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

The 405 by Patrick Byrne
A P a R T by Josh Lee
Attachment by Celia Blundo & Megan Binnie
Blood of Israel by Davey Morrison
The Deep Cut by Jonathan Samuel
Mother's Milk by Kay Denmark
Never Fear by Tom Farrell
Parallel by Jonathan Flicker
The Patience of Vultures by Greg Sisco
Ritual X by Jon Chamis
Shaky Shivers by Andrew McAllister & Aaron Strongoni

COMEDY TELEPLAY PILOT
Balls Out by Angela Bourassa
Band of Mothers by Sabrina Brennan
Bastards by Erin Muroski
Betting on Her by Dawn Saucier-Green
Going Under by Harold Schmidt
The Great Leader by Vinny Lopez
Karate City by Zeke Rodrigues Thomas & Jarrett Sleeper
The Last Abortion Clinic in Kansas by Tammy Caplan
Primal Losers by Josh Smooha
Privy League by M.C. Smith & E.R. Womelsduff
The Realest by Henry Jones
Rice, Fish, and La Croix by Naomi Iwamoto
Santa Claus Incorporated by Arun Narayanan
Scraps by Carrie Siggins
Shieldsword by Dave Urlakis
The Strange, Prophetic and Super-Fucking-Timely Revelation of Jennifer Kim by Jamie Park
Temps by Sarovar Banka
Vincible by Nick Sinnott & Jessica Ellis
We Fly High by Jerry Landry
What Will Jessie Do? by Kevin Luperchio

DRAMA TELEPLAY SPEC
Better Call Saul: Hermano by Sean Collins-Smith
Billions: Trust by Amanda Parham
The Handmaid's Tale: The Abduction by Todd Goodlett
The Handmaid's Tale: Rebels by Angela Jorgensen
Mr. Robot: chkdsk.exe by Athena Frost
Narcos: The Lord of the Skies by Zimran Jacob

SHORT SCREENPLAY
Augmentation by Daniel Sheiman
The Contract by Sean Corrigan
June in California by T.J. Morehouse & James Murray
A Moment in Time by Kathy Fleig
Morning Glory by William Winston
Now, a Love Story by Dio Traverso
Overnight by Matthew Carlson
Ruby Throat by Sarah Polhaus
Seat 23B by Eliott Behar
A War on Terror by Peter Haig

STAGE PLAY
Basic Crustaceans by Cody Behan
The Colony by Gina Stevensen
Disposable Necessities by Neil McGowan
Imagine That by Audrey Webb
Masquerade by James Hutchison
Particular Disposition by Benjamin Fulk
St. Paulie's Delight by J. Joseph Cox
Superior by Melissa Kong
Thanksgiving by Tiffany Cascio
Weekend in Eden by Emerald Gearing

FICTION PODCAST
A Magician’s Death by Philip Thorne
Alethea by Katrina Day & Phillip R. Polefrone
Atropa Belladonnx by Caris Allen
Blood Moon by Giles Hovseth
D.R.E.A.M. by Amanda Stottlemyer
Forces by Len Sousa
History 402 by Angela Jorgenson
Oath to Static by Andrew Santoro & Kelsey Henry
The Rest Stop at the End of the Universe by Samuel Suksiri
Welles D-11 by Simon Nicholas

Updated: 09/19/2018
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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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