Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Big Apple

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Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
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Objective

Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (Spring Edition) takes place in the heart of NYC. BAFF presents selected films as a live in person event, as well as additional selections presented virtually.

BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee,” top "25 Coolest Film Festivals,”, CBS New York's "Best Film Festivals in New York...,” and FilmFreeway's "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing, highlighting and supporting the most innovative, purposeful and influential filmmakers and screenwriters.

Credits of our screenplay competition readers/judges include:

  • Script analyst who has provided coverage for outlets including HBO, Sony International, Amazon and Sundance Feature Lab, instructor for UCLA MFA program, as well as mentor for CineStory TV writers program
  • Script analyst providing coverage for Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Academy Nicholl Fellowship, NBC/Universal Studios Writers Program, Writers Guild of America-West, Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition script reader previously forWarner Brothers, assisted in creative development at New Line Cinemas and NBCUniversal, consulted writers who have placed as Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalists
  • Tribeca Film Festival Shorts Filmmaker Coordinator, Toronto International Film Festival Short Cuts Pre-Screener, Nashville Film Festival Lead Short Film Programmer, Palm Springs Internation ShortFest Film Programmer
  • Writer/producer who has had films released by Disney, Starz Network and Warner Home Video
  • Writer for ABC, who has previously written and developed projects for Spike TV and The Weinstein Company
  • Writer/director who has had films released by Warner Brothers, Paramount and HBO
  • Former producer for MTV, Showtime, Paramount, Viacom, Disney and reader previously for Fox Studios (Australia), and screenplay competitions including PAGE, Final Draft's Big Break, Screencraft, Nantucket. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
BAFF Discount Deadline November 19, 2020 $60 (feature); $50 (episodic and short)
Film Freeway and Coverfly Early Deadline December 9, 2020 $70 (feature); $80 (episodic and short)
BAFF Early Deadline December 29, 2020 $80 (feature), $70 (episodic and short)
Film Freeway and Coverfly Regular Deadline January 22, 2021 $90 (feature), $80 (episodic and short)
BAFF Regular Deadline February 12, 2021 $90 (feature), $80 (episodic and short)
Final April 23, 2021 $100 (feature); $90 (short) 56

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Notification: May 5th, 2021

Rules

  1. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature length screenplays in the following categories(drama, comedy, action/adventure, historical, science fiction, women screenwriters, LGBTQ, and horror/thriller), as well as short scripts and TV/web series/episodic pilot scripts in the following categories(drama, comedy, women screenwriters and horror/thriller). Feature length scripts must be a minimum of 60 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Short script submissions and TV/web series/episodic pilot scripts may not exceed 60 pages.
  2. Submitted screenplays can not have been optioned, purchased, or otherwise produced at the time of submission.
  3. Writers may submit as many screenplays as they’d like to the competition, however each script requires a separate application and payment.
  4. All entries must be submitted in English.
  5. Submissions must include the title, author(s) and any relevant registration or copyright information.
  6. Screenplays must be submitted in PDF or MS WORD.
  7. All screenplays are considered complete once they are received by the Big Apple Film Festival. No revisions or updated copies will be accepted.
  8. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Awards

In partnership with WeScreenplay, winning screenplays will be reviewed by readers who have read for agencies, studios, management companies, and/or production companies. Each review will include: 4 pages of detailed notes, Character, Plot, Structure, Dialogue, and Concept Analysis, A Pass, Consider, or Recommend rating, An overall impression that will highlight extra factors like voice, Qualitative scores to help compare your progress, Your analyst’s bio. WeScreenplay has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, IMDb, TheWrap, and IndieWire.

Screenplay competition winners will receive the opportunity to pitch their script to 5 production companies, agents and other industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more.

Screenplay Competition winners will receive an all access badge to Big Apple Film Festival events, including screenings, networking conferences and receptions.

Big Apple

Contact

Web:
http://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com
Email:
info@bigapplefilmfestival.com

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
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Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

Web:
http://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com
Email:
info@bigapplefilmfestival.com

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
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Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Dick Belsky

An interview with screenwriter Dick Belsky regarding the Big Apple Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: THE PERFECT VICTIM. It's about a woman who is a front page celebrity because she's the victim of a high-profile crime, then becomes a newspaper reporter covering the crime beat herself. Except one of the crimes she covers reveals shocking, new secrets about what really happened to her. And now she's in danger of becoming a victim all over again.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I liked the fact that the Big Apple contest was in New York. I live in New York. My script was based in New York. It seemed like a good fit.

The same script finished as a semi-finalist in the Santa Barbara Script Competition; a semi-finalist in Screenplay Festival (final results still pending); and a quarter finalist in Screenplay Expo 2006.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes, they were fine. One of the awards was a membership in Writers Boot Camp, and I actually started taking the classes before I formally got the certificate at the awards ceremony held at Tribeca Cinemas in November.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: No, they don't do feedback in this contest. But they did tell me they thought my script was great, which works for me.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Not yet. But I've got a lot of stuff out there with a lot of different people at the moment. And it's really nice being able to say I'm a First Place Winner when I tell people about my background.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I'm a journalist and a novelist. I've published several mystery/suspense novels. I'm a former managing editor of the New York Daily News; News Editor of Star Magazine; and Metropolitan Editor of the New York Post. As you can see, I've been around...

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in New York City. Which is pretty cool too.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Yes, of course. I just began the two-year Writers Boot Camp Think Tank Program, where I'm expected to turn out 3-5 scripts.

The one I'm working on now is called PLAYING DEAD. It's a serial killer thriller. The serial killer dies at the beginning of the script, but the killings keep happening. Nothing supernatural, but I hope clever enough to attract the interest of some producer or agent.

Posted Monday, January 29, 2007

Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

Web:
http://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com
Email:
info@bigapplefilmfestival.com

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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