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Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Austin Film Festival Screenplay/Teleplay 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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
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Objective

For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been launching writers into their careers. This year more than ever, AFF celebrates its long and growing track record by creating a week that will change your life. With one of the most respected Screenplay and Teleplay competitions, AFF yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and catapults them into the bustling world of the film industry. Whether your dream is signing a contract, landing an agent, learning craft from an industry icon, or taking home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

The Conference is the film industry’s best kept secret. Keeping the focus on craft, it’s an intense idea exchange among such stellar participants as John August, Cary Fukunaga, Jenny Lumet, and John Ridley. Parties each night are famous (and infamous) for bringing these veteran creators in intimate contact with emerging writers and artists. Screenplay Finalists and Winners are presented alongside such luminaries as 2014’s Jim Sheridan, Matthew Weiner, and Edward Zwick at the highly anticipated Awards Luncheon ceremony. Second Rounders, Semifinalists, and Finalists proudly show off registration badges designating their placement in the competition. By submitting a script, you tap into this legendary meetup of pros and peers.

Not only do all entrants receive registration discounts, but you get even bigger discounts when you place in the competition. Unlike at other screenplay competitions, your experience with AFF doesn’t end after making the first cut. Second Rounders (the esteemed top 10-12% in each category), Semifinalists, and Finalists attend special panels, programmed specifically for them and closed to regular badge holders.

2014 Second Rounders attended workshops like “The Cold Open” with TV producers Stephen Falk (Weeds, Orange is the New Black) and Christine Boylan (Once Upon a Time, Constantine) where pre-selected Second Round scripts were read, evaluated, and refined to provide insight on what producers look for in those crucial first few pages of a pilot script. Second Rounders also participated in our popular “Industry Lunches” where pre-selected writers picked the brains of industry pros, including Adam Kolbrenner (co-founder of Madhouse Entertainment), Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), and Tom Schulman (writer of Dead Poets Society, What About Bob?).

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, ABC Studios, Paradigm Agency, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Kopelson Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Escape Artists at Sony, Washington Square Arts, Fourth Floor Productions, Haven Entertainment, Artisan, CAA, Brant Rose Agency, WME, DreamWorks, Pixar, and many more.

What’s more, all 2015 Second Rounders, Semifinalists, and Finalists will receive vital industry feedback for their entry scripts. Semifinalists and Finalists’ loglines and contact information will also be included in the annual Producer’s Book, distributed to all attending AFF panelists as well as over 400 agents, managers, producers, and other industry professionals.

AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most acclaimed contests within the industry for launching the careers of up-and-coming writers. It’s no surprise that past competition entrants have signed with major agencies and production companies and have had their scripts optioned, acquired, and produced.. Most recently, Troy Miller, the 2013 winner of the Horror Screenplay Award, had his script optioned by Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions. And 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. The film is directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr., and stars Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson, and Jeff Fahey.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early April 20, 2015 $40 - Screenplays / $30 - Short Screenplay / $30 - Teleplay 119
Final May 20, 2015 $50 - Screenplays / $40 - Short Screenplay / $40 - Teleplay 149

Notification: Notifications for all entrants will be sent by mid-September

Rules

See website: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/screenplayandteleplay/rules/

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.

***Also, readers' notes are provided to any scripts that reach the Second Round (top 10%) or higher in the competition.***

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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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 128    
Have you entered this contest?
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Austin Film Festival Screenplay/Teleplay 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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 128    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Austin Fest Announces Semifinalists

The Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition has announced their semifinalists from a record field of 6,764 individual scripts.

Updated: 09/10/2014

Austin Fest Announces Contest Winners

Austin Film Festival (AFF) has announced their 2013 Screenplay and Teleplay Competition winners. A record number of 8,644 submissions across all categories (6,228 individual scripts) were received this year.

Updated: 11/11/2013

Austin Fest Announces Contest Finalists

The Austin Film Festival has announced the 2013 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Finalists. The winners will be announced during this year’s Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 26 at the Austin Club.

Updated: 10/09/2013

Austin Fest Announces Screenplay & Teleplay Semifinalists

The Austin Film Festival has announced the semifinalists of their 2013 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.

Updated: 09/11/2013

Austin Fest Announces AMC as New Sponsor for One Hour Pilot Award

Austin Film Festival (AFF)has announced that AMC is the official sponsor and judge for the One-Hour Pilot Award of the 2013 Teleplay Competition.

Updated: 05/22/2013

Austin Film Festival Screenplay/Teleplay 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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 128    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Keith Davidson

An interview with screenwriter Keith Davidson regarding the Austin Writing Competition.

Updated: 10/23/2009

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Brian McDonald

An interview with screenwriter Brian McDonald regarding the Austin/Film Writing Competition.

Updated: 10/26/2006

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Karl Williams

An interview with screenwriter Karl Williams regarding the Austin/Film Writing Competition.

Updated: 10/25/2005
Contest Winner? Let's talk. If you've finished first, second, or third in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, MovieBytes would like to interview you.