Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Big Apple

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

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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: 10    
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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) 8
BAFF Early Deadline December 29, 2020 $80 (feature), $70 (episodic and short) 28
Film Freeway and Coverfly Regular Deadline January 22, 2021 $90 (feature), $80 (episodic and short) 52
BAFF Regular Deadline February 12, 2021 $90 (feature), $80 (episodic and short) 73
Final April 23, 2021 $100 (feature); $90 (short) 143

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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: 10    
Have you entered?
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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: 10    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

Contest News

Big Apple Fest Announces Contest Results

Rebirth by T.L. Lewis has been named the winner of the 2009 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition. [Updated: 06/05/2009]

Big Apple Film Festival Announces 2006 Screenplay Contest Results

Dick Belsky's The Perfect Victim has been named the winner of the 2006 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Contest. [Updated: 01/29/2007]

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter John Martins

An interview with screenwriter John Martins regarding the Big Apple Writing Competition. [Updated: 05/11/2019]

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Teresa Lewis

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Big Apple Writing Competition. [Updated: 06/05/2009]

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Dick Belsky

An interview with screenwriter Dick Belsky regarding the Big Apple Writing Competition. [Updated: 01/29/2007]

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: 10    
Have you entered?
Submit a Report card

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