Dallas International Film Festival

Dallas International Film Fest

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Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Objective

The Broaden Your Horizons screenwriting competition is designed to inspire writers to keep writing. One great story simply isn't enough to advance in this industry. That is why we make the multiple submissions process easier and more affordable. Our winners also enjoy a cultural escape to work on their next big hit.

DIFF's Screenplay Competition is currently accepting submissions for feature films, short films, and TV pilots.

All entries are eligible for optional feedback from professional readers (highly recommended).

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/02/2021

Notification: July 2, 2021

Rules

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between the dates provided for each competition.
  • Entry fees will vary depending on each competition. Please review the fees and dates of the competition via the submission page.
  • Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
  • Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Short screenplays must be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 35 pages. Thirty minute pilots have a max page count of 35. One Hour pilots have a max page count of 65.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Central Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with resubmission through Event Horizon Films. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

Awards

Grand Prize:
  • Writer's Enrichment Cruise
  • 12 Month ISAconnect Membership
  • DIFF 2021 Star Pass
  • Professional Consultation
  • Virtual Pitch Fest Connections
Runner Up:
  • 12 Month ISAconnect Membership
  • DIFF 2021 Star Pass
  • Virtual Pitch Fest Connections
Finalists:
  • DIFF 2021 Star Pass
  • Virtual Pitch Fest Connections
  • DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

Dallas International Film Fest

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Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Contest News

Dallas Screenplay Competition Announces Contest Winners

(S)hit Squad, by Harry Hunsicker, has been announced as the winning short script to be produced and premiered at the 2022 Dallas International Film Festival.

Hunsicker is a creative writing teacher, the author of eight crime thrillers and creator of numerous short stories. His crime comedy, (S)hit Squad, will be produced by Torfoot Films' Carrie Sternberg, Event Horizon Films' Jodi Frizzell and IdeaMan Studios with legal partners, Litwin Law Group, PLLC, and The Law Office of LaToya L. Blakely. Award-winning filmmaker Johnathan Brownlee will produce, direct and develop the short film.

"Our team is dedicated to helping writers get their works developed and produced," said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & President of Torfoot Films. "It's great to write these short and feature scripts, but you must get them made and seen by an audience and that is our ultimate goal."

Dallas Screenwriting Competition is dedicated to helping emerging writers break into the industry. Alongside Hunsicker's (S)hit Squad, the competition also recognized the award-winning work of K. Jennifer Llagan for the feature script, BFF's Never Die; Haley Dercher for the TV pilot, The Ties that Bind; and Kristy Budding for the short script, Happy Ending Retirement Home.

The competition also honored several top-quality finalists, including:

Feature Scripts
Van 59 by Brian Trotter
Scuppernongs by Lynne Ashe
Don't You Know who I am? by Izzy Mariano
The Gates by John Burr

TV Pilots
Half-Assed by Tracie Laymon
Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin
Invincible by Andreas Nelander
A Family by Cid Weinberg

Shorts
Identification by Larry Collins
The Last Prophet by Christopher Celestin
Green Love by Penny Jackson
Milo & Milly by Douglas Spaltro

Each script that entered the competition was vetted by readers from the industry's top talent agencies and management companies based on strength of characterization, dialogue, theme, concept and marketability. The winning scripts were selected by three time Oscar-winner Jana Memel; Billy Kelly, veteran screenwriter of Disney's Enchanted; Disney Channel-writer Jonathan Hurwitz; and award-winning director Johnathan Brownlee.

The winning screenwriters receive a writer's enrichment cruise, professional feedback, access to industry networking platforms and festival passes.

Updated: 11/22/2021

Dallas International Film Festival

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Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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