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Austin Screenplay & Teleplay Contest
1801 Salina St.
Austin, TX 78702
United States
info@austinfilmfestival.com
austinfilmfestival.com/submit/screenplay-and-teleplay-submissions-2/

Description: Our Screenplay Competition is one of the most acclaimed in the industry. It has nurtured and established careers of many up-and-coming writers, and past entrants have signed with major agencies and had their scripts optioned, acquired and produced by signatory production companies.
Objective: At AFF, story comes first and foremost above all else. We fully acknowledge the hard work and passion you put into your script and, rest assured, your story is in good hands. Our team of readers are an integral part of the AFF family and their contribution over the past 20 plus years have helped launch the careers of many aspiring writers. All of our readers within the Screenplay Competition are recruited through referrals from individuals closely associated with AFF and undergo a rigorous screening process.

Once approved, readers are given strict guidelines and closely monitored throughout the duration of their participation. All readers are required to provide constructive notes for each script which will later be made available to all entrants at no additional cost. Most importantly, they are also required to read each script in its entirety to give full consideration which each writer deserves. We care about our process and we care about your work.
Entry Fee: Film/TV - $45/$35 (early), $60/$50 (regular), $70/$60 (late)
Type: Screenplay, Short Screenplay, TV Scripts
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By:
Start Date: 3/1/2020
Submission Deadlines: 5/15/2020
Winners Announced: Finalists are notified by early October.
Year of Origin: 1994
Rules: 2020 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Deadlines
Feature Screenplay
Early Bird Deadline: March 27 ($45)
Regular Deadline: April 17 ($60)
Late Deadline: May 15 ($70)

Short Screenplay & Teleplay
Early Bird Deadline: March 27 ($35)
Regular Deadline: April 17 ($50)
Late Deadline: May 15 ($60)

General Eligibility

*All screenplays/teleplays (collectively, “Scripts”) submitted must be in English.
*Scripts must not have been optioned or sold prior to October 24, 2020. Applicants must notify Austin Film Festival (“AFF” or the “Festival”) of any changes in status following submission.
*Scripts that have reached the Semifinalist level or above in previous years within the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition or Digital Series Competition are not eligible for resubmission.
* Applicants may submit more than one Script in any chosen category. Each entry requires an application, payment, and script (excluding the Enderby Entertainment Award, Horror Award, and Sci-Fi Award, in which only one script is necessary).
*All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee PER ENTRY and if submitting by mail a completed entry form including authors’ original signatures. Please do not send a photocopy of your signature. Make checks or money orders payable to “Austin Film Festival.” Only US money orders will be accepted.
*AFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

See site for full list of rules,
Prizes and Awards: All Awards are presented during the Austin Film Festival Awards Luncheon*. Those advancing to the Semifinalist level or beyond will have the option to attend exclusive panels hosted by participating panelists. They will also be included in the Producers Book, distributed to competition judges and other industry professionals.

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION PRIZES (ONE WINNER/CATEGORY)

The Drama Award Winner Receives: $5,000 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

The Comedy Winner Receives: $5,000 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

The Enderby Entertainment Award Winner Receives: $2,500 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories.

The Horror Award Winner Receives: $2,500 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories.

The Sci-Fi Award Winner Receives: $2,500 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories.

The Short Screenplay Winner Receives: $1,000 cash; reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500 per script excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500 per script); and the AFF bronze typewriter award.

TELEPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS (ONE WINNER PER CATEGORY)

The Drama Award Winner Receives: $5,000 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

The Capri Residency Fellowship: The Capri Fellowship hopes to provide a place where writers can find their voice and tell the stories they want to tell. The winner of the Drama Feature Screenplay Award will be provided the opportunity to stay at the Capri Residency in Marfa, Texas for 2 week stay must be scheduled from November 2019 – December 2020. Schedule stay to be determined by the winner(s) based on Capri Residency Availability.

The Comedy Winner Receives: $5,000 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.

The Enderby Entertainment Award Winner Receives: $2,500 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories.

The Horror Award Winner Receives: $2,500 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories.

The Sci-Fi Award Winner Receives: $2,500 cash; reimbursement of round-trip airfare (up to $500 per script, excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement (up to $500 per script); and AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories.

The Short Screenplay Winner Receives: $1,000 cash; reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500 per script excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500 per script); and the AFF bronze typewriter award.

TELEPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS (ONE WINNER PER CATEGORY)

The Comedy Spec Winner Receives: $1,000 cash; reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500 per script excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500 per script); and the AFF bronze typewriter award.

The Drama Spec Winner Receives: $1,000 cash; reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500 per script excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500 per script); and the AFF bronze typewriter award.

The Comedy Pilot Winner Receives: $1,000 cash; reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500 per script excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500 per script); and the AFF bronze typewriter award.

AMC One-Hour Pilot Award Winner Receives: $1,000 cash; reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (up to $500 per script excluding frequent flyer miles); hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival (up to $500 per script); and the AFF bronze typewriter award.

Finalists in All Categories Receive: one complimentary Producers Badge to attend the Austin Film Festival and Conference (value $695).

All Semifinalists may purchase a Producer’s Badge at the discounted price of $250.

*Awards Luncheon tickets are only available to Producers and Conference Badge holders.

 


 

 

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