Longtime readers of this blog know that I don't endorse many screenwriting contests. There are to few of them that mean anything to people working in the industry and I feel like if I'm going to tell you to drop your hard-earned cash somewhere, it had better be with an establishment I would give money to myself.
I've previously offered lists of contests and fellowships I endorse, as well as The Black List. You'll notice that among that number is the Austin Film Festival. It was brought to my attention that the deadline for teleplays and screenplays is this Wednesday, May 20th. Consider this a public service. Details below:
Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
Final Deadline: May 20
All submissions must be received or postmarked by 11:59PM PST on Wednesday, May 20
AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most respected writing contests in the country with a rich history of championing and supporting writers. For the first time ever, AFF will provide Reader Comments to ALL entrants in the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition for FREE! In addition, all entrants receive registration discounts, with even bigger discounts when you place in the competition. Unlike 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 not open to regular badge holders.
This year, AFF has an exciting line-up of sponsored award judges including AMC for the One-Hour Pilot category, the Writer’s Guild of America East who will provide three established WGAE screenwriters to judge the Final Round of the Drama category, Enderby Entertainment who will be looking for scripts with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be produced under $5 million, and Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions who will be reviewing this year’s top Sci-Fi scripts. May 20 is the Late (and Final) Deadline for screenplay submissions so enter yours before it really is too late!
Now accepting short and digital series scripts!