SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

OFFICIAL RULES

GENERAL RULES

  • Screenplays/teleplays must not have been optioned or sold prior to October 15, 2016.

  • Screenplays/teleplays must be the original work of the applicants. If based upon another’s life, applicant(s) must secure rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the rights to adapt the material. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

  • Screenplays/teleplays that have previously reached the Semifinalist level and beyond are not eligible for resubmission.

  • If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the monetary prize and any reimbursements will be divided equally among them and only one Typewriter Award will be provided.

  • Applicants may submit more than one screenplay/teleplay 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 a completed entry form including authors’ original signatures (only if submitting through the mail). 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. Online submissions will require an additional $5 processing fee per entry.

  • Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

  • No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once entry has been received.

  • Awards are based solely on the overall merit of entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.

  • We strongly suggest that applicants register or copyright their screenplay/teleplay with the Writers Guild of America, East or Writers Guild of America, West.

 

 

FORMAT RULES

 

  • Screenplays/teleplays should be formatted according to current industry standards.

  • To follow standard guidelines for format, consult any popular screenwriting or teleplay writing text for assistance.

  • Font size must be 12 point and in Courier type.

  • Feature Screenplays must be approximately 90-120 pages in length.

  • Short Screenplays must be 5 – 30 pages in length.

  • Pages must be numbered in the top right-hand corner.

  • Scripts must be in PDF format and under 5MB.

  • Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page.

  • A second title page with contact information is not required for online submissions.

  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.

  • NO REVISIONS OR MISSING PAGES WILL BE ACCEPTED ONCE ENTRY HAS BEEN RECEIVED.