As of today, the Austin Film Festival has begun accepting submissions for the 2015 edition of its annual Screenplay Competition, which will now be accepting short film script submissions in addition to feature-length and television scripts. The festival also announced that it has opened film submissions for next year’s main program.
“We want to provide an avenue for writers to submit their short scripts to get noticed and get their work produced,” said Screenplay Competition Director Matt Dy in a statement issued by the festival. “In many ways, writing a short script can be just as difficult as writing a feature; the fewer the pages, the higher the expectation to impress. We’re excited to see what this new category will bring for 2015.”
Past finalists and winners of the Screenplay Competition have gone on to obtain representation and have their scripts picked up, as is the case with the screenplay of “Dawn Patrol,” which was a finalist in the competition back in 2008. The script was picked up by Enderby Entertainment and the final film, which stars Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson and Jeff Fahey, had its world premiere at AFF this year.
Below, you can find a list of the submission deadlines for the Screenplay Competition, along with the associated fees.
Regular Deadline: April 20, 2015
Fees: $40 (Feature), $30 (Short), $30 (Teleplay)
Late Deadline: May 20, 2015
Fee: $50 (Feature), $40 (Short), $40 (Teleplay)