Enter The Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

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For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been launching writers into their careers. This year more than ever, AFF celebrates its long and growing track record by creating a week that will change your life. With one of the most respected Screenplay and Teleplay competitions, AFF yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and catapults them into the bustling world of the film industry. Whether your dream is signing a contract, landing an agent, learning craft from an industry icon, or taking home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Feature Screenplay Deadline: April 20 ($40)
Feature Screenplay Late Deadline: May 20  ($50)
Short Screenplay Deadline: April 20 ($30)
Short Screenplay Late Deadline: May 20 ($40)
Teleplay Deadline: April 20 ($30)
Teleplay Late Deadline: May 20 ($40)

Not ready to submit?  Try our Coverage Program first!

AFF’s Coverage Program provides a detailed, constructive evaluation of your script and, at $100 for feature scripts and $80 for teleplays, it’s the best bang for your buck.  The final deadline for competition submissions isn’t until May 20th but don’t wait too long to submit your coverage request.  The turnaround time is 60 days and you’ll want plenty of time to apply our feedback to your script before submitting it in the competition.

The Conference is the film industry’s best kept secret. Keeping the focus on craft, it’s an intense idea exchange among such stellar participants as John August, Cary Fukunaga, Jenny Lumet, and John Ridley. Parties each night are famous (and infamous) for bringing these veteran creators in intimate contact with emerging writers and artists. Screenplay Finalists and Winners are presented alongside such luminaries as 2014’s Jim Sheridan, Matthew Weiner, and Edward Zwick at the highly anticipated Awards Luncheon ceremony.  Second Rounders, Semifinalists, and Finalists proudly show off registration badges designating their placement in the competition. By submitting a script, you tap into this legendary meetup of pros and peers.


 For a list of our Frequently Asked Questions, click here. If you have any other specific questions, feel free to call (1.800.310.3378) or email screenplaydirector@austinfilmfestival.com.