Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Final Deadline is May 31

Austin Film FestivalIf you already polished your screenplay for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship deadline earlier this month, you may want to consider one more submission. The final deadline for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. Why submit your screenplay to AFF? Read on to find out the benefits of submitting your script to the one film festival dedicated to screenwriting.

Entrants to the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition get discounts on badges to the festival and conference. Additionally, Second Rounders and above get even bigger discounts to attend AFF plus access to panels exclusive to their placement in the competition. Semifinalists and finalists will have their contact information included in the Producers Book, which AFF distributes to over 400 agents, managers and producers. Even better, finalists get a free Producers Badge to the conference, which is essentially an all-access pass to the panels, parties, and screenings.

AFF's conference is full of panels featuring actual, professional screenwriters talking about their craft, including tips, tricks, struggles and successes. As a panel moderator at AFF for the first time last year, I was really blown away by the candor of the screenwriters and the sheer depth and breadth of the panels. With 80 panels last year, there was quite literally something for every screenwriter.

Time is almost up to submit. Here are the fees and deadlines:

  • Screenplay late deadline: May 31, 2014, 11:59 pm PST: $50
  • Teleplay late deadline: May 31, 2014, 11:59 pm PST: $40

Before you submit your screenplay or teleplay to AFF, be sure to check out all the details of the competition, including the rules and the FAQ.

Will you be submitting your screenplay or teleplay to AFF this year? Share your thoughts about the festival & conference and competition in the comments.

Link: Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition


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Hey Guys, Remember that time the readers of NFS gave Ryan $130K to make Manchild?


May 30, 2014 at 8:50PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Yeah. Then he wrote an excuse to why he hasn't made it. Guess what dude. Even if you do end up making it, you think producers are going to look at your turn around time and say "yes please."

May 30, 2014 at 9:14PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Yeah, tons of excuses...

Ryan Koo - 12.20.13 @ 5:41PM

"You can say I should’ve known more about breaking a script down and knowing what budget was possible… But you can’t say that it was ethically wrong to run the Kickstarter when I did, or that the money should be refunded. I thought it was a go, too! And we’re still making — and working harder and longer — on the film that everyone backed.

Glad you liked the short!"

I mean, it's not really ethical Ryan...Instead of giving us an update of screenwriter classes you took, RED Scarlets you are buying, and distraction blog posts. You should be giving us MONETARY updates, how much money have you burned through so far and how much money you are getting from producers. We are producers of this film, not just READERS of your blog.

May 31, 2014 at 12:44AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM



That's how much money I've "burned through."


That's how much money I'm "getting from producers."

What a fascinating "monetary update" that was!

There are 22 other updates here, and I know that I need to write another, and will have one up soon.

June 7, 2014 at 6:58PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Ryan Koo

What did happen with that?

May 30, 2014 at 11:43PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM