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Dallas International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

The 14th annual Dallas International Film Festival, powered by Capital One, is the largest in North Texas, committed to providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, screenwriting and digital media.

Through the 2020 Broaden Your Horizons screenwriting competition, presented by Event Horizon Films, DIFF offers writers the opportunity to submit scripts for feature films, television pilots and short films, which will be reviewed by readers at top Hollywood talent agencies and management companies, such as:

  - Abrams Artists Agency
  - WME
  - United Talent Agency
  - Gersh Agency
  - Innovative Artists
  - Circle of Confusion
  - Buschwald

DIFF’s all-star lineup of judges includes:

  - Ken Estin, 3-time Emmy winning screenwriter and producer
   (Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, Beverly Hills Cop)

  - Teresa Cheng, animation producer and production manager 
    (Shrek Forever After, Madagascar, Batman & Robin, True Lies)

  - Lisa Furfine, CEO of the Furfine Network, connecting sports and entertainment industry professionals 
    (The New Celebrity Apprentice, SportsTravel magazine)

  - Johnathan Brownlee, director, producer, writer, actor and executive director for DIFF
    (Three Days In August, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Decoding Annie Parker)

All entrants are encouraged to enter early for the opportunity to receive half-off on additional script submissions. The competition is also one of the few to allow re-entry after a quarterfinalist elimination to anyone who has purchased professional feedback. 

PRIZES

Feature or 1-Hour TV Pilot

Grand Prize
$1,000
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
Professional Consultation
Writer's Enrichment Cruise

Runner Up
$500
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
Professional Consultation

Finalists
$150
DIFF 2020 Star Pass

Short Film or 30-min. TV Pilot

Grand Prize
$500
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
Professional Consultation
Writer's Enrichment Cruise

Runner Up
$250
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
Professional Consultation

Finalists
$100
DIFF 2020 Star Pass

Categories:
GENRES: Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Young Adult

Announcements

Rules

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
Entry fee is $75 for each feature film screenplay and $55 for each short film screenplay until the deadline on March 31, 2019.
Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Short screenplays must be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 35 pages.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Central Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with resubmission through Event Horizon Films. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

FAQs

All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Submittable.
Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages are fine and will be accepted, however please note that there is a small page overage charge of $1 per every page over 120 pages to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
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Our network of award-winning writers, producers, managers and agents are here to work for you. Submit your features, pilots or shorts. We will explore each writer's strengths and provide guidance to improve plot, structure, characterization and dialogue.

The competition is also one of the few to allow re-entry after a quarterfinalist elimination to anyone who has purchased professional feedback. 

Rules

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
Entry fee is $75 for each feature film screenplay and $55 for each short film screenplay until the deadline on March 31, 2019.
Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Short screenplays must be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 35 pages.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Central Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with resubmission through Event Horizon Films. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

FAQs

All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
Screenplay and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Submittable.
Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages are fine and will be accepted, however please note that there is a small page overage charge of $1 per every page over 120 pages to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
Feature screenplays longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.
All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
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