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    Jun 12, 2021
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    Aug 14, 2021
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Feb 20, 2021

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Apr 10, 2021

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Jun 12, 2021

Final Deadline:

Aug 14, 2021

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Announcements

Winners Announced on website

Sep 18, 2021

ISA Judging Status Updates

Sep 19, 2021

Festival Association

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Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

The Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition is an online competition with the Screenplay Competition as our main highlight. We have been holding this competition since our first year back in 2008 and it still remains one of the most professionally run screenplay competition in the industry.

DUE TO THE PANDEMIC AND THE ECONOMIC RECESSION, WE HAVE SLASHED OUR ENTRY FEES FOR THIS YEAR.

ENJOY 2009 RATES PLUS ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE SCREENPLAY ENTRIES.

Gain more acceptances into contests by promoting your project as a winner in our competition. Our past festival was one of Moviemaker Magazine's top 5 film festivals and we bring that experience and professionalism to our competition.

Many of the award-winning films and screenplays in WILLiFEST have gone on to be produced and have theatrical releases, broadcasts on PBS and other media outlets, and to be nominated and awarded at the American Academy Awards.

PRIZES

The winning projects are announced on Saturday, September 18, 2021 on our website.

Winners receive beautiful certificates. The Screenplay Competition awards First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Outstanding Achievement positions and Honorable Mentions and laurels for each win for promotional purposes. We always select at least five honorable mentions.

Winning projects will be featured permanently on our website and promoted through our social media platforms.

Top Category Winners are included in a press release sent to over 1000 media outlets worldwide.

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

Announcements

  • Winners Announced on websiteSep 18, 2021laurels

Rules

1. I hereby request that you read, evaluate and judge my Material, of which I am sole author and have exclusive rights and authority to submit the same upon the terms and conditions stated here within. I further declare that said material is original in content and does not use events or persons that I do not have permission to use.
2. I understand that the Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition ("the Competition") will not use the Material or any part thereof, except on its website for promotion of winners unless you: (1) enter into an agreement with me granting rights to the Material, or (2) determine in good faith that I do not own or control the Material because features or elements were independently developed by someone other than me.
3. I indemnify the Competition, its affiliates, partners, sponsors and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with said Material.
4. By submitting my Material to the Competition I agree to allow the Competition to use the Material's title, synopsis, logline, writer(s) name(s) and other information related to it to promote the Material and the Competition.
5. Upon competition conclusion, at our sole discretion, screenplays will be either archived or deleted.
6. Submitted scripts must be a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 250. It must be written in English, in industry standard format, pages numbered. For detailed submission guidelines, please refer to our FAQ or our website.

FAQs

1. WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

The winners will be officially announced on our website on Saturday, September 18, 2021. No one will be notified before that date.

On Sunday, September 19th, entrants will have their judging status updated on ISA. Individual emails or letters will not be sent out so please check ISA or our website for competition outcomes.

 
2. HOW MANY PROJECTS MAY I SUBMIT?

You may submit as many projects as you’d like, but each project requires a separate entry fee. Each additional submission receives a $5.00, $10.00 and $15.00 discount plus ISAConnect members receive a $5.00 discount on their first submission.

3. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN THE PROJECTS?

Basically, we are looking for stories with interesting characters and unique points of view. Additionally, we examine the writing style and use of language.

TIP: Make sure that no matter what kind of script you submit (screenplay, stage play, teleplay, pilot, webisode), the format is industry standard and you check your spelling and punctuation.

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  • Standard Entry $35
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  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35
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(06/12/21)
  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30
Final Deadline
(08/14/21)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35
Late Deadline
(06/12/21)
  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30
Final Deadline
(08/14/21)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35
Late Deadline
(06/12/21)
  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30
Final Deadline
(08/14/21)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35

Rules

1. I hereby request that you read, evaluate and judge my Material, of which I am sole author and have exclusive rights and authority to submit the same upon the terms and conditions stated here within. I further declare that said material is original in content and does not use events or persons that I do not have permission to use.
2. I understand that the Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition ("the Competition") will not use the Material or any part thereof, except on its website for promotion of winners unless you: (1) enter into an agreement with me granting rights to the Material, or (2) determine in good faith that I do not own or control the Material because features or elements were independently developed by someone other than me.
3. I indemnify the Competition, its affiliates, partners, sponsors and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with said Material.
4. By submitting my Material to the Competition I agree to allow the Competition to use the Material's title, synopsis, logline, writer(s) name(s) and other information related to it to promote the Material and the Competition.
5. Upon competition conclusion, at our sole discretion, screenplays will be either archived or deleted.
6. Submitted scripts must be a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 250. It must be written in English, in industry standard format, pages numbered. For detailed submission guidelines, please refer to our FAQ or our website.

FAQs

1. WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

The winners will be officially announced on our website on Saturday, September 18, 2021. No one will be notified before that date.

On Sunday, September 19th, entrants will have their judging status updated on ISA. Individual emails or letters will not be sent out so please check ISA or our website for competition outcomes.

 
2. HOW MANY PROJECTS MAY I SUBMIT?

You may submit as many projects as you’d like, but each project requires a separate entry fee. Each additional submission receives a $5.00, $10.00 and $15.00 discount plus ISAConnect members receive a $5.00 discount on their first submission.

3. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN THE PROJECTS?

Basically, we are looking for stories with interesting characters and unique points of view. Additionally, we examine the writing style and use of language.

TIP: Make sure that no matter what kind of script you submit (screenplay, stage play, teleplay, pilot, webisode), the format is industry standard and you check your spelling and punctuation.

Tom Rossi's Kaffarah takes top honors

In less than 7 months, Tom Rossi's dramatic feature screenplay, Kaffarah, has won Best Feature Screenplay at the Omaha Film Festival and Williamsburg International Film Festival; placed as a Finalist in the 2015 WeScreenplay Competition and...
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"Circled in Red" by James Byrne, drama

My feature length drama, "Circled In Red" placed as a Finalist (top 20) in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, the 2014 Williamsburg International Film Festival screenplay competition, and the 2014 California Film Awards.
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Jeffrey Howe's FLAT-RATE FRANK advances in Nicholl Fellowship

FLAT-RATE FRANK, Jeffrey Howe's historical coming of age drama, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It also entered the semifinal round at the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices competition.
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The Quisling

Action-adventure. When a suspected terrorist is arrested at San Francisco airport, his deportation defense is led by an inexperienced attorney. As the twists and turns unravel, the attorney’s own family become central to the betrayal.
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Ronald Paquette
September 2020
Great opportunity for any screenwriter and so grateful to have received an Outstanding Achievement Award for my script.

Tony Gioutsos
September 2020
It is an absolute honor to win an Outstanding Achievement award from your [competition]! My screenplay is a Christian screenplay, you guys are secular, it takes real unbiased analysis to open your mind to seeing something good from a different perspective. Thank you once again!

Lawrence DeGala
September 2020
WILLiFEST is awesome! Highly recommended. Screenplay competition is very intense but worth the experience and opportunity to see how your writing chops stacks up in the marketplace of ideas. The great Plus is there are very few festivals that will take a 150 page screenplay. Thank you!

Lynn Elliott
September 2020
Wonderful to hear that my screenplay THE QUISLING was an AWARD WINNER. Thank you for the encouragement.

Donna Wheeler
October 2020
Thank you for the wonderful experience, both as an Official Selection screenplay and for Honorable Mention win for my script, Natalie Rising.

Giovanni Sanseviero
September 2020
A down-to-earth [competition] with dedicated people, all aiming to preserve the gift of storytelling. Hats off and best regards to all of you. Keep up the good work!

Chris Feistl
October 2019
I received 2nd place in the Screenwriting Competition at the Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition. Very appreciative! Wonderful experience! Look forward to taking my script to the next level.

Teresa Mular, MD
October 2019
I got a Runner-up with my film this year so I am very appreciative of that award. Great experience.

Jes Falcon
October 2018
What can I say? We were selected as the Best Music Video so nothing could be better! Seriously now, communication was excellent and everyone was very kind.

Nancy Stafford
October 2018
The Competition is worth entering. It is a great value and they have great communication.

Philip Curcuru
October 2018
We are indeed honored to have history at WILLiFEST! On behalf of The Atomik Age Project, we thank you so much for this memorable accolade. We are humbled. A wonderful and well managed event for creative artists worldwide. Please give it a try.

Michael Goldburg
November 2017
The staff was very communicative and engaging. Definitely recommended.

Harold L. Brown
September 2017
Professional, timely communications. I love WILLiFEST.

Craig Friedman
September 2017
What a great experience! The staff was responsive and accommodating to all of our needs. Would definitely recommend this to other filmmakers and will be submitting new projects in the future.

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