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Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Comp


The Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest, an Australia based contest seeks to unearth new screenwriting talent and give writers the world over the opportunity to gain recognition, reward, confidence, and a valuable foothold in the film industry.

The inaugural Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest is one of the only screenplay contests run in conjunction with a major film festival in Australia. This competition is open to feature-length screenplays in all genres that are between 80 and 120 pages in length. BBFF screens an eclectic selection of films and this screenplay competition is sure to match that same diversity and creativity. The winners will be announced during the Byron Bay International Film Festival in October, 2017 and encouraged to attend. 

About the Film Festival:
AACTA Awards accredited BBFF is a platform for outstanding independent film talent, showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films.

Each year some of the world’s most exciting film talent join thousands of film lovers at BBFF, over 10 fantastic days in beautiful Byron Bay, for a dynamic and truly distinctive film festival experience known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences.

“Arguably Australia’s most successful regional event”
– SBS Film, 2013

Independent filmmakers are the heart and soul of this festival, whose quality programming of hundreds of entertaining, inspiring and eye-opening films from over 40 countries sets the stage for filmmakers at all stages of their careers to showcase outstanding work across all genres.


1st prize - $2500 U.S. cash prize, screenwriting software courtesy of Final Draft, and a contest certificate.
2nd prize - Screenwriting software courtesy of Final Draft, plus a contest certificate.
3rd prize - Screenwriting software courtesy of Final Draft, plus a contest certificate.
Official Finalists - Top Ten (other than first three placegetters) receive a contest certificate.

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The Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest is an international contest open to screenwriters from all over the world.


Open to contestants of all ages, although entrants under 18 must have the written permission of a parent or guardian to enter.


Open ONLY to feature length screenplays in all genres. No treatments. No concepts.


All screenplays must be between 80 and 120 pages in length. Screenplays under 80 pages or over 120 pages will be ineligible. Contestants who submit screenplays that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be reimbursed.


All screenplays must be in English.


All screenplays must be industry standard format (Courier 12pt font). Screenplays that do not adhere to this guideline will be ineligible and contestants will not be reimbursed.


The title page of the screenplay must ONLY contain the title of the script. NO OTHER INFORMATION - no names, no addresses, no contact details. Contestants who do not adhere to this guideline will not be reimbursed.


All entries must be uploaded as a PDF and submitted electronically.


The entry fee(s) are in United States dollars and are non-refundable.


The contest is open to anyone, except employees, directors, associates and immediate family of the Byron Bay International Film Festival, and screenwriters who have earned more than $30,000 U.S. (gross) from their screenwriting endeavors in the calendar year leading up to the Byron Bay International Film Festival on any given year.


Multiple entries are permissible, but a separate entry form and entry fee must be submitted for each entry.


Once a screenplay is entered, no substitutions, new drafts or corrections will be accepted.

All entries must be the original work of the writer(s).


It is highly recommended that contestants register their work with the Writers' Guild of America (WGA).

Contestants retain all rights to their work.


Collaborations are acceptable and contestants are responsible for the distribution of contest prizes.

Adaptations from other material are acceptable only if the contestant(s) have written permission to adapt the work.


The screenplay must not be in a current option agreement and if the material is optioned after being entered it will be ineligible for consideration and contestant(s) will not be reimbursed. The screenplay may not have been previously sold or produced for profit.


Winners of cash prizes are responsible for their own income tax. The contestant(s) understand and accept that they are independent contractors and that the contest administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments on prize money to any government agency in their country.


Contestants will be contacted via email ONLY once they have submitted their material and paid the appropriate entry fee in full.


Contestants will be kept up to date on the Byron Bay International Film Festival website about the progress of the contest.


If a contestant is awarded a cash prize, the contestant is responsible for providing an accurate/up to date Pay Pal address or bank account details to receive the cash prize.


The decision of the judges is final and shall not be disputed.


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