The New Hope Film Festival Script Competition is especially interested in discovering and nurturing new and overlooked screenwriters. The film festival environment is a fine way to meet producers, directors and other industry professionals who can help bring a script into production. Free feedback is offered on request. Script finalists are offered two (2) Festival passes and share the awards ceremony with the Festival's filmmakers.
Best Script winner is announced in multiple media outlets and all award winners receive trophies at the Festival's awards ceremony gala event. NHFF Script annually runs a promotional campaign in Variety, either print or digital, to bring attention to its award winners. The 2017-18 season winners are announced in a full-page Variety print ad distributed at the American Film Market. Additionally, all script Official Selections are listed in the Festival's Program Guide.
We are squarely focused on supporting emerging screenwriters in their professional growth by providing nearly every tool and resource available in the industry. It's our express goal to support writers of any level or background, who are proactive in developing their careers and are willing to learn from the insights and expertise of our community members. Screenwriting takes perseverance. The harder you work, the better this site will work for you.
So much of the opportunity available to your script is spent within the first twenty pages. You need to make sure the hook, teaser, cold open… grabs the reader and presents you like it should. This analysis will give you those answers.
You know your work inside and out, now it’s time to get a second opinion. We’ll read your full script, and you’ll receive a detailed personalized critique on what we see, what we think, and suggestions on where to go next.
For those looking for an extensive breakdown of the inner-workings of their creative material. Writers who select this Analysis will receive suggestions on how to improve overall writing, story, structure, characters, pacing, stakes, climax and resolution, specific problem scenes, tone and overall commercial appeal.
The Festival does not offer fee waivers, discounts, invitations to become an Official Selection, or any other form of preferential treatment that Festival directors feel would be out of step with the Festival's mission of providing a level playing field for all filmmakers. Filmmakers seeking a waiver because the required fee is beyond their current budget are advised to wait until the next Early Submissions period, find a sponsor and/or earn the fee through an additional source of income. The Festival's organizers do not respond to pitches for individual projects, and filmmakers writing the Festival with requests or demands for other forms of preferential treatment may not receive a response. Filmmakers must behave in a professional, courteous and civil manner at the Festival at all times or risk removal from the Festival.
Scripts accepted by the Festival are considered Official Selections of the New Hope Film Festival and may be marketed with NHFF's official laurels. Scripts accepted are not automatically nominated for awards. All awards and nominations are announced at the awards ceremony on the final day of the Festival. A valid contact email address must be provided with each entry. Scripts submitted without an email address will not be accepted.
Are there any NHFF Script screenplays or teleplays in pre-production or production?
Yes, absolutely. Examples include 2014 Official Selection "Boonville Redemption," which reached production, and 2015 Official Selection "Victoria," which is in pre-production directly because the screenwriter met a producer at the New Hope Film Festival. NHFF Script Official Selection "Reconquista" was produced and released as a short film that NHFF screened in 2018. NHFF's 2018 Best Script winner "Christopher Marlowe" is currently in pre-production.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)