SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

2020 VAIL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

winning scripts recommended to hollywood producers!

"Winning 1st Place at the Vail Screenplay Competition helped us get the film made." - Andrew Kightlinger, 1st place winner, Vail Screenplay Competition

FEATURE SCREENPLAY PRIZES

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be included in a national press release, and have their scripts recommended to key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies.

SHORT SCREENPLAY PRIZES

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be included in a national press release.

The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to get their script read by established film producers, managers, and agents who are actively working at the top level of the film industry.

The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition welcomes unproduced Feature screenplays between 60 and 130 pages in length, and unproduced Short screenplays between 4 and 50 pages in length.

SUBMIT ON FILMFREEWAY

Screenplay Deadlines & Submission Fees:

All screenplays should be submitted through FilmFreeway.

Rules and Guidelines posted on FilmFreeway.

FEATURE SCREENPLAY SUBMISSIONS

Earlybird Deadline: July 31st, 2019

  • $45 fee

Regular Deadline: November 15, 2019

  • $55 fee

Late Deadline: November 30, 2019

  • $65 fee

Extended Deadline: December 6, 2019

  • $70 fee

SHORT SCREENPLAY SUBMISSIONS

Earlybird Deadline: July 31st, 2019

  • $40 fee

Regular Deadline: November 15, 2019

  • $45 fee

Late Deadline: November 30, 2019

  • $50 fee

Extended Deadline: December 6, 2019

  • $55 fee

SEMIFINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED, AND LISTED ON THE VAIL FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE ON FEBRUARY 28TH, 2020. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED AND ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 6TH, 2020.

FAQ

The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition welcomes unproduced Feature screenplays between 60 and 130 pages in length, and unproduced Short screenplays between 4 and 50 pages in length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Vail Film Festival is produced by the Colorado Film Institute, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema. The Vail Film Festival strives to encourage artistic innovation, promote new and creative filmmaking, and foster discourse about independent film and other forms of media which challenge and entertain.

ABOUT THE VAIL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
The Colorado Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world’s most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access.

GENERAL RULES
1. You may enter as many scripts as you like, but each must be accompanied by a separate entry and the required entry fee.
2. Entries must be written in English. The screenplay(s) must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.
3. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
4. Feature Scripts must be between 60-120 pages in length. Short scripts must be between 4-50 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
5. Judging is solely on the screenplay. Do not include the following information or materials as they will be disregarded: logline, synopsis, treatment, or any additional materials not specifically requested.
6. Script collaborations are allowed and the work must be the sole and exclusive property of the collaborators.
7. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts will not be accepted under any circumstances.
8. Writer(s) retain ALL rights for their entry(ies) when entering our competition.
9. Adaptations are acceptable for entry in our competition only if you have all the appropriate and/or required approvals/waivers/permissions from any and all right holders. If you are unsure, please consult an entertainment attorney for your own protection.

JUDGING & NOTIFICATION
1. Judging will be anonymous. Upon receipt, your screenplay(s) will be assigned corresponding numbers, and your screenplay(s) will be identifiable to the judges by number only.
2. Judges' decisions are final. Prizes are non-transferable.
3. Individuals active in the film and screenwriting community will conduct preliminary judging. A panel of industry experts and screenwriting professionals will conduct the final round of judging. Semifinalists and Finalists will be announced. Three Winners will be selected to receive prizes.
4. Semifinalists will be posted on the Vail Film Festival website on February 28th, 2020. Winners will be notified by email on March 6th, 2020, and on the web at www.VailFilmFestival.com. An announcement will also be sent out in the Vail Film Festival newsletter. Winners will be included in a national press release. Prizes will be awarded by March 30th, 2020.

AWARDS

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be included in a national press release and have their scripts read by key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies.

SHORT SCREENPLAYS

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be included in a national press release.