Faculty Scriptwriting Competition

Antonio Zarro | Faculty Co-Chair
Palm Beach Atlantic University
(561)803-2613 |Antonio_zarro@pba.edu

Marie Elliott | Faculty Co-Chair
Middle Tennessee State University
marie.elliott@mtsu.edu

The BEA Festival of Media Arts Scriptwriting Competition gives faculty and student scriptwriters the chance to have their work reviewed and recognized by professionals and peers. In addition to recognition at an awards ceremony at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas in April, winners also have the opportunity to participate in a professional pitch session.

Scripts will be accepted from November 15 – December 15, in the following categories:
FW1 – Short Subject/TV Half-Hour: short subject (15-35 pages); half-hour single camera comedy (25-35 pages); half hour multiple camera comedy (45-60 pages). Scripts may be any narrative fictional genre and may be live-action, animation, or a combination of both.

FW2 – Feature/TV Hour (90-120 pages features; 40-60 pages one-hour episodes): Scripts may be any narrative fictional genre and may be live-action, animation, or a combination of both.
FW3 – Episodic Short (3-8 page scripts): Scripts may be any narrative fictional genre and may be live-action, animation, or a combination of both. Up to three (3) episodes may be submitted for consideration. Do not submit separate episodes, but combine them into one PDF file separated by a title sheet for each episode. Include as the first page of the PDF file a 1-2 page synopsis describing the show’s premise and main characters.

Submission Requirements Script submissions are limited to one entry per category.

Short subject, feature, mobisode, and webisode entries must conform to the Master Scene Screenplay format as defined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships Competition. Additional information about this format and a sample script may be found at http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/resources.html. This format is further detailed in The Hollywood Standard: the Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, by Christopher Riley (from Michael Wiese Productions).

Please read the Faculty Competition Rules to verify that your entry meets all eligibility requirements for submission.