Student Scriptwriting Competition

2016festivalenterEntries will be accepted from November 15 – December 15 and winners will be showcased during an awards ceremony at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas in April. The Student Scriptwriting Competition accepts entries in the following categories: SW1 – Short Subject (15-35 pages): Scripts may be any narrative fictional genre and may be live-action, animation, or a combination of both.

SW2 – Feature (90-120 pages): Scripts may be any narrative fictional genre and may be live-action, animation, or a combination of both.

SW3 – Original Television Series Pilot (hour long or half hour long): TV pilot hour (45-60 pages); half-hour single camera comedy (25-35 pages); half hour multiple camera comedy (45-60 pages) Entrants to this category must include as the first page of the PDF file a 1 – 2 page synopsis describing the show’s premise and main characters.

SW4 – Television Spec (hour long or half hour long): hour (45-60 pages); half-hour single camera comedy (25-35 pages); half hour multiple camera comedy (45-60 pages)

SW5 – Mobisode/Webisode (5-15 pages): 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.

Each entry must have a faculty sponsor as noted on the entry form. However, the script or screenplay need not be written for a class assignment. The faculty sponsor is encouraged to guide each entrant in his or her writing process and adherence to the correct format in their submission to the competition.

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).

While television shows use differing formats, this competition will accept Television Spec and Television Pilot entries in a standard TV script format, using Act, Teaser, and Tag breaks where warranted by the story.

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

John McHale | Student Festival Co-Chair
Illinois State University
(309)830-5229 | jpmchal@ilstu.edu

Evan Kropp | Student Festival Co-Chair 
Southern New Hampshire University
(706)286-0613 | e.kropp@snhu.edu