23rd Annual

Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition


Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 13, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
December 11, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
January 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 12, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 60.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately May 21, 2018

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)
  Microsoft Word (.doc)
  Microsoft Word (.docx)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

This jury prize recognizes an emerging original 60 min episodic pilot as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The jury, which reviews the top three finalists to determine a winner, is composed of writers, producers, actors, and executives from the TV industry with original and diverse points of view. WINNER RECEIVES: * $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival; * One-on-one consultation with Showtime executive; * VIP week-long Festival Pass to all events; * Participation in Mentor Brunch during the Festival; * A Showtime-sponsored reception during the Festival in the winners’ honor; * Custom leather bound copy of the script, courtesy of Showtime; * Print and media coverage; * Name inclusion on Festival program website as a competition finalist and winner.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Our finalists are recognized as one of the top three screenplays from the pool of submissions each year. The top three finalists are narrowed down from all submissions by our reader committee, comprised of industry professionals, alongside the programmers and executive staff of the Nantucket Film Festival. FINALISTS RECEIVE: * Print and media coverage; * Name inclusion on Festival website as a competition finalist.

Category Rules

* Must be an original pilot script. We do not accept spec scripts for spinoffs of existing shows. Must be the FIRST EPISODE ONLY;
* Electronic copy of your submissions MUST INCLUDE a season and/or series synopsis. One paragraph total summary is preferred; one page total summary is the maximum.
* Scripts must be standard episodic television length (42-60 pages for 60 Min category); an additional $1 per page fee applies for scripts over 60 pages; entrants will be contacted by Festival staff to arrange for payment for page overage fees;
* We do not accept scripts/treatments for reality TV shows;
* Screenplays may not have been produced or currently be in active production;
* While it is not mandatory that Screenplays have an official copyright, NFF strongly encourages writers to register for a copyright. NFF also strongly suggests writers register their script(s) with the Writers Guild of America. Visit www.wgawregistry.org for information on how to do so.
* Screenplays must be in English;
* Adaptations of previously published or produced material are accepted, but official documentation of rights to adapt the material must be available upon request;
• Collaborations are accepted, but please note that all prizes are awarded to a single writer only - ie, NFF would provide a single check made out to one writer, even if the winning pilot was written by a team;
* Screenplays must be completed and uploaded, with entry fee paid, by entry deadline.

* Screenplays must be uploaded through Withoutabox or submitted electronically via email at submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org;
* Screenplays must have a title page which includes only the project title. The applicant’s name MUST NOT appear on the cover or any other pages of the screenplay; all documents must be anonymous for submission committee. Screenplays with names on cover or any other pages of screenplay will be DISQUALIFIED;
* Entry must include an online application. Keep records of your entry for reference;
* There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant, provided that separate entries and fees accompany each submission.

* We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) via Withoutabox's payment system;
* Entry fees will not be returned;
* A $1 per page fee applies for scripts over 60 pages; Festival staff will be in contact to make arrangements for payment via credit card or personal check;
* The Festival reserves the right to impose a $20 surcharge for returned checks.
* Entrants will be notified by the stated Notification date.

* If a screenplay wins the Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition Award and is produced, we require the following credit to be included on screen for the pilot: “Winner, Nantucket Film Festival: Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition.”