21st Annual

Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition


Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
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Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
December 14, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
January 14, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Late Deadline
February 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 1, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 50.00

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

Category Details

Approximately May 15, 2016

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 half-hour television pilot as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The jury reviews the top three finalists to determine a winner, and is composed of prominent 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; * All-inclusive two-weeks-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in June with The Screenwriter's Colony and NFF; * Private consultation with Showtime executive; * VIP week-long Festival Pass to all events; * Participation in Mentors Brunch during the Festival; * A Showtime-sponsored reception during the Festival in the winner's honor; * Custom leather bound copy of the script, courtesy of Showtime; * Print and media coverage; * Name inclusion in Festival catalogue and on 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 catalogue and website as a competition finalist.

Category Rules

* Must be an original pilot script. We do not accept spec scripts for or spinoffs of existing shows. Must be the FIRST EPISODE ONLY;
* Electronic copy of your submissions MUST INCLUDE a series and/or season synopsis. One paragraph total summary is preferred; one page total summary is the maximum.
* Scripts must be standard episodic television length (21-30 pages for 30 Min);
* We do not accept scripts for reality TV shows;
* Screenplays may not have been produced;
* Screenplays will not be disqualified for not having an official copyright, but we strongly encourage our writers to register for a copyright. We also strongly suggest 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 all prizes must be awarded to just ONE writer;
* Screenplays must be completed and uploaded 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 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 submission per entrant, provided that separate entries and fees accompany each submission.

* We accept U.S. checks, money orders, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express);
* Entry fees will not be returned;
* An additional $1 per page fee applies for scripts over 30 pages;
* The Festival reserves the right to impose a $20 surcharge for returned checks.
* Finalists will be notified by mid May.

If a screenplay wins the Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition Award and is produced, we ask for the following credit to be included: “Winner, Nantucket Film Festival: Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition.”