9th Annual

High Desert International Film Festival


Drama-Screenplay/Short Story


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 15, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
Regular Deadline
December 31, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *
Late Deadline
January 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
February 28, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 30.00

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

Category Details

Approximately March 31, 2014

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
Cash Award Value: 100 U.S. Dollar

Audience Choice Award
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

In celebration of festival year number nine, we are joining in the year-long Nevada Sesquicentennial festivities, a 150th anniversary celebration of Nevada statehood. On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation granting statehood to Nevada making it the 36th of the United States of America. To commemorate this event and to showcase the home state of the HDIFF, we have added a screenplay/short story competition. To qualify for submission, the written works must draw from historical or modern Nevada as a topic of a fictional work or a story drawn from real life events. Possible topics (suggestions only):

American Indian History, Spanish History
Territorial History, Statehood History
Old Spanish Trail, Pony Express
Early Mining, Gambling
Legal Prostitution, Nuclear Testing
Mobsters, Cattle Ranching
Farming, Railroads
Lake Tahoe, Reno
Las Vegas, Hoover Dam
War History (Civil War through the present-any war in between)

Shall be limited to 40 pages or less and shall be written in English. The font shall be Courier or Courier New in 12pt, not bold, unjustified and submitted as an 8.5 x 11 inch PDF file format. Do NOT include artwork of any kind.
Left = 1.5 inch
Top/right/bottom = 1.0 inch
Scene headings: flush with left hand margin
Subheadings: flush with left hand margin
Character headings: 4 inches from left margin
Dialogue" 2.5 inches from left and right margins
Parentheticals: 3.5 inches from left margin
3 inches from right margin
Directions: 1.5 inches from the left margin
Transitions: 6 inches from the left edge of the paper

Shall be limited to five thousand (5,000) words and shall be written in English and submitted as 8.5 x 11 inch PDF file format. The font shall be Times New Roman in 12 pt., justified and not bold.
Left = 1.5 inch
Top/right/bottom = 1.0 inch
Paragraph indent = 0.25 inch
Double space
Chapter titles: 2 inches from top of he page, left justified,
Times New Roman, 14pt. and bold.
Headers: include title of the work and page count only

Author names should NOT be included anywhere in the PDF for any entry.

Winners will be selected by a qualified jury. Decisions of the judges are final.

Any person volunteering for the High Desert International Film Festival, administrator or judge for written or film entries, or any member of the governing body of the Pahrump Arts Council.