2nd Annual

Big Star Screenwriting Competition


Short Film Script (25 pages or less)


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
April 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *
Regular Deadline
May 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Late Deadline
June 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Last Call Deadline
July 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
August 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 35.00

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

Category Details

Approximately September 25, 2014

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)
  Final Draft (.fdr)
  Final Draft (.fdx)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
The winner of the Short Film category will receive the following prize package: 1.$250 cash award and 2.a filmed, live reading of the winning script, read by a cadre of professional actors, including SAG actors, at a Dallas Screenwriters Association scene read event.
Sponsor:Dallas Screenwriters Association
Cash Award Value: 250 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 150 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
The five finalists (including the 1st Place Winner) in the Short Film category will receive recognition on the Dallas Screenwriters Association (DSA) website (visited by an average of 4,000 unique visitors a month,) a mention in scriptmag.com, as well as an acknowledgement in a Big Star Screenwriting Competition press release to the many film industry friends and partners of the DSA.
Sponsor:Dallas Screenwriters Association

Category Rules

1.Short Film Screenplays must be written in English, in feature format, and of a length no less than 25 pages. (No exceptions will be made.) Screenplays must be in 12 point Courier font and pages must be numbered. All submissions must be in PDF format. Only online submissions will be accepted, and any revisions after submission will not be accepted. Deadlines are 11:59 PM on the posted dates.

2. Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or non-fiction material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced.

3. THE TITLE PAGE SHOULD INCLUDE THE TITLE ONLY! The entrant(s) name(s), contact information, or any other identifying information should not appear on the title page or any other page of the script. Scripts that contain identifying information such as writers name(s) and/or contact information WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

4. All judging will be anonymous.

5. No promotional materials, illustrations, or shooting screenplays will be accepted.

6. Screenplays should not have been produced nor optioned. Screenplays that are currently optioned or have negotiations pending and/or are sold before the Big Star Screenwriting Competition ends are not eligible for competition.

7. To accompany the online submission, all entries must include complete writer contact information where requested by the withoutabox system.

8. You may enter more than one screenplay, but you must submit a separate entry form, release form and entry fee with each submission.

9. Screenplays should be copyrighted with the Library of Congress and/or registered with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). It is the responsibility of the screenwriter to ensure that their work is protected.

10. All payments must be in U.S. Dollars and must be paid online through the withoutabox payment system.

11. Finalists and winners will be determined by a judging panel comprised of professionals in the film Industry. Winners in each category of this competition will receive Prize Packages valued in excess of $1,000. Refer to the category sections and/or the “about this festival” section for details.

12. Finalists will be posted on our website on or about August 20, 2014. Winners will be posted on or about September 1, 2014. Winners will be notified by email and direct mail, based on the contact information provided.

13. Participation in the Big Star Screenwriting Competition implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in this application. By submitting your screenplay, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to the General Rules, and to the Terms and Conditions listed below.

14. Director and President of the DSA is ineligible for contest.