12th Annual

Vail Film Festival

 
Category

Feature Screenplay Competition

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
May 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
June 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 55.00
Late Deadline
July 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 60.00
WAB Extended Deadline
August 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 65.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately February 1, 2015


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
The grand-prize winner will receive one complimentary luxury hotel stay during the Festival and two VIP all-access passes to the 2015 Vail Film Festival. The top three finalists will be announced in an internationally disseminated press release, on the Festival website and through Festival and partner newsletters. Gift Certificate for Final Draft.
Value of Goods/Services: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
2nd Place Screenwriting Winner receives: 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2015 Vail Film Festival, networking opportunities at VFF Filmmaker Reception. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 2nd place winner. Announcement of award in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide. Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents.
Sponsor:Vail Film Institute
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
3rd Place Screenwriting Winner receives: 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2015 Vail Film Festival. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media announcing the Screenplay Competition Winners, and listing the screenplay as the 3rd place winner. Announcement of award in festival newsletter and listing on festival website and in Official festival program guide. Screenplay highly recommended and sent by the festival to established producers and agents.
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

The Vail Film Festival Feature Screenplay Competition welcomes all genres of unproduced feature length screenplays.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Vail Film Festival is produced by the Colorado Film Institute, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema. The Vail Film Festival strives to encourage artistic innovation, promote new and creative filmmaking, and foster discourse about independent film and other forms of media which challenge and entertain. The 2015 Vail Film Festival will be held in Vail, CO, from March 26 - 29, 2015.

ABOUT THE VAIL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
The Colorado Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world’s most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access. The festival awards prizes to the top three winners. Our winners receive recognition at the festival and beyond, through the festival newsletter, website and program guide, as well as in an official national press release. The Vail Film Festival draws many of the film industry's top filmmakers and producers and is an incredible opportunity for networking with Hollywood's top players. Recent festival attendees include Michael Imperioli, Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Smith, Michelle Monaghan, Ashley Jensen, Tim Daly, Adrien Grenier, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Harold Ramis, Sophia Bush, D.B. Sweeney, Luke Wilson, Tiffani Theissen, Giancarlo Esposito, Melissa Joan Hart, Kip Pardue, William Forsythe, Adam Kassen (president of Trigger Street Independent), Laura Bickford (Academy-Award nominated producer of "Traffic"), Rob Williams (VP of Wellspring), Clark McCutcheon (VP of The Weinstein Co, formerly Miramax), Dori Weiss (formerly VP, Imagine Entertainment, Dir. of Development at Warner Bros. Television; and Dir. of Development at Paramount Television.)

GENERAL RULES
1. You may enter as many scripts as you like, but each must be accompanied by a separate entry and the required entry fee.
2. Entries must be written in English. The screenplay(s) must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.
3. All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.
4. Feature Scripts must be between 70-125 pages in length. All pages other than the first page should be numbered.
5. Judging is solely on the screenplay. Do not include the following information or materials as they will be disregarded: logline, synopsis, treatment, or any additional materials not specifically requested.
6. Script collaborations are allowed, however, each writer must sign the application form (space is provided on the form), and the work must be the sole and exclusive property of the collaborators.
9. Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts will not be accepted under any circumstances.
10. Writer(s) retain ALL rights for their entry(ies) when entering our competition.
11. Adaptations are acceptable for entry in our competition only if you have all the appropriate and/or required approvals/waivers/permissions from any and all right holders. If you are unsure, please consult an entertainment attorney for your own protection.

JUDGING & NOTIFICATION.
1.Judging will be anonymous. Upon receipt, your screenplay(s)
will be assigned corresponding numbers, and your screenplay(s) will be identifiable to the judges by number only.
2. Judges' decisions are final. Prizes are non-transferable. Winners are responsible for any taxes.
3. Individuals active in the film and screenwriting community will conduct preliminary judging. A panel of industry experts and screenwriting professionals will conduct the final round of judging. Semifinalists and Finalists will be announced. Three Winners will be selected to receive prizes.
4. In the event a collaborative screenplay is selected as the First Prize winning entry, the writers must determine who will receive the prizes. Only one First prize package will be awarded.
5. Every entrant will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of his/her script.
6. Semifinalists will be posted on the Vail Film Festival site on December 15, 2014. Finalists will be posted on January 15, 2015. Winners will be notified by email on February 1, 2015, and on the web at www.VailFilmFesitival.com. An announcement will also be sent out in the Vail Film Festival newsletter. Winners will be included in the official festival program guide and in a national press release. Prizes will be awarded by March 28, 2015.