11th Annual

Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Hella Early Deadline
August 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 115.00 110.00
Student Fee 110.00 105.00
Earlybird Deadline
September 28, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 120.00 115.00
Student Fee 115.00 110.00
Regular Deadline
November 16, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 130.00 125.00
Student Fee 125.00 120.00
Late Deadline
December 14, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 140.00 135.00
Student Fee 135.00 130.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 4, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 160.00 155.00
Student Fee 155.00 150.00

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

Category Details

February 9, 2018

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Screenwriter's Retreat
Three (3) winning screenwriters will be given the opportunity to participate in our annual Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriter’s Retreat. This exclusive, all expenses paid program offers our winners the chance to sit down with industry members and workshop their screenplay one-on-one during a two day retreat. Our mentors are all screenwriters who have worked in the industry, had festival success with their work, and earned major academic qualifications. This workshop is one of our most lauded successes and gives our winners invaluable experience that will help bolster not only their current screenplay but their future work as well.
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

ScreenCraft Writer's Summit Badge
The three (3) winning screenwriters will receive an invitation and complimentary badge to attend the first ever three-day Writers Summit at the Atlanta Film Festival (presented by The Atlanta Film Society and ScreenCraft). This event will feature panels, workshops, private mentoring and parties with top Oscar and EMMY-winning and blockbuster screenwriters, as well as agents, managers, producers and studio executives. It will be an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in Hollywood, in a personal environment where unguarded conversations and long-term partnerships can be forged. All attendees will have access to the opening night and evening parties of the Atlanta Film Festival as well as private networking with industry giants at daily writers Happy Hours.
Value of Goods/Services: 300 U.S. Dollar

Atlanta Film Festival Badge
The three (3) winning screenwriters also receive an All Access Badge to the Atlanta Film Festival where they can network with directors and industry members from all over the world. At the festival, they will also have the opportunity to take part in a staged reading of their screenplay for the festival attendees. This reading will be conducted by Atlanta SAG actors which provides the invaluable experience of hearing your words brought to life in front of an audience of filmmakers, industry members, and general movie lovers.

Category Rules

Feature screenplays must be 75 to 130 pages long in standard screenplay format with 12-point courier font. Screenplays longer than 130 pages will not be accepted.

Entrants must submit a PDF file available for judging.

For your own protection, we recommend that you copyright or register your work.

Please note the award for winning the competition is a trip to Atlanta for a Screenwriting Retreat during the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival. Travel (from within the United States) and lodging will be provided for the weekend.

Only one writer per winning script will have their travel and lodging covered.

Screenplays must be the original work of the writer(s). If the screenplay is based on another person’s life, writer(s) must also attach a signed statement acknowledging and approving of adaptation. A screenplay containing copyrighted ideas, characters, or storylines without the proper paperwork will be disqualified.