8th Annual

Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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Feature Screenplay
Feature screenplays are unproduced screenplays that are 75 to 130 pages in length and in standard screenplay format.


The Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition looks to discover high quality screenplays and then help the writer further develop and refine their script through an intensive workshop retreat that coincides with the Atlanta Film Festival, with professional writers and filmmakers.


The 8th Annual Screenplay Competition as part of the 39th Annual Atlanta Film Festival

The Atlanta Film Festival has a 4 decade long history of discovering and nurturing new filmmaking talent, including showing early works by Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, and Victor Nuñez. Recognizing that the screenplay is one of the fundamental foundations of filmmaking, the Screenplay Competition was founded in 2008 to expand ATLFF's tradition of discovery and support. The retreat brings the writers of the winning screenplays together not only with established writers, but also with producers and directors who can provide a different perspective on the script and advice on how to move forward towards getting the project produced.

Past Mentors have included ATLFF Screenplay Competition Winner James Ponsoldt (THE SPECTACULAR NOW), Kent Osborne (HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS), Morgan J. Freeman (HURRICANE), Anne Hubbell (THANKSGIVING), Carly Hugo (PETER AND VANDY, HOT COFFEE), Stephen Israel (SWIMMING WITH SHARKS), J.T. Petty (THE BURROWERS, SPLINTER CELL: CHAOS THEORY), Joel Zwick (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) Amy Dotson (Producer & Managing Director for IFP NY), AND Rob Long (CHEERS, GEORGE & LEO).

2014 Mentors
Michael Lucker (SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON), Rashaad Ernesto Green (GUN HILL ROAD), David Paterson (THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS)

Comments from participants in the Screenwriter’s Retreat:

"The screenplay retreat was a unique and immersive experience in that it not only provided specific unbiased insight into the world of my script, but also refreshingly candid knowledge about the world of the industry itself. The festival truly does a commendable job of nurturing diverse talent and offering the rare opportunity to workshop your material in a concentrated, safe, and fun environment with mentors who genuinely want you to put your best foot forward, both with your script and the industry at large." - Melanie Schiele

"The ATLFF was absolutely a career high. I was so honored to be apart of such a prestigious festival. From day 1, the staff and volunteers were professional, courteous and encouraging towards my endeavors in screenwriting. The mentors chosen for the screenplay winners were kind, very knowledgeable of their craft and accessible. I had a blast laughing, creating and viewing all the wonderful talent throughout the festival. Thank you again ATLFF for such an uplifting experience!"- Tonya Holloway

“This competition offers you what very few can, a personal and relaxed atmosphere to meet with professionals who are willing to take the time to not only get to know your writing but you as a person.” Wenonah Wilms, 2008 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition Winner

“Not only did I absolutely have a blast down there, as we were all treated like VIPs for the weekend, but more importantly, the workshop proved to be invaluable, as I received a lot of great notes and feedback that should definitely help me in making this next draft even more compelling.” - Caitlin McCarthy


Angie Harrell (Festival Registrar); Christopher Escobar (Executive Director); Christopher Holland (Marketing and Operations Director); Kristy Breneman (Programming Director); Michael Ewing (Festival Registrar)


Screenplays must include a properly formatted title page with name, title, and address and contact info.

All pages must be numbered, starting with page 1 after the cover page. No odd or even numbering.

Shooting Scripts are not eligible for submission. Scripts with enhanced camera directions and descriptions integral to the story and are included for narrative or visual clarity will still be considered.

Do not attach an introduction or cover letter to the screenplay.

We only accept PDF versions of scripts. We do not accept Word .docs, Final Draft, Celtrix are any other file formats.

International Screenplays may enter, however the Atlanta Film Festival only covers travel within the United States and from Canada for the 3 winners.

International Screenplays and their Screenwriters will be eligible to be named a ATLFF Screenplay Competition Finalist. For those Finalists who cannot guarantee they'll be in the United States or Canada at the time of 2013 Atlanta Film Festival will be automatically ineligible to be one of the 3 winners.

For collaborative screenplays, the festival will only cover the travel of one of the writers.


Pen Names and Pseudonyms are not allowed. Writers must submit screenplays under their legal name.

It is the sole responsibility of the writer(s) to ensure their screenplay is properly formatted and suitable for submission.

By submitting to the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition you are affirming the following:

1) That the script being entered is the sole work of the writer or writers who in totality contributed 100% of the contents of the screenplay

2) For works written by more than one writer, all writers have agreed to submit the work for consideration

3) For works written by more than one writer, the collaborators no longer involved and not claiming copyright privileges have relinquished their claim to copyright in writing, or electronically, and proof can be provided

4) The screenwriter(s) have permission to use any work included in the screenplay that they have not written themselves