In an effort to expand its offerings and services to support diverse makers, the New Orleans Film Festival has launched its first Screenplay Competition to coincide with the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival: October 17-25.

Now in its 29th year, festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event. It is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short—and it’s been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” every year since 2012 (one of only two fests to receive that recognition for six straight years).

The festival’s growing reputation is built upon a commitment to discovering new and diverse voices. Paste Magazine praised the festival for offering “a platform to voices that still fight to be heard,” and indeed, 2017’s festival saw 45% of its films helmed by filmmakers of color and 53% from female filmmakers.

The festival seeks to bring this commitment to new and diverse voices to the Screenplay Competition and hopes to discover writers with vision and new ideas and connect them to gatekeepers and industry leaders at the New Orleans Film Festival.

Please visit one of our online submission platforms for submission fee information, rules and regulations, and to submit your film.

 

 

 

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  1. All entries submitted to the New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition must be original works by the applicant.
  2. All submissions must be in English.
  3. Submissions must be made online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted. All submissions are final and once submitted may not be replaced or edited in any way.
  4. Screenplays must be formatted according to industry standards. Pages must be numbered, and please include title only on title page. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  5. Length:
  • Feature Scripts: 40+ pages
  • Short Scripts: less than 40 pages
  • Episodic: less than 70 pages
  1. The New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition does not accept novels, short stories, stage plays, synopses, reality show concepts, scripts for existing TV series, adaptations, or works that are not original.
  2. All scripts will be reviewed by festival staff, but due to the high volume of submissions, we will not be able to provide feedback on entries. Awards, selections, and decisions of the New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition are final.
  3. Finalists will be notified by mid-August.
  4. Awards are given per entry, not per writer (in the case of multiple writers on a given screenplay).
  5. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, but each entry must be a different screenplay and must pay a separate entry fee.
  6. Louisiana Screenplay category: The writer must currently reside in Louisiana. You will be asked to provide proof of residence. This category encompasses screenplays of any kind: feature-length, short, episodic, pilots, etc.

Earlybird Deadline: April 6, 2018

Regular Deadline: April 27, 2018

Late Deadline: May 25, 2018

Extended Late Deadline: June 29, 2018

Notification: August 17, 2018

 

Fee/Entry Cost Breakdown

Feature Screenplay

Early Deadline $20

Regular Deadline $30

Late Deadline $35

Extended Late Deadline $40

 

Short Length Script

Early Deadline $15

Regular Deadline $20

Late Deadline $25

Extended Late Deadline $30

 

Episodic Screenplay

Early Deadline $15

Regular Deadline $20

Late Deadline $25

Extended Late Deadline $30

 

Louisiana Screenplays* (including Feature, Short, or Episodic)

Early Deadline $15

Regular Deadline $20

Late Deadline $25

Extended Late Deadline $30

*for Louisiana-based writers only

The winner and top three finalists in all categories will receive an All-Access Pass to attend the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival October 17-25. The writers will be invited to all panels, roundtables, receptions, networking events, and screenings over the course of the nine-day event.

Additionally, winners of each category will receive a cash prize.

The winner of the Feature Screenplay category (for screenplays 40 pages or longer) will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $1000.

The winner of the Short Film Screenplay category (for screenplays under 40 pages) will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $500.

The winner of the Episodic Screenplay category (for pilots, web series, teleplays, etc.) will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $500.

For Louisiana residents, an additional award will be given out: one unrestricted cash prize of $1000 to the Louisiana writer with the best screenplay (whether Feature, Short or Episodic).