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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION, FILM COMPETITION, AND AUDIENCE AWARDS

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION, FILM COMPETITION, AND AUDI​ENCE AWARDS

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
2014 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION, FILM COMPETITION, AND AUDIENCE AWARDS

AUSTIN, Texas— Nov. 4, 2014— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce its 2014 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition winners, Jury and Audience Award Winners in Film.  Awards recipients received an array of cash prizes, travel expenses, industry recognition and access.  For the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition winners, a record number of 6,764 scripts were received this year and the Finalists were reviewed by an industry jury, including:

Vera Blasi (writer Woman On Top; co-writer Tortilla Soup), Wendy Calhoun (writer/producer Justified, Revenge, Nashville), Sabrina Dhawan (writer Monsoon Wedding), Stephen Falk (creator/executive producer/showrunner You’re the Worst; co-executive producer Orange is the New Black, Weeds), Mark Goffman (executive producer Sleepy Hollow, White Collar; co-executive producer Elementary), James V. Hart (writer Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Hook), Jenny Lumet (writer Rachel Getting Married), Oren Uziel (writer 22 Jump Street, The Kitchen Sink), and Herschel Weingrod (producer Falling Down; writer Trading Places) in addition to this year’s sponsored award judges AMC, The Black List, Darkwoods Productions, and Enderby Entertainment.

The following winners were selected by category:

  • Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: Dead River Girl by Morris Long
  • Comedy Screenplay Award: Three Months by Jared Frieder
  • Enderby Entertainment Award: Suicide Boy by Laura Hainke
  • Fade to Black Award: I Fucked James Bond by Josh Hallman
  • Darkwoods Productions Horror Award: The 700 Year Itch by Molly Stein & Moon Unit Zappa
  • Darkwoods Productions Sci-Fi Award: The Incomparable Donald Strange by James Fant & Zach Cannon
  • AMC One-Hour Teleplay Pilot: Ascension by Wes Brown
  • Sitcom Teleplay Pilot: Great Points Park by Danny Sullivan
  • One-Hour Teleplay Spec: The Americans: Barium Meals by Adam Turner
  • Sitcom Teleplay Spec: Bob’s Burgers: Mr. Whiskers by Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija

In its 21-year history, the AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition has served to launch many writing careers.  Most recently, Troy Miller, the 2013 winner of the Horror Screenplay Award had his script optioned by Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions.  At this year’s Festival, AFF presented the world premiere of Dawn Patrol, a film produced from a 2008 Finalist script written by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman that was acquired by Enderby Entertainment, and directed by Daniel, Petrie, Jr.

The 2014 Jury award-winning films featured a series of original, charming, and memorable stories created by up-and-coming filmmakers. This year, AFF’s inaugural Comedy Vanguard Jury Award, joined the ranks of the Festival’s other award categories. Serving on AFF’s competition juries this year was a list of talented filmmakers and notable industry insiders including Dan Guando (Executive Vice President of Acquisitions at The Weinstein Company), Simon Kilmurry (Executive Producer of P.O.V.), and Tom Skerritt (actor and founder of The Film School), along with many others. Animated, Documentary, and Narrative Short Jury Winners are eligible for Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences nomination.

The following Jury Award winners were selected by category:

  • Narrative Feature: The Kings Surrender written by Philipp Leinemann
  • Documentary Feature Jury Award: Once Upon a Crime: The Borrelli-Davis Conspiracy directed by Sheldon Wilson
  • Dark Matters Feature: One Eyed Girl co-written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna,
  • Comedy Vanguard Feature: Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero co-written by Maz Jobrani and Amir Ohebsion
  • Narrative Short: Skunk written by Annie Silverstein
  • Documentary Short: The Next Part directed by Erin Sanger
  • Animated Short: Between Times co-written by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter
  • Narrative Student Short: Luke written by Conor Hamill
  • Young Filmmakers Program Competition Grand Prize: Special Is Just a Word written by Abby Thompson
  • Honorable Mention: Skin Deep, written by Monica Zanetti

After Festival Screenings, audiences voted for the Audience Award scoring the film or films screened. These ballots have been counted and tabulated to determine the 2014 Austin Film Festival’s Audience Award winners.

The following Audience Award winners were selected by category:

  • Narrative Feature: Terrible Love co-written by Luke Helmer and Christopher Thomas,
  • Documentary Feature: The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young, co-directed by Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane
  • Dark Matters Feature: The Suicide Theory written by Michael J Kospiah
  • Comedy Vanguard Feature: Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero co-written by Maz Jobrani and Amir Ohebsion
  • Narrative Short: Mimi & Me written by Marly Reed
  • Documentary Short: Albert directed by Daniel Jaffe
  • Animated Short: TIE The Dam Keeper written by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi | The Last Resort written by Gillian Park
  • Student Short: Luke written by Conor Hamill
  • Heart of Film: Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West co-written by Mike Thompson, Jerry Thompson, and Gregory
  • Stories From Abroad: Taking it Back written by Andreas Schmied
  • Texas Independents: Flutter written by Eric Hueber
  • Marquee Feature: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me directed by James Keach

About Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS 2014 FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS 2014 FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS                         AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 10, 2013— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition and Film Competition.  These AFF competitions often act as springboards for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers eager to jump into the movie business. AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS 2014 FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

                       

AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 10, 2013— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition and Film Competition.  These AFF competitions often act as springboards for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers eager to jump into the movie business.

AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most respected and prestigious writing contests in the country with a rich history of launching careers.  Brian Weakland, 2013 Drama Screenplay Winner for “Last Waltz of Vienna”, and Brian Siegele, 2013 Sci-Fi Screenplay Winner for “Lightspeed” both signed with Madhouse Entertainment after winning.

“Austin scripts are read and judged by top Hollywood screenwriters – professionals who appreciate good storytelling. There is nothing hollow about a win in Austin,” Weakland recently said.

“I signed with the reps of my dreams within weeks of the festival,” Siegle added, “and we are now working on packaging my winning screenplay as well as prepping new ideas.”

At the 2013 Festival, AFF presented two World Premieres from alumni of its screenplay competition: COFFEE, KILL BOSS by 2011 Semifinalist Sigurd Ueland and CAVEMEN by 2000 Semifinalist Herschel Faber.  Also recently announced, Dan Shea, 2012 Comedy Screenplay Winner, had his winning script “The P.A.N.D.A War” optioned by Dirty Monty. Christopher Cantwell, a 2010 Finalist, recently had one of his pilot scripts Halt & Catch Fire ordered for series production by AMC.  Rachel Long and Brian Pittman’s 2008 Semifinalist script “Stranded” (renamed to DAWN PATROL) was acquired by Enderby Entertainment and recently wrapped production with Daniel Petrie, Jr. as director.

AFF’s Film Competition provides an invaluable platform for filmmakers to showcase their craft among industry professionals, aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers and film-lovers.  Known as “The Writer’s Festival,” for the past 20 years, Austin Film Festival prides itself in seeking out films that display strong written and visual storytelling. The 2013 festival featured 28 World Premieres and several US and North American premieres.  Five features were picked up for distribution during the week of the festival, and another shortly after.

As an Academy Qualifier, the jury award winners for Narrative Shorts and Animated Shorts are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award.  Last year’s jury included Leigh Whannell, America Ferrera, Scott Neustadter, Mick Garris, David Lowery, and executives from Anchor Bay, Long Shot Factory, and Nickelodeon.

For more information on submitting a film or screenplay, please visit www.austinfilmfestival.com.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 21st Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2014. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Moviemaker Magazine named Austin the #1 city in which to be a moviemaker in 2013, as well as selecting AFF as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals around. In addition, AFF consistently receives accolades as Moviemaker’s Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

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1-800-310-FEST or 512-478-4795

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An Update for 2013 Screenplay Competition Entrants

After receiving a record number of entries, we have completed the reading process and have started mailing out notification letters. By the end of the week, letters will be sent out to all entrants and Semifinalists will receive a personal phone call from Matt Dy, Screenplay Competition Director. Within the next week, we will be sending out email notifications to all entrants to ensure everyone has received communication. Please give some time to receive your letter and e-mail before inquiring about the status of your script. The full results for the Second Round and Semifinalist scripts will be posted by mid September. Good luck to all of our 2013 entrants!

09.04.2013 | Matt Dy

After receiving a record number of entries, we have completed the reading process and have started mailing out notification letters. By the end of the week, letters will be sent out to all entrants and Semifinalists will receive a personal phone call from Matt Dy, Screenplay Competition Director. Within the next week, we will be sending out email notifications to all entrants to ensure everyone has received communication. Please give some time to receive your letter and e-mail before inquiring about the status of your script. The full results for the Second Round and Semifinalist scripts will be posted by mid September. Good luck to all of our 2013 entrants!

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Austin Film Festival Breaks Record for Submissions

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL BREAKS RECORD FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2013 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION 8648 ENTRIES FOR 2013, UP BY 32% FROM 2012 Wednesday, June 19th — Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce a record number of submissions for their 20th annual Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. The 2013 competition received a total of 8648 entries across all categories with 6236 individual script submissions.  AFF’s …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL BREAKS RECORD FOR SUBMISSIONS

FOR 2013 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION

8648 ENTRIES FOR 2013, UP BY 32% FROM 2012

Wednesday, June 19th — Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce a record number of submissions for their 20th annual Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. The 2013 competition received a total of 8648 entries across all categories with 6236 individual script submissions.  AFF’s long-standing history for launching writing careers brought in entries from all over the U.S. and 48 other countries and has attracted influential industry heavyweights such as AMC, Dark Hero Studios, Darkwoods Productions, Enderby Entertainment and the Writers Guild of America East to sponsor and judge specific categories.  These numbers have grown by approximately 32% from last year’s submissions, present the most significant increase in the Festival’s 20-year history and further position AFF as one of the most prominent screenplay competitions alongside the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Competition winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the 2013 Festival & Conference (October 24-31); access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry; and will also be included in the annual Producers Book distributed to more than 400 production companies. Writers advancing to the Second Round (roughly top 10-12%), Semifinals and Finals will be given exclusive opportunities to attend special roundtables and panels at this year’s Conference.

In AFF’s 20-year history, past competition entrants have signed with agencies, have had scripts optioned, acquired and made, and have jumpstarted TV writing careers.  2010 Finalist Chris Cantwell had his script “Halt & Catch Fire” (co-written with partner Chris Rogers) ordered by AMC as one of four projects this year to go to pilot.  2010 Comedy Screenplay Winner Julie Howe currently has her winning script “Jasper Milliken” in development with Sony-based producers, Joyce San Pedro (an AFF judge) and Alex Siskin.  Appearing on the 2012 Black List are 2011 Comedy Screenplay Winner Max Taxe for his winning script “Goodbye, Felix Chester” and 2012 Drama Finalist Austin Reynolds for “From New York to Florida”.

To attend the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival and Conference, get your badge here.

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Highlights from the “Launching Your Writing Career” panel in LA

05.30.13 | Matt Dy On March 30th, three of the most prestigious organizations centered around championing the screenwriter partnered to present Launching Your Writing Career, a special panel sponsored in part and hosted by the Los Angeles Film School.  Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay Director, Matt Dy, the Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Greg Beal, and the founder of The Black List, Franklin …

05.30.13 | Matt Dy

On March 30th, three of the most prestigious organizations centered around championing the screenwriter partnered to present Launching Your Writing Career, a special panel sponsored in part and hosted by the Los Angeles Film School.  Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay Director, Matt Dy, the Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Greg Beal, and the founder of The Black List, Franklin Leonard disclosed how these organizations have yielded countless success stories and how writing competitions are progressively becoming the most lucrative venue to break into the industry.  Also included in the panel discussion were Jason Micallef, 2008 Nicholl Fellow for “Butter” which also made The Black List the same year and was produced by The Weinstein Company and De Luca Productions in 2011, and Pamela Ribon, Executive Story Editor on Samantha Who? and former AFF Teleplay Finalist and Screenplay Semifinalist.  The discussion was led by moderator Daniel Petrie, Jr (Oscar® nominated screenwriter and 2013 Morgan Cox WGAW Award recipient).

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Matt Dy’s Screenplay Competition FAQ: Frantically Asked Questions

05.29.13 | Matt Dy With the final deadline for screenplays and teleplays approaching this Saturday, June 1st, I can already feel the anxiety many of you are currently experiencing if you are planning on submitting.  It is a huge step for a writer at any level to share his/her work with others.  Rest assured your script is in good hands and we want to make …

05.29.13 | Matt Dy

With the final deadline for screenplays and teleplays approaching this Saturday, June 1st, I can already feel the anxiety many of you are currently experiencing if you are planning on submitting.  It is a huge step for a writer at any level to share his/her work with others.  Rest assured your script is in good hands and we want to make the submission process as easy as possible for you.  Lately, we’ve been receiving several calls and e-mails regarding the same questions.  I’ve made a short list of frequently (and sometimes frantically) asked questions that may help make your submission process much easier (and less stressful for us!).

Q:  I entered my information in the online entry form and uploaded my script, but I wasn’t redirected to pay through PayPal.  What should I do?

A: After you fill out the online entry form and upload your script, you should be redirected to PayPal to pay with a credit card or PayPal account.  If this doesn’t happen, you likely have pop-ups disabled in your browser.  You will need to resubmit your information and script in the online entry form but make sure to enable pop-ups. If you continue to have problems, try another web browser (Firefox or Explorer) or try submitting from a different computer. Double-check that your file is in a .pdf format and under 5MB. If you still cannot submit, contact the Screenplay Competition Director at screenplaydirector@austinfilmfestival.com or call the office at 512-478-4795.

 

Q: Did you receive my submission?

A: As long as you paid through PayPal and have an e-mail receipt, then we have received your online entry form, script PDF, and payment. A separate e-mail confirmation from AFF is sent out within 5 business days (might be a little longer after the final deadline).  If you submitted through the mail, you will only receive confirmation if you included a SASE which we will send back to you.

 

Q: When is the final deadline date?

A: Postmarked or submitted online by Saturday, June 1st 11:59PM PST ($50 for screenplay entries and $30 for teleplay entries).

Read through the entire FAQ page if you have questions.  If you don’t find the answer you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at matt@austinfilmfestival.com or call our office at 512-478-4795.

 

Q: Do I retain my rights when I submit?

A: When you submit your script to AFF, you retain all the rights that you have secured prior to submitting.  You are not bound to any exclusivity agreement with AFF if your script advances or wins.  You should always copyright any script you’ve written prior to submitting it anywhere.

 

Q: Do you accept international submissions?

A:  Yes we do!  Each year we receive many submissions internationally including ones from Canada, Japan, and Ireland.  Submissions, of course, must be written in the English language.

 

Q: Do you accept scripts for animated features and television shows?

A:  Yes we do!  Any teleplays for animated shows should be for primetime (i.e. The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc.)

 

For a full list of our Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ page here.

 

If you’re submitting this year, you are taking a brave step in growing as a writer.  You only have a few days left to submit your script for the 2013 competition.  Are you ready?

 

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AFF Announces AMC as New Sponsor for the 2013 One-Hour Pilot Award

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AMC AS NEW SPONSOR FOR THE 2013 ONE-HOUR PILOT AWARD   Austin, TX – May 20, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that AMC is the official sponsor and judge for the One-Hour Pilot Award of the 2013 Teleplay Competition.  The AMC One-Hour Pilot Award is open to any pilot script written in the one-hour format …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AMC AS NEW SPONSOR FOR THE

2013 ONE-HOUR PILOT AWARD

 

Austin, TX – May 20, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that AMC is the official sponsor and judge for the One-Hour Pilot Award of the 2013 Teleplay Competition.  The AMC One-Hour Pilot Award is open to any pilot script written in the one-hour format for an original television series.  AMC will review the top scripts submitted in the category and will determine the semifinalists, finalists, and winner.  Finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with a representative from AMC during this year’s Conference (October 24-27) or over the phone at a later date.  The winner of the One-Hour Pilot Award will receive a prize package including $1,000, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the Festival and Conference, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.

 

“Each of AMC’s series has started with an original vision from the great writer that defied expectations,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of Scripted Programming.  “The network is honored to sponsor the AFF’s One-Hour Pilot Award as it recognizes talent from this community and helps foster a new generation of great writers.”

 

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” Its newest series, “Low Winter Sun,” premieres this summer.  AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Comic Book Men,” “Small Town Security,” “Talking Dead,” and “Freakshow.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

 

About Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition                                                                       

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is now in its 20th year and received a record number of over 6500 entries in 2012.  Past competition entrants have signed with agencies, have had scripts optioned, acquired and made, and have jumpstarted TV writing careers.

Screenplay and Teleplay Final Deadline: JUNE 1st

All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM PST or postmarked by June 1st

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT TODAY!

 

For questions, please contact Matt Dy, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director at 1-800-310-3378 or matt@austinfilmfestival.com.

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2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY FINALISTS

AFF is pleased to announce the 2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Finalists.  They were chosen from a record field of more than 6,500 entries in the Drama, Comedy, Enderby Entertainment Award, Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award, and Teleplay categories.  The winners will be announced during this year’s Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Austin Club. Winners will receive cash …

AFF is pleased to announce the 2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Finalists.  They were chosen from a record field of more than 6,500 entries in the Drama, Comedy, Enderby Entertainment Award, Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award, and Teleplay categories.  The winners will be announced during this year’s Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Austin Club. Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while at AFF, and access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry.

The 2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Finalists are (listed by category and alphabetically by title):

SCREENPLAY – COMEDY

Blind Date by Alex Cramer

Concession Olympics by Megan Grano

Get Real by Bev Atkinson

The P.A.N.D.A. War by Daniel Shea

Santagate by Mike Sundy

 

SCREENPLAY – DRAMA

Clouds of Sorrow by Jack Davidson

Cumberland by Scott Larson

Dali by Lorraine Mauvais

Dark Ops by Andrew Sodroski & Raven Burnett

From New York to Florida by Austin Reynolds

Lukomorie by Margot Arakelian

 

ENDERBY ENTERTAINMENT AWARD

For feature scripts in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be produced for under $5 million. The production company was founded by Rick Dugdale and Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Bad Blood by Chris Connolly

The Break-Up Nurse by Adeline Colangelo

Cancer by Bobby Duncan

Drink With a Stranger by Anita J Skibski

From New York to Florida by Austin Reynolds

 

DARK HERO STUDIOS SCI-FI AWARD

Open to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Surrealism, Myth/Legend and Fantastical Storytelling. The studio was founded by David Hayter and Benedict Carver

Bad Blood by Chris Connolly

Dark Ops by Andrew Sodroski & Raven Burnett

The Domain by Michael Raymond

The House of Bathory by Shannon Pestock

My Sweet Genevese by William Viglione

 

TELEPLAY – ONE-HOUR PILOT

Horizon by B.D. Flory

Mustard by Christian Canterbury

The Photographer by Jennifer Raite & Chris Cullari

Static – “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Keith Davidson

Thin Air by Niceole R Levy

 

TELEPLAY – SITCOM PILOT

The Doghouse by Greg Karber

Fangirls – “I Love Aquaman” by Lillian DeRitter

Katie and Becca Grow Up by Leila Cohan-Miccio

 

TELEPLAY – ONE-HOUR SPEC

Dexter – “The Second Coming” by David Radcliff

Justified – “Mama’s in the Graveyard; Papa’s in the Pen” by Courtney Kirkpatrick & Edward Kirkpatrick

Parenthood – “How to Jew” by Nathaniel Orr

 

TELEPLAY – SITCOM SPEC

30 Rock – “Clinical Implantation” by Dayo Adesokan

The Middle – “To Heck and Back” by Sheela Shrinivas

Modern Family – “Earthquake Party” by Abi Wurdeman & Phil Wurdeman

 

Finalist scripts will be reviewed by an industry panel of judges including:

 

Drama Finalist Judges (provided by the Writers Guild of America, East)

  • Christopher Kyle – writer SERENA (2013). ALEXANDER
  • John J. McLaughlin – writer HITCHCOCK, BLACK SWAN
  • Stephen Schiff – writer WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS,  TRUE CRIME

Comedy Finalist Judges

  • Larry Doyle – writer I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER; DUPLEX
  • Craig Mazin – writer IDENTITY THIEF (2013), THE HANGOVER PART II
  • Herschel Weingrod – writer KINDERGARTEN COP, TRADING PLACES

Teleplay Finalist Judges

  • Noah Hawley – showrunner “My Generation”, “The Unusuals”
  • Kyle Killen – showrunner “Awake”, “Lone Star”
  • Nancy Pimental – writer/producer “Shameless”

A PDF of the full list of Finalists and Semifinalists:

2012 Finalists and Semifinalists

A PDF of the full list of Second Rounders:

Second Rounders

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2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION SEMIFINALISTS AND SECOND ROUNDERS

AFF is pleased to announce its 2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Semifinalists and Second Rounders who were chosen from a record field of more than 6500 entries in the Drama, Comedy, Enderby Entertainment Award, Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award, and Teleplay categories. A total of 729 scripts advanced to the Second Round (roughly top 10-12%) before being eliminated. 96 scripts were selected for the Semifinals …

AFF is pleased to announce its 2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Semifinalists and Second Rounders who were chosen from a record field of more than 6500 entries in the Drama, Comedy, Enderby Entertainment Award, Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award, and Teleplay categories. A total of 729 scripts advanced to the Second Round (roughly top 10-12%) before being eliminated. 96 scripts were selected for the Semifinals to remain in contention.

The Finalists will be revealed by early October and the winners will be announced during this year’s Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at the Austin Club. Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while at AFF, and access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry.

This year’s Semifinalists are (listed by category and alphabetically by title):

Screenplay – Comedy

  • 12 Steps for Pussies by Dwayne McKenzie & Jim Patton
  • Blind Date by Alex Cramer
  • The Break-Up Nurse by Adeline Colangelo
  • Candy Rocks Doesn’t Grow Up by Eric Randolph Rasmussen
  • Concession Olympics by Megan Grano
  • Detroit Nuke City by John Sheehan
  • Donnie Lasagna by Anthony Stitt & Jeff Trently
  • Get Real by Bev Atkinson
  • Henchmen by Eric Gross & Marshall Johnson
  • High School Seniors by Hamish McCollester
  • How to Win in Politics by Jordan Newman
  • MILFS by Carrie Stett
  • The Monster of Perfect, California by Paul Sheridan
  • The P.A.N.D.A. War by Daniel Shea
  • Rusty by Michael Ouellette
  • Santagate by Mike Sundy
  • Two Old Dicks by Matt Zajac
  • V-Day by Ali Imran Zaidi
  • Western Bloc by Margot Arakelian
  • Worst.Date.Ever. by Joshua Sheehan & Marco Rodriguez

Screenplay – Drama

  • Bad Blood by Chris Connolly
  • Child-Proof by Michael Levin & Kevin Brotman
  • Clouds of Sorrow by Jack Davidson
  • Cold Snap by Samuel J. Winokur
  • Cry Mother Earth by Aron Wilburn & George Wilburn
  • Cumberland by Scott Larson
  • Dali by Lorraine Mauvais
  • Dark Ops by Andrew Sodroski & Raven Burnett
  • Deacon’s Point by Blake McCallister
  • Drink With a Stranger by Anita J Skibski
  • Freedom by Byron Hudson
  • From New York to Florida by Austin Reynolds
  • Havana Rules by Annie LaBarba
  • Heaven’s Door by Geoff Redknap
  • The House of Bathory by Shannon Pestock
  • Lukomorie by Margot Arakelian
  • The Mortality Game by Ed Vela
  • The Murphys by Kaitlin McLaughlin
  • My Sweet Genevese by William Viglione
  • Our Enemies by Ramesh Santanam
  • Paris Burning by Roberto Dantas
  • The Rise and Fall of Lorenzo the Kid by Matthew A. Brown
  • What’s Ailing Spencer Frayley by Michael Werwie
  • The Witness by Nouri Zarrugh

Enderby Entertainment Award

(For feature scripts in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be produced under $5 million.  The production company was founded by Rick Dugdale and Daniel Petrie, Jr.)

  • Bad Blood by Chris Connolly
  • The Break-Up Nurse by Adeline Colangelo
  • Cancer by Bobby Duncan
  • Drink With a Stranger by Anita J Skibski
  • From New York to Florida by Austin Reynolds
  • Hero Wanted by Dennis Douda
  • Santagate by Mike Sundy
  • The Scrubland by Corey Bodoh-Creed
  • Suburban Gothic by Anton Diether
  • Will’s Friend Will by Elaine Thomas

Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award

(Open to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Surrealism, Myth/Legend and Fantastical Storytelling.  The studio was founded by David Hayter and Benedict Carver)

  • Bad Blood by Chris Connolly
  • Coffin Makers by David B. Carren
  • Dark Ops by Andrew Sodroski & Raven Burnett
  • The Domain by Michael Raymond
  • Heirloom by Noga Landau
  • The House of Bathory by Shannon Pestock
  • Little Lucy by Daniel J. Hernandez
  • My Sweet Genevese by William Viglione
  • Shiny Penny by Daniel Shea
  • When the Moon Rises by Jeff Storms

Teleplay – One-Hour Pilot

  • Beltway – “The Last of the Swinging Dicks” by Thom Woodley
  • Bricks and Stones  by Alexander Newman-Wise
  • The Hinterland – “The Last Human City” by Jason Noto
  • Horizon by B.D. Flory
  • Mnemonic  by Jimmy Miller
  • Mustard by Christian Canterbury
  • The Photographer  by Jennifer Raite & Chris Cullari
  • The Reel by Adam D’Alba
  • Static – “Someone to Watch Over Me”  by Keith Davidson
  • Street Legal by Warren Hsu Leonard
  • Thin Air  by Niceole R Levy
  • Under the Law by Rebecca Omahen

Teleplay – Sitcom Pilot

  • Blood Types by Adam Meyer
  • The Doghouse by Greg Karber
  • Fangirls – “I Love Aquaman” by Lillian DeRitter
  • Funny Motherfuckers – “Dropped, Weak, and Horny” by Joseph J. Vargas
  • Katie and Becca Grow Up by Leila Cohan-Miccio
  • The New Twenty – “Esse Quam Videri” by Tony Sekulich
  • Welcome to the Sh!t Show  by Robert Dearden

Teleplay – One-Hour Spec

  • Dexter – “The Second Coming” by David Radcliff
  • Justified – “Mama’s in the Graveyard; Papa’s in the Pen” by Courtney Kirkpatrick and Edward Kirkpatrick
  • The Mentalist – “Cardinal Sins” by Julie Christie
  • Parenthood – “How to Jew” by Nathaniel Orr
  • Shameless – “Sleeping Dogs” by Jennifer Raite
  • White Collar – “Face of Terror” by Bobak Esfarjani

Teleplay – Sitcom Spec

  • 30 Rock – “Clinical Implantation” by Dayo Adesokan
  • Bored to Death – “The Case of the Swinging Brewskee Ballers” by Lee Carlisle
  • The Middle – “To Heck and Back” by Sheela Shrinivas
  • Modern Family – “Earthquake Party” by Abi Wurdeman & Phil Wurdeman
  • New Girl – “Schmidt Gets His Period” by Beau Henry
  • Parks & Rec – “Ye Olde Pawnee” by Julie Benson
  • Raising Hope – “Get Rich Quick, Boys and Girls!” by Kat Lombard

For the full list of this year’s Second Rounders, download the PDF below.

2012 SECOND ROUNDERS

Semifinalist scripts will be reviewed by an industry panel of judges including representatives from Oasis Media, Energy Entertainment, Mosaic Media, Brucks Entertainment, Paradigm Agency, Escape Artists at Sony, Fortis Films, Washington Square Arts, Tom Sawyer Entertainment, APA, Gross Entertainment, and many other influential decision makers.  Semifinalist, Finalists, and winners in this year’s competition will also be included in the Annual Producer’s Book which will be distributed to more than 400 production companies later this year.

Congratulations Everyone!

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A Note to This Year’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Entrants

After several months of sifting through a record number of over 6500 entries involving unique stories, memorable characters, and exemplary dialogue, we have finally narrowed down the field to the celebrated Second Rounders (top 10%) and the Semifinalist scripts that are still in contention.  The full results will be posted on our website next week but in the meantime, notification letters should be arriving in …

Screenplay submissions taking over Matt’s office

After several months of sifting through a record number of over 6500 entries involving unique stories, memorable characters, and exemplary dialogue, we have finally narrowed down the field to the celebrated Second Rounders (top 10%) and the Semifinalist scripts that are still in contention.  The full results will be posted on our website next week but in the meantime, notification letters should be arriving in mailboxes before then.  Regardless of the outcome, you have already taken an admirable step in your writing career by completing a story and putting it through the gauntlet.  Evaluating screenplays at this level is a complicated process that is, by nature, extremely subjective.  The measure of your success as a writer is not forecasted only by the outcome of a competition. Whether this was your first or nineteenth time submitting in AFF, rejection is never easy but it is an important part of growing as an artist.  Without rejection, there would be no incentive to improve and no reason to push further to succeed.  And when you do succeed, the rewards are far greater and the experience much sweeter.  To those of you who advanced in the competition this year, congratulations on receiving a distinction that is achieved only by few.  As a writer, you are of course only as good as your next work.  If writing is your passion, please continue to pursue it.

- Matt Dy

Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director

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RECORD ENTRIES FOR 2012 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES RECORD ENTRIES FOR 2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION OVER 6,500 ENTRIES FOR 2012, UP BY 12% FROM 2011 AUSTIN, TX (JUNE 13, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce record entries for their 19th annual Screenplay & Teleplay competition. The 2012 competition received a total of over 6,500 entries, up by approximately 700 entries or 12% from last …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES RECORD ENTRIES FOR 2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION
OVER 6,500 ENTRIES FOR 2012, UP BY 12% FROM 2011

AUSTIN, TX (JUNE 13, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce record entries for their 19th annual Screenplay & Teleplay competition. The 2012 competition received a total of over 6,500 entries, up by approximately 700 entries or 12% from last year’s record of over 5,800. Entries came in from all over the U.S. and 42 other countries, and the records show the Competition has grown by over 62% since 2009.

This year, a significant rise in entries occurred in each category of the competition, including screenplay entries in Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi and the Enderby Entertainment Award; and teleplay entries in Sitcom Spec, One-Hour Spec, Sitcom Pilot, and One-Hour Pilot. Panels of judges, including some of the industry’s top writers, showrunners, producers and managers, will choose the winners in each category, who will accept their awards and prizes at the 19th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference October 18-25, 2012 in Austin, TX.

Competition winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the 2012 Festival & Conference; access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry; and will also be included in the annual Producers Book distributed to more than 400 production companies. Advancing writers in the Second Round (roughly top 10-12%), Semifinals and Finals will be given exclusive opportunities to attend special roundtables and panels at this year’s Conference.

AFF not only recognizes the work of writers for feature screenplays but also those for television. This year’s number of entries includes over 1,500 submissions in the Teleplay Competition, which is open to both spec scripts for existing shows and original pilots. For the first time, the winner of the Sitcom Pilot category will be given the opportunity to have his or her winning script read aloud and workshopped during a special Roundtable session at the Conference with a panel of industry professionals including Alec Berg (writer The Dictator, Eurotrip, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Kell Cahoon (writer/producer “Psych”, “NewsRadio”, “Just Shoot Me”), and Etan Cohen (writer Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, “King of the Hill”), among others.

The Writer’s Guild of America, East, this year’s underwriting sponsor of the Drama Screenplay Award, will present the winner of the Drama category at this year’s Conference and have provided the following three WGAE writers to judge and choose the winner: Stephen Schiff (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, True Crime), Christopher Kyle (Alexander, The Weight of Water) and John J. McLaughlin (Hitchcock, Black Swan). Overall, 40 industry jurors have been confirmed to judge the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition including Herschel Weingrod (writer, Trading Places; producer, Falling Down), Kyle Killen (writer, The Beaver; showrunner, “Awake”, “Lone Star”), Craig Mazin (writer, The Hangover II), and representatives from Escape Artists at Sony, Oasis Media, Washington Square Arts and Paradigm Agency.

In its 19-year history, the AFF Screenplay & Teleplay Competition has served to jumpstart many writing careers. In the competition’s first year, screenplay competition winner Max Adams’ script Excess Baggage was optioned by Columbia and made into a film starring Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro. Rachel Long and Brian Pittman’s 2008 Semifinalist script Stranded was acquired by Enderby Entertainment (Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Rick Dugdale’s production company). The project is currently in pre-production with Petrie set to direct. Julie Howe, 2010 Comedy Screenplay Award Winner for Jasper Milliken, signed an exclusive deal with Experience Media Studios after the 2010 Conference with the help of an AFF judge and panelist. The producers of the film have officially signed on veteran director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) to helm the film.

The 19th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference will be held Oct 18 – 25, 2012 in Austin, TX. AFF has already announced the first round of panelists for this year’s Conference, including some of the top screenwriters, directors, showrunners and producers in the business. The full list of panelists can be found here. Stay tuned for announcements from AFF with this year’s awardees, film lineup, Conference panels and more panelists, and more. For more information on Austin Film Festival and to purchase passes or badges go to www.austinfilmfestival.com.

For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Judges

Austin Film Festival has assembled a panel of influential industry judges to read and determine the Semifinalists, Finalists, and winners of this year’s competition. We are proud to announce the following confirmed judges.

Austin Film Festival has assembled a panel of influential industry judges to read and determine the Semifinalists, Finalists, and winners of this year’s competition. We are proud to announce the following confirmed judges:

 

 

 

  • Dan Benamor | Producer, Nasser Entertainment
  • Richard Bever | Co-President, Chill Entertainment
  • Maggie Biggar | VP of Production, Fortis Films
  • David Boxerbaum | Literary Agent, Paradigm Agency
  • Christine Boylan | Writer/Producer, “Castle”, “Off the Map”, “Leverage”
  • Melissa Breaux | Manager, Washington Square Arts
  • Bryan Brucks | President, Brucks Entertainment
  • Kell Cahoon | Writer/Producer, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Newsradio”, “Just Shoot Me”
  • Angelina Chen | Literary Manager, Energy Entertainment
  • Lloyd Cherin | Producer, Safe Passage Pictures
  • Jon De La Luz | Producer, Luz Works
  • Allison Doyle | Literary Manager, Oasis Media Group
  • Lindsay Goffman | VP of Development, Gross Entertainment
  • Mark Goffman | Exec Producer, “White Collar”
  • Noah Hawley | Showrunner, “My Generation”, “The Unusuals”; producer, “Bones”
  • Kyle Killen | Showrunner, “Awake”, “Lone Star”; Writer, THE BEAVER
  • Angela Lee | Producer, Nifty Pictures
  • Brent Lilley | Literary Manager, Mosaic Media
  • Jeff Lowell | Producer, “Spin City”, “Just Shoot Me!”
  • Rachel Miller | President, Tom Sawyer Entertainment
  • Noreen O’Toole | Producer, “Lost”, “Castle”
  • Ed Radtke | Producer, Transparent Films
  • Joyce San Pedro | Creative Executive for Alex Siskin & Escape Artists at Sony
  • Ryan Saul | Literary Agent, APA
  • Stephen Schiff | Writer, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, TRUE CRIME, LOLITA
  • John Schwartz | Creative Executive, Quadrant Pictures
  • Sandhya Shardanand | Associate Producer, THE TREE OF LIFE, THE NEW WORLD
  • Fred Strype | Producer, Raindance Pictures
  • Meta Valentic | Producer, URBANIA; Asst Dir, “Lost”
  • Ric Roman Waugh | Writer/Director/Producer, FELON, SNITCH
  • Herschel Weingrod | Writer, TRADING PLACES; Producer, FALLING DOWN

We are also proud to have the following sponsors for this year’s competition:

The Writers Guild of America, East

The WGAE is now the underwriting sponsor of the Drama Screenplay Award category. Drama Finalist scripts will be judged by a select panel of WGAE screenwriters and the winner will be presented by a WGAE representative at the Awards Luncheon during the 2012 Conference. The first confirmed judge is Stephen Schiff (WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, TRUE CRIME, LOLITA).

Enderby Entertainment

Enderby Entertainment is the new judge for the 2012 sponsored award category!  Co-founded by AFF panelists Rick Dugdale and Daniel Petrie Jr (BEVERLY HILLS COP, THE BIG EASY), the company previously acquired the 2008 Finalist script “Stranded” with Petrie currently set to direct the project in June 2012.  The Enderby Entertainment Award category is open to feature scripts in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be independently produced with a production budget under $5 million.

Dark Hero Studios

Dark Hero Studios returns as the official sponsor of the Sci-Fi Screenplay Award!  The company is the creation of David Hayter (screenwriter WATCHMEN, X2) and Benedict Carver (producer DOOMSDAY, TEKKEN).  Submit your sci-fi, fantasy, or horror script in the Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award category for the opportunity to have your script read by this up-and-coming production company.

More judges will be confirmed soon!  Check back here for an updated list.

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