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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Deadline Entry Fee
July 15, 2008 (early)
August 01, 2008
August 15, 2008
August 31, 2008
$50 Feature/$35 Short (by 7/15/2008);
$55/$40 (by 08/01/2008);
$60/$45 (by 08/15/2008);
$65/$55 (by 08/31/2008)
Other Awards/Prizes: 2 Filmmaker Passes to the 2009 Vail Film Festival, 1 domestic air ticket to Denver, 3 night hotel accomodations in Vail, screenplay read by established film production companies. Staged reading of excerpt of winning screenplay during the Vail Film Festival. Designated Vail Film Festival Press Release to national media and more.
The Vail Film Festivals Screenwriting Competition objective is to find the best screenplays. Winning scripts are read by professional hollywood producers who are looking for new scripts.

The Vail 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. .

Notification Date: February 01, 2009.
Eligibility: *The screenplay must be original and unproduced at the time of submission. Optioned scripts are acceptable for entry.

*All scripts must conform to standard screenplay format.

*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.

*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.

*Once a screenplay has been submitted, substitutions of new drafts will not be accepted under any circumstances.

*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.

For all guidelines, visit website.


Feature Scripts must be between 70-125 pages in length.

Short Scripts must be between 3-45 pages in length.

See website

Web Address:
Contact & E-mail: Megen Musegades
Contact Title: Associate Director
Organization: Vail Film Festival
1716 West 31st Street, #3
Minneapolis, MN 55408
United States
Phone: 970.476.1092
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