Screenplay Submission FAQs
Haven't heard about the status of your submission?
Submissions status for all screenplays submitted to ATLFF 2017 are scheduled to be released on 12 PM EST on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Unless you unsubscribed from our mailing list, you should receive at least one email about your film submission. (Our email software won't let us send out multiple emails per email address, so if you submitted multiple films you will still only get email about one of them.)
What are your competition categories?
We have three categories eligible of the competition.
- Feature Film Screenplays which can be of any genre and must be within 80-130 pages in length.
- Pilot Screenplays which can be any genre and must be within 10-70 pages long. When you submit, please indicate as to whether this is a webisode, 30 minute comedy, an hour long drama, or some combination of the three.
- Short Film Screenplays which can be of any genre and must be within 5-40 pages long.
Do you accept screenplays through snail mail?
Unfortunately, we do not. All screenplays must be submitted in PDF form via either FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, or Coverfly.
What are the deadlines?
You can find the chart with all of the screenplay deadlines here.
Do you guys offer waivers?
The only guaranteed waivers are for alumni of the Atlanta Film Festival and filmmakers from countries in which international sanctions prevent them from paying a fee. If this applies to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only exception to this rule is the Coverage & Analysis Program. Included in the price of this program is a free submission waiver to the Screenplay Competition.
I live outside of the US, can I still submit to your competition?
Of course you can! In fact, some of our winners have come from outside the United States.
Is there an age limit?
Not at all. We welcome writers of any age. Keep in mind, however, that if you are under 18 the laws of your state may prohibit from submitting personally and you may need an adult’s assistance.
If I submit to ATLFF, do I still own the rights to my screenplay?
Yes, you still own the rights. In addition, we strongly recommend that you either register your screenplay with the WGA (East or West) or copyright it through the US Copyright Office. (www.wga.org and http://www.copyright.gov).
Can I submit the same script two years in a row?
Absolutely; however, we highly recommend that any re-submission undergoes significant rewrites. If you sign up for our screenplay coverage program, you will receive a waiver code to re-submit your screenplay for free. The coverage program is the best way to get professional advice from someone who knows what they’re doing and won’t pull their punches.
Can I enter other competitions?
Enter away. We want you to enter every and any competition that appeals to you. Please reach out to let us know how those competitions go!
Can I submit my spec script/short story/etc?
Unfortunately, no. The Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition does not accept spec scripts for existing properties, novels, short stories, reality tv show concepts, stage plays or treatments.
When will I know if I won?
The notification date for the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition is February 9th, 2018. At this time, all entrants will be contacted to announce our ten finalists in the feature screenplay competition, five finalists in the pilot screenplay competition, and five finalists in the short film screenplay competition.
We will announce three winners in the feature screenplay competition, one winner in the pilot competition, and one winner in the short film competition by February 23rd, 2018.
Most importantly: What do I win?
The Atlanta Film Festival prides itself on a commitment to furthering the careers of filmmakers and writers who win our competitions or are selected for our festival. With that in mind, we prioritize once in a lifetime opportunities for our screenplay competition.
The winners of the pilot and short film competitions will receive a one-on-one consultation with an industry professional in their genre. For pilots, we provide consultation with an Atlanta writer working in either the television or web series industry. For short films, we provide consultation with a short film writer/director in the Atlanta area who has extensive experience with production and the festival circuit. These opportunities are designed to give our winners the chance to sit down and talk about the next steps for their script, discuss paths for jump starting or furthering their career, and develop a connection with someone who can serve as a mentor on future projects.
The winners of the feature screenplay competition 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.
All winners 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.
All winners 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.
*Estimated value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar
Who reads the screenplays?
All Screenplay submissions are read multiple times by a combination of ATLFF trained readers and the Screenplay Programming team.
Can I read screenplays?
So long as you’re not submitting into the competition and you really like to read, please apply to be a reader. Click here to apply. We’ll get back to you if we think it might be a good fit. Screenplay readers not only receive invaluable learning experience but are also given Atlanta Film Festival perks based on the number of scripts read. For more information please email email@example.com
Is the Coverage & Analysis Program part of the screenplay competition?
Yes and no, screenwriters are always welcome to submit their screenplay to the Coverage & Analysis Program independent of the screenplay competition. However, screenwriters who purchase Coverage & Analysis will be given the opportunity to resubmit their screenplay with revisions (if Coverage is purchased at the time of submission) or submit to next year’s competition for free*.
Our Coverage & Analysis Program is designed to give you everything you need to produce the best version of your story possible. Our team of paid, trained readers review each screenplay and provide each writer with a 3-4 page analysis of their screenplay within 60 days of purchase.
Price: 75$ for feature screenplays 90-120 pages and 65$ for pilot screenplays 30-90 pages***
*If you purchase Coverage & Analysis at the time of your submission you will be allowed to either re-submit by the final deadline of that year, or submit for next year’s festival. However, any submissions to next year’s festival must occur by the regular deadline. Waivers will not be accepted for the Late or Extended deadlines.
***These fees covers a paid feedback reader, free submission/resubmission to the festival.
I have a question, but it’s not listed here in the FAQ, what do I do?
If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org