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 3, 2017.

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.)

To check the current status of your film, please log in to FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. The status of each project will be listed there. 

Click here for General Film Submission FAQs.

General Questions

How do I submit a script?
We accept all our scripts through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. To submit your script, just click here.

Do you accept screenplays through snail mail?
Unfortunately, we do not.

What are the deadlines?
This year’s deadlines are listed right here.

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. Just last year, we flew in a competition winner from London, England.

When will I know if I won?
We’ll contact you over the phone to let you know in February 2017.

What do I win?
The winner of our Feature Script Competition will win a dinner meeting with an industry professional. Our three Feature Script Competition finalists will win a writing retreat with ATLFF mentors. The winner of our Pilot Script Competition will win a dinner meeting with an industry professional.

How many winners are there?
For our Feature Screenplay Competition, there are fifteen semi-finalists. From there we select our three  winners. For our teleplay competition we have one winner.

What is this screenplay retreat?
The mentors for the writing retreat are folks who have integrated themselves within the film industry. They’re people who can offer, insight and advice and knowledge on the craft of screenwriting. 

Who reads the scripts?
We have a handful of ATLFF staff as well as group of readers who have signed up to volunteer their time and services.

Can I read scripts?
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 fill out the form. We’ll get back to you if we think it might be a good fit.

If I submit to ATLFF and win, do I still own the rights to my script?
Yes, you still own the rights.

Is the Coverage & Analysis Program part of the screenplay competition?
No, it’s not. If you submit your feature length screenplay to the Coverage & Analysis Program, you’re still eligible to enter our Screenplay Competition. With Coverage & Analysis, we’ll send you our notes and feedback within a 60 day turnaround, hopefully granting you enough time to review our notes, make changes if you want to, and then submit to our competition.

I have a question, but it’s not listed here in the FAQ, what do I do?
Please feel free to e-mail

Questions answered?