Our Script Competition is now open for entries!
2023 Playwriting Competition Deadlines
Early Bird Deadline: March 23 ($25)
Regular Deadline: April 18 ($25)
Late Deadline: May 25 ($35)
At Austin Film Festival, our mission is to champion all writers across mediums. Our Playwriting Competition (open to full-length plays) gives playwrights a chance to explore our film and television conference. It will also allow film professionals to discover storytellers who have mastered the art and craft of stage drama.
AFF has always promoted story as the most important element of film and TV. So giving playwrights their own story exposure and a chance of crossover into film and TV only advances our mission. There are many other playwriting competitions out there, but AFF offers playwrights broader access to successful writers and professionals in all the other related fields.
The play that make the Final Round will have a reading during the Conference. Advancing playwrights will have access to exclusive panels, workshops, roundtables, and unique networking opportunities with professionals in theatre, film, and television.
AFF understands the relationship between passion and writing. That’s why we have enormous respect for the many successful playwrights who made the seamless transition to film and TV – playwrights such as Tennessee Williams, Horton Foote, John Patrick Shanley, Tony Kushner and Beau Willimon. And that list grows exponentially with today’s widening viewer market.
So break a leg, y’all, and hobble on down to AFF. We promise it will be a standing-room-only kind of experience. But we also promise to find you a seat! Buy your badge now!
“Winning the award in Playwriting was extremely memorable – something I’ll carry with me forever. But I’d have to say the most memorable time I had at AFF was the reading of my play. To hear the play read by capable actors was the greatest joy.”
-Michael Bucklin, 2017 Playwriting Winner for Signature Photo
Please Note: Austin Film Festival does not waive entry fees. AFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one script is favored over another. In a similar respect, AFF does not invite scripts to be in competition. Only scripts that are submitted will be considered for competition.
For general questions check out our FAQ and Rules.
For questions regarding submissions and special inquiries, please email our Screenplay Department Manager: Alyssa Alvarado –firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding reader inquiries and opportunities, please contact our Script Competitions Manager: email@example.com or call us at 512-478-4795.