2022 Austin Film Festival Film and Script Competitions Now Open

Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will host another year filled with compelling new stories through its annual screenplay and film competitions.

Renowned for championing the writer’s contribution to film and television, AFF competitions serve as an essential career springboard for aspiring writers and filmmakers looking to break into the entertainment industry. Building on its twenty-nine-year history, AFF looks forward to continuing to celebrate and support unknown storytellers through its screenplay, teleplay, podcast, playwriting, film and number series.

VJ Boyd, 2008 Teleplay finalist and writer/producer of hit shows such as SWAT and Justified added: “One of the first signs of hope that I might have a future in this industry, [was when] one of my TV specs, a Mad Men spec, made it to the bottom 3 in Austin. I was offered a producer badge to attend. It was very encouraging.”

Accepted writers and filmmakers will have the opportunity to experience AFF’s premier programming at the 29th Annual Writers’ Conference, to be held this year from October 27 to November 3, 2022. Known for its insider look at the art, craft, and the business of film and television, the avenues of the writers’ conference have widened to also explore exciting new frontiers of storytelling such as writing for video games. Selected filmmakers will pitch their films to enthusiastic Austin audiences and panels of industry professionals.

Filmmaker and 2018 AFF-nominated Judas Collar writer/director Allison James explains, “Because of winning Austin, I was able to get representation with an amazing team at WME and Grandview. I feel so lucky to now have a great team behind me and I’m currently developing two feature film projects – one in Australia and one in the US.”

In order to continue to serve the creative community, the AFF team constantly evaluates its programs to ensure that all writers and filmmakers will benefit from the experience offered by the competitions and the writers’ conference. After evaluating what has benefited participants in the past while assessing where the entertainment industry is today, AFF looks forward to continuing its mission of serving emerging storytellers.

More Austin Film Festival success stories can be found here: https://austinfilmfestival.com/festival-and-conference-aff/success-stories-2/

The deadlines for the screenplay competition are March 25, April 18 and May 16. You can submit your script here: https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/screenplay-and-teleplay-submissions-2/submit-screenplay-and-teleplay/

The film competition deadlines are March 25, May 16, June 24, and July 8. You can submit your film through the Austin Film Festival website (https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/) or through FilmFreeway.

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