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WE ACCEPT SCRIPTS WITH 1-120 PAGES

 

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2023 ARE NOW OPEN!

Our Main festival accepts submissions for one-page scripts to features and full-length plays. There are categories to suit all script lengths and budgets. We also offer a unique opportunty to compete for two S&CO/POSTERITY AWARDS, courtesy of our partnership with POSTERITY ENTERTAINMENT: one for a feature screenplay and another for a full-length stage play, both offering potential route-to-production prizes. These are the jewels in our crown.

 

PRIZES

All Quarter-Finalists, Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners will receive laurels (emailed for you to post on social media/your website or print out).

The Winners and Runners-Up of categories with 27+ pages (whether Main Festival or S&CO/POSTERITY) will also receive S&Co trophies and a licenced copy of FD12, the latter thanks to sponsorship from FINAL DRAFT, producers of the world's industry-leading scriptwriting software.

In addition, S&CO/POSTERITY winners will potentially enjoy career-changing opportunities, via a direct route to production.

 

MAIN COMPETITION

S&Co will draw up a list of all Quarter-Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Finalists for the main Festival. Prices are on FILMFREEWAY (prices vary depending on when you enter: the earlier you enter, the less it costs), and categories are:

PLEASE NOTE: Should any category fail - in our judges' opinion - to attract enough entries of a suitably high standard, we reserve the right to amalgamate it with another category.

 

S&CO/POSTERITY AWARDS

These are more expensive than the full-length equivalents in the Main festival.  In a unique collaboration, SCRIPTWRITERS & CO and multimedia company POSTERITY ENTERTAINMENT will once again search for two outstanding scripts, which will be judged with reference to special criteria, as below. The categories are:

CRITERIA: S&CO/POSTERITY AWARD - SCREEN

We're looking for original, commercial, marketable feature film concepts, so arthouse,  idiosyncratic or 'worthy' stuff is unlikely to cut it here (though it's welcomed in the  main competition). American accents and vernacular are welcomed, since the US is Posterity's (and everyone else's) biggest audience. Realistically, we're unlikely to select anything too 'parochial', or that requires strong UK accents, and if it's British comedy you'll have to work extra-hard to impress. Keep a keen eye on the budget - aim for £100,000 maximum. The likely winner? A movie with a universal theme that harnesses the Zeitgeist and will sell all over the world.

CRITERIA: S&CO/POSTERITY AWARD - STAGE

The winning play will be innovative, immersive and designed for the round, and MUST be full-length and include an interval. We're anticipating a cast of 3 to 8 players and a mix of genders in a staged production that's likely to utilise multi-media and will definitely be original, distinctive, inventive and challenging. Explore, imagine and think outside the box to create an extraordinary and ground-breaking piece of theatre. Although aimed at a primarily adult audience, your cast may include children. Magic, illusions, projections, audio-scapes, aroma-scapes, more? Bring them on - inspire and excite us! 

NOTE: non-winning S&CO/POSTERITY finalists - including submissions that don't satisfy the prescribed Posterity criteria above - are automatically entered into their category in the main competition, so writers have have two chances of winning a trophy.

S&Co's Zanna Cardash (Artistic Director) and Alex Hollister (Lead Script Consultant) will work with Posterity and winners to develop their scripts with a view to producing a feature film with international distribution; and a play with an A-list cast, to be staged in the UK. Winners and runners-up will also receive a copy of FD12

S&Co will create two shortlists and send Finalists' scripts to Posterity.  Posterity, not S&Co, will make the final decision about which scripts will win.

S&CO/POSTERITY winners will be announced alongside other winners at the Festival on 11 June 2023, and presented with trophies and FD12, after which they will work with Scriptwriters &Co and Posterity to develop their scripts, with a view to production. Please note that production is not guaranteed unless Posterity Entertainment is satisfied that scripts are to the required standard and contracts are issued and signed. 

Whichever category or categories you choose (you can enter as many times as you like), we wish you GOOD LUCK!

 

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