Screenwriters

2016 Screenwriting Competition

About: The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NaFF draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians and industry to ten days of films, panels, red carpet events, live music showcases and parties. NaFF draws more film entries than almost every other film festival in the country, in part, because it is an Academy® Award Qualifying Festival in three short film categories. And, Nashville knows how to throw a party.

For screenwriters, NaFF offers 23 categories in feature, short and teleplay lengths and more than $90,000 in cash and prizes including the fact that all semifinalists and finalists win film festival laminates! That’s not a discount on a pass but the whole pass.  Finalists win two of them.

After the festival, select winning scripts are circulated to top agents, managers, producers and studios. These companies get first look: Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman’s Academy-Award nominated production company (Rabbit Hole); noted casting director, Laray Mayfield (House of Cards, Benjamin Button); Sycamore Pictures CEO Ben Nearn (Black Swan, The Way, Way Back), Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith/family and inspirational label of Sony Picture Entertainment (Soul Surfer and Courageous); famed limit-breaking director/producer Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers), Lewis Bogach, Emmy-winning Vice President of CMT, and Abso Lutely Productions.

Cagetories, Cash and Prizes
Rules & FAQ’s 2016
2015 Winners, Runners-Up, Finalists and Semi-Finalists
Success Stories
NaFF 2015 Screenwriters’ Gallery
Top 10 Reasons NaFF SC is Growing
Jury

Deadlines

Late 11/30
Extended 1/08

Fees

Fees are per entry, per category. They are submitted online. Sorry, but no waivers or refunds.

 

Features & Teleplays: $30/$40/$50
Shorts: $20/$30/$40
Young Screenwriter: $10/$20/$30

Categories

All semi-finalists win one festival laminate ($250 value) and 2 to each finalists ($500 value.)

Features
Grand Jury Prize – $2,000
Drama – $500
Comedy – $500
Action/Adventure – $250
Family/Animation – $250
Music Inspired – $250
Inspirational – $250
Historical – $250
Science Fiction – $250
Thriller/Horror – $250
TN Feature Screenplay – $250

 

Shorts
Grand Jury Prize – $1,000
Drama – $250
Comedy – $250
Action/Adventure – $250
Family/Animation – $250
Music Inspired – $250
Inspirational – $250
Historical – $250
Science Fiction – $250
Thriller/Horror – $250
Tennessee Screenwriter – $250
Young Screenwriter – $250

 

Teleplay
30 Minute Pilot – $250
60 Minute Pilot – $250

Awards

All finalists win two Gold All Festival Laminates valued at $798 and semi-finalists win one Silver All Festival Laminate, valued at $250. Runners up win Hatch Show Print Certificates and Winners in all categories get cash awards!

 

 

InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Winners of the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

 

All prizes are awarded at NaFF, April 14 – 23.

InkTip Partnership

Three winners of our screenwriting competition will receive a prize package of an InkTip Script Listing on InkTip.com and and InkTip Magazine.

 

InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Winners of the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

Top 10 Reasons NaFF-SC is Growing So Fast

10. NaFF has 21 CATEGORIES in Shorts, Features & Teleplays. That gives you more chances to win.
9. NaFF offers 11 SHORT CATEGORIES – more than any other screenplay competition!
8. NaFF offers more than $90,000 in cash and prizes.
7. Attend NaFF on us! Semi-finalists win Festival Laminates – a $250 value!
6. Attend NaFF for all 10 days! Finalists win two All-Festival Laminates – a $798 value!
5. All winners and runners-up win Nashville Film Festival laurels to attach to your name and resume forever!
4. Synergy – NaFF isn’t just a screenwriting competition. It’s one of the largest film festivals in the country…over 5,500 international film entries, 200 films, red carpet events, plus celebrities, music, food, craft spirits and brews.
3. Trust. NaFF has 47 years experience in running top film competitions. The Academy® of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named NaFF a Qualifying Festival in three short film categories!
2. The VIP TENT is YOUR PLACE TO NETWORK with filmmakers, musicians, writers and industry.
1. CAA Agents and top industry pros serve the jury and read winning scripts.