SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION FAQs

General Questions

How do I submit a screenplay?
We accept screenplays only through FilmFreeway or Coverfly. Be sure to read all rules and terms before submitting.

Do you accept screenplays through snail mail?
Unfortunately, we do not. All screenplays must be submitted in PDF form via either FilmFreeway or Coverfly.

What are you categories?
We have four submission categories

  1. Feature Screenplays can be between 40-130 pages in length. Anything outside of that page range will disqualified without refund. We accept feature screenplays of any genre.

  2. Pilot Screenplays can be between 10-70 pages in length. Upon submission, the writer must indicate the nature of the television screenplay: webisode, half-hour, hour, mini-series, comedy, drama, or any combination of the above.

    Supplementary materials are not required for Pilot Screenplays. In addition, we cannot guarantee that any supplementary materials will be reviewed. However,  you can include them in your submission packet or email them to screenplay@atlantafilmfestival.com. Supplementary materials include, but are not limited to: concept summaries, character descriptions, and future episode summaries.

  3. Short Film Screenplays can be between 5-40 pages in length. We accept short film screenplays of any genre.

  4. Georgia Screenplays can be feature, pilot, or short film screenplays and may be of any genre, but must be written by a writer currently living in Georgia. The Georgia Screenplay category is only available on FilmFreeway.

    There is no separate prize for Georgia Screenplays. This category acts, instead, as a discount to Georgia based writers. Submitters to this category MUST designate the screenplay’s secondary category, either feature, pilot, or short film, in their submission information for award purposes.  

    The same page limits apply to the Georgia screenplays as other categories. Feature Screenplays can be between 40-130 pages in length. Pilot Screenplays can be between 10-70 pages in length. Short Film Screenplays can be between 5-40 pages in length.

    If this category applies to your screenplay, you may obtain the password by emailing GA@atlantafilmfestival.com. If you submit in this category without meeting the necessary criteria, you will be disqualified from consideration and will not be issued a refund.

What is the Georgia Screenplay Category and can I submit to it?
The Georgia Screenplay Category is for screenplays of any genre or format written by writers currently residing in Georgia. This category has a flat entry fee of $25 (no matter length or format) until our extended deadline when it increases to $50. Submissions are only accepted on FilmFreeway, and require a password to submit.

Submitters to the Georgia Screenplay Category must identify the secondary category of their screenplay (feature, pilot, or short film) in their submission overview information in order to be considered. They will then qualify for the prizes associated with their secondary category.

If your project applies, email GA@atlantafilmfestival.com. Please allow up to 7 business days for a response.

Please note, there is no separate prize for Georgia Screenplays and submitting in this category makes no difference to the chances of winning the competition, as all local screenplays must stand alongside the other screenplays. The Georgia Screenplay Category is intended as a way to support our local filmmaking community by offering a low-cost means of entry.

As long as you currently reside in the state of Georgia, you are eligible to submit to the Georgia Screenplay Category.

What are the deadlines and prices?
This year’s deadlines are:

Hella Early Deadline: June 6th
Feature - $40
Pilot - $30
Short - $25
Georgia Screenplay - $25

Early Deadline: July 11th  
Feature - $45
Pilot - $35
Short - $30
Georgia Screenplay - $25

Regular Deadline: September 26th
Feature - $55
Pilot - $45
Short - $40
Georgia Screenplay - $25

Late Deadline: October 24th
Feature - $65
Pilot - $55
Short - $50
Georgia Screenplay - $25

Extended Deadline: November 14th
Feature - $90
Pilot - $75
Short - $70
Georgia Screenplay - $50

Do you guys offer waivers?
The only guaranteed waivers are for alumni of the Atlanta Film Festival. We also provide some waivers, by application, to filmmakers from countries in which international sanctions prevent them from paying a fee. If this applies to you, please email us at screenplay@atlantafilmfestival.com.

I live outside of the US, can I still submit to your competition?
Of course you can! In fact, many of our past winners have come from outside the United States.

Is there an age limit?
Not at all. We welcome writers of any age. Keep in mind, however, that if you are under 18 the laws of your state may prohibit from submitting personally and you may need an adult’s assistance.

If I submit to ATLFF, do I still own the rights to my screenplay?
Yes, you still own the rights. In addition, we strongly recommend that you either register your screenplay with the WGA (East or West) or copyright it through the US Copyright Office. (www.wga.org and http://www.copyright.gov).

Can I submit the same script two years in a row?
Absolutely; however, we highly recommend that any re-submission undergoes significant rewrites.

Can I submit an updated draft of my screenplay?
Unfortunately, no. Once a screenplay has been processed and submitted, we do not accept updated drafts.

Can I enter other competitions?
Enter away. We want you to enter every and any competition that appeals to you. Please reach out to let us know how those competitions go!

Can I submit my spec script for ___ tv show/short story/etc?
Unfortunately, no. The Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition does not accept spec scripts for existing programming such as television shows or franchises, novels, short stories, reality tv show concepts, stage plays or treatments. (The only exception to this is if you hold the copyright to the material, or you are the original creator of the property you are adapting).

Do you guys release Quarterfinalist Lists, etc.?
Yes, The ATLFF Screenplay Competition includes the top screenplay submissions in Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and Finalists lists. This practice is meant to honor those screenplays of merit that show promise and skill in the medium, but may not advance to the winning round.

When will I know if I won?
The notification date for the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition is end of day (EST) February 6th, 2020. At this time, all entrants will be contacted to announce our quarterfinalists. Following this announcement, the quarterfinalists will be narrowed down to semifinalists and then finalists.

We will announce three winners in the feature screenplay competition, one winner in the pilot competition, and one winner in the short film competition on or around March 19th, 2020.

Most importantly: What do I win?
The Atlanta Film Festival prides itself on a commitment to furthering the careers of filmmakers and writers who win our competitions or are selected for our festival. With that in mind, we prioritize once in a lifetime opportunities for our screenplay competition.

Quarterfinalist, Semifinalists, and Finalists

The ATLFF Screenplay Competition includes the top screenplay submissions in Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and Finalists lists. This practice is meant to honor those screenplays of merit that show promise and skill in the medium, but may not advance to the winning round.

Short Film Screenplay Winner

One winner will be chosen in the short film category. This winner will receive:

  1. A cash prize of $250

  2. Travel stipend and 2 nights of accommodation to the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival

  3. A mentoring meeting with a short film filmmaker who has extensive experience with production and the festival circuit. This opportunities are designed to give our winners the chance to sit down and talk about the next steps for their script, discuss paths for jump starting or furthering their career, and develop a connection with someone who can serve as a mentor on future projects.

  4. An All Access Badge to the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival

  5. An Elite Badge to the 2020 Screencraft Writers Summit (please note that the summit is separate from the film festival and we do not provide lodging or travel to attend.)

  6. The opportunity to take part in a staged reading of a section their winning screenplay for the festival attendees. This reading will be conducted by Atlanta SAG/SAG-Aftra actors, which provides the invaluable experience of hearing your words brought to life in front of an audience of filmmakers, industry members, and general movie lovers.

Pilot Screenplay Winner

One winner will be chosen in the pilot category. This winner will receive:

  1. A cash prize of $350

  2. Travel stipend and 2 nights of accommodation to the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival

  3. A mentoring meeting with a writer working in either the television or web series industry.  This opportunities are designed to give our winners the chance to sit down and talk about the next steps for their script, discuss paths for jump starting or furthering their career, and develop a connection with someone who can serve as a mentor on future projects.

  4. An All Access Badge to the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival

  5. An Elite Badge to the 2020 Screencraft Writers Summit ( please note that the summit is separate from the film festival and we do not provide lodging or travel to attend.)

  6. The opportunity to take part in a staged reading of a section their winning screenplay for the festival attendees. This reading will be conducted by Atlanta SAG/SAG-Aftra actors, which provides the invaluable experience of hearing your words brought to life in front of an audience of filmmakers, industry members, and general movie lovers.

Feature Screenplay Winners

Three winners will be chosen in the feature film category. These winners will receive:

  1. A cash prize of $500

  2. Travel stipend and 3 nights of accommodation to the 2020 Atlanta FIlm Festival

  3. The opportunity to participate in our annual Atlanta Film Festival Feature Screenwriter’s Retreat. This exclusive, all expenses paid program, offers our winners the chance to sit down with industry members and workshop their screenplay one-on-one during a two day retreat. Our mentors are all screenwriters who have worked in the industry, had festival success with their work, and earned major academic qualifications. This workshop is one of our most lauded successes and gives our winners invaluable experience that will help bolster not only their current screenplay but their future work as well.

  4. An All Access Badge to the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival

  5. An Elite Badge to the 2020 Screencraft Writers Summit ( please note that the summit is separate from the film festival and we do not provide lodging or travel to attend.)

The opportunity to take part in a staged reading of a section their winning screenplay for the festival attendees. This reading will be conducted by Atlanta SAG/SAG-Aftra actors, which provides the invaluable experience of hearing your words brought to life in front of an audience of filmmakers, industry members, and general movie lovers.

Who reads the screenplays?
All Screenplay submissions are read multiple times by a combination of ATLFF trained readers and the Screenplay Programming team.

Can I read screenplays?
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 apply. We’ll get back to you if we think it might be a good fit.

Screenplay readers not only receive invaluable learning experience but are also given Atlanta Film Festival perks based on the number of scripts read. For more information please email screenplay@atlantafilmfestival.com

Is the Coverage & Analysis Program part of the screenplay competition?
Unfortunately, no. At this time ATLFF does not offer a Coverage & Analysis or Feedback program.

I have a question, but it’s not listed here in the FAQ, what do I do?
Check our Rules and Terms on either FilmFreeway or Coverfly for the nitty gritty. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, please feel free to e-mail screenplay@atlantafilmfestival.com


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