VIWFF Screenplay Competition 2020: Why Enter Screenwriting Contests?

By Joan Macbeth, VIWFF Screenplay Competition Coordinator

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft.

Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or somewhere in between – many screenwriters find opportunities by entering screenplay competitions. Benefits include feedback, industry exposure, and sometimes cash and other prizes! If the screenwriting competition is connected to a film festival there are networking opportunities with industry professionals. Sometimes the possibility of representation follows contest success. Contest recognition can be a stepping-stone on your journey to becoming a professional screenwriter.

The VIWFF Screenplay Competition is now in its 6th year, and for the 2020 edition we are excited to announce a new opportunity:  Judges’ Feedback. There’s an add-on fee with your submission, but especially if you are new to screenwriting, this full 2-page report of professional-level feedback can be invaluable. Advanced screenwriters also know the benefit of good feedback. Our jury has always included professional screenwriters, award-winning filmmakers and experienced story analysts. Last year’s jury included a manager based in Los Angeles.

Our first place feature-script winner receives the Ken Hayward Award for Best Screenplay at the VIWFF Awards Ceremony, which includes a cash prize. All of our top ten Official Selections for the Screenplay Competition receive an ISAConnect membership, plus full accreditation for the 2020 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (March 3-8, 2020) which includes admission to screenings, events and seminars, your name listed in the program, networking opportunities with industry pros, and a free pitch session.

The final deadline to submit your feature script has been extended to September 30, 2019. Submit on ISA or FilmFreeway for the 2020 edition of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Our mission is to encourage women-identifying screenwriters to hone their craft and elevate their careers. Check out the official rules and other details here: https://www.womeninfilm.ca/Screenplay_Competition.html