10 Minute Screenplay Competition 2019

Submit now to the 10 Minute (or less) Screenplay Competition 2019

Be the first to win this brand new category.

Deadline for email submissions is 9 January 2020. The administration and reading fee is £35. Opens March 20 2019.

Unlike other script competitions UKFF doesn’t just give awards or money as a prize but aims to get their winning scripts into production. In fact, we are well known for successfully connecting scriptwriters to the film industry and getting the films made. With 5 of our winners’ scripts made in to films (2 of which went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival); 1 in preproduction; and a further 4 optioned – our record speaks for itself.

As last year’s Feature Script winner Joadie Jurgova says –
“Entering The UK Film Festival’s screenplay competition was the best chance I have ever taken. It took my script and breathed new life into it, attaching an award-winning director and placing it with a prestigious international production company in less than a year. The support since winning has been phenomenal, respectful and generous. If you are looking for a script competition that you can place your trust in, this is it.“
Joadie Jurgova (2018 winner – The Canadian)

We continue to place scripts with well-known production companies. Last year’s winner, THE CANADIAN by Joadie Jurgova (quoted above) is now in pre-production with the producers of RUSH, Egoli Tossell with a twice Berlinale winning director, Petros Silvestros.

The UK Film Festival does more than just support feature scripts. Ever since the 3 Minute script competition began the winning script has gone into production or preproduction and 4 of the writers’ resulting films have subsequently gone on to be multi-award winning at film festivals around the world including, the Berlinale, Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire. The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals and 2 have gained prestigious distribution deals.

Winners will receive immediate marketing to the industry, winner’s laurels and the associated publicity. Winners and runners up in each category will also receive a free script listing and placement on InkTip. Producers have made more than 400 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Deadline for submissions 9 January 2020. The administration and reading fee is £35. Submissions can be made through FilmFreeway:

If you wish to email the script please contact murray@ukfilmfestival.com to arrange a reading and admin fee payment method and to email the script. (You can also get information on how to submit by post.)

The Rules and Guidelines are:

  • The script should be in English.
  • The script should be around 5 to 10 pages long in the recommended industry format.
  • The winner is obliged to agree to grant first option choice for production to the UK Film Festival.

Should there be a need to alter any small aspect of the script when it goes into production the winner should be willing to work with the script editor and/or director to develop the idea. If this should occur the rights to the script still remain with the writer.

The closing date for submissions is 9 January 2020 but is earlier (October) for withoutabox or our other filmfreeway site which is mainly for films but also has a script competition submission category.