3 Minute Script Competition 2019

Submit soon to the 2019 – 3 Minute Script Competition.

Can you tell a complete screen story in 3 pages?

Deadline for submissions is 9 January 2020. The administration and reading fee is £20.

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.

“When I won the competition, UKFF got my script made into a film within 6 months and went on to be multi-award winning, including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2015 as well as screenings at 26 other festivals around the world.” Andrea Allen, Scriptwriter.

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. Together with our associates we continue our quest to unearth new talent. 

Deadline for submissions 9 January 2020. The administration and reading fee is £20. 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 3 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.