Feature script/ TV Pilot or One off TV screenplay competition 2023/24

The Feature Script Competition* 2023/24 is now open for submissions.

*Please note we have introduced just this year a brand new category – TV pilot/Stand-alone Episode/or One Off TV piece of 60 minutes.

There is an administration and reading fee which varies as we reach each deadline. Please refer to Filmfreeway (button below)for deadlines and fees. The Final Deadline is  29 February 2024.

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 6 of our winners’ scripts made in to films (2 of which went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival); There is one in post-production, one in preproduction; and a further 4 optioned – our record speaks for itself.

A recent winner 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 as happened with THE CANADIAN by Joadie Jurgova (quoted above)  with the producers of RUSH and BLACK BOOK, Egoli Tossell with a twice Berlinale winning director, Petros Silvestros, as well as UNMANNED by Mat Schramm on which we are currently working with Verve TV.

Deadline for submissions for this year is 29 February 2024. The administration and reading fee varies depending on each new deadline. To find out the current deadline information or to submit – please click on the Filmfreeway button below.

Winners will receive immediate marketing to the industry, winner’s laurels and the associated publicity. Winners in each category will also receive the latest version of Final Draft 12 (value $250) as well as receiving a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you’ll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film. 

To enter please submit the following…

  • The Script
  • You may also send (but this is not obligatory) any Treatment /Outline you wish to include for example – a brief synopsis and a more expanded breakdown of Acts and Scenes or story events; the world of the story; and the major character profiles but only up to 6 pages in total. This may be sent to murray@ukfilmfestival.com 

Our preferred submission method is via FilmFreeway. If you are having difficulty submitting, email murray@ukfilmfestival.com

There is an administration and reading fee which can be viewed by clicking the Filmfreeway button above.

The closing date for submissions is 29 February 2024. It is best to submit to THE UK FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITION site, using the Filmfreeway link above.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. All entries should be in English.
  2. If submitted online (i.e. through filmfreeway.com or by email) the file should be named as the title of your film.
  3. All scripts must be original screenplays, for which the applicant(s) holds the copyright. Where the screenplay is based on another piece of work it is the responsibility of the screenplay writer to obtain written permission/copyright clearances from the original author or publisher.
  4. The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner.

For further details about email submissions or other online submissions and payments please email murray@ukfilmfestival.com 



Congratulations to the most recent winners and many thanks to all the scriptwriters who submitted to last year’s competition. The standard was incredibly high and as always choosing the winner led to long committee debates. We look forward to the next set of entries in the 2023/24 Feature Script Competition.