The Australian International Screenwriting Awards (AISA) is a screenwriting competition committed to the discerning selection, recognition, and professional growth of emerging screenwriters from all over the world.

Australia, our home base, is a perfect merging of big cities and abundant nature. From big waves and rainforests to mountains and the massive outback. You can be diving the Great Barrier Reef one moment and checking out a contemporary art exhibit on the Gold Coast the next.

In this huge country that also happens to be the world’s smallest continent, you think you know what to expect but adventure and diversity lie around every sun-drenched corner. Each city is distinctly stimulating, ideal for a people so vigorously experimental, readily immersing themselves into the arts, the ocean, a sensory overload of biodiversity, a thriving cafe culture, or an intriguing cinematic history.

The Australian film industry began in the early 1900s and since then has produced internationally recognized filmmakers and actors who have made names for themselves locally as well as in Hollywood. Our country is perhaps the only one that can boast of numerous filmmakers who made it here first before venturing to the Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, or London to further their craft and their international careers.

Our vision is to discover new talent in screenwriting, and we are passionate about opening exciting opportunities for them here in Oz as well as internationally.

We at AISA want to provide a platform of opportunities for top screenwriters. As such, our artistic director has created a robust and passionate panel of readers and judges to select our winners. With great discernment, we take a critical and genuine approach to script critique, with decision-making based on a blend of artistic merit and entertainment value.

We welcome stories of all genres and themes from everyone. Every narrative is worthwhile. Extraordinary ones need to be known.

The grand prize winner will be given the privilege of a personal introduction to a top industry executive in either Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, or Gold Coast) or the United States (Los Angeles or New York), depending on the winner’s home country or ultimate preferred city where they would like to work professionally. We want to support you and your goals and will choose an industry representative that is best suited for you no matter which city you prefer to thrive in.

This introduction will include a one-hour phone consult with a working producer or reputable talent manager regarding their script. Our top two finalists will also each receive personal introductions to industry executives that will include a 15-minute private phone consult regarding their submissions.

We want to see your work produced, and so our grand prize winner will also receive an InkTip membership in order to get their work read by as many working producers as possible. The winner will have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their script to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

Entrants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Submissions must be written in English.

Submissions must be in PDF format.

Submissions must be the original work of the writer(s), and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

Submissions under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.

Submissions are only accepted electronically through our website or partner websites. We do not accept hardcopy submissions by mail.

The script cover page should include title, name, email, and phone number.

Submissions can be in any film or television genre.

There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

Submissions must be no longer than 150 pages in length. No exceptions.

Submissions must be received on or before the deadline(s) and payment must be made in full at the time of submission.

Once a script has been submitted, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft, you must enter it as a new submission.

Submissions will not be returned, so please ensure that you retain a copy.

Entrants retain all rights to their work.

Scripts submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.

Professional writers and previous contest winners are eligible.

Judges, employees, and/or family members of AISA and/or its affiliates are not eligible.

Submissions that have been previously optioned, purchased, or produced are not eligible. If a submission becomes optioned, purchased, or goes into production between the time of submission and the end of the competition, the script will no longer be eligible.

Entrants are prohibited from contacting judges during the competition. All judging decisions are final.

Entry fees are non-refundable and void where prohibited by law.

The AISA, its judges, and/or its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant as a result of their participation in the competition.

By entering the AISA, you hereby accept these rules.

Overall Rating
  • Michelle Cutler

    OK, as the First Prize winner, my experience with the Festival is of course stellar. More importantly, the feedback I received on my script was not only supportive but extremely insightful as to the next steps. I felt as if they really put time and thought into their reading/responding, and that's just as valuable as any industry connections I make through the award. Very grateful.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Michelle, we appreciate your kind words and we are honored to have read your story and have you as our very first First Prize winner. We look forward to someday seeing your beautiful script made into a great film. Congratulations again!