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 great 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 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 United States, Hong Kong, or Europe 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 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 unique approach to script critique, with decision-making based on a blend of artistic merit and entertainment value. Scripts are deliberated on fairly and substantially, with writers’ information kept confidential to ensure that writing is based solely on its quality and potential.

The top 10 winners are selected, and from this roster we award a first, second, and third prize winner and seven semifinalists.

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

The first prize winner will be awarded:

- A one-hour phone call with a top film development executive
- Two 15-minute consultations with film executives
- Our official laurels
- An InkTip introductory membership that includes access to hundreds of production companies
- Script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters

The second prize winner will receive two 15-minute consultations with film executives, our official laurels, and script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters.

The third prize winner will receive a 15-minute consultation with a film executive, our official laurels, and script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters.

Semifinalists will receive our official laurels as well as script coverage from our pool of professional screenwriters.

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) of 4:59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time previous day) 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
  • Malcolm Wong

    I'm very happy that the judges at AISA were not put off by the potentially "difficult" future that SACRED PROFANITY portrayed. For some reason, I missed the first notification of my reward, but they followed up and we have continued to have a dialog -- great communication. The 3rd Prize was a 15 minute consultation with an EVP for production and development in a global talent & management on Hollywood & Vine that went 40 minutes, so that was nice. All in all, an encouraging experience.

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Malcolm. We appreciate the positive feedback. It is responses like yours that motivate us to keep doing what we do for talented writers such as yourself. May you continue to be encouraged and inspired to write incredible stories!

  • Wonderful festival to enter and very professional. You will receive excellent constructive criticism on your screenplay. Highly recommend.

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hello Talisha, your feedback is very much appreciated. We hope that the script notes we provided will help you refine your compelling script even more. We wish you all the success!

  • 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 are honoured 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!

  • Martin Grigorov

    I was delighted to be named as the Second Prize winner. I am so grateful that the AISA decided to give voice to this so special story of an innocent man facing jail time in a corrupt country like Bulgaria. I am also grateful for putting me in touch with two film executives from Hollywood. Most useful.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your feedback, Martin. We are grateful to have come across your story. Congratulations again and all the very best. Keep writing!