FILM EXPO SOUTH, as well as hosting events over the past 6 years, also runs the Film Offices in the UK for Dorset and Hampshire. Not only do we support big budget productions, the Film Offices are very proactive supporting Indie filmmakers, Students and New filmmakers alike.

This year, we are holding a Short Film Script Competition where we will take the winning Scriptwriter to the next big step from 'Script To Screen'



You can find a list of our judges on our website:

Scriptwriter Ida Frank was our winner from our 1st FILMEXPOSOUTH event back in 2016 and you can watch her film 'PAPER STAIN' here:

GRAND PRIZE: Now Worth over £10K and the winning project will be taken from
Script to Screen. See the list below for the GRAND PRIZE!

- Director / Writer A.D. Cooper of Hurcheon Films will provide a 1-2-1 Script Development Session
- Director / Writer Jane Foster of 23 Films will provide a 1-2-1 session ‘How To Get The Best Performance From Your Actors’
- The Crew will be supplied from Hampshire and Dorset Film Offices
- Hashtag Talent Agency will cover auditions and casting
- EM Jayne Designs will design and supply the Film Poster
- On Set Catering will provide the catering services for the production
- Matt Black of Hangover Hill Studios has offered to help on the score
- Galaxy Thief Band, up and coming boy band have offered to help on the score
- FILM EXPO SOUTH will assist with the promotion
- £350 Cash towards the Insurance Package from Performance Film & Media
- Locations are offering their premises for filming:
- Brickworks Museum -
- 2 x Forts -
- 1 x Stately Home
- Screening Rooms and Cinemas are coming forward to support the winner to screen
the finished film.

For the full list of all the prizes, please visit:

1. Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s). Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced. Adapted or based on screenplays are also accepted. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to register their screenplay and secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted screenplay. All entrants retain complete and exclusive rights to their work. The winner/s will retain complete rights to their work once the film has been made and screened at the FILMEXPOSOUTH FESTIVAL
2. All ages are eligible, and you can submit from any country.
3. Script Entries only via FilmFreeway
4. Scripts co-written are allowed.
5. Any Genre except animation or documentary is allowed and all entries must be in English. Pornographic, defamatory or racist scripts will NOT be accepted. Contact details or names are NOT allowed to be included on the Script or the Title pages.
6. We accept screenplays between 4 and 10 pages in length, NOT including the title page. This will create a film that’s up to 5 minutes including credits. Any script that exceeds this length will be disqualified.
7. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit. Each entry will require a separate entry form and a separate fee.
8. All entries must be uploaded in PDF format to FilmFreeway. Entries must be received on or before the deadline and submission fee payment must be made in full at the time of submission. Entry fees (including services fees) are non-refundable.
9. All screenplays must be written in industry standard format (Courier 12 pt font).
(BBC Writers Room provide good examples ) Any script not in this format will automatically be disqualified. DO NOT include any imagery in the script as this will also disqualify your entry.
10. Winning Screenplay will be filmed in Hampshire or Dorset, on location.
11. A minimum of 75% FILMEXPOSOUTH crew members to be involved in the production. If you are based in Dorset or Hampshire and would like to become a member of FILMEXPOSOUTH, you can join here:
12. The winning Script will be filmed over a 2/3 day period therefore, please note this is a low budget production so please avoid a big cast, special effects and lots of locations.
13. Should you re-submit corrected pages or a new draft, please note that you would need to pay an additional fee.
14. Judges and their families of our competition, are NOT eligible to enter.
15. By entering the FILMEXPOSOUTH Short Film Script Competition, you agree to all the rules listed. Regardless of your status (winner or nominee), please note that your script, logline and contact information may be shared with our partners and sponsors, and by submitting you agree with that. You also agree to release and hold harmless FILMEXPOSOUTH LTD and its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of the prize.
16. Members of FILMEXPOSOUTH and the Film Offices, submissions are charged at £6
(25% OFF to FilmFreeway GOLD Members)
17. Non-Member OF FILMEXPOSOUTH, submissions are charged at £35 (Early Bird £20)
(25% OFF to FilmFreeway GOLD Members)
18. No feedback will be given to scripts that fail to reach the short list. No correspondence will be entered into.
19. The winning writer will be named in the credits at the end of the film.
20. The winning film will be listed on providing the writer with a listed credit.

The FILMEXPOSOUTH Short Film Script Competition 2022 Winner/s will be announced on the 10th January 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Carol Younghusband

    I can't speak highly enough of this script competition. A first class competition from start to finish with a friendly approach, impeccable communications and top judges. And the Industry prizes are top quality, offering a unique script-to-screen production for the winners.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Carol, we really appreciate you taking the time to comment on the Short Film Script Competition and a lovely testimonial at that too. 'ANNIE PANNIE' was popular with the judges so great to see Tenerife Film Productions offer to produce your script.

  • Steve Langridge

    A fantastic competition with excellent communication at every stage, and with prizes that offer real value and opportunities to work with industry professionals

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Steve. The team and all our judges thoroughly enjoyed the competition and all the great script entries. And WELL DONE on the winning script!

  • What a great opportunity to show short script writing skills! Thank you Film Expo South. And to end up in the winning three - fabulous!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations Felicity, A great script and we look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. Good Luck from all at FILM EXPO SOUTH.