The contest is open to scriptwriters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. We want to motivate those who wish to take their scriptwriting career to the next level.

South County Filmmakers is a non-profit organization located in Southern Rhode Island that produces short movies that address important societal issues. Originally an outgrowth of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI, the group has produced five films to date, receiving critical acclaim. Its members are volunteers who provide financial support and production assistance to filming crew and sometimes as extras. SCF films have been accepted at various festivals and are screened at various venues.

First Prize - $100
Second Prize - $50
Third Prize - $25

The script must be original, unpublished and consistent with SCF’s mission statement: “Make movies that inspire, entertain, inform, educate and provoke”. It should draw attention to important societal issues such as (but not limited to) climate change, social justice, health care, inequality, immigration.

The length should be between 15 and 30 pages and follow industry standard screenplay format.

Entries should have a summary cover page and the script itself. The summary page should contain: (a) a brief overall summary description of the movie; (b) the main characters; and (c) a brief description of each scene and setting.

The rights to the script will remain with the scriptwriter.

SCF will judge the scripts on the basis of: (a) adherence to SCF mission statement; (b) originality; (c) artistic merit; (d) character development; (e) story flow, the conflict or issue and its resolution; and (f) feasibility of bringing the script to film.

SCF will announce the winner by November 15, 2020.