Unlike other script competitions UKFF doesn’t just give awards or money as a prize but aims to get their winning scripts into production.
We’re excited to announce that yet again this year the winner of the 3 Minute Script Competition will definitely be produced by Nyo Sido Films in association with the UK Film Festival. (the previous winner, "The Attendant" by Stravros Pambalis is now in pre-production; as is the finalist "Home Care" by Sam Windle)
Most importantly, the winning 10 Minute Scripts and Feature Scripts will be continued to be circulated to established Production Companies and Financiers.
The UKFF Script Competitions has 3 exciting categories.
1) Feature Script
2) 3 Minute Script
3) 10 Minute Screenplay
UKFF are well known for successfully connecting scriptwriters to the film industry and getting the films made. With 6 of their winners’ scripts made into films (1 of which won an award at Sundance and 2 that went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival as well as 4 others that have subsequently gone on to be multi-award winning at film festivals around the world including Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire.) The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals and several have gained prestigious distribution deals. There are 2 currently in preproduction and a further 4 have been optioned. Their record speaks for itself.
As 2018 Feature 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)
They continue to place scripts with well-known production companies. Last year’s winner, THE CANADIAN by Joadie Jurgova (quoted above) is now in pre-production with the producers of RUSH and BLACK BOOK, Egoli Tossell with a twice Berlinale winning director, Petros Silvestros.
Winners will also receive immediate marketing to the industry, winner's laurels and the associated publicity. Winners and runners up in each category will also receive the latest version of Final Draft 12 (value $250) with many new features, as well as a free script listing and placement on InkTip. Producers have made more than 400 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
The winning 3 Minute Script of 2023 will definitely be produced.
The winning 10 Minute Scripts and Feature Scripts will be circulated to established Production Companies and Financiers.
All Winning Scripts (3 Minute, 10 Minute and Feature) will, besides receiving the Winner's Laurels and the associated publicity, be supported by UK Film Festival and their Associates including InkTip to help give this script the best chance of production and promotion. It should be noted that every year since the short script competitions began a winning script have been optioned, has gone into production or is in preproduction: and 6 of the writers' resulting films have subsequently gone on to win at film festivals around the world i.e. 1 has won at Sundance, 2 have won the Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear for Best short Film - others have won at Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire. One was short listed for a Bafta. The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals.
The Winning Feature Film Script will be nurtured by UK Film Festival and their Associates including InkTip to help give this script the best chance of production. Please note that we are looking for further feature film scripts to co-produce to follow up our recent Crystal Bear wins at the Berlin Film Festival. The winning feature script, "The Canadian" by Joadie Jurgova is now in pre-production. This is an opportunity we want to offer to all our Feature Script Winners.
Winners and runners up in each category will also receive the latest version of Final Draft 12 (value $250) with many new features, as well as a free script listing and placement on InkTip. It should be noted that producers have made more than 400 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
Please submit the following...
1) For the 3 Minute Script Competition - The script only (3 to 4 pages)
2) For the 10 Minute (or less) Screenplay - The script only.
3) For the Feature Script Competition - The Script only.
In addition you may also include (but this is optional) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org - 1) a 1 page synopsis, 2) A treatment /Outline of the script (up to 5 pages) This is totally optional. Please indicate that the script has been submitted on FilmFreeway.