The Vail Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to have their scripts recommended to established film producers, managers, and agents who are actively working at the top level of the film industry.

The Vail Screenplay Competition is a signature program of the Colorado Film Institute, producer of the annual Vail Film Festival, now entering its 18th year. The Colorado Film Institute is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, supported by sponsorships, donors, and grants, including support from Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past Vail Film Festival special guests include Olivia Wilde, Aaron Paul, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Smith, Michelle Monaghan, Harold Ramis, Zach Braff, Julie Delpy, Jane Seymour, Christina Ricci, Tim Daly, Jesse Eisenberg, Luke Wilson, Allison Janney, Tate Taylor, Josh Lucas, Aya Cash, Michael Imperioli, Sophia Bush, Krysten Ritter, among others.

The 1st place Feature Screenplay will be read by producers Yvette Yates and Shaun Redick (Oscar nominated producer of 'Get Out' and 'BlacKKKlansman'), and the 1st place TV Pilot will be read by Miramax Television's Amanda Klein. 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place feature, short, and television screenplay winners will be included in a national press release, and will have their scripts recommended to key decision-makers at leading entertainment companies. All top placing screenplays will also be listed on the Vail Film Festival website as the top placements of the 2021 Vail Screenplay Competition. All semifinalists will have their scripts listed on the Vail Film Festival website.

"Winning 1st Place at the Vail Screenplay Competition helped us get the film made." - Andrew Kightlinger, 1st place winner, Vail Screenplay Competition

The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition welcomes Feature Screenplays, Short Screenplays, and Television Pilots.

Feature Screenplays must be between 60-140 pages in length, Short Screenplays must be between 3-59 pages in length, and television screenplays must be between 20 and 70 pages in length. All screenplays must be unproduced.

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  • Thank you so much for this opportunity ❤
    I'm so grateful for being first and I wish everyone luck next year. Don't give up!! 🤗

    October 2021
  • Honored to be a semi-finalist for my half-hour single-cam EVIE FINDS THE FUNNY. Vail Film Festival is one of my favorites and venue where my short film THINK FAST premiered. The staff is enthusiastic, eager to help, professional, and communicative. Big plus — VAIL FILM FESTIVAL champions Female Filmmakers. Highly recommend.

    October 2021
  • Stuart Creque

    Pleased to be an entrant and semi-finalist this year!

    October 2021
  • I'm truly honored to have my horror feature "Faithful Shadow" selected as a Quarter-Finalist! Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Robert Armanyous

    Always great communication, maintains their announcement schedule and always updates their results on FilmFreeway. Props!

    August 2021