The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition is a vehicle for aspiring screenwriters to get their scripts recommended to established film producers, managers, and agents who are actively working at the top level of the film industry. The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition welcomes unproduced feature screenplays between 60-130 pages in length and unproduced short screenplays between 4-50 pages in length.

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

1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place feature and short 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 2019 Vail Screenplay Competition. All semifinalists will have their scripts listed on the Vail Film Festival website.

The Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition welcomes unproduced feature screenplays between 60-130 pages in length and unproduced short screenplays between 4-50 pages in length.

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  • This was my 1st year entering Vail Screenplay Contest and was quite pleased when my two feature submissions made the Semifinals! Now I'm looking at airfare to Vail for the festival in August - bringing my wife and daughter, 10, the lead in my short film currently in post. This will be a great festival introduction for her!

    June 2019
  • Melanie Schiele

    A wonderful film festival run by a great team and populated by fun audiences who truly embrace the filmmakers. This is definitely among my favorite festival experiences to date!

    June 2019
  • Charles Leipart

    Although we were not able to attend the 2018 Festival in Vail, Scott Crockett and I were delighted & honored to have had JAZZLAND awarded 2nd Place in the Animated Screenplay Category. Congratulations to all the participants and Finalists!

    April 2018