Women in Film and Video New England (WIFVNE) works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education.
WIFVNE is pleased to announce its 2021 Short Screenplay Competition, which aims to inspire creativity for screenwriters and independent artists. We welcome you to submit a 10 page screenplay concerning the theme of "Survival." Scripts should have a strong female protagonist as the primary character.
Women in Film and Video New England is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. We provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources. WIFVNE works to promote proactive images of women to the public and to empower all women in film and video to achieve their professional potential. Women in Film & Video New England is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network of around 70 WITTI and WIFTI-partner chapters on six continents – all working for the same goal: gender balance in the industry.

Winners will be announced in late June, 2021.
All winners will be profiled by WIFVNE and be invited to participate in a Table Read of their scripts.

FIRST PRIZE: $150 and one year WIFVNE Individual membership. Additionally, the winner will receive a 20-minute consultant with Cheryl Eagan-Donovan. Eagan-Donovan is a former WIFVNE President, producer, and screenwriting consultant, who will assess the project and provide strategies for discovering and developing unique, authentic voices for narrative scripts and documentaries.

SECOND PRIZE: $50 and one year WIFVNE Individual membership.

THIRD PRIZE: One year WIFVNE Individual membership.

• Screenplays should be a response to the theme of "Survival."
• Screenwriters of all genders are eligible to submit scripts.
• Scripts must, however, have a strong female protagonist.
• Genre is open; narrative, documentary and experimental screenplays are accepted.
• Screenplay should be original work, and the sole property of the author.
• Scripts should not have been made into a motion picture of any kind.
• Author should be 18 years or older at time of writing.
• Scripts should be 3-10 pages. An additional title page may be included. Longer scripts will not be accepted.
• Proper screenplay formatting guidelines are expected. For guides on formatting, please visit https://www.storysense.com/format.htm.
• Entry fee is per script. Multiple entries may be submitted, but there is a separate submission fee.
• Scripts must be written or translated into English.

Overall Rating
  • Rachel Thomas-Medwid

    Thank you to WIFVNE for running this contest and naming my new short screenplay "Robin" a semi-finalist! It was fun to create new material around a theme and WIFVNE is always top notch with professionalism as an organization!

    June 2020