The Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences presents a short script competition open to all residents of upstate NY. The top three submissions will be performed as table reads at a local venue open to the public.

This is a great opportunity to hear your work and the scripts of other writers performed by dedicated actors!

The cost for each entry is $25. Proceeds go to Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences, a not for profit educational corporation run entirely by volunteers.

Each screenplay submitted will receive a written critique of their work. First, second, and third place winners will have their screenplays presented at a public table read at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, the three winners will receive a copy of Final Draft 11.

1.) Submissions are accepted via electronic submission through FilmFreeway.

2.) Writers retain all rights to their work.

3.) All screenplays must be 30 pages or less. They must be in accepted screenplay format. They must be submitted as a PDF.

4.) There is no limit on the number of screenplays you may submit, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate fee.

5.) All screenplays must be written in English. Include a title page with Title, Name, Email, Phone, and City of residence. At the top of the screenplay itself, include a logline (one or two sentences that describes the script).

6.) Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.

7.) Entry fees are posted and are non-refundable.

8.) Employees and family members of the competition are not eligible.

9.) Entrants can be of any age, but those under 18 must have their entry submitted by a parent or guardian.

10.) Entries must be received on or before the deadline date and submission fee payment must be made in full at the time of submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

11.) All submissions must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

12.) All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.

13.) All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding. Contest is void where prohibited by law, be it state, federal, or local.

14.) All persons from Upstate NY (see below) are eligible to enter; however the material submitted must be in English.

15.) All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.

16.) There are no requirements as to when the material was written.

17.) Material must be your original work.

18.) By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.

19.) We will be providing written feedback to each entrant. Each entrant will receive their feedback no later than the date of the Table Read.

20.) Please note that SCRIPTITUDE and RAFAS are in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, museum, conservatory, or any other film related enterprise or organization.

21.) RAFAS further reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.

22.) By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.

23.) Definition of Upstate NY – all counties EXCEPT the following: Sullivan, UlsterDuchess, Orange, Putman, Westchester, Rockland, Bronx, New York, Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk.