Script Studio and the Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences, Inc. present a short script competition open to all residents of the United States.

Up to four submissions will be performed at a virtual Table Reading Event 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 for early bird deadline, $35 for regular deadline. The first 25 entries get free written critiques/coverage of their work (a $35 value). Feedback is a valuable part of the writing process, and we’re excited to provide this service to help writers with their future work.

Proceeds go to Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences, Inc., a 501c3 not for profit educational corporation run entirely by volunteers.

The Rochester Association for Film Arts & Sciences, Inc. (RAFAS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to independent film makers, high school students and college students that wish to improve their skills in all aspects of filmmaking and to create a sense of community and a platform for learning through special events.

Since 2008, the Writers Workshop has met every other week as a forum for table reads, discussion, suggestions, constructive critique and education.

The writers of the top scripts will receive $50 and a copy of Script Studio software (a $199 value). The top scripts will be cast with actors and presented at a public table read held virtually online.

Script Studio® is creative writing software for screenwriters, playwrights and novelists that helps you plan your story outline, develop characters, structure your narrative and professionally format your movie script, stage play, TV show or manuscript. Find out more at

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 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.

12.) 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.

13.) All persons living in the United States are eligible to enter.

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

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

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

17.) The first 25 entries will receive a written critique/coverage of the submission.

18.) 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.

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

20.) By entering the competition, you hereby accept these competition rules.

Overall Rating
  • John McCarney

    Great online festival. Actors were top notch and cast perfectly for the roles… Very positive experience, put on by a great organization.

    August 2021
  • Scott T Evans

    Scriptitude was the finest celebration of screenplays I've had the pleasure of participating in. I was delighted to discover that one of the winners was a TV personality all the way from Texas.

    August 2021
  • Gio Forlenza

    I am grateful my script SUPERBUG was one of the three winners for 2020. They organized a table read, live online (on Zoom and broadcast to YouTube due to pandemic) which was thrilling to see.

    The RAFAS staff is a group of seasoned professionals and it was a pleasure and an honor to be involved. So very glad I submitted my script. I also won Script Studio software (excellent!) and a $50 check (awesome). I highly recommend this script competition to all New York residents.

    May 2020