Emerging Screenwriter Award 2019



  • Shortlisted submissions will be chosen as semi-finalists and will be required to attend the pitch event.

  • Three finalists will be chosen to enter the 2-month scriptwriting Mentorship Program.

  • Of the finalists, 1 script will be chosen to be produced with an award budget.


  1. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Victoria, Australia.

  2. All submissions must be original and the sole property of the applicants.

  3. Scripts must be in English.

  4. Screenplays must be between 5-10 pages in length. 

  5. Submitted screenplays must be for a short film with approximate running time of 7-10 minutes.

  6. Script format details - please see Appendix A (Script example).

  7. Only one script per entrant may be entered.

  8. You may not submit a script more than once.

  9. All script entries must be uploaded in PDF format.

  10. Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script be made. Scripts will not be returned.

  11. If a submitted script becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that script will no longer be eligible.

  12. Competition judges, readers and employees of Taival Films or MWFF, past and present, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

  13. Scripts, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to the script, that has previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.

  14. Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to November 15th, 2018 are not eligible.

  15. Script titles cannot be changed after submission without approval of script mentors.

Submission Deadlines
Deadline: 31st of December 2018.


Competition Results Announcement Schedule
Shortlisted Screenwriters (to attend Pitch Event on the 24th of Feb) will be announced by the 31st of January 2019.
Three Screenwriters chosen for the Mentoring Program will be announced by the 28th of February 2019.
The Screenwriter with the winning script chosen for production will be announced in May 2019.

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