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Submissions Now Open: 2018 National Playwrights Conference

The deadline to be considered for Summer 2018 is October 13, 2017.

The National Playwrights Conference is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The Conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new play projects. Authors of the selected works will be awarded a residency for the month of July 2018, including an intensive rehearsal process and two staged, script-in-hand public readings. A stipend, housing, meals, and transportation are provided for each writer selected for this month-long residency.

2018 National Playwrights Conference Submission Details

  • Applicants may submit scripts through the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Early submissions are strongly encouraged
  • Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in the Conference, the work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2018
  • No agent is required
  • Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted
  • The submission fee is $35 USD and covers the costs of the process

For more information, visit theoneill.org.

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Austin Film Festival: Deadlines and Competitions

Fiction Podcast Competition

Do you already have a script? Consider it and ask yourself: is this a great story? If it is, then take the time to tweak it for our new Fiction Podcast Script Competition. With the recent success of podcasts like Homecoming, Limetownor Welcome to Night Vale, the world of fiction podcasts is gaining traction. Whether you submit with us or not, getting your script ready for this medium is only going to help your career!

As with all of our competitions, we’ll focus the judging criteria on story: plot, structure, characters, dialogue and concept, while additionally taking into consideration the elements of storytelling that are unique to a purely acoustic medium. Submit your fiction podcast!

Playwriting Competition

Do you want a staged reading of your play in front of an audience including industry professionals already in attendance at the Conference? This competition is open to full-length stage plays and gives playwrights a chance to explore our film and television conference. Submit your play today!

At this year’s Conference we will continue our Playwriting Track AND we will introduce a Podcast Track!

Screenplay, Teleplay & Scripted Digital Series Regular Deadline is April 20th!

For more information about our other competitions visit: austinfilmfestival.com/submit

REGISTRATION OPEN: 2017 Writers Conference, May 17-20

The 2017 Writers Conference will take place May 17-20. Organized by Tom and Courtney Russell, students and alumni will join Media Arts faculty and special guests at the Timpanogos Lodge at Sundance for screenings, presentations, and discussions on writing for film, TV, and media.

The conference does require a fee. Because the conference is sponsored by the Theatre and Media Arts Department, TMA students will receive a subsidized fee. There is also an optional class students may register for (TMA 315R) which will include some of the registration fees as well. The fees are:

  • TMA Students registered for TMA 315 Class: $75
  • TMA Students Not registered for TMA 315 class: $175
  • TMA Alumni: $250
  • Non-TMA students/Alumni: $300

The conference is open to all BYU students and alumni, with current Media Arts students receiving priority. Second priority is given to animation and theater students; third priority is given to TMA alumni; final priority is given to BYU students and BYU alumni.

Due to the size of the lodge, we can only accept up to 60 students for overnight lodging (only current BYU students may lodge overnight) and a total of about 65 students for each day. The price for registration is the same whether or not the registrant opts for overnight lodging. Each day’s activities run from 9am to 9pm and all meals and snacks are provided.

Details and registration (open March 4th) are available at film.byu.edu/writersconference.

The weekend’s special guests include:

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Michael Herbert “Mike” Schur
 (born October 29, 1975) is an American television producer and writer, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office and Parks and Recreation, the latter of which he co-created along with Greg Daniels. He also co-created the FOX comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and created the NBC comedy series The Good Place. Schur is also known for his small role on The Office as Mose Schrute, the cousin of Dwight Schrute. He has been married to J.J. Philbin since October 9, 2005. They have two children. Courtesy of http://www.imdb.com and Wikipedia.org.

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Jonathan Krisel is an American director, producer, writer, editor, and occasional actor. He is best known for his work with the comedy duo Tim & Eric, having directed episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Krisel has also directed and co-wrote every episode of Portlandia, as well as several SNL Digital Shorts. Courtesy of Wikipedia.org.

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Director Rebecca Thomas’ first short film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She went on to debut her first feature, Electrick Children, at SXSW and earned a spot on Variety’s “Top Ten New Directors to Watch in Hollywood” as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination. A graduate of Columbia University’s renowned School of the Arts Film Masters Program, Thomas is now attached to direct Looking for Alaska and the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. She is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the youngest of 5 children. Courtesy of deadline.com.

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Jared Hess
was born on July 18, 1979 in Glendale, Arizona. He is a writer and director, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Nacho Libre (2006) and Gentlemen Broncos (2009). He is married to Jerusha Hess. Jerusha Hess was born on July 12, 1980 in Olathe, Kansas. She is a writer and producer, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Nacho Libre (2006) and Austenland (2013). They have one child. Courtesy of http://www.imdb.com.

BYU Media Arts alum, Drew Duncan, has written for Studio C and co-written with Jared and Jerusha Hess.

Austin Film Festival: Call for Entries

Austin Film Festival
October 26 – November 2, 2017

Playwriting Deadlines
Regular: April 10 ($15)
Final: May 10 ($25)

https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/play/

For more information about our Screenplay & Teleplay, Film, Scripted Digital Series, and Fiction Podcast Competitions visit: austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST.