El Paso, TX

July 28 - August 7, 2022 • El Paso, TX

Plaza Classic Screenwriting Competition

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will host its first screenwriting competition as part of the 15th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, which runs July 28-August 7.

The first Plaza Classic Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is sponsored by the El Paso Film and Creative Industries Commission and will award a $500 first prize and a table read of the winning screenplay. It’s open to anyone 18 and older. Entries must be feature-length scripts of no more than 120 pages. There are no genre restrictions.

Screenplays may be submitted using the form below.

The cost to submit is $30 through May 20, $40 from May 21 through June 13, and $50 from June 14-27. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. June 27. For an additional $15, an entrant will receive coverage, or written feedback, of their screenplay.

Screenplays, in English, may be uploaded in the PDF format only and must include a cover sheet with only the screenplay’s title.

The entrant’s name and contact information will be included on the submission form, along with a logline and payment. A point system will be used to grade the submissions, with a 50 point maximum. Scripts will be awarded up to 10 points each for premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and the script’s potential prospects.

The winning screenplay will be announced at the Plaza Classic Film Festival’s Local Flavor showcase (entry deadline for films is June 20), sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, and Local Flavor Awards, sponsored by TFCU, at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4 in the Plaza Theatre. The winning entry will receive a table read at the free Filmmaker’s Brunch on Sunday, August 7 in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.

Call 915-533-4020 or email local@plazaclassic.com for more information about the contest.

Screenwriting Competition Submission Form

THIS IS A SELECTION BASED EVENT. EACH ENTRY MUST BE in PDF format and CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE TITLE OF THE screenplay (no other identifying information on the PDF submission) AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENTRY FORM. ONLY ONE FORM PER ENTRY. ENTRY DOES NOT GUARANTEE selection. THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL screenwriting competition will select one winner with grading based on premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and its potential prospects. YOUR SIGNATURE INDICATES THAT ALL INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION IS COMPLETE, THAT YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO REPRESENT THE screenplay AND THAT THE ENTRY CONTAINS NO COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL that APPLICANT DOES NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE. THE UNDERSIGNED GIVES PERMISSION TO THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL TO stage a table read of the winning subMISSION AND ALLOW USE OF it FOR PROMOTIONAL MEANS BY THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.


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