Screenplay Entry Guidelines

ACMFILM is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing emerging writing talent.  Our screenplay competition welcomes screenplays in every genre and of any length.  We are looking for originality and seek to foster a creative community that encourages innovation. There is no entry fee, and students are encouraged to submit multiple works for consideration. A separate entry form should accompany each work.

Selection priority will be given to those students who will be able to attend the full schedule of events. If your work is selected, food and lodging will be provided at no cost to the primary contact and up to one additional co-submitter, as listed on the entry form.


ACMFILM exists to showcase the creative and scholarly work of undergraduate students at ACM affiliated campuses. To be eligible for selection, the primary contact on the entry form must be the sole maker of the work, or have played a significant creative role in writing the screenplay, and be currently enrolled in an ACM affiliated school, or enrolled at the time of submission. Recent alumni (graduated within last two years) are encouraged to submit works produced while enrolled at an ACM school. ACMFILM encourages students to submit both course-related and independent works.

What you need to submit

A completed entry form must accompany each work. You may email it or send a hard copy. The screenplay can be written in any genre or style but must be no more than 15 pages in length.

Do not send additional materials at this time. If your screenplay is selected for the festival we will contact you.


We will notify you by Jan. 12, 2018 via e-mail about your submission. If accepted, a copy of your work will need to be in our hands by Jan. 31, 2018.

Selection Process and Awards

The initial selection committee is composed of faculty from the ACM member schools. Selection criteria includes overall quality of the work, ability of the student to attend the full event and programming considerations. In addition, an independent festival jury comprised of distinguished Film and Media Studies scholars, artists and industry professionals will recognize top submissions in each category.

The top five screenplays will receive comprehensive written feedback from the panel of esteemed judges and a phone call to discuss the work directly from at least one of the judges. 

The top two screenplays will be featured in a staged reading at the ACM Film Festival and Conference.

Important Dates

Entry deadline:

Jan. 2, 2018

Notification of acceptance:

Jan. 31, 2018

Deadline to submit accepted work:

Feb. 20, 2018

Conference & Festival dates:

Apr. 20-22, 2018 at 
Lawrence University

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