About Florida Script Challenge

Where Screenwriters Reign

Lets hear it for the screenwriters people! The backbone, yet often overlooked, of the film industry. Screenwriters are a group of people who would love to have their work recognized but seldom do. Founded in 2020, The Florida Script Challenge is aiming to change that. We ourselves are screenwriters and have been for five years now. We know the struggle for screenwriters and the inability to find someone to read your work. We’re here to give you an avenue to have your work judged by your peers in screenwriting.
For our second year we decided to take things up a notch! Not only will we be adding a feature category to the contest but we have paired with Final Draft to offer a copy of Final Draft 11 Screenwriting Software to our Grand Prize winner for 2021!

Hurricane Award - Grand Prize Winner - Trophy and Digital Download of Screenwriting Software Final Draft 11 provided by Final Draft! The winner will also receive a one hour session to create/review their logline and pitch and then a 30 min follow up session. With Tracee Beebe of Indignant Dog Films!!

First Place Winners for both Feature and Short categories will receive The Episode Prize: from ScreenwriteNow by Suzanne Gundersen

"The Episode" is a consulting package for Just Write Now, a service that identifies your blocks, clears the path, gets you focused into your writing rhythm & flow, fast.  Learn a technique that clears the underlying issue of writer's block, stress. 3, 1-hour private video chat sessions included.  Distractions got your focus? Writing stuck? Critical inner voice?  One simple, self use technique calms  the nervous system, relaxes stressed pathways and opens your creative flow, using Neuro-Energy Tapping (self use acupressure technique based in neurobiology). Just Write Now is how you get to the end of your script!

Our 2021 Hurricane Award will be named the Hurricane Heidi Award after our 2020 winner, Heidi Barrientes!!

Short Screenplay First Place - Trophy and Certificate
Short Screenplay Second Place - Trophy and Certificate
Short Screenplay Third Place - Trophy and Certificate

Feature Screenplay First Place - Trophy and Certificate
Feature Screenplay Second Place - Trophy and Certificate
Feature Screenplay Third Place - Trophy and Certificate

All Official Selections will receive a certificate.

 
 

Testimonials

What Some of Our Alumni Are Saying

I can't think of a competition I want to enter more for next year than the Florida Script Challenge. Dallas and Crow Gibson are great, supportive and encouraging from start to finish.

Stephen Ford

I have really enjoyed being a part of your challenge. I am so appreciative that you all have liked my script! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Meryl Thomas

This is a great challenge for those of us who have short scripts to get some feedback and exposure.  Dallas and Crow respond quickly to emails,and are knowledgeable on all related subjects. I highly recommend this contest! Place 1st , 2nd, or 3rd to get a trophy!

Brad Giampaoli 
Aurora, Illinois

What a great film festival.  Very warm, it is in Florida, and friendly.  Keeps you informed and extremely punctual, unlike some other fests.

Drew Henriksen

I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to enter the Florida Short Script Challenge and have my work validated. It’s the confidence boost I need to continue my writing. Thank you again.

I entered a short script. I placed in the finals. Though I didn’t win, I got a certificate (I was honored and surprised). I will submit again in July! This is a great contest! I encourage everyone to submit!

 

I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to enter the Florida Short Script Challenge and have my work validated. It’s the confidence boost I need to continue my writing. Thank you again.

Mark Perlick

Dallas and Crow have created a welcoming forum for all writers looking to share their stories and build a community. The pandemic sidelined an actual event occurring but Dallas and Crow kept up great communication and used social media and Facebook Live to keep things very inclusive. I highly recommend.

Hoyt Richards

I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to enter the Florida Short Script Challenge and have my work validated. It’s the confidence boost I need to continue my writing. Thank you again.

Mark Perlick

I entered a short script. I placed in the finals. Though I didn’t win, I got a certificate (I was honored and surprised). I will submit again in July! This is a great contest! I encourage everyone to submit!

Sue M. Swank

Honored to be a screenplay finalist in the inaugural year. Was a pleasant experience! I appreciate their focus on screenwriting, as well as the excellent communication among entrants. They also provide trophies to the winners, which in my time in the festivals, is a rarity! Normally one must pay a small fortune to get a trophy that they won. I would recommend this festival to fellow writers!

Christan Van Slyke

I entered a short script. I placed in the finals. Though I didn’t win, I got a certificate (I was honored and surprised). I will submit again in July! This is a great contest! I encourage everyone to submit!

Sue M. Swank

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