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  • 3 Minute Script Competition

    Submit now to the 2016 3 Minute Script Competition.

    Can you tell a complete screen story in 3 pages?

    We intend to continue our British and International film festival awards success with our future script writer winners. 

    The Prize - As well as the associated publicity, the winning script will receive UK Film Festival Winner’s Laurels and will be passed to various production companies for possible production. It should be noted that most years since the competition began the winning script has gone into production and three of the writers’ resulting films have subsequently gone on to win film festivals around the world i.e. The Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear for Best short Film – two years in a row as well as the Aesthetica Film Festival. The films have been Official Selection in 31 other festivals. 

    In addition, winners of the 3 Minute Script Competition will receive an InkTip Script Listing: This means a listing of your script on InkTip: where producers go for scripts and writers. 


    Producers have made more than 300 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. 

    Together with our associates we continue our quest to unearth new talent.

    Deadline for email submissions 31 December 2016.  The administration and reading fee is £20.

    Submissions can be made by email or  through www.filmfreeway.com  or  www.withoutabox.com till October – after that you can still send your entry by post or by email.

    If you wish to email the script please contact  murray@ukfilmfestival.com to arrange a reading and admin fee payment method and to email the script. (You can also get information on how to submit by post.)

    The closing date for submissions is December 31st 2016 but is earlier (October) for withoutabox or filmfreeway submissions.

    Terms and Conditions: Before submitting your screenplay, please be sure it meets the following requirements and that you accept the conditions:

    1) All entries should be in English and be between 2 and 3 pages in length (or a little over) in the industry standard format. This does not include the title page. (If you are new to film writing and do not know the format there are many free script writing programs on line including Celtx)

    2) If submitted online the file should be named as Title and Author. (e.g. Brilliant Title by Yaw Name)

    3) All scripts must be original screenplays, for which the applicant(s) hold the copyright. Where the screenplay is based on another piece of work it is the responsibility of the screenplay writer to obtain written permission/copyright clearances from the original author or publisher.

    4) The winning screenwriter may be asked to work in partnership (online if need be) with the producer, script editor and/or director with regard to possible changes if the script is selected to be produced.

    The Winner of the 3 Minute Script Competition 2015 was 
    Carol Younghusband for  WHAT HAPPENED TO EVIE

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    Runner up and highly commended was PEDIGREE CHUM by Marc Stretton

    Many thanks to all our writers who made this our strongest script competition to date.

    Meanwhile the UK Film Festival Script Competition continues its success and goes from strength to strengthThree of our previous script competition winners A.J. Riley who wrote MIKE; and Andrea Allen and Alfred Allen who wrote A CONFESSION have had their scripts produced as award winning films by the UK Film Festival and Irresistible Films.  Director, Petros Silvestros continues to win awards around the world with these two films. 

    Seen below Petros Silvestros receiving two awards at the Aesthetica Film Festival in November 2015.

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    Congratulations to the twice Berlinale Winner Director Petros Silvestros  who has just won the Best Thriller Award and Best Short Film of the Festival Award,  at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival for his short film ‘’ A Confession’’.  Aesthetica is the biggest short film festival in the UK and  ‘’A Confession’’ was in competition with more than 300 short films.  Silvestros had won earlier this year his second Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival becoming the first ever director in Berlinale’s history to win  this award twice.

    A Confession was made from Andrea Allen’s winning screenplay from the UK Film Festival Script competition last year . The film was co-produced by our own Murray Woodfield and Irresistible Film’s Producer Matt Nelson.

    Seen below Producer – Murray Woodfield, Director – Petros Silvestros and the much coveted Crystal Bear .

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    Petros Silvestros wins the Crystal Bear again at Berlinale 2015 for his new short film A Confession.

    Congratulations to director Petros Silvestros for winning his second Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2015 for his short film A Confession and also for creating another historical record.

    This is the second year in a row that Silvestros has received this Best Short Film award becoming the first ever director to win this award twice in the 65 years history of Berlinale. Last year he won the Crystal Bear for his short film Mike becoming the first British director to ever win this award. 

    A Confession was made from Andrea Allen’s winning screenplay from the UK Film Festival Script competition last year. The film was co-produced  by our own Murray Woodfield and Irresistible Film’s Producer Matt Nelson.

    Producer Murray Woodfield says: “We are proud that the UK Film Festival continues to find scripts through their script competitions and match them up with established directors so that the script winners end up as writers of award winning films. Doing this two years in a row is fantastic.”

    Director Petros Silvestros says: “Winning the Crystal Bear twice has been amazing experience and I cannot thank enough the UK Film Festival for not only providing an outstanding pool of talent and also being the instigator of these two projects.”

    Seen below the twice Berlinale winner, director Petros Silvestros receiving his first Crystal Bear for the short film”Mike” in 2014.

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    The 2014/15 3 Minute Script Competition winner A SIMPLE MISTAKE by Tim Mayfield is in pre-production. Congratulations to Tim – as well as to those scriptwriters that were highly commended. These were X by Anthony Khaseria;    SIX LETTERS by David McCready;  IT’S IN THE BAG by David Bonner and Jim Duncanson;  as well as BOOM which is also by the prolific Anthony Khaseria.

    We continue our quest to unearth new talent.


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