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3 Minute Script Competition 2019

Submit soon to the 2019 - 3 Minute Script Competition.

Can you tell a complete screen story in 3 pages?


Deadline for submissions is 9 January 2020.  The administration and reading fee is £20.


Unlike other script competitions UKFF doesn’t just give awards or money as a prize but aims to get their winning scripts into production. In fact, we are well known for successfully connecting scriptwriters to the film industry and getting the films made. With 5 of our winners’ scripts made in to films (2 of which went on to win Crystal Bears at the Berlin Film Festival); 1 in preproduction; and a further 4 optioned - our record speaks for itself.


As last year’s Feature Script winner Joadie Jurgova says -

Entering The UK Film Festival’s screenplay competition was the best chance I have ever taken. It took my script and breathed new life into it, attaching an award-winning director and placing it with a prestigious international production company in less than a year. The support since winning has been phenomenal, respectful and generous. If you are looking for a script competition that you can place your trust in, this is it.

Joadie Jurgova (2018 winner - The Canadian)


We continue to place scripts with well-known production companies. Last year’s winner, THE CANADIAN by Joadie Jurgova (quoted above) is now in pre-production with the producers of RUSH, Egoli Tossell with a twice Berlinale winning director, Petros Silvestros.


The UK Film Festival does more than just support feature scripts. Ever since the 3 Minute script competition began the winning script has gone into production or preproduction and 4 of the writers' resulting films have subsequently gone on to be multi-award winning at film festivals around the world including, the Berlinale, Aesthetica, Bilbao, Galway and Underwire. The films have been Official Selection in 41 other festivals and 2 have gained prestigious distribution deals.


When I won the competition, UKFF got my script made into a film within 6 months and went on to be multi-award winning, including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2015 as well as screenings at 26 other festivals around the world.” Andrea Allen, Scriptwriter.


Winners will receive immediate marketing to the industry, winner's laurels and the associated publicity. Winners and runners up in each category will also receive the latest version of Final Draft 11 (value $250) with many new features, as well as a free script listing and placement on InkTip.Producershave made more than 400 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

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


Deadline for submissions is 9 January 2020.  The administration and reading fee is £20.


Submissions can be made through FilmFreeway:









If you wish to email the script please contact 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 Rules and Guidelines are:

The script should be in English.

The script should be around 3 pages long in the recommended industry format.

The winner is obliged to agree to grant first option choice for production to the UK Film Festival.

Should there be a need to alter any small aspect of the script when it goes into production the winner should be willing to work with the script editor and/or director to develop the idea. If this should occur the rights to the script still remain with the writer.


The closing date for submissions is 9 January 2020 but is earlier (October) on our other filmfreeway site which is mainly for films but also has a script competition submission category.

 The results of our 2018 - 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION are as follows.

The Winner is - DAVE'S TROLLS by Niki Wakefield


In 2nd Place is - PICASSO PASSING by Peter Silver


Congratulations to the winners but also to all the writers who made this our best 3 minute script selection yet.


Meanwhile the UK Film Festival Script Competition continues its success and goes from strength to strength. Three 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.


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 .


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.


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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