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Free screenwriting competition takes your script to screen
Have a short screenplay handy? Enter it for a chance to see it come to life. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Attention screenwriters!

Alberta screenwriters have an opportunity to see their short screenplay transformed into a film for FREE! The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is encouraging aspiring Alberta screenwriters (aged 16+) to submit a script to the Alberta Screenwriters Accelerator Program (ASAP). Mentorship will be provided by industry professionals, and all production costs will be covered by sponsors and the festival. The screenwriting competition runs until December 15, 2021 and the film will be produced by the end of March 2022.

A screenwriter who has not yet had the opportunity to direct or produce their film, or experienced the thrill of having their film selected by a film festival, is eligible to submit a 1- to 5-page screenplay for consideration.

The winner of the ASAP screenwriting competition will be awarded: • One-on-one mentoring by award-winning film professionals (including screenwriter Neil Chase and Director Gilbert Allan) • A professional cast and crew, all equipment, and post-production services provided to complete their short film (sponsored by Edmonton Production Rentals and Studio Post) • World Premiere screening at the 2022 ESFF Gala

Interested screenwriters need to act quickly! The winning script will be announced on December 31, 2021; the film will be shot over a weekend in February 2022; and the final production will be complete by the end of March 2022.

To enter, submit your short film screenplay to by December 15, 2021. Read the fine print here:

ESFF, a grassroots organization that showcases independent filmmakers, is celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary in 2022. The focus is the elevation, education and promotion of Alberta Independent filmmakers who are creating short films.