NFFTY Story Starts Here: Screenplay Competition



2017 Story Starts Here Finalists:

- River Fork - Vuk Lungulov-Klotz - 22
Love Bruises - Emily Yue - 19
Gray - Liv Coron - 16
Hello, Goodbye - AJ Lodge - 22

Every great film owes its success to the quality of its story. With today’s ease of access to professional technology, it doesn’t take much effort to make a beautiful looking film. All that means nothing however when the story falls short. The NFFTY Screenplay Competition: Story Starts Here, is an opportunity for tomorrow’s best storytellers to get constructive critique on their script before entering production. This is a unique chance to be sure you are delivering the most resounding story to your audience.

All submissions will receive individual feedback. Four Finalists will move on to receive feedback from the Finalist Jury and will be eligible for awards and cash prizes. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500 Cash Award and a copy of Final Draft (value: $250). Three Runners Up will each receive a copy of Final Draft.

The Screenplay Competition will culminate at NFFTY 2017 where Finalists will be featured and awards and cash prizes announced. NFFTY 2017 will be held April 27 – 30 in Seattle, WA.

Submission Deadlines + Entry Fees  – Online Application and Screenplay Received By:

  • Regular Deadline: November 27
  • Final Deadline: December 21


  • All screenwriters must be age 24 and under at the time of completion of the submitted draft.
  • All screenplays should have not yet entered production, as the purpose of this competition is to help filmmakers improve their story before filming.
  • All screenplays must be 20 pages or less, not including a title page.
  • All screenplays must be written in English.
  • All screenplays must be the original work of the submitter. If the content is based upon another’s life or adapted from another story, the submitter must also attach a statement showcasing any necessary permission to make such adaptations.


  • Action/Adventure
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Horror/Thriller
  • Musical
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction

Awards and Opportunities:

  • Awards and a $500 Grand Prize along with a copy of Final Draft (value: $250) will be handed out at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony of NFFTY 2017 on April 30!
  • Three Runners Up will receive copies of Final Draft

Thank you to our NFFTY Story Starts Here Sponsor: Final Draft!