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About the Festival

Southwest Film Productions (SWFP) celebrates writers from all over the world in this first annual screenplay festival. This event is supported by established creatives in Austin, Texas with extensive experience producing, writing, directing and consulting, and whose companies have been operating for over a decade. The SWFP readers have been jurists and readers at prestigious festivals prior to joining SWFP.

Awards & Prizes

Categories are Best Drama Screenplay, Best Comedy Screenplay, Best Drama Short Screenplay and Best Comedy Short Screenplay. One winner from each category will be selected among the finalists.

At the Festival's sole discretion a winner may be chosen as a Game Changer. This is a screenplay that the jurists agree stands out in style or subject matter. The award will be stated as "Best Screenplay - Game Changer" and will be awarded $500.

By entering the Southwest Film Festival you agree that the jurists may bestow a unique award on your script if it's recognized as a standout but doesn't truly fit into a listed category. For example, "Best Screenplay - Historical Fiction."

Rules & Terms

Most genres are accepted however, please do not submit horror, pornography, musicals or a combination thereof.

We accept Comedy Short Screenplays 30 pages or less. 
We accept Drama Short Screenplays 30 pages or less. 
We accept Comedy Feature Screenplays 120 pages or less.
​We accept Drama Feature Screenplays 120 pages or less.

If your screenplay is over the page count, please email us before submitting at or your screenplay will be disqualified automatically.

Dates & Deadlines

  • March 1, 2024

    Opening Date

  • March 31, 2024

    Earlybird Deadline

  • April 30, 2024

    Regular Deadline

  • May 31, 2024

    Late Deadline

  • June 23, 2024

    Extended Deadline

  • August 4, 2024

    Notification Date

  • August 17, 2024

    Event Date


Categories & Fees

  • Drama Feature

  • Comedy Feature

  • Drama SHORT Screenplay

  • Comedy SHORT Screenplay

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