In association with the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI)  

Image of writing and film reel. Short screenplay competition

The Catalyst International Film Festival in association with the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) are delighted to announce a new Screenplay Award for short film.

The Catalyst International Film Festival will host the 2nd edition of the festival in Limerick in March 2021, presenting a film programme that prioritises stories and storytellers currently under-represented on screen and behind the camera. The festival is currently planning a hybrid version of the festival with online and in person events subject to Covid 19 restrictions.

The festival is delighted to partner with the Writers Guild of Ireland in establishing this screenplay award. There will be a cash prize of €1,000 for the winner along with membership of WGI for a year and a trophy and book voucher. The runner up will receive a cash prize of €200 and membership of WGI for a year along with a trophy. The story, themes and/or characters of the screenplay should reflect the ethos of Catalyst International Film Festival – reflecting aspects of gender equality, diversity and/or inclusion.

Submission Terms and Conditions

  • All scripts to be submitted via Film Freeway in the English or Irish language, maximum 10 pages. Longer scripts will be disqualified.
  • Entry fee per script – €20
  • The story, themes and/or characters should reflect the ethos of Catalyst International Film Festival – reflecting aspects of gender equality, diversity and/or inclusion.
  • Scripts that are in production or under option are not eligible. The script will be an original work of the author(s). Only screenplays will be accepted. 
  • Works written by another author are not eligible. A script adapted from your own work is eligible if you currently retain the rights.
  • Script revisions must be entered as a new submission and pay a new fee.
  • Screenwriter must be 18 years or older on date of submission.
  • Decisions of the Judges are final and confidential.
  • Winners will be selected from a short list decided by an industry panel. Finalists will be notified and winners will be announced on our website.
  • The festival is unable to provide individual feedback on your submission.
  • Final submission date – February 8th 2021

PRIZES:

Winner

  • Cash Prize of €1,000
  • Membership of Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) for one year
  • Book Voucher 
  • Catalyst Trophy

Runner Up   

  • Cash Prize of €200 
  • Membership of Writer’s Guild of Ireland (WGI) for one year
  • Catalyst Trophy

Special Mention 

  • Catalyst Trophy 

Submissions should be made via Film Freeway only

https://filmfreeway.com/CatalystInternationalFilmFestival