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KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest
1) Submit your payment now using PayPal, then email  your screenplay to: contest@kcwift.com
    ***​We will open for entries September 1, 2014***  

2) Submit your entry on Withoutabox.

    ***We will open for entries soon***

September 30, 2014: $25 on or before this date

October 16, 2014: $30 on or before this date

November 18, 2014: $40 on or before this date

December 18, 2015: $50 on or before this date

Discounted Entry Fees:
*Discounted entry fees for Citizen Jane, Moviebytes subscribers, IFC and Women in Film members, and KCWIFT-KFF SSC alumnae are available only through our website.

*To join KCWIFT or renew your membership  and enter a screenplay, select the "KCWIFT Membership + Early Deadline Entry Fee" option from the dropdown menu above and make your payment through PayPal. Current KCWIFT members must contact Treasurer Cathy Stevens to request the promo code for the KCWIFT member discount. IFC members should contact the Membership Coordinator. Members of other WIF chapters should contact their treasurer for the promo code. Select your discounted contest entry fee from the PayPal dropdown menu and, at checkout, click "Add" under your shipping address to enter your promo code. If the name and/or email address associated with your PayPal payment differs from the name and address on your emailed screenplay submission, please note that fact in the body of your email.


BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY, by a female writer:
$750 Grand Prize

BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST in a short screenplay, by a female and/or male writer:
​$250 Cash Prize

Writer(s) must be a resident of Kansas or Missouri  
$250 Cash Prize

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, by a male writer, female writer or writer team at staged reading:
$100 Cash Prize

A festival pass to the 2014 Kansas City FilmFest and a staged reading of finalists' screenplays during the festival.

Kansas City Women in Film and Television (KCWIFT) is pleased to announce the fourth annual KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. KCWIFT has partnered with KC FilmFest, presented by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, to host an annual short screenwriting competition for female and male screenwriters, committed to writing strong female characters to be portrayed in film. The contest winners will be eligible to receive a $1,000 cash prize to make winning script into a short film. 

​*Electronic submissions must be properly formatted PDFs (see all contest rules and regulations). 

*Please include personal information on Title Page:
  • Writer's/Co-writers' name(s)
  • E-mail address(es)
  • Mailing Address(es)
  • Phone Number(s)

*Only after the KCWIFT Treasurer confirms receipt of payment will your screenplay be entered for consideration in the contest. If you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Davidson the Screenplay Contest Chairperson.​
Congratulations to our
2013 Finalists!

Pictured from left to right:
Misti Boland
Jessica von Schramm (Grand Prizewinner)
Danielle Minton
Berenice Freedome (Audience Choice Winner)

*Not pictured:
Gary and Beth Hoover
Hannah Leskosky
Kansas City native Casey Twenter is a screenwriter, producer, director and graphic designer. Twenter completed his first full-length feature film, The Jogger, in 2012. Co-written and with Jeff Robison, The Jogger picked up honors as Best Narrative Feature at its World Premiere in the LA Indie Festival and received the Heartland Award at the Kansas City Film Festival. After nearly two decades of writing, designing, teaching and directing award-winning creative within the advertising industry, Twenter landed William H. Macy to direct his feature script, Rudderless, also co-written with Robison. The film boasts an acclaimed cast anchored by the talented Billy Crudup and Oscar nominated actors Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. Rudderless played to outstanding reviews as the coveted “Closing Night Film” at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Thanks to our 2014 Finalist Judging Panel
Casey Twenter
Kat Candler
Danielle Lurie
Michael Brandt
A film lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, Kat Candler helped create Austin's Summer Film Camp for Girls and founded the Women in Cinema group at the University of Texas in 2011. Candler’s latest feature film, Hellion, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film was a recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant, as well as an Austin Film Society grant, and a participant at the IFP/No Borders program. Candler's short films, "Hellion" and "Black Metal," both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her previous films have screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance and have aired on PBS.
One of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,’” Danielle Lurie is a New York City-based filmmaker and photographer. Her debut short, “In the Morning,” premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and screened at more than 35 film festivals, winning six of them. It also screened before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on Honor Killings and the U.N. Development Fund for Women. Lurie is now developing the short into the feature Fortunate Sons. Her other short films include “81-Year-Old Sweethearts,” and the award-winning “Tiny Miny Magic.” She has also filmed a documentary in Uganda and a feature documentary of Sheryl Crow’s Global Warming tour. Her narrative work includes screenplay adaptations of Jamaica Kincaid’s novel Lucy, to star Zoe Saldana, as well as an excerpt of Nicholas Kristof’s book Half the Sky.
Another Kansas City native now living in Los Angeles, writer and director Michael Brandt has worked in editing rooms for Miramax, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. He and his frequent collaborator Derek Haas penned the screenplays for 2 Fast 2 Furious (directed by John Singleton), 3:10 to Yuma (starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale) and Wanted (starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie). In 2011, Michael made his directorial debut with the spy-thriller The Double, which he and Haas co-wrote and which stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Martin Sheen. Most recently, Michael has worked as co-creator, executive producer and writer, along with writing partner Haas, of the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.” He and Haas also developed and executive produce “Chicago P.D.”
Congratulations to Elizabeth Tompkins of McHenry, IL, whose short screenplay "Borealis" was awarded the Audience Choice prize and the Grand Prize for the 3rd Annual KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay contest!

Thanks to all who joined us for the KCWIFT events at the 2014 KC FilmFest, including our benefit screening of Wadjda, which helped raise funds for AAUW's Dollars for Scholars and KCWIFT's Girls Leading Our World documentary

Thanks, too, to producer Sharon Liese, whose short film "Selfie" was screened before the staged reading of our contest finalists' scripts and at the Wadjda benefit, and thanks to the speakers on the Wadjda panel, including our excellent moderator, Tamara Falicov, as well.Special thanks to our outstanding panel of screenplay contest judges as well! We are pleased that this year's panel offered to share their comments with our finalists, which will provide invaluable feedback for this talented group of writers.

And very special thanks to the fantastic actors who helped take our screenplay contest finalists' scripts from page to stage. Our Audience Choice and Grand Prize Winner, Elizabeth Tomkins, earned $1,100 to take her short "Borealis" from page to screen! 

Finally, thank YOU for attending the staged reading and submitting your Audience Choice votes. We hope to see you at next year's festival! Please check back this Fall, when we will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest.

The Apple Tree
In the Silence
Addy and Emma's Magic Day
Irrational Rationalities
The Tattoos
Behind Glass
Twelve Hours
Cheeksie Buttizoni
Frances Edmond
Gilda Henry
Kristi L. Simpkins
Brenda Lowry
Evelyn Danciger
Kathaleen Brewer
Paige Brien
Julie Hays
Kristina Baker Smith
Auckland, New Zealand
San Jose, CA
Seatlle, WA
Oklahoma City, OK
Los Angeles, CA
Fayetteville, GA
Lake Mills, WI
New York, NY
Alburnett, IA

2014 Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to our 2014 Finalists
The Necromancer's Maid
Lucky Devil
Killing Fool
Sarah Micklem
Dianna Zimmerman & Brad Jost
Marjory Kaptanoglu
Marjory Kaptanoglu
Elizabeth Tompkins
Kristi L. Simkins
New York, NY
Ann Arbor, MI
Belmont, CA
Belmont, CA
McHenry, IL
Seattle, WA
*Length of script must be fifteen (15) pages or less.
*Scripts must be original screenplays. Scripts must be the sole property of the contest entrant(s). For legal reasons KCWIFT & Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest will accept only original screenplays by copyright holders.
*Screenwriters of all ages are welcomed and scripts may be in any genre.
*There is no limit to the number of screenplays a writer may submit; however, if a screenplay is resubmitted, the author(s) must pay additional entry fee(s) for each resubmission, in accordance with the submission deadlines listed above.
*Collaborative work by two writers who share equally in its creation is eligible but collaborative work wherein a female writer developed the idea and a male writer wrote the entirety of the screenplay is not eligible. Collaborators’ names must be included during the submission process, and writing partners will divide equally any prize(s) awarded.
*Entries may be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work but submissions may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced, unless the entrant(s) hold(s) a copyright to the original material on which the screenplay is based. If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that fact should appear on the title page and should be noted at the time the script is submitted.
*Entrant’s (or entrants’) name(s), address(es), phone numbers MUST be included on the submitted script on the TITLE PAGE.
*Scripts must be written or translated into English and may be submitted electronically. All scripts must be emailed in portable document format (PDF) to contest@kcwift.com, or submitted through www.withoutabox.com (listed under Kansas City FilmFest). Payments will be processed through Withoutabox, PayPal or Square. Scripts submitted without an entry fee will not be considered.
*Screenplays NOT adhering to rules and regulations are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the judging panel.
*Screenwriters who are disqualified are NOT eligible for refund of any submitted fees.
*KCWIFT reserves the right not to release judges’ comments or the number of scripts received.
*KCWIFT reserves the right not to choose a winner. Finalists will be announced on March 15, 2015. The contest winner will be announced at the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest awards ceremony TBD.
*Members of the KCWIFT board of directors, as well as past KCWIFT board members who have served terms ending less than two years prior to September 1, 2014 are ineligible. Contest judges and readers for the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest are ineligible to enter, as are their family members and the family members of KCWIFT board members who have served terms ending less than two years prior to September 1, 2014.

KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any script submitted and accepted for promotional purposes. Due to the volume of submissions, KCWIFT will NOT return copies of submitted scripts. KCWIFT will request and is hereby granted the right to use footage from the project funded and created from the winning screenplay for promotional purposes related to KCWIFT and the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. This includes but is not limited to the KCWIFT and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest websites, screenings, and social media platforms. Neither KCWIFT nor Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest holds any ownership rights to projects completed as a result of the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest, nor are KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest responsible for projects’ production, promotion or distribution.