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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 are no longer accepting entries for 2014. Best of luck to all our entrants! Finalists will be announced in March.

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.

*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 the Screenplay Contest Chairperson.

$1,000 Grand Prize to bring your short screenplay from page to screen.

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

October 18, 2013: $30 on or before this date

November 22, 2013: $40 on or before this date

December 31, 2013: $50 on or before this date

February 21, 2014: $55 on or before this date for entries submitted through KCWIFT.com

Kansas City Women in Film and Television (KCWIFT) is pleased to announce the third annual KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. With regard to our mission of empowering, promoting, and mentoring women in the entertainment, media, and communications industries, KCWIFT has partnered with KC FilmFest, presented by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, to host an annual short screenwriting competition exclusively for female filmmakers/screenwriters. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize to make her winning script into a short film. 

*Find complete contest rules, regulations, terms and conditions by clicking on the PDF link to the left. More information can be found at the festival's website. Finalists will be announced March 13, 2014, and the contest winner will be announced at the 2014 Kansas City FilmFest. Screenplays NOT adhering to rules and regulations are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the judging panel.

​*Electronic submissions must be properly formatted PDFs (see all contest rules and regulations). The title of your short screenplay must appear on your attached script and in the body of your email submission.

*The following identifying information MUST NOT appear on your attached script but MUST appear in the body of your email submission:
  • Writer's/Co-writers' name(s)
  • E-mail address(es)
  • Mailing Address(es)
  • Phone Number(s)
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 Final 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.”
And the winner is...
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 Prizewinner, 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

And congratulations to our Semi-Finalists as well:
Congrats to our 2014 Screenplay Contest 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
"Selfie" filmmakers
Director Cynthia Wade (left)
Producer Sharon Liese (right)