KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmfest 5th Annual Short Screenplay Contest

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WHO: Kansas City Women in Film & Television (KCWIFT) and the Kansas City FilmFest (KC FilmFest) invites you to enter their fifth annual short screenwriting competition for filmmakers/screenwriters. Women and men of all ages are welcome to enter their scripts. Women only are eligible for the top prize of best script. Both women and men are eligible for an award for best female protagonist.

WHY: In a 2012 report from Celluloid Ceiling, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 2010 and an increase of 1 percentage point from 1998. The screenplay competition was created as a way to encourage and promote women screenwriters/filmmakers and to encourage men screenwriters/filmmakers to consider women when writing.

“We are excited to partner with the Kansas City FilmFest on this annual event,” said Lonita Cook, KCWIFT Short Screenplay Competition director. “While it may seem counter intuitive to open the competition to all genders, we want to encourage everyone to think about writing roles for women.”

WHAT: Contest categories include:

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY by a female writer or an all-female writing team: $1,000 cash award

BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST: $500 cash award – female and male writers eligible

AUDIENCE CHOICE: $100 cash award – given to one of the five finalists as chosen by audience of staged reading at 2016 KC FilmFest

WHEN: Deadlines to enter are as follows:

Early Bird deadline: Sept. 18, 2015 – entry fee is $25

Regular deadline: Oct. 18, 2015 – entry fee is $30

Late deadline: Nov. 18, 2015 – entry fee is $40

Extended deadline: Dec. 18, 2015 – entry fee is $50

Members and subscribers of these organizations receive a discounted entry fee: KCWIFT and all Women in Film chapters nationwide, the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of KC, Citizen Jane and MovieBytes.

WHERE: Visit www.kcwift.com to submit online and to find complete contest rules and regulations.


Since its inception Kansas City Women in Film & Television has been helping women filmmakers, directors and producers achieve shared goals that once seemed out of reach. KCWIFT’s programs support education, networking and mentoring opportunities in Kansas City and nationwide. The organization also supports programs recognizing women’s accomplishments and influence, and continues to develop new and exciting programs that open doors and create opportunities for more women to achieve their goals. KCWIFT’s purpose is to EMPOWER, POWER and MENTOR women in the entertainment and media industries.