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Submissions

2014 Submissions now closed. Please check back in Fall for 2015 Submission info.  

2014 Film notifications will be sent out at the end of April.

2014 Screenplay competition notifications will be sent out at the end of May.

If you wish to submit via post, please send your completed submission form, DVD and if applicable, an enclosed check or international money order (in USD) to:

Nantucket Film Festival
Programming Department
68 Jay Street, Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

SUBMISSIONS FORMS

2014 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition
2014 Film Submission Form

 

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

FILM SUBMISSIONS
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international features from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

 

THE SHOWTIME TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
The Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition recognizes an emerging feature screenplay as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting, including a Mentor’s Brunch with the recipient of the Festival’s Screenwriters Tribute, and a $5,000 cash award.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Paul Haggis, writer/director (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Quantum of Solace), Barry Levinson, writer/director/producer (Diner, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man) and Nancy Meyers, writer/director (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give).

 

SCRIPT ANALYSIS
NFF offers the opportunity to learn what does and doesn’t work before your screenplay reaches the executive’s desk. Our analysis is meant to be constructive and help you improve your script. Let our professional script consultants be the first in line to evaluate your script, not the last.

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DEADLINES & FEES

Deadlines applicable for Feature Film (40 Minute Minimum Narrative, Documentary, Animation), Short Film (40 Minute Maximum Narrative, Documentary, Animation), The Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition, The Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition, The Showtime Tony Cox Hour Long TV Screenplay Competition, and The Showtime Tony Cox Half Hour TV Screenplay Competition

 

2014 Submissions now closed. Please check back in Fall for 2015 Submission info.   

2014 Film notifications will be sent out at the end of April.

2014 Screenplay competition notifications will be sent out at the end of May.

 

SUBMISSION FAQs

SHOWTIME’S TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

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When are the submission deadlines?
Please review the above information. The first deadline is January 20, 2014. Scripts should be sent via withoutabox or email PDF by the stated deadlines and be accompanied by the corresponding fee.

What kind of scripts do you accept?
We accept feature film, short film, and TV scripts of any genre and budget. We do NOT accept scripts for documentary films or “reality TV”. We ONLY accept pilot submissions for television scripts in either half-hour long format or hour-long format.

What format should the scripts be submitted in?
We do NOT accept hard copies of scripts. We only accept electronic scripts in PDF or Word document form.

What are the scripts eligibility requirements?
Feature screenplays must be standard feature length (80-125 pages). Short screenplays must be no more than 40 pages in length (1-40 pages). Television screenplays must be original pilots and be standard television length, 25-30 pages for half-hour-long show and 45-60 pages for hour-long show. We do not accept spec scripts or spinoffs of existing shows. We do not accept scripts for “reality TV” shows.

  • Screenplays must be standard U.S. format only;
  • Screenplays may not have been produced;
  • Screenplays must be in English;
  • Screenplays must be completed by the entry deadline;
  • Screenplays must include a title page without the applicant’s name.

Can I send a draft now and a replacement copy later?
No, we do not accept replacement copies of a script. The only way we can accept a new revised version of your script is if you re-submit it using a new entry form and paying the corresponding entry fee.

Do I need to copyright my script before submitting?
No, you do not need to copyright your script before submitting, but we strongly suggest that you register it with the Writers Guild. Visit www.wgawregistry.org for information on how to do so.

My feature film script is longer than 125 pages. Will I be disqualified?
No, you will not be disqualified, but a $1 per page fee applies for scripts over 125 pages.

Can I submit more than one script?
You can submit as many scripts as you want as long as each of them is accompanied by its respective entry form and fee.

Can I re-submit the same script I submitted last year?
Yes, you can re-submit your script.

Do you accept adaptations?
Yes, we do accept adaptations. Make sure you have the rights to adapt the original material and all legal issues are settled before submitting.

Do you accept scripts written in collaboration?
Yes, we do accept collaborations. Prize money will be equally split between all writers.

I don’t live in the USA. Can I submit a script? How do I pay the submission fee?
Yes, as long as the script is submitted in English. You can pay the submission fee with a money order in U.S. dollars payable to The Nantucket Film Festival.

I’m having issues submitting through www.withoutabox.com. What should I do?
For issues related to Withoutabox’s website, please contact their webmaster directly. You are welcome to submit your script by e-mail at submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org.

I didn’t receive an e-mail confirmation for my submission.
The Festival does not send email confirmations for scripts submitted through www.withoutabox.com. Withoutabox.com handles all email confirmations processed through their site. You can verify the status of your submission by checking the Withoutabox website. If you submitted your script by email and have not received a confirmation, please send us a note inquiring about it at submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org You can also send a self-addressed, stamped postcard or envelope and will return it confirming your script’s reception.

Will I receive notes on my script? Can I see the judges scoring?
In order to receive notes on your script you should order Script Analysis when filling in your application. See our Script Analysis page for more details.

How many submissions do you get?
We receive around 500 screenplay submissions per year for our feature film competition.

When will the results be announced?
Notifications will be sent by early June by e-mail only. The winner will be announced during the Award Ceremony at the Nantucket Film Festival (June 25-30, 2014).

How many people win?
There is only one winner per competition. For our feature film competition, we will announce two finalists, and seven semi-finalists.

What happens to the rights of my script if I win?
You will retain the rights to the script whatever the outcome of the competition.

FILM SUBMISSIONS

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Where do I send my submitted film?
You may upload your film and pay online through WithoutABox.com. You can also send us your film and submission form by post at:

Nantucket Film Festival
Programming Department
68 Jay Street, Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11201

When are the submission deadlines?
Please review the above information. First deadline is January 20, 2014. Film submissions should be postmarked by the stated deadlines and be accompanied by the corresponding fee.

What kind of films do you accept?
We accept both domestic and international documentaries, narrative features, and shorts from every genre and budget, always selected with an eye towards storytelling.

What format should the films be submitted on?
Films should be submitted on DVD or WAB Online Secure Screener. If submitting with WAB Online Secure Screener, we request that you also provide a Vimeo link and password as a backup.

What exhibition format should the films be on?
Films’ exhibition format should be 35mm film, HDCAM NTSC, or DCP. We do NOT screen films on DVD or Blu-ray.

What are the films eligibility requirements?

  • Works must be available for exhibition on 35mm HDCAM NTSC, or DCP;
  • Films must have a composite optical sound;
  • Entries must be post-marked by the deadline date;
  • Films must be in English or include English subtitles;
  • Films must be completed after January 1, 2012;
  • Submission DVDs must include title, name, and running time.

I’m having issues submitting through www.withoutabox.com. What should I do?
For issues related to Withoutabox’s website, please contact their webmaster directly.

Can I send a work in progress now and a replacement copy later?
No, we do not accept replacement copies of a film. The only way we can accept a new revised version of your film is if you re-submit it using a new entry form and pay the corresponding entry fee.

Can I submit more than one film?
You can submit as many films as you want as long as each of them is accompanied by its respective entry form and fee.

I don’t live in the USA. Can I submit a film?
Yes, as long as the film is in English or includes English subtitles.

I don’t live in the USA. How do I pay the submission fee?
You can pay the submission fee with a money order in U.S. dollars payable to the Nantucket Film Festival.

My film is about 42 minutes long. Should I submit it as a short or a feature film?
To be considered a short, films must be less than 40 minutes long. Films of 40 minutes or more are considered feature-length.

I didn’t receive an e-mail confirmation for my submission.
The Festival does not send email confirmations for scripts submitted through www.withoutabox.com. Withoutabox.com handles all email confirmations processed through their site. You can verify the status of your submission by checking the Withoutabox website. If you submitted your film by email and have not received a confirmation, please send us a note inquiring about it at submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org You can also send a self-addressed, stamped postcard or envelope and will return it confirming your film’s reception.

How many submissions do you get?
We receive around 500 submissions per year.

When will the results be announced?
Notifications will be sent by late May by e-mail only.

What would you need from me if my film is accepted?
We will need film stills, a film synopsis and the filmmaker’s bio immediately. Prints and posters are due on Nantucket by June 3-12, 2014.

For additional questions regarding submission and other general inquiries, please e-mail submissions@nantucketfilmfestival.org