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2015 Submissions: OPENS ON NOVEMBER 3!

UPCOMING DEADLINE: JANUARY 12, 2015 

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

If submitted through Withoutabox.com and are mailing a DVD, please put the name of your film and the tracking number on disc with a Sharpie.

SUBMISSIONS FORMS

2015 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition – AVAILABLE STARTING NOVEMBER 3
2015 Film Submission Form – AVAILABLE STARTING NOVEMBER 3

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

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

    • Narrative Feature (40 Minute Minimum)
    • Narrative Short (40 Minute Maximum)
    • Documentary Feature (40 Minute Minimum)
    • Documentary Short (40 Minute Maximum
    • Animation Feature (40 Minute Minimum)
    • Animation Short (40 Minute Maximum)

THE SHOWTIME TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
The Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition recognizes an emerging screenplays in four unique categories as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competitions gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting that includes cash prizes for all competitions and a Mentors Brunch with the recipient of the Festival’s Screenwriters Tribute, plus more.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: David O. Russell, Paul Haggis, Barry Levinson, and Nancy Meyers.

    • The Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition
    • The Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition
    • The Showtime Tony Cox Hour Long TV Screenplay Competition
    • The Showtime Tony Cox Half Hour TV Screenplay Competition

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SCRIPT ANALYSIS
We also offer the opportunity to learn what does and doesn’t work on your project 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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2015 DEADLINES & FEES

Below 2015 deadlines are applicable for all Film Submissions (features and shorts) and all Screenplay Competitions (Feature, Short, Half Hour TV, Hour Long TV).

Please note: regular fees are listed first, WAB user fees are listed in parenthesis.

DEADLINE Feature Films Short Films Feature Screenplay Hour Long TV Pilot Half Hour TV Pilot Short Screenplay
Earlybird Deadline: January 12 $35 ($30) $25 ($20) $50 ($45) $40 ($35) $30 ($25) $30 ($25)
Regular Deadline: February 9 $45 ($40) $35 ($30) $55 ($50) $45 ($40) $35 ($30) $35 ($30)
Late Deadline: February 20 $60 ($55) $50 ($45) $65 ($60) $55 ($50) $45 ($40) $45 ($40)
WAB Late Deadline: March 9 $75 ($60) $65 ($50) $80 ($65) $70 ($55) $60 ($45) $60 ($45)

SUBMISSION FAQs

SHOWTIME’S TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

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When are the submission deadlines?
Please review the above information. Scripts should be uploaded via Withoutabox.com or emailed in PDF form 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 original TV pilot scripts of any genre and budget. We do NOT accept scripts for documentary films or “reality TV”. We ONLY accept original pilot submissions for television scripts in either half-hour long format or hour-long format.

Do I need to submit anything else along with my TV Pilot submission?
Yes! All Hour Long and Half Hour TV Pilot submissions MUST INCLUDE a series and/or season synopsis. One paragraph total summary is preferred; one page total summary is the maximum. Please attach this synopsis to the script PDF; do not upload/send separate document.

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). TV pilots must be original pilots and be standard television length, 25-35 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?
While your submission will not be disqualified for not having an official copyright, we very strongly encourage our writers to do so. We also strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America. 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. Please be proactive and mail the check for the additional amount when you submit your screenplay. Our programming team will follow up with all feature screenwriters who submit works longer than 125 pages for payment.

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. Our programming team will ask for official documentation to rights for all top ten semi-finalists.

Do you accept scripts written in collaboration?
Yes, we do accept collaborations. Prize money will be equally split between all writers. Please also note that The Screenwriters Colony will only concede one berth for their month-long writer’s residency to the winner of the Feature Screenplay Competition.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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, and between 100-200 submissions for the other competitions.

When will the results be announced?
Notifications will be sent before or by early June by e-mail only. The winner will be announced during the Award Ceremony at the Nantucket Film Festival (June 24-29, 2015).

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?
We highly encourage all film submissions to provide a Vimeo link to their films, alongside either the WAB Secure Online Screener or a DVD. 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. Film submissions should be uploaded, sent, and/or 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 features and shorts (narratives, documentaries, animated works) from every genre and budget, always selected with an eye towards storytelling.

What format should the films be submitted on?
We strongly encourage film submissions to provide a Vimeo link to their work. Films may also be submitted on DVD or WAB Online Secure Screener.

What exhibition format should the films be on?
Films’ exhibition format should be 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 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, 2013;
  • Submission DVDs must include title, name, and running time.
  • We will not consider previously submitted films unless the project can be justified as a sufficiently different version of the previously submitted work; 
  • Feature films may not have been released theatrically, appeared online, or aired on television in the U.S. prior to the festival;
  • Short films may not have been released theatrically or on television in the U.S. prior to the festival. If the film has screened online, the filmmaker is required to include this information in the film’s submission materials.

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 [email protected] 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 between 500-700 submissions per year.

When will the results be announced?
Notifications will be sent by mid 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 1, 2015.

For additional questions regarding submission and other general inquiries, please e-mail [email protected]