Get Your Script to the Screen

February 1, 2018

As aspiring filmmakers, I'm sure most of you will have written your fair share of short film scripts.


But how many of those have actually seen the light of day? That masterpiece about the man who falls in love with a bin-bag lies dormant in your drawer, yet to be realised on the silver screen. That potential magnum opus centred around a killer nan from the sewers remains abandoned on your hard drive - Judi Dench would've loved it if only she'd have had the chance.

Well, it's time one of those screenplays gets the boost it deserves; it's time you got your Jacobean revenge tragedy on our screens, into the hearts and minds of every film lover in the land.


It's time, ladies and gentlemen, you entered the FilmBath Script To Screen Award.


For any budding screenwriters out there, this is a fantastic competition that takes place yearly in the cozy Georgian city of Bath. Sponsored by none other than Internet Movie Database - more recognisably known as IMDB - the FilmBath Script To Screen Award offers £5000 cash and £1000 worth of kit hire for one luck person to turn their winning script into a finished short film.


Entrants need to submit a script of between 5 and 10 minutes screen time (so around 5-10 pages). All entries are then judged by a panel from the creative writing team at Bath Spa University, who choose five scripts to shortlist. These final five scripts are then performed by drama students as part of a swanky, glamorous gala final, in front of both an audience and a group of industry judges. Those judges then pick a winning script, with that aforementioned chunk of funding along with a coveted IMDb Enamel Badge and a prestigious glass-etched award making up the amazing prizes.


Col Needham, founder of IMDB, is usually a judge, with a host of impressive experts making up the rest of the panel. So even if you don't win top prize, having your script performed live and witnessed by a group of industry top-dogs would be a brilliant prize in itself.


What's more, the finished film will have its premiere at the FilmBath Festival (formerly known as Bath Film Festival).


But before you actually enter, this competition is even offering you a chance to get FREE feedback on your scripts before you enter. How good is that?


These are the deadlines...

Earlybird – £10 – 4 April 2018

Regular – £15/£10 – 18 May 2018


And go here for the rest of the info. Also check out FilmBath's website for some more brilliant competitions running this year.