ACM Screenwriting Competition – Call for Entries

Apr 12, 2017 | Opportunities

ACM Screenwriting Competition – Call for Entries

Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Win up to $1,000 To Produce Your Film!

The ACM continues our exciting screenwriting competition for our students. We will award one or two scholarship/grants to a student to produce their winning screenplay.

Here’s how it works:
Submit PDF files of the following by 4pm on Friday, April 28, 2017:

1) Your original short screenplay (including a title page WITHOUT your name or contact information)

2) A half-page synopsis and a preliminary budget showing anticipated production costs that the scholarship/grant would cover


Send all materials electronically to Competition Coordinator Joel Moffett at by the 4pm deadline.  No late entries will be accepted. Again- NO NAMES ON PDF SCREENPLAY FILE!

If your proposal is selected, you’ll be awarded up to $1,000 to produce your film as an ACM399 in the Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018.

Screenplays will be judged using the following criteria:



-Unique voice


-Screenplay format

-Articulation of character arc when appropriate

-Thematic meaning

Who’s eligible:

-Students enrolled in ACM courses- restricted to majors

-You must be a continuing student – you’ll be enrolling full-time Spring 2016.

-You must have an overall grade point average of 2.75.

-You can submit as many screenplays as you want!

NOTE: Winning students are required to produce their films as part of an ACM399 Directed Study. All winners must agree to provide the Academy for Creative Media a production journal outlining pre-production, shooting and post production schedules, as well as any rough, director’s and/or final cuts of the production, which shall be copyrighted as an ACM Production.

For more information, contact Assoc. Prof. Joel Moffett at

This Screenwriting Competition is made possible by the Grace Abernethy Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.