F17 ACM Screenwriting Competition

Nov 9, 2017 | Front Page, Opportunities

Fall 2017 ACM Screenwriting Competition

Deadline: Friday, December 1, 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, December 1, 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 moffett@hawaii.edu 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 ACM 399 in the Spring of 2018 or Fall 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 2018.

-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 ACM 399 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 moffett@hawaii.edu.

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